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Investigation continues in hit-and-run fatality

It's been nearly a month since 33-year-old Rhiannon Young died after being hit by a motorist who then drove away on the U.S. 281 Bypass. The Great Bend Police Department continues to investigate, Detective David Bailey said.

November 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Beautiful Beginnings, Barristers win Charity Chili Cook-off

Beautiful Beginnings won the Tasters Choice Award at the 2013 Charity Chili Cook-off, Saturday in downtown Great Bend. Those who bought a $5 taster bracelet were allowed to sample the chili from 11 entrants, and to vote for their favorite. The entrants donated the chili, and proceeds will go to the Barton County Food Bank, said Sarah Krom with Sunflower Diversified Services, event organizer.

November 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Bus donation helps Prodigal Ministries

Prodigal Ministries, a local endeavor that helps homeless men get a fresh start, recently received a 12-passenger bus from the Great Bend campus of CrossPoint Church.

November 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine helps food banks

Advanced Therapy and Sports Medicine celebrated National Physical Therapy Month in October by organizing its third annual community food drive. As the Give Back Community Food Drive concluded Thursday, employees at the Great Bend location, 3715 10th St., filled the back of a jeep with non-perishable food items people had donated during the month.

November 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Business


Pro-choice: Roberts defends school vouchers

Last week, Senator Pat Roberts joined 29 other Senators in "calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to explain why his Justice Department is suing to force 570 needy children to remain in failing public schools based solely on their skin color."

October 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Dream Center welcomes Phoenix visionaries

A nonprofit organization with the motto "Reaching Hurting People, Restoring Families, Realizing Dreams" quietly got underway in Great Bend last August. Now the Central Kansas Dream Center, located at 2100 Broadway Ave., will host some guests from Phoenix, Ariz., to train local program leaders and help others better understand the vision for central Kansas.

October 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Father, son charged with felony ripoff

A Great Bend man says he was ripped off by local auto mechanics David Stanley Sr. and David Stanley Jr., who have each been charged with one count of felony theft by deception.

October 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Preliminary hearing set for attempted murder suspect

A preliminary hearing for Robert Dale Nicholas on the charge of attempted first degree murder has been set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Barton County District Court.

October 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Third suspect charged in January shooting

A third suspect has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 31 shooting of Jose Saul Torres Jr. at a Great Bend residence.

October 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Prairie Godmothers unite to serve

There's a new community service group in town – one that hopes to do magic. Melanie Calcara, one of the founders of Prairie Godmothers, said this group of "women helping women" hopes to provide funds for critical short-term needs not met by other community resources.

October 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend Public Library upcoming events

Upcoming programs at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., were announced by Jennifer King, marketing and Young Adult librarian.

October 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


I know you are

The government shut down because one side refused to negotiate. Threw a tantrum because it didn't get its way.

October 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Judgement House set to open

The public can catch a glimpse of heaven and hell in this year's Judgement House, which opens Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway. The title for this year's Halloween drama is "Revenge! When Rage Takes Control."

October 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC service area expands beyond central Kansas

On a Kansas map, the service regions for the state's 19 community colleges are pretty straightforward. But Barton Community College's reach extends well beyond the official area of Barton, Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Rush, Russell and Stafford counties. These days, Barton instructors can be found at Grandview Plaza in Geary County, Fort Riley and now Fort Leavenworth.

October 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Smoke detector alerts man to house fire

The owner of a house at 317 Locust St. awoke shortly before 3:48 a.m. Saturday when his smoke detector went off. Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said the man, Jesus Hernandez, went to the back bedroom where the smoke detector was located and found light smoke in the bedroom. He also saw the electrical outlet was charred and burning and had caused the bedding next to the outlet to smolder.

October 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Great Bend Police recover gun, brass knuckles

The Great Bend Police Department responded to a report at 12:27 a.m. Monday, after a male was seen rummaging through vehicles on Aspen ...

August 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Two fires reported Saturday

The Great Bend Fire Department responded to two fire calls last Saturday, Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

August 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Late night traffic stops lead to arrests

Traffic stops made late Friday and early Saturday by Great Bend police officers led at least four arrests.

August 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jury to hear evidence in rape, burglary case

A jury heard opening arguments Monday in the trial of a Great Bend man accused of rape, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. Steven ...

August 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Big Benefit Auction photos

Mel and Darnell Holopirek were the Old Bill Honorees at the Barton Community College Foundation's Big Benefit Auction, Saturday, Aug. 22. The event, "A ...

August 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tot Spot to open Saturday

The grand opening of Great Bend's newest playground area, The Tot Spot, is set for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motto Musing

The Barton County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office has added "In God We Trust" decals to its vehicles, and posted a photo on its Facebook page.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Welding Lab bid goes to Great Bend firm

The Welding Certificate program at Barton Community College started this fall, and on Tuesday the BCC Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 10 complete ...

August 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend, Hoisington battle grass fire

A spark from a power line is the suspected cause of a Sunday afternoon fire that scorched grass and trees northeast of Great Bend. The ...

August 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Scukesters celebrate Hawaiian Statehood Day

The musical group The Scukesters had just finished a set at P Lee's Antiques & Memories in Pawnee Rock on Friday afternoon and was headed ...

August 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Inmates scheduled for parole hearings

Three Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties will be considered for parole this fall. The Prisoner Review Board will hold parole ...

August 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New apartments open with all units leased

A project years in the making was realized Thursday with the ribbon cutting on a new apartment complex, The Reserves at Trail Ridge.

August 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New apartments cause for celebration

The fact that 24 new apartments were all leased by the time they became available shows how badly Great Bend needed something like The Reserves ...

August 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Stuff the Bus

Donita Wolf from Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice takes another shopping cart of donated items to a waiting bus, Wednesday afternoon in front of the ...

August 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC Theater: All the drama stays on stage

Barton Community College Theater Director Erin Renard welcomed students to campus Wednesday with an open house in the renovated Fine Arts Auditorium.

August 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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