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​Juveniles suspected of racist chalk graffiti

Detective David Bailey said the Great Bend Police Department is close to wrapping up a recent case where someone used window chalk to write racist graffiti on the cars of an African American family.

August 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


First United Methodist Church rattling traditions

At one of Great Bend's historic churches, the congregation is focusing on "church outside the walls."

August 14, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Taxing crime

The trouble with tax cuts is that they cost so much.

August 14, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Guadalupe Zamora up for parole hearing for 1990s kidnapping

A man convicted of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sodomy in Barton County is eligible for a parole hearing later this year, according to the Kansas Prisoner Review Board.

August 14, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


One last splash!

Today, Saturday and Sunday.

August 14, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Officers find suspected meth, stolen gun

Search warrants executed Tuesday evening in Great Bend yielded suspected methamphetamine and marijuana, and a stolen gun was recovered during a related traffic stop. A total of six people were arrested.

August 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


GBRC closes gyms for floor refinishing

The gymnasiums at Great Bend's City Auditorium and the Great Bend Activity Center are closed for the remainder of the month, GBRC board members learned Monday. Both gyms and the exercise area at the Activity Center closed Monday and will remain closed while floors are being refinished by the Great Bend Recreation Commission staff.

August 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC trustees give nod to Camp Aldrich rebuild

Demolition of the fire-ravaged Camp Aldrich dining hall will begin next Tuesday, the first step in construction of a new building. The Barton Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday and approved an insurance settlement of more than $2 million to build a new dining hall. Fire destroyed the main building at BCC's Camp Aldrich conference center last April.

August 07, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


CHANGING PLACES

Barton Community College is putting the final touches on Bluestem Hall, a three-story student housing building with 150 rooms. At a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman invited community members to tour the "recently completed - VERY recently completed" facility.

August 07, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Speed bump: Time to slooow down

The first day of school is just 10 days away, which means it's not too early to remind motorists to slow down.

August 07, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Top bidder to name cougar cubs

Two male cougar cubs that arrived at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo this spring are waiting to be named - but they won't have to wait much longer.

August 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Commissioner Schartz re-elected

Jennifer Schartz was virtually assured election for a fourth term Tuesday as Barton County Commissioner for District 5. Schartz and Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings faced off in the Republican primary, but the winner will be unopposed in the November general election unless someone wages a write-in campaign.

August 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​BCC to show budget, Camp Aldrich plan and new dorm in one day

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, for the purpose of holding a public hearing on the 2014-2015 budget. The board will also vote on whether to accept an insurance settlement of more than $2 million for the construction of a new Dining Hall at Camp Aldrich, and hold its monthly board study session.

August 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Stolen property recovered in Barton County

The Barton County Sheriff's Office has been recovering stolen property over the last five days, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Monday.

August 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Little Free Library photos

Think Small: Little Free Libraries boost reading and sharing

August 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Ukuleles and robots on Great Bend teacher wish lists

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories about minigrants awarded to teachers by the USD Education Foundation.

April 30, 2016 | Information compiled by Jennifer Schartz, USD 428 | Local News


Make and Take

Nearly 20 years ago, Great Bend USD 428's Steve Wolf visited Wichita and saw a resource center where teachers could find everything they needed ...

April 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley School reports reading success

At the start of this school year, 45 percent of the students at Riley Elementary School were reading at their grade level. The staff hoped ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Safe gas

In January of 2001, natural gas escaped from an underground storage cavern and exploded in Hutchinson, claiming two lives.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Community colleges weigh in on mergers

The state's 19 community colleges aren't opposed to mergers involving universities and technical schools, but they are concerned about how mergers will affect ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


TEAM PANTHER

Instead of backpacks full of books, some students at Great Bend High School were seen carrying work boots into the school Wednesday morning. The entire ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS Community Service Day photos

Great Bend High School students started their fourth Community Service Day with an all-school assembly recognizing volunteer service. They received commemorative T-shirts as they boarded ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lobbyist for community colleges visits Barton

The executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees braved predicted inclement weather Tuesday to drive from Topeka for the Barton Community College ...

April 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Faculty contracts on BCC agenda

Faculty contracts are on the agenda for the next meeting of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, April ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Battin leaving USD 428

The resignation of Great Bend High School instructor/coach Chris Battin is on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Blues HOF members coming to Macksville

MACKSVILLE - The seventh annual Macksville Bikes & Blues Rally will be held May 6-8 in the City Park at Macksville. There will be live music, food ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Earth Day at the Great Bend Zoo

Representatives from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change Friday, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, marking a major milestone on ...

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Migration Rally taking late registrations

The conditions are ideal for next weekend's "Great Migration Rally," said Pam Martin at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Organizers have extended the registration ...

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grant County missing person investigation

GRANT COUNTY - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting Grant County law enforcement in its search for a man who went missing earlier this month ...

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Newest AA, NA listings added to Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


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