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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 Honor Flights for U.S. veterans.

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 operating motor vehicles.

August 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


College completes extensive program review

A review of programs at Barton Community College shows business courses generate the most credit hours on campus and a good deal of income. In a presentation to the BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Vice President Robin Garrett also mentioned at least one program that may be phased out in the future.

August 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC Trustees hold line on tax rate

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved the college's 2016-2017 budget Tuesday after inviting comments or questions from the public. Hearing none, the budget was adopted. Based on valuation numbers provided by the county on June 21, it is estimated that the mill levy will be the same as the actual rate in 2014-2015, which was 33.124 mills. In 2015-2016 the rate was similar at 33.090.

August 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Exhibit designer joins SFTC staff

LARNED - The Santa Fe Trail Center Museum has hired Richard Lartz for a limited term position as the exhibit designer for the East Gallery renovation. Museum director Becca Hiller said it is expected to take 12-18 months to complete the work.

August 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Audition info available online

Barton Community College has added an online link to provide more information about upcoming auditions for the production of "Our Town" by Thornton Wilder, said Dr. Rick Abel, theater director.

August 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Open Late: New rules for liquor stores

The Great Bend City Council's decision Monday to allow liquor stores to remain open until 11 p.m., and the decision to allow stores to sell beer on Sundays, was a business decision, pure and simple.

August 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: ANIMAL TRAINING

Ashley Burdick's hand was just inches from a leopard's face Tuesday, but the keeper at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo was not concerned.

August 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School budget ready for approval

The mill levy collected from property owners in Great Bend USD 428 shouldn't change much at all for 2016-2017, school administrators said Wednesday. The actual tax rate for 2015-2016 was 45.866 mills, and the estimated tax rate for the proposed budget is 45.834 mills.

August 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Taylor wins primary for Kansas Senate Dist. 33 nomination

Mary Jo Taylor was the winner Tuesday in the race to become the Republican nominee in November for the 33rd Senate District of Kansas. At 11:20 p.m., with 185 of 190 precincts reporting their final unofficial results to the Kansas Secretary of State's Office, she had 7,115 votes, compared to 6,521 for Larry Salmans, giving her 52 percent of that total.

August 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fort Larned carpenter recalls restoration

LARNED - When visitors step onto the grounds of the Fort Larned National Historic State today, they see it as it appeared in the 1860s during the Indian Wars. Mildon Yeager – a retired carpenter who worked at the site for 20 years – also sees years of restoration that took place in the 20th century, and continues to this day.

July 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Keep cool

High summer temperatures pose a health risk, but not everyone has a place to cool off. RSVP/Volunteers in Action has organized a network of local "cooling stations" to help people without fans or air conditioning get out of the heat.

July 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Guided hunting banned on public land

One June 23 the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission voted to ban commercial guiding on property and water managed by the department.

July 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC pool updates reviewed

Barton Community College Trustees learned Tuesday that additional improvements totaling about $5,000 were approved for the college's swimming pool in the past year.

July 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Children ready to meet 'Ivan'

Great Bend elementary students received copies of the children's novel "The One and Only Ivan" on Friday. These books are theirs to take home ...

September 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Read to them

Community literacy program One District One Book is underway. On Friday, children in grades K-6 will each receive a copy of the award-winning children's ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


A gorilla's voice

When ambassadors from the Sedgwick County Zoo visited Great Bend's elementary schools on Thursday, students got to do two things they really seem to ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shafer offers free mask making workshop

Just in time for Halloween, the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College will host a free workshop, "Marvelous Mask Making," for anyone from 5 ...

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sky's the Limit

Now that Great Bend High School owns its own fleet of drones, students are learning how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles could fit into their future.

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


White Out or Red & Black, Homecoming

Great Bend High School and the rest of USD 428 are gearing up for Homecoming 2016 this Friday.

September 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Aktion Club sharing warmth, color and tacos

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club is conducting two community service drives through Nov. 30, sharing the gift of warmth and making the lives of ...

September 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Splash

In May of 2015, Barton Community College trustees thought the college might need to raise local taxes to pay for upkeep on its swimming pool ...

September 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


College celebrates 10-year partnership

Barton Community College is celebrating a 10-year partnership with a Great Bend business, Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine. Together they created the Limited Liability Company WorkFit ...

September 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC looks at swim program

Barton Community College could add competitive swimming to is sports programming, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs said Tuesday.

September 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A voice for ag in Washington

Each year, more than 150 farmers and ranchers from across Kansas participate in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


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