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Top bidder to name cougar cubs

Two male cougar cubs that arrived at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo this spring are waiting to be named - but they won't have to wait much longer.

August 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Commissioner Schartz re-elected

Jennifer Schartz was virtually assured election for a fourth term Tuesday as Barton County Commissioner for District 5. Schartz and Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings faced off in the Republican primary, but the winner will be unopposed in the November general election unless someone wages a write-in campaign.

August 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​BCC to show budget, Camp Aldrich plan and new dorm in one day

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, for the purpose of holding a public hearing on the 2014-2015 budget. The board will also vote on whether to accept an insurance settlement of more than $2 million for the construction of a new Dining Hall at Camp Aldrich, and hold its monthly board study session.

August 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Stolen property recovered in Barton County

The Barton County Sheriff's Office has been recovering stolen property over the last five days, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Monday.

August 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Little Free Library photos

Think Small: Little Free Libraries boost reading and sharing

August 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Think Small: Little Free Libraries boost reading and sharing

At first glance, the wooden boxes popping up in Barton County might be mistaken for a new version of Great Bend's big, decorative "bird houses." But these structures have something inside - books - all free for the taking.

August 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dream Center changing lives

Great Bend's Central Kansas Dream Center, located in the former Roosevelt School at 2100 Broadway Ave., is all about "reaching hurting people, restoring families (and) realizing dreams." Director Kimberly Becker recently spoke at a Noon Kiwanis meeting and described the ministries at the site, along with plans for growth.

July 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Hate crimes

Great Bend residents routinely call the police to report that their cars or garages have been splattered with eggs or paint balls, and usually they're advised to wash everything off and call back if there was any actual damage. Sadly, vandals took it up a notch this week by writing racial slurs on the vehicles of a black family.

July 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Police continue probe after shots fired at car

The .40 caliber bullet holes in Chrystal Wilson's 2002 Ford Taurus are proof that shots were fired. The Great Bend Police Department is still sorting out what actually happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 1318 Macarthur Road.

July 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Three fake $100s turned in to police

Great Bend's Burger King is out $300 and the Great Bend Police Department received three counterfeit $100 bills this week.

July 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Akings, Lebbin spend most money on primary

Dean Akings has outspent incumbent Jennifer Schartz in the Republican primary election for Barton County Commissioner representing District 5. In District 4's Republican primary, incumbent Ken Lebbin has outspent the challenger, Alicia D. (Schartz) Straub.

July 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Gunfire leads to two arrests

Two Great Bend men were taken to jail early Sunday after shots were fired at 1318 Macarthur Road. Dennis Morrison was initially booked on a charge of attempted first-degree murder and Jacob Keenan was booked on charges of aggravated burglary and criminal threat, although further investigation led to lesser charges for both men.

July 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Hudson Chicken Ride part of annual celebration

HUDSON - The Hudson community in Stafford County will hold its annual Chicken Ride, Turkey Trot or Not, and Ham & Jam this Saturday, Aug. 2.

July 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Library holds huge food fight

The spaghetti was flying - as was the ketchup, mustard, whipped cream and Hawaiian Punch - Friday afternoon on the lawn of the Great Bend Public Library.

July 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Courthouse will be open Saturday, Aug. 2

The Barton County Courthouse will be open Saturday for anyone wishing to vote in the primary election, County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said. The courthouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including over the noon hour.

July 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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100 GBCT productions

Great Bend Community Theatre's first play was "Night Watch," which opened in November of 1982 at Roosevelt Junior High School.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘The Kitchen Witches’ is a wicked funny treat

Great Bend Community Theatre's 100th production is "The Kitchen Witches," winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights contest.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tell Them

If you think consolidating rural school districts down to one per county is a bad idea, be sure to let your Kansas legislators know.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Health Equipped

Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC adds safety alerts

Barton Community College has purchased two mobile phone applications for improved campus safety.

February 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Spelling Bee set for Saturday

Barton County's annual spelling bee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Great Bend High School Auditorium.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Attorney says office needs more space, attorneys

Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said his office prosecuted close to 2,300 newly filed cases in 2015, for charges ranging "from murder to seat ...

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ike exhibit at Eisenhower School

Friday was Kansas Day, which was reason enough for Kansas native Amelia Earhart to visit Riley Elementary School. Calamity Jane, who also visited the school ...

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ride Into History

There were two special visitors – or were there four? – Friday at Riley Elementary School.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton showcases new welding lab

Barton Community College showed off its new Welding Lab by hosting a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Eisenhower celebration photos

Eisenhower Elementary School, Great Bend, Kansas, Jan. 28, 2016.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


THEY LIKE IKE

One Great Bend elementary school celebrated its origins Thursday, following the suggestion of the Eisenhower Foundation on the 125th anniversary year of the birth of ...

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed: Proposal won't save money

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed said a proposal in the Kansas Legislature to consolidate more school districts would not save money but could hurt the ...

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas Day

Friday is Kansas Day, and the National Parks Foundation suggests a great way to celebrate the Sunflower State's 155th birthday is by visiting one ...

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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