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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


Barton VP candidate praises community colleges

Dr. Robin Garrett holds a Ph.D., but her higher education began with a course at a community college. The third of three candidates seeking the job of vice president of academics at Barton Community College visited the campus Tuesday for a public forum.

June 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Library submits 2016 budget to city

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has submitted a 2016 proposed budget totaling $739,600, requesting $640,000 from the City of Great Bend.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fact and fiction: Publicity raises awareness

The movie "Jurassic Park" and all of its sequels, including the new "Jurassic World," have provided a big boost to the advancement of paleontology, the study of fossils. Even though the franchise got so much wrong – starting with the title, which more accurately should have been "Cretaceous Park" – scientists in the field say the movies spark interest in a way that real fossils cannot.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Code enforcer promotes property maintenance

The City of Great Bend is raising the standard for property maintenance, Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker told a civic group this week. He expects new ordinances with "more teeth" to be enacted this summer.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Community funds created for youth swimming

The Golden Belt Community Foundation has established endowment and grant funds to support youth swim programs in the future, Foundation Director Christy Tustin said. Community donations are encouraged, and the first $100,000 will be matched by a group of anonymous donors.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The Boys in the Bank

The Kansas Legislature's latest attempt to pass a budget seemed doomed from the start.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC trustees fill four positions

A six-month search for Barton Community College's next executive director of institutional advancement ended Thursday when the board of trustees hired Nancy Wiebe of Wichita.

June 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 approves pool lease with BCC

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with Barton Community College. Superintendent Brad Reed said the agreement, in effect, guarantees the school district can continue to use the college's indoor pool for the next 12 years with a $10,000 a year lease.

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​New teachers hired for fall

A summary of items approved Monday by the USD 428 school board:

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Suspect found with stolen boat and motors

A stolen boat was recovered Saturday and a suspect was arrested, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Youth Academy takes teens behind the scenes

Great Bend youths spent most of the day Friday learning what makes the City of Great Bend tick. For the 41st Youth Academy, they visited areas seldom seen, such as the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and places they thought they knew, such as the zoo.

June 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Nex-Tech TV crew visits Great Bend Zoo

Nex-Tech's cable TV show "What's Happening Now" has been highlighting events and attractions in Hays and other parts of western Kansas for several episodes. This past week, host Jenny Leiker and crew visited the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, an attraction Leiker said she has loved since moving to this area. A full 30-minute segment will be dedicated to the zoo.

June 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City Band gives nod to Kansas weather

Steven Lueth knows that the Great Bend City Band's summer concert season is at the mercy of fickle Kansas weather. When the band kicked off its 2015 series a week ago, the concert had to move across the street and indoors, to the comfort of the Crest Theater. This Thursday, music lovers were able to listen outdoors, with the performance in the Moses Band Shell south of the Barton County Courthouse.

June 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Furlough? Legislature need to pass a budget today

The Kansas Legislature, as of Thursday evening, has not passed a 2016 budget. If the situation doesn't change soon, many state employees will go on mandatory, unpaid furloughs at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

June 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Possible case of mumps reported at GBHS

The Barton County Health Department is investigating a possible mumps case at Great Bend High School.

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Goss, Cavanaugh join GBHS Hall of Fame

There were standing ovations Friday for longtime Great Bend resident Jean Cavanaugh and for Great Bend native Mike Goss, the two newest members of the ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers praised for helping schools

At the Feb. 13 Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, interim superintendent Khris Thexton noted that volunteers spend more than 120 hours a ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Education


ROSE Award

Jody Messersmith received a ROSE award (Recognizing Outstanding Support of Education) from Great Bend USD 428 at the Feb. 13 board of education meeting.

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Education


LOVE, SEX and the IRS

A farce about dodging taxes and scamming the Internal Revenue Service will have audiences laughing at the next Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Love, Sex ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tribune brings Army Jazz Band to town

The 312th Army Jazz Band from Lawrence is coming to the Crest Theater to perform at the 23rd annual Great Bend Jazz Festival. This free ...

February 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Program offers help with college, career planning

Before heading out on job interviews or seeking financial aid for education beyond high school, students at Barton County Academy – and anyone else who cares ...

February 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


PTRC open house Thursday

Great Bend USD 428's Parent Teacher Resource Center (PTRC) will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb ...

February 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge's decision to help illegal immigrant reversed

The Kansas Court of Appeals has reversed Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty's decision to set aside the identity theft conviction of a woman ...

February 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC revenue down, but oil values rise

Barton Community College's revenue in January 2017 was down about $6 million from the same time last year, although most of that was due ...

February 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School calendar adopted for 2017-18

"You're going to be debt-free. I think the district is in great financial shape." - Vickie Dreiling, Certified Public Accountant with Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball ...

February 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A voice for ag in Washington

Each year, more than 150 farmers and ranchers from across Kansas participate in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


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