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Zoo news: Swans disappear from Vets Lake

Three of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo's young swans are missing from Veterans Memorial Park. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin is asking anyone with information to call the zoo, 620-793-4226.

June 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge: ‘No smoking gun’ in emails

Judge dismisses motion to recuse prosecutor

June 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crowd gathers at new grizzly bear exhibit

The grand opening for the expanded grizzly bear exhibit at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo drew hundreds of visitors. The line outside the zoo Saturday morning stretched to the pool parking lot as people waited for the doors to open. Some of them check out the Little Free Library in front of the zoo and picked up a free book while they waited.

June 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer Library Program kicks off with luau

Great Bend Public Library's Summer Reading Program got underway Friday with a Community Luau on the front lawn. The staff served hot dogs and handed out leis while children played in a large pile of sand to make "tiki crafts."

June 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kicks on K-96

The K-96 June Jaunt got underway Friday in Great Bend and continued with activities and entertainment throughout the weekend. The fun continues Sunday with fishing at Veterans Memorial Lake and a Hap Dumont baseball tournament at the Sports Complex. Up to 50 teams are scheduled to vie for points in their division.

June 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


June Jaunt photo gallery

Photos were taken June 1-2, 2018. Events are going on Saturday afternoon and evening in the courthouse square.

June 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HEY THERE GRIZZLY BEARS

Max, Pooh, Winnie and Piglet appeared on cue Thursday as the grizzly bear exhibit opened at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

May 31, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bear Essentials

There's so much going on Friday and Saturday, thanks to the events scheduled for June Jaunt. Worth noting is the grand opening of the expanded grizzly bear exhibit at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo on Saturday.

May 31, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Collier enters ‘not guilty’ pleas

Crystal Jo Collier, the former director of the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau, appeared in Barton County District Court on Wednesday and entered not guilty pleas at her arraignment.

May 30, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend Memorial Day service

Great Bend residents and guests paid respect to veterans Monday during the annual Memorial Day service at the Veterans Circle in the Great Bend Cemetery.

May 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wetlands Water Park opens

Great Bend's Wetlands Water Park, located at 2303 Main Street, opened for the season Saturday. With the temperature in the 90s, there were plenty of customers.

May 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kiwanis names scholarship winners

Braxton Schooler and Trista Wilt are the latest recipients of academic scholarships from the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club. They will each reach receive a $750 scholarship which is renewable through four years of college. Both said they plan to attend Barton Community College for two years and then transfer to Fort Hays State University.

May 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Education


Dogs rescued from hot motorhome

A Great Bend man was arrested for animal cruelty on Thursday after several dogs were rescued from a motorhome at All Seasons Mobile Home Park, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

May 25, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


St. John musician celebrates small towns

ST. JOHN - "Small Towns," a CD 20 years in the making, will become available officially when Jim Ratts returns to St. John this weekend with his band Runaway Express, in association with St. John High School's 2018 Alumni Banquet. The band will perform two sets starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 26, in the high school auditorium.

May 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School ends on high note

For the last day of school on Thursday, Park Elementary instructor Signe Cook wore a T-shirt that read:

May 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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KRR fights poverty with books

Superintendent Khris Thexton had never been inside the Kansas Department of Children and Families building before Wednesday, but it turns out DCF and USD 428 ...

July 18, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Duty, Honor, Country

The Great Bend City Band wrapped up its summer series Tuesday by sharing the stage with the Kansas Army National Guard 35th Infantry Division Band ...

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kolb suggests Stone Street revision

The city's project of major waterline replacements is taking a toll on some Great Bend streets. Interim City Administrator George Kolb suggested the city ...

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Larned man charged with cyber attacks

WICHITA - A Larned man who allegedly hired a hacker to damage computers served by internet service provider Nex-Tech was charged Tuesday in a federal indictment ...

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free lunches still available for kids

Great Bend USD 428 served more than 12,000 breakfasts and lunches at five elementary schools in June. Lunches are still being served this month ...

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 online enrollment starts

Online enrollment for all USD 428 students opens on Wednesday, July 18. Those who choose not to enroll electronically may do so in person on ...

July 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Multi-million dollar senior housing proposed

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved a rezoning request from Richard "Scott" Reddig and learned about investors' plans to develop a nursing home ...

July 16, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HE'S HIRED

Kendal Francis was named Great Bend's next city administration on Monday during the city council meeting. Francis, who previously served as city manager in ...

July 16, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Colyer, Farm Bureau pres. visit Great Bend

Governor Jeff Colyer and Kansas Farm Bureau President Rich Felts stopped by the Great Bend Tribune on Saturday en route to the Ellis County Fair ...

July 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Libraries Rock with 'Magical Musical Tour'

Dan Dan the Magic Man, the traveling library magician, will be at the Great Bend Public Library next week to help young people get excited ...

July 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


See it all

With the Barton County Fair in full swing, it's worth your time to visit the Great Bend Expo Complex and enjoy the experience.

July 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


County Fair opens

The Barton County 4-H Fair got underway Wednesday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Most of the Open Class and 4-H exhibits were ...

July 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Special ed staff covering school psych posts

Great Bend USD 428 has all of its teaching positions covered for the fall semester, Assistant Superintendent John Popp told the board of education on ...

July 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


McGee eligible for parole hearing

A man convicted of sex crimes in Pawnee and Barton County will be eligible for a parole hearing this fall. Randy Ray McGee, 53, is ...

July 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Master Gardeners hard at work

Multiple groups of volunteers with the Master Gardener designation have been at work on the grounds of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in recent ...

July 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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