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Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Celebrating a century

SEWARD - The Most Rev. John Balthasar Brungardt, bishop of the diocese of Dodge City, will officiate the Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Bishop Brungardt will also install a first-class relic of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC: Pool could close without tax increase

Barton Community College trustees discussed the future of the college's swimming pool during their May study session on Thursday. Board Chairman Mike Johnson said they need to vote on the issue at the May 28 business meeting, but whatever the board decides is sure to make someone unhappy.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff talks about conceal carry law

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told a civic group Wednesday he has "concerns" about the state's new concealed carry legislation. Starting July 1, it will be legal for most people to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas, with or without a permit.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Vandalism, graffiti an ongoing problem

Great Bend Police officers have talked to some juveniles who admitted involvement in recent graffiti incidents, Detective David Bailey said.

May 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Local counterfeiters sentenced to prison time

The suspects in a counterfeiting ring that hit businesses in Great Bend and other central Kansas cities last July have been convicted and sentenced in U.S. District Court.

May 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​BCC trustees prepare to fill vacancy

The recent death of Great Bend resident Bob Mead has created a vacancy on the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. The process for replacing a trustee after elections will be discussed at this month's board study session, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the Seminar Room, F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

May 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Play Ball: Diamonds in use for practice, tournaments

Baseball and softball practices have started, members of the Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors were told Monday. The board meeting included pay raises for full-time employees and discussion on a master plan for the playground at the Great Bend Activity Center.

May 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


St. Mark Lutheran Church to host e-recycle collection

St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend will accept out-dated and broken electronic items for recycling from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 30. The church is located at 21st and Jackson St. This project is being done in cooperation with the Barton County Landfill, which also accepts "e-waste."

May 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Prairie Godmothers hold Build-A-Bag Brunch

Prairie Godmothers – the local organization of women helping women – held a Build-A-Bag Brunch on Friday and members filled more than 100 gift bags that will be distributed to single mothers in the coming weeks.

May 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Miller sentencing moved to June 2

The sentencing of Laveta Diane Miller that was set for Friday, May 8, is now scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2.

May 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


No sale: Uber not in Kansas any more

The Kansas Legislature can usually be counted on to be pro-business. Too much regulation to protect air quality or clean water or workers' rights is bad.

May 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Report: BCC hits mark on Workforce Training

Barton Community College trustees heard good news this past week from the dean of Workforce Training & Community Education, Elaine Simmons.

June 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Vacation days: Take ‘em if you got ‘em

The June 1 cover story in Time magazine asks, "Who killed summer vacation?"

June 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Garrett hired as Barton VP

Dr. Robin Garrett was named vice president of instruction and student services Thursday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met. Dr. Garrett replaces Dr. Penny Quinn, who left to become president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill.

June 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camp Hope lives up to its name

Super Gummi Bears, Ninja Tiger Dogs and Jeff Goldblum's Dinosaur Dance Party are some of the names chosen by teams at the 2015 Camp Hope.

June 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers needed to visit long-term care homes

When LaRea Cravens became a volunteer ombudsman at an assisted-living facility in Barton County, her daughter asked her what that entailed.

June 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton VP candidate praises community colleges

Dr. Robin Garrett holds a Ph.D., but her higher education began with a course at a community college. The third of three candidates seeking the job of vice president of academics at Barton Community College visited the campus Tuesday for a public forum.

June 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Library submits 2016 budget to city

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has submitted a 2016 proposed budget totaling $739,600, requesting $640,000 from the City of Great Bend.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fact and fiction: Publicity raises awareness

The movie "Jurassic Park" and all of its sequels, including the new "Jurassic World," have provided a big boost to the advancement of paleontology, the study of fossils. Even though the franchise got so much wrong – starting with the title, which more accurately should have been "Cretaceous Park" – scientists in the field say the movies spark interest in a way that real fossils cannot.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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