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Teacher contracts ratified

Teachers at Great Bend USD 428 will receive a minimum pay raise of $1,700 for the 2018-2019 school year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said after Monday's school board meeting. The base pay for a starting teacher will increase from $36,400 to $37,700.

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Planting redbuds

It's a spring tradition: Members of the Great Bend Noon Lions Club spent Saturday morning planting redbud trees in the islands on Broadway Ave.

May 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC revisits academic integrity

Today's college instructors don't just have to watch for plagiarized term papers. Issues with academic integrity include "professional cheating," Barton Community College Vice President of Instruction Elaine Simmons said.

May 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Professional Cheaters

Barton Community College and higher learning institutions across the nation continue to battle what Vice President of Instruction Elaine Simmons calls "professional cheaters."

May 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Teams celebrate as Walk Kansas wraps up

The 2018 Walk Kansas Fitness Challenge wraps up Sunday, but local K-State Research and Extension Agent Donna Krug said the walking doesn't need to end.

May 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC seeks to lower textbook costs

Barton Community College educators hope to lower the cost of textbooks in the future by using more materials that can be found in the public domain and elsewhere for little or no cost. The group working on a project for Open Educational Resources (OER) gave a report Tuesday and the BCC Board of Trustees study session.

May 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Child kidnapping/drowning hoax reported

Sheriff Brian Bellendir said a report of a child kidnapping or drowning at the Big Bend Recreational Lake on Sunday was evidently a hoax. The woman who allegedly called 911 was arrested on an obstruction charge.

May 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Undocumented man returned to Barton County

WICHITA - A man who is not a citizen of the United States was found in Barton County and has been charged with unlawfully entering the country after having been deported, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

May 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Art & Wine brings people downtown

A perfect Spring evening, art displays and free wine brought a few hundred people downtown Friday, for the 2018 Art & Wine Walk.

May 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Haddock Effect'

Great Bend Junior Geoffrey Pafford's short movie, "The Haddock Effect," earned Top Five honors in a national student contest, "The 10 Day Film Challenge." He created his 4-minute original movie during first-hour Video Production class at GBHS.

May 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


5 de Mayo

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the food and music and share a bit of Hispanic culture during Saturday's Cinco de Mayo Festival in Great Bend.

May 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Pioneer Day slide show

Photos were taken May 2, 2018, at Barton County Historical Society Village & Museum during Pioneer Day for USD 428 third graders.

May 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Zoo prepares to unveil exhibit

This month city employees are finishing the expansion to the Grizzly Bear exhibit at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. A grand opening of this new exhibit will be held on Saturday, June 2.

May 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pioneer Day 2018

The olden days are closer than ever. When Great Bend third graders visited the Barton County Historical Society Museum & Village on Wednesday, landline phones were as historic to them as scrubbing clothes on a washboard or attending a one-room school.

May 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


5 de Mayo is Saturday

Great Bend will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 5. There will be a parade down Main Street at 11 a.m., followed by music, vendors, food, dancing and entertainment in the Barton County Courthouse Square until 4 p.m.

May 01, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Scenes from Camp Hope

Camp Hope 2018 wrapped up Saturday, after a week of activities in Barton County. Camp Hope Media Coordinator Barb Keltner, Eudora, reports there were 72 ...

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Going Buggy

Dancing slugs and butterflies from the StoneLion Puppet Theatre interacted with audience members Saturday at Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery. The gallery and ...

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Baker to stand trial for death of cyclists

The man accused of accidentally causing the deaths of two people riding a motorcycle through Great Bend on Aug. 16, 2014, may face a jury ...

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘Best camp in the world’

Harrison Sellers gives Camp Hope two thumbs up. Harrison, who prefers to be called "Harry," is almost 10 years old and is attending the annual ...

June 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


This is US

President Trump's apparent change of heart over children being separated from their parents at our southern border is a good thing.

June 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Hope is back

CAMP ALDRICH - Nine-year-old Bailey Thompson from Mulvane caught four little fish Tuesday morning before landing a "whopper," with the help of a Camp Hope volunteer.

June 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jose Luis Chavez, 1957-2018

GREAT BEND -- Jose Luis Chavez, 60, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Wichita.

June 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Obituaries


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