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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


Inmate in custody after walking away from Barton County Jail

This story has been updated.

June 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Summer reading programs start Monday

The Great Bend Public Library has a new look going into the summer reading programs. The front desk has moved and the Children's Department has been refurnished.

June 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Tax Troubles: Deep Cuts Hurt Most of Us

Enjoy your tax cut, Kansans.

June 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Cale sculpture going up at Historical Society

The history of Barton County, from unbroken grassland to modern wind turbines, is the latest subject for Great Bend artist Chet Cale.

June 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Nex-Tech Zoo Fest is Saturday

The annual Nex-Tech Zoo Fest runs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. There will be free food and live entertainment for the whole family.

June 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas SpeedWeek cruisers return

The weather at the first of May was decidedly un-springlike, forcing several outdoor events to reschedule. The last day of May was more to everyone's liking, and the Kansas SpeedWeek Cruise Night brought dozens of classic cars and racers to Great Bend's Jack Kilby Square.

June 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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County approves May proclamations

Physical and mental health were on the agenda at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting.

May 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo prepares for World Binturong Day

Poppy, the 6-month-old binturong at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, made an appearance at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said this Saturday, May 9, is World Binturong Day.

May 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Cinco de Mayo 2015 photo gallery

May 2, 2015, Great Bend, Kansas

May 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Cinco de Mayo offers taste of Mexico

In 1994, many Great Bend residents were unfamiliar with the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo – of Fifth of May. Now a spring tradition, the city's 22nd annual Cinco de Mayo Festival drew a crowd to Jack Kilby Square on Saturday.

May 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


National Day of Prayer observance planned

Great Bend Christians will come together for the 64th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7. One Hope Ministries is sponsoring an interdenominational program based on this year's theme, "Lord, Hear Our Cry," at 7 p.m. at the Crest Theater, 1908 Lakin Ave. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Center for Spirituality celebrates heroes

This week the public was invited to join the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend for tea and savory delights as the Heartland Center for Spirituality staff and advisory council celebrated the inaugural "Hero for Heartland" event on April 26.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


'The Mandate' challenges men to step up

Central Kansas men have a mandate to step up and be responsible fathers and leaders.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fair share: Undo the 2012 tax 'cuts'

Last week the Kansas League of Women Voters elected co-presidents Marge Arhens of Topeka and Carole Neal of Wichita to lead the nonpartisan organization. Citing a tax position based on League's 2013 tax study, the new co-presidents issued a statement calling for a balanced and fair three-pronged system of state taxation which returns the use of the income tax to the 2012 level.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Attorney General visits Kiwanis

The top legal officer of the state of Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, visited Great Bend on Wednesday. Schmidt was the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting, which drew as many guests as members for his luncheon program.

April 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Library starts May with 2 movies

Friday, May 1 is movie day at the Great Bend Public Library, according to Jennifer King, marketing and YA librarian.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Gallery: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Men in heels

Great Bend's sixth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event raised awareness and funds to combat violence against women.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County attorney seeks prison sentence for Miller

Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews wants the woman who stole from the Central Prairie Honor Flight program to spend time in prison.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


A family tradition: Bowman Family Press Box dedidcated

Sunday marked the first time a ceremonial "first pitch" was thrown prior to a baseball game at Barton Community College's Lawson-Biggs Field. Cougar booster Rob Bowman was given the honor to mark the construction of the new Bowman Family Press Box,

April 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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