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GBRC shares Blue Ribbon Award to promote health

Several people working to make Barton County a healthier place received some recognition and financial assistance Monday during the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting. Doug Vance, executive director of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association, visited the meeting along with representatives from BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas, to present a $2,500 facsimile check and a banner in honor of Great Bend winning the Blue Chip award.

May 13, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Trash talk

The senior class president of Heights High School in Wichita was suspended for the rest of the school year after posting a bit of trash talk about the school football team on Twitter.

May 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC may opt out of conceal carry law

Barton Community College trustees may request an exemption to a new gun law taking effect July 1.

May 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


German Wedding Roast a family tradition

One way to keep Mom out of the kitchen this Mother's Day is by taking her to lunch. Jeannie Munsch will be cooking German Wedding Roast to serve this Sunday at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBFD roundup: Fire marshal investigates basement fire

An investigator from the Kansas State Fire Marshal's office was in Great Bend Monday to determine the cause of a fire Sunday afternoon at 2011 Jackson St. It was one of several fire calls over the weekend, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

May 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Job Olympics celebrates abilities

Students from 13 schools demonstrated their life skills and vocational abilities Friday during the Job Olympics at Great Bend High School's Panther Activity Center.

May 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Landmark Bergthal Mennonite Church closing its doors

PAWNEE ROCK - Bergthal Mennonite Church was built to last forever, or at least until the Lord returned. Settlers had first outgrown a little stone church near Dundee, and then a wooden church northeast of Pawnee Rock. A massive brick building, complete with a bell tower, replaced the wooden building in 1915.

May 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Sharks vs. Jets it's not

On July 1, it will no longer be illegal to possess a switchblade knife in Kansas. Daggers, straight-edged razors and stilettos, once banned, will also be legal.

May 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: State inspection passed 'with flying colors'

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo underwent an inspection Wednesday from the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners, and Zoo Director Scott Gregory said the facility "passed with flying colors."

May 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Child's letter prompts Kansan's journey

A child's letter to the editor seeking information about Kansas prompted a Great Bend resident's upcoming visit to Conway School in Mt. Vernon, Wash.

April 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Speedweek

The week usually starts on Sunday, or some would say Monday, but in Great Bend a new week starts tomorrow (Saturday, April 27).

April 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Kansas Speedweek gets under way

Sunflower Rod & Custom Association is celebrating the 60th anniversary of drag racing at the old B-29 bomber runway west of Great Bend, and in a big way. Kansas Speedweek got under way Saturday with the first-ever West Central Super Quick Series.

April 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton Community College trustees go local with dorm bid

A local company was awarded the contract to build a $4.2 million, 172-bed dormitory for Barton Community College. BCC trustees on Thursday chose C.V. Cale Construction, Great Bend, over two lower bidders from other parts of the state.

April 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


​Kansas Honor Flight departing on first trip of 2013

HUTCHINSON - Honor Flights are still going on in Kansas, and 27 World War II veterans will be headed to Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning.

April 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


​Police investigate widespread vandalism

Several vehicles in various parts of Great Bend had windows broken over the weekend. In most cases, police reports show they were shot with BB guns or pellet guns, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department. There were also reports of broken windows on buildings, and other damage, including a vehicle at 2607 Forest Ave. that was keyed on Friday.

April 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Prisoner Review Board accepting public comments

Two men serving prison sentences for crimes committee in Pawnee County are eligible for hearings before the Kansas Prisoner Review Board in June. Public comments are being accepted this month.

May 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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


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