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Zoo News: Animals adapt to colder weather

After 13.5 inches of snow fell on Great Bend in late December, the temperatures plunged and so did attendance at the Brit Spaugh Zoo.

January 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Carving a niche

Gerard Holinde never considered himself artistic, but with some encouragement from members of the local woodcarving club the Great Bend man has become an award-winning craftsman in just three years. In November he entered several pieces in the 33rd annual Kaw Valley Woodcarving Show at Topeka and came back with seven ribbons: two for first-place, two for second place, one for third place and two honorable mentions.

January 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

New options for New Year’s taxi service

This year more than ever, there's no excuse for drinking and driving on New Year's Eve.

December 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

‘Light to Unite’ night trek planned

Local event organizers have come up with a new way to view part of the Trail of Lights before the lights are turned off for another year. The first "Light to Unite" glow run/bike/walk will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at three parks in Great Bend.

December 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

South Hoisington stories preserved

A project to preserve the history of South Hoisington started with a mini-grant from the Kansas Humanities Council but grew into a major undertaking for the Barton County Historical Society. The historical society has until Jan. 31 to fulfill the terms of the grant, but research on the community will continue, said Beverly Komarek, executive director of the historical society's museum.

December 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Slide-offs result in minor injuries

As the snow fell Saturday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office warned motorists to stay off the roads if possible, and the Emergency Accident Reporting System went into effect. Motorists did not have to immediately report non-injury accidents if no alcohol was involved and the roadway was not blocked, but were advised to report accidents as soon as possible after the storm had cleared.

December 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC prepares for new season of GED students

Nationwide changes are coming in 2014 for General Educational Development exams and how they are administered. Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.

December 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

‘Miss Amanda’ heads Children’s Department at library

The new head librarian in the Children's Department at Great Bend Public Library is no stranger to children who visit the area regularly. Amanda Moran-Jones joined the staff two years ago as the assistant children's librarian and was promoted to the head children's librarian with the departure of Eric Coulbourne.

December 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Saving the past

On Wednesday morning, a chunk fell off of the building at the corner of Williams St. and Forest Ave.

December 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Injury accidents reported

Three rollover accidents were reported Monday in Barton County, and a Sterling couple was injured Tuesday in Reno County.

December 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Marijuana found in Broadway bust

Editor's note: This story has been updated from a version originally published on the website which listed an address on Holland St. This clarifies the arrest was not at the residence.

December 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Roger Fry to introduce ‘Tip of the Spear’ at book signing

Local writer Roger Fry has created an American action hero for his novel, "The Chronicles of John Grant - Volume One: Tip of the Spear." The public can hear him read from his new work at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St.

December 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC trustees plan Topeka trip

Some of the trustees of Barton Community College will join President Dr. Carl Heilman when he travels to Topeka next month at the start of the next Legislative session. Gov. Sam Brownback will give his State of the State address on Jan. 15, and Heilman is encouraging trustees to come to Topeka for two or three days.

December 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

DeBolt family protests killers’ web appearance

Friends and family of Alicia DeBolt were shocked last week when it appeared that the man who murdered the 14-year-old girl from Great Bend might be seeking pen pals on Internet site Write A Prisoner.

December 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Seniors often targets of scams, aggressive marketing

Scam artists are always finding new ways to prey on senior citizens, or new twists on old cons. But seniors also have to be aware of aggressive marketing ploys that may be perfectly legal, a representative for senior services said.

December 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

More Art Among Friends photos

Meet the Art Among Friends members at an exhibit reception from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Great Bend Public Library.

October 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Art Among Friends

Before the "Art Among Friends" exhibit was completely installed at the Great Bend Public Library, contributing artist Barbara Jo Converse Stevens was enjoying the show.

October 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Geneva rules

The Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was a weapons free zone. Everyone fighting in the area was supposed to know its coordinates. But ...

October 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

NASA offical to speak at Jack Kilby Science Day

An official from NASA will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual Jack Kilby Science Day. The public is invited to attend as Raphael ...

October 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

Kids get a room of their own at GBPL

The new interior walls that separate the children's area from the rest of the Great Bend Public Library are something librarians have requested for ...

October 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

‘Humphrey’ fans attend Nocturnal Nights

Sunset was still a couple of hours away Monday as the Great Bend Public Library started its first of three Nocturnal Night programs. A crowd ...

October 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Wanted: Halloween costumes to share

Volunteers are seeking donations of new or used Halloween costumes to share with children.

October 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Step up: The path is clear

This weekend, area residents can walk to support veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Walk to End Alzheimer's or just walk for personal well ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Stonehill, Storm sing at River of Life

The crowd was small, but some people traveled more than 100 miles last Monday to hear Randy Stonehill and Buck Storm present an acoustic concert ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Chicken-fried chicken dinner set to raise funds for youth conference

The NCYC Youth of Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend are raising money to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

More photos from Holy Family School

Photos taken Oct. 1, 2015; Lone Star Action Sports team outside Holy Family School in Great Bend.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Skater, BMX bikers thrill students

A champion inline skater and two professional BMX bikers rolled into the Holy Family School parking lot Thursday morning. The Lone Star Action Sports team ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo News: Wine in the Wild

The Nex-Tech Wine in the Wild event on Sept. 26 raised $7,248 for the Great Bend Zoological Society, according to sponsors.

September 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

New twists on Homecoming traditions

Great Bend High School's Homecoming Royalty will ride in style at Friday's parade.

September 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Bikes and pedestrians ready to hit the road

People who walk or ride bicycles on the streets of Great Bend told a consultant Tuesday that the city's streets and sidewalks can be ...

September 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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