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Summer readers invited to build a better world

Great Bend Public Library's Summer Reading Program encourages participants to "Build a Better World." Kids and adults can sign up any time starting Thursday, June 1.

May 31, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: Where's the tiger?

When the temperature rises, many of the animals at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo look for the coolest spot - and who can blame them? But visitors aren't always pleased to see a lot of seemingly empty exhibits.

May 31, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Memorial Day service, Great Bend 2017

Photos from Monday's Memorial Day service at Great Bend Cemetery.

May 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lest We Forget

Great Bend's Memorial Day services were held Monday at the Veterans Circle in the Great Bend Cemetery. This year's program was coordinated by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27. Terry W. Young, past department commander of Kansas DAV, was master of ceremonies.

May 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington EMS Barn holds open house

Kids could sit behind the steering wheel of a fire truck and explore the back of an ambulance on Thursday at the Hoisington EMS Barn.

May 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Former Quicksilver treasurer sentenced for forgeries

Quicksilver Softball team will receive $4,768 in restitution from its former treasurer, Christine A. Torres, who was recently sentenced in Barton County District Court for five counts of forgery. She was also ordered to spend 45 days under house arrest and 18 months on probation.

May 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wetlands Waterpark opens Saturday

Great Bend's Wetlands Waterpark at 2303 Main is scheduled to open Saturday, May 27. The aquatic center will be open from 12:30-5:30 p.m. daily when there are no weather hazards and the forecasted high temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.

May 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Remember vets with poppies

Members of the Great Bend American Legion Unit 180 and Auxiliary invite the public to honor our nation's fallen warriors and contribute to the continuing needs of veterans by wearing a red poppy for Memorial Day. Handmade crepe paper poppies will be available for a donation.

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC names 3 VPs

Barton Community College now had three vice presidents instead of one, following an administrative structural change that was approved Tuesday by the college's board of trustees.

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perfect Pedaling

Last week, as classes were wrapping up at Great Bend schools, 20 elementary students were given BMX-style bicycles as a reward for excellent attendance.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a long table, destroying the magnetic platter inside a hard drive. Meanwhile, his sons Ben and Nathan were talking to Renee Demel from the IT department of Barton Community College, who was showing them different parts inside a dismantled PC.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Waste not

When they stop being useful, computers, cell phones and other electronic products become E-waste. Each year in the United States, homes, schools, government offices and businesses throw away 9.4 million tons of the stuff, according to Earth911.com.

May 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought he could reach China by sailing west, but ended up in a New World.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Best viewing times for eclipse

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, on Monday, Aug. 21.

August 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free eclipse glasses available

More than 300 million people in the United States potentially could directly view the Monday, Aug. 21, total solar eclipse.

August 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Budget hearing set for USD 428

A 4.3-mill increase in local property taxes for Great Bend USD 428's supplemental budget will be offset by a 4.3-mill decrease in ...

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Home Run

Great Bend's Bat Cats baseball team had a great first year, winning three of four games at the NBC World Series before losing to ...

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Teaching the teachers

New teachers at Great Bend USD 428 met at the District Education Center on Thursday for training with Assistant Superintendent John Popp. This year there ...

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 ready for new year

With the start of school less than two weeks away, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton is excited.

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


People in poverty asked to lead new program

A new group aims to reduce poverty in Barton County by turning to the experts - those who live from paycheck to paycheck and crisis to ...

August 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC budget approved

The budget previously proposed by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees was officially approved Tuesday following a public budget hearing.

August 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GIANT WATER FIGHT

The Kiwanis Wet/Dry Parade will provide a fun way to cool off Saturday, Aug. 12, at Great Bend's Party in the Park.

August 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Party under shooting stars

This Friday, Aug. 11, the Kansas Wetlands Education Center will hold a party under falling stars.

August 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KASB rep touts 'new day' for Kansas ed

A new school year is just around the corner, with a new formula to fund Kansas schools and a plan to redesign Kansas education. In ...

August 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fleeting summer

Summer is far from over, but already we see signs of fall approaching.

August 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Photos of Sunny's new toy

Photos were taken Aug. 2, 2017

August 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Cardboard animal creates tiger diversion

Macy Moyers wanted to do something special for her final week as a summer intern at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. She created a ...

August 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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