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Suspect, wanted since May, arrested on child endangerement charge

A Great Bend woman who allegedly left a 5-year-old child in a vehicle as she fled from officers last May was arrested over the weekend.

September 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Ellinwood hosts state firefighter training

Firefighters from across southwest Kansas visited Ellinwood this weekend to take part in free training from the Kansas State Firefighters Association. They spent most of Saturday in classes that included field training, and today they'll step inside a specially equipped trailer for a "live-burn" exercise with thermal imaging equipment.

September 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Ocean messages

The world was in awe Monday after 64-year-old Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, covering 110 miles in just under 53 hours.

September 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Kids Ag Day

Mike Burnham's horse, Pistol, was a nervous volunteer for Wednesday's shoeing demonstration.

September 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo news: Three continents represented in tortoise pen

Visitors at Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend can get a good look at turtles and tortoises in their new exhibit area – and the turtles like it, too. The tortoise pen is located next to the new playground area, which is next to the reptile house.

September 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Police report broken windows

Great Bend Police received multiple reports Saturday of broken windows in vehicles around town. Estimated damage in most cases was $200 to $300 per window. Many of the windows were shot out with a BB gun, according to reports.

September 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Corrections inmates eligible for parole hearings

Two Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties are scheduled for parole hearings in October and could be eligible for parole in November.

September 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton prepares for GED testing changes

Barton Community College is preparing for nationwide changes to General Educational Development exams and how they are administered, said Chris Lemon, coordinator of Adult Education at BCC.

August 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Trinity UMC on first phase of Community Coat Redistribution

Trinity United Methodist Church is conducting a Community Coat Redistribution so everyone will be sure to have a warm coat this winter.

August 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Labor Day: It's time to raise $7.25

Thursday was a day of protest in cities across the nation, with fast food workers calling for the $7.25 minimum wage to more than double, to $15 per hour.

August 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Hunter Education classes filling fast

Between now and the opening of pheasant and quail season in November, hundreds of Kansas youths will enroll in Kansas Hunter Education courses. Locally, the classes are almost always filled, says Garet Fitzpatrick, coordinator of leisure programs at the Great Bend Recreation Commission.

August 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Firefighters conduct confined-space training

The swimmers are gone and the water has been drained from Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility, so firefighters took the opportunity Wednesday to do some confined-space training at the city water park.

August 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC introduces smartphone apps

It happens every fall at Barton Community College: New students wander around the campus, studying maps and class schedules as they try to figure out were they should be at any given moment.

August 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Officers buy flagpole for police department

It's been several years since Old Glory flew from a flagpole at the Great Bend Police Department, but that will change this week. On Friday, thanks to a donation from the Fraternal Order of Police, a new pole was installed.

August 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Purses snatched from vehicles this week

Local law enforcement reports several vehicles have been broken into, and purses and other items stolen this week.

August 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


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​Controlled burns blow out of control

Blowing embers caused two controlled fires in burn pits to spread on Tuesday, requiring assistance from the Great Bend Fire Department, Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

July 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Several burglaries reported Tuesday

Purses and wallets were reportedly stolen from vehicles this week in Great Bend.

July 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: Fox babies here for short time

A skulk of foxes can be seen at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Riley, Park schools get Chromebooks

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.

June 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Report: BCC hits mark on Workforce Training

Barton Community College trustees heard good news this past week from the dean of Workforce Training & Community Education, Elaine Simmons.

June 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Vacation days: Take ‘em if you got ‘em

The June 1 cover story in Time magazine asks, "Who killed summer vacation?"

June 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Garrett hired as Barton VP

Dr. Robin Garrett was named vice president of instruction and student services Thursday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met. Dr. Garrett replaces Dr. Penny Quinn, who left to become president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill.

June 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camp Hope lives up to its name

Super Gummi Bears, Ninja Tiger Dogs and Jeff Goldblum's Dinosaur Dance Party are some of the names chosen by teams at the 2015 Camp Hope.

June 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers needed to visit long-term care homes

When LaRea Cravens became a volunteer ombudsman at an assisted-living facility in Barton County, her daughter asked her what that entailed.

June 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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