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Suspect jailed after court-ordered GPS fails

The Barton County Attorney's office recently sought to have the bond revoked on a Great Bend man facing charges of kidnapping, aggravated assault and domestic battery. Dalton Contrerez, 28, has been wearing an electronic monitoring device as a condition of his bond but reportedly allowed the device's battery to go dead on three or more occasions in February.

March 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Baker prepares for jury trial

A pretrial conference was held last week for William Howard Baker, 60, who is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal accident in 2014.

February 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County GOP chair says caucus matters

The Republican Caucus will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at various locations in Kansas. It is by secret ballot and any registered Republican can vote.

February 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Tribune asks KS Supreme Court to change gag order

The Great Bend Tribune has filed a petition in the Supreme Court of Kansas seeking to reverse a gag order issued by 20th Judicial District Judge Ron Svaty in a first-degree murder case.

February 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Hesston shooter was convicted felon

A Newton woman faces a charge of supplying Hesston shooter Cedric Ford, a convicted felon, with firearms.

February 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​GOP caucus to be held at Crest Theater

The Republican Caucus will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at various locations in Kansas. It is by secret ballot and any registered Republican can vote.

February 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Delano Jazz Orchestra coming to Jazz Festival

The Delano Jazz Orchestra will perform at the 22nd annual Great Bend Jazz Festival, to be held Sunday, March 13 at the Crest Theater. Doors will open at 2 p.m., and the Prairie Winds Jazz Combo, made up of local musicians, will entertain at 2:30.

February 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Oh no he didn't!

Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach had this to say at the Republican Party convention Feb. 20 in Overland Park, according to The Lawrence Journal World:

February 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC buys tech support for inmate education

Inmates at Ellsworth Correctional Facility will be able to use wireless devices for the Adult Education Program offered through Barton Community College, thanks to action taken Thursday by the college's board of trustees.

February 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Good times remembered

Photos taken Feb. 20, 2016, at the 94th Annual Meeting & Banquet for the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development.

February 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Proposed overtime changes could cost BCC $900,000

Trustees of Barton Community College will learn about the impact of a proposed change in employee overtime by the U.S. Department of Labor during the BCC Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The board will meet at 4 p.m. in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

February 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​The case for art

This week Erin Renard, director of the Theater Department at Barton Community College, spoke to the Great Bend Kiwanis Club about the impact the arts have on a community.

February 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School board meets with attorneys

The Barton County Sheriff's Office was at the ready when the Great Bend USD 428 school board met Thursday.

February 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School board meeting with attorney

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will meet with an attorney during its mid-month meeting, set for noon Thursday at the District Education Center, 201 South Patton Road.

February 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library late fees to halt in March

Great Bend Public Library plans to do away with late fees in March, even though the new policy on overdue materials hasn't been written. The plans were discussed Monday when the GBPL Board of Directors met.

February 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Crime Stoppers awards $500

It's not often that the Crime Stoppers board of directors gets to see where its money is going, but on Tuesday five people stepped ...

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pioneer Day

Great Bend's third graders were given a taste of life in the olden days on Wednesday. More than 200 children spent the day at ...

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: GBHS work study helps our zoo

Wednesday afternoon, 18-year-old Jacob Garcia from Great Bend High School was busy preparing a salad for Chunga, an African Crested Porcupine at the Great Bend ...

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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


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