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Jazz Festival will swing with big band tunes

Everybody can get in the mood and start to swing this Sunday afternoon at the Crest Theater, when the 22nd annual Great Bend Jazz Festival gets underway.

March 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​In plain sight?

The Great Bend Public Library is easy to find at 1409 Williams St., but the same building houses another business, the Central Kansas Library Sytem.

March 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Spring Break goes wild at Cheyenne Bottoms

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - One of the wildest places to spend Spring Break just might be the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

March 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School handbooks include Chromebook rules

Great Bend schools will have new policies to reflect the "1-to-1 Chromebook Initiative" being implemented this fall at USD 428.

March 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board approves gifts and grant applications

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the following contributions and grant applications on Tuesday:

March 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 considers bus policy change

The Great Bend USD 428 school board had its first reading Tuesday of next year's handbooks for students, teachers, athletics and activities. The Athletic Handbook and the Activity Handbook include some new guidelines for school bus sponsor duties.

March 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New coach hired

Erin Beck was hired Tuesday as Great Bend High School's head football coach and to teach physical education.

March 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Hirsh seeks to reverse assault and battery conviction

The attorney for Darrin Hirsh has requested either a judgment of acquittal or a new trial for the former Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper who was found guilty of aggravated assault, criminal threat and domestic battery last year by a Barton County jury.

March 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Caucus photos

All photos were taken Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Kansas caucuses.

March 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 Board to look at handbooks

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. The board's usual meeting date was changed because of a conflict.

March 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County GOP hears from Cruz, Kasich supporters

The Crest Theater's main floor seating was filling up Saturday and volunteers were considering opening the balcony as the Barton County Republican Caucus got underway. Several registered voters were ready to drop their ballots in the box and leave by 10 a.m., but County Chairman Richard Friedeman asked them wait until the end of a short party meeting.

March 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Democrats ‘Feel the Bern’

Democrats came from as far away as Scott City to vote Saturday in the party caucus at the Hoisington Activity Center. In the final tally, there were 130 votes for Bernie Sanders and 67 for Hillary Clinton. Southwest Kansas will now send three delegates to vote for Sanders and one to vote for Clinton at the National Convention.

March 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Alice in Wonderland

Great Bend High School's Theater Department will present "Alice in Wonderland" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the GBHS Auditorium, 2027 Morton St.

March 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Gun laws

Last week's mass shooting was closer to home than most. Four people died, including the gunman, and 14 were wounded in Hesston on Feb. 25.

March 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: Reptile House reboot

The staff at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo have planned a grand reopening for the Reptile House, which is being remodeled, on March 19.

March 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Ukuleles and robots on Great Bend teacher wish lists

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories about minigrants awarded to teachers by the USD Education Foundation.

April 30, 2016 | Information compiled by Jennifer Schartz, USD 428 | Local News


Make and Take

Nearly 20 years ago, Great Bend USD 428's Steve Wolf visited Wichita and saw a resource center where teachers could find everything they needed ...

April 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley School reports reading success

At the start of this school year, 45 percent of the students at Riley Elementary School were reading at their grade level. The staff hoped ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Safe gas

In January of 2001, natural gas escaped from an underground storage cavern and exploded in Hutchinson, claiming two lives.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Community colleges weigh in on mergers

The state's 19 community colleges aren't opposed to mergers involving universities and technical schools, but they are concerned about how mergers will affect ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


TEAM PANTHER

Instead of backpacks full of books, some students at Great Bend High School were seen carrying work boots into the school Wednesday morning. The entire ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS Community Service Day photos

Great Bend High School students started their fourth Community Service Day with an all-school assembly recognizing volunteer service. They received commemorative T-shirts as they boarded ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lobbyist for community colleges visits Barton

The executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees braved predicted inclement weather Tuesday to drive from Topeka for the Barton Community College ...

April 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Faculty contracts on BCC agenda

Faculty contracts are on the agenda for the next meeting of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, April ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Battin leaving USD 428

The resignation of Great Bend High School instructor/coach Chris Battin is on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Blues HOF members coming to Macksville

MACKSVILLE - The seventh annual Macksville Bikes & Blues Rally will be held May 6-8 in the City Park at Macksville. There will be live music, food ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Earth Day at the Great Bend Zoo

Representatives from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change Friday, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, marking a major milestone on ...

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Migration Rally taking late registrations

The conditions are ideal for next weekend's "Great Migration Rally," said Pam Martin at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Organizers have extended the registration ...

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grant County missing person investigation

GRANT COUNTY - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting Grant County law enforcement in its search for a man who went missing earlier this month ...

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Newest AA, NA listings added to Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


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