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Homemade explosives lead to arrest

The Wichita Police Department's bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were called to the Highland Hotel after homemade explosive devices were found late Friday. A Great Bend man allegedly threw one at a man, but it didn't go off.

July 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Fires damage homes in Great Bend

A rental house and a duplex were damaged Monday in separate fires, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. No on was injured.

July 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County Historical Society completes sign project

Great Bend artist Chet Cale said he's thrilled that his latest work faces paintings by internationally famous Charles B. Rogers, who became known as "The Kansan." Cale's bas relief sculpture at the Barton County Historical Society is all about central Kansas.

June 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Still needed: Voting Rights Act isn't obsolete

The Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to strike down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, reasoning it is no longer needed in these more enlightened times. The law was created to prevent discrimination against racial minorities wanting to vote.

June 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


BCC trustees award bid for practice building

Brentwood construction company of Great Bend won the bid to build a practice building for Barton Community College for $362,990.

June 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Library hosts outdoor water fun

The Great Bend Public Library was no place for reading Wednesday afternoon, at least not outside where water games were going on. The children's department offered outdoor water games, starting with a water balloon toss.

June 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Arts Council returning to its roots

Anyone who wants a voice in the future of art in Barton County is invited to attend the Barton County Arts Council's annual meeting, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Arts Center, located at 1401 Main in Great Bend. It's free and open to the public.

June 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


​One dead, one injured in oilfield accident

One Great Bend man died and another Great Bend man was seriously injured Monday as the result of an oilfield accident in Trego County.

June 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


By any name, amphiumas are fun new exhibit

One of the newest animals at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo goes by an alias.

June 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Lawsuit Season

If the Kansas Legislature passed a law ordering all doctors to tell women considering abortion that, "abortion is a sin," it's likely that Gov. Sam Brownback would sign it.

June 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Russian pastors visit Great Bend

A Lutheran minister and a lay pastor from Russia are visiting Kansas this month, and will speak Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend.

June 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


It's not persecution

The Military District of Washington issued a statement concerning Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army Band.

June 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Hot cars quickly become deadly for children, pets

It doesn't take triple-digit temperatures outside for unattended vehicles to reach oven temperatures inside. But as summer weather returns to the Golden Belt, safety experts remind people to never leave a child or pet alone in a vehicle.

June 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Summer reading off to magical start

The yellow hard hats seen Monday at Great Bend Public Library weren't for construction work. Staff wore the hats to celebrate the theme for this year's summer reading program: "Dig Into Reading."

June 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


​SDS axes contract with Rec Commission

Last month the Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors approved a new contract to provide day services to Sunflower Diversified Services, but on Monday GBRC's Executive Director Diann Henderson said Sunflower won't approve a contract for the coming year.

June 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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​Fair is fair: Care workers deserve OT

Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.

April 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC raising rates at Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk Kansas Pep Rally planned

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC may cut staff this month

This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Ag talk

Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Victim says burglar came in through window

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman sentenced to 'Hard 25' for murder

Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budding artists' works displayed

What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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