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Zamora up for parole hearing

A man convicted of aggravated kidnapping of a child and two counts of aggravated sodomy in Barton County is eligible for a parole hearing later this year, according to the Kansas Prisoner Review Board.

July 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pay raises, not tax raises, planned at BCC

Barton Community College's board of trustees is considering a budget that will pay for salary increases and a few new jobs, without raising the mill levy on local property taxes.

July 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Murder charges dropped

First-degree murder charges against three men were dismissed Thursday in Barton County District Court. Alejo Villegas, Juventino Villegas and Adam Suppes still face felony charges that include aggravated burglary, stemming from Nov. 15, 2015, when they allegedly broke into the home of Sterling Mills with Aron Villegas. Aron was shot by Mills and died.

July 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Introducing the newbies

There are some new faces at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fair celebrates 25th year at Expo

A bigger-than-life silver cake reminds visitors to the Barton County Fair that the event is celebrating its 25th year at the Expo this year.

July 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Geraldine Marshall 1920 - 2016

Geraldine Marshall, 95, died July 4, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living in Great Bend. Born Oct. 28, 1920, at Ulman, Mo., she was the daughter of Barney and Anna Dawson. In 1944, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri and later earned her Master's Degree from Webster College. On Aug. 24, 1947, she married James Marshall at St. Louis, Mo. He died March 26, 1967. She was a primary teacher for 26 years, with 17 of those as first grade teacher at Prairie School in Prairie Village. After raising her family and retiring ...

July 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Obituaries


Zoo curator comments on human behavior

Just days after a child wandered into a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo had its own incident of unwanted human-animal contact. But in this case, it was the animals who were endangered.

July 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City Band plans patriotic concert

The Great Bend City Band's weekly concerts move indoors for the month of July. Free concerts will be offered Thursday, July 7 and Tuesday, July 12, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave. Both of the free concerts are open the public and start at 8:15 p.m.

July 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Concerns raised over Galatia water issue

GALATIA - Galatia Mayor Steve Wilhelm's decision earlier this year not to sell water to an area farmer has one city councilman concerned. David Strecker brought it up at last month's meeting, and more discussion is expected when the council meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the City Building.

July 03, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 starts year ‘fiscally strong’

A new fiscal year begins July 1 for the State of Kansas and its public schools. The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meet Thursday morning to close the books on 2015-2016.

June 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lashley hired to coach track

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Thursday hired Lyles Lashley to coach cross country and track.

June 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Happy 4th of July

"It's Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas." - Stephen Colbert

June 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Judge sends women to drug treatment

Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty announced he isn't giving up on Stacey Henderson, the 23-year old woman who asked to be sent to prison so she wouldn't be tempted to use drugs. Instead of granting her request, the judge sentenced her Wednesday to two years on probation. But she won't be out on the street.

June 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees pleased with Heilman

Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman received a favorable evaluation from his Board of Trustees, with words of praise from board chairman Mike Johnson.

June 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motorist injured in hit-and-run

A hit-and-run injury accident was reported at 3 p.m. Friday at Walnut Bowl, 3101 Washington St. According to the Great Bend Police Department, a vehicle pulled from the driveway and struck a 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Jim Potter, 28, of Great Bend, then left the scene. Potter tried to avoid a collision but the other vehicle struck the Avalanche on the rear of the passenger side, causing it to flip and roll.

June 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


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Move request: DMV seeks higher ground

Staff at the Kansas Driver's License office on the second floor of the courthouse would like to move to another room in the building.

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mull estate supports Shafer Gallery

Staff at Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will visit area schools, thanks to a gift from the Glenn and Elaine Mull Family Advised ...

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


UWCK thanks county for setting the pace

Earlier this year, Barton County was named a Pacesetter contributor by the United Way of Central Kansas. On Monday morning, the County Commission was thanked ...

August 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dena Popp appointed 911 director

Dena Popp was named director of Barton County 911/Communications at Monday's county commission meeting. It was an appointment at least one commissioner said ...

August 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees meet Tuesday

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the ...

August 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Welcome aboard: Great Bend introduces new teachers

Filling virtually every vacant teaching spot before the first day of school is no easy task, but Great Bend USD 428 was able to do ...

August 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Education


‘Wild Places’ close to home

George Frazier says his new book, "The Last Wild Places of Kansas," isn't a guide, but it may lead readers to explore some places ...

August 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Taking stock

Were Great Bend kids excited about starting a new school year this week? The teachers and staff sure were.

August 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Salvation Army distributes 200 backpacks

The Salvation Army helped more than 200 children return to school this week with new backpacks filled with school supplies.

August 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More Back to School Bash photos

Teachers and staff reported for duty and a Back to School Bash Monday morning in Great Bend.

August 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SCHOOL PRIDE

School board president Joyce Carter said Great Bend USD 428 has always been a good school district, and her goal is for it to become ...

August 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Court roundup: Baker trial postponed

Jury trials for several Barton County cases are scheduled to take place later this year and into 2017. Here is a recap of recent events ...

August 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State upholds LaVeta Miller conviction

The Kansas Court of Appeals announced Friday its decision to uphold the 2015 conviction of LaVeta Miller, the local women who stole money earmarked for ...

August 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS marching band to welcome teachers, staff

When employees of Great Bend USD 428 attend their Back to School Celebration next Monday, nearly 100 students should already be there.

August 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dumb phones: Don't Poke and drive

Driving while distracted contributes to many accidents, which is why safety organizations have made a major effort to stop people from sending text messages while ...

August 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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