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Honor Flights: Korean War vets visit memorials

Mike VanCampen doesn't know how many World War II veterans are living in Kansas, but he continues to hear from them. As president of the Kansas Honor Flight program, VanCampen routinely schedules expense-paid trips so that veterans can see their war memorials in Washington, D.C.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

More gun show photos

The Gun and Knife Show continues Sunday at Expo I.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

​New Year’s Tradition: Gun and Knife Show

Expo I was the scene Saturday for the fourth annual gun and knife show in Great Bend. Spokesman Anthony Lutz said the show sponsored by RK Shows Inc. will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo prepares for Spidey’s 50th birthday

Spidey, the spider monkey at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will turn 50 years old this month. Spidey is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


The tai chi classes Dee Krier teaches for the Great Bend Recreation Commission defy the conventional wisdom of American fitness gurus. While Westerners tend to "burn" energy and use phrases such as "No pain, no gain," Eastern philosophy sees energy as life giving. "You use it to create more energy," she said.

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo director proud of accomplishments

Five years ago, the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo was at a turning point. Scott Gregory was the new zoo director, charged with improving the facility's safety and moving toward accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Stolen trailer ditched after citizen follows thieves

CLAFLIN - A rural Barton County man who was on his way to work saw a suspicious pickup leaving the Claflin Lumber Yard around 6 a.m. Monday and decided he would follow. As a result, a stolen solar panel and a stolen trailer were recovered, according to Barton County Undersheriff Bruce Green.

December 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Pedicab lawsuit coming to a close

Two Great Bend men's lives were forever changed by a drunk driver nearly two years ago. Today, accident victims Michael Tysver and Cody Clark, along with their families, continue to deal with the aftermath.

December 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Holiday crimes reported

Two people told the Great Bend Police that packages were stolen from their front porches on Christmas Eve. The thefts were reported Wednesday, Dec. 24, at 3626 23rd St. and at 4500 Quail Creek Dr.

December 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

New Year's Eve Taxi ready to roll

Area law enforcement agencies will be running full crews on New Year's Eve, keeping an eye out for drunk drivers.

December 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Beat the Grinch

Another Christmas is past, but the goodwill shared on Dec. 25 doesn't have to end.

December 25, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Argonne Project recalls World War I history

Nearly 100 years after President Woodrow Wilson called Americans to arms in a great crusade "to make the world safe for democracy," there are reminders of the Argonne Offensive.

December 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Former trooper pleads not guilty; former undersheriff on probation

Two former area law enforcement officers faced charges in Barton County District Court this year. One case has been resolved, and another is pending.

December 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

​Christmas Bird Count Monday Dec. 29

The Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count originally scheduled for Dec. 18 will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Lunch will be available for participants courtesy of the KWEC and Nature Conservancy.

December 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo gets new bearcat

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has a new animal - a 2-month-old binturong (BIN-tu-rong), commonly known as a bearcat. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said she will be kept in quarantine for about four weeks, which is the policy for any new animal. After that, she will become an education animal, which means she'll be able to travel with zoo staff for community programs.

December 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

Dogs kisses go for $1 a Pooch Smooch

The dog days of summer made a brief comeback of sorts this past Saturday; the temperature was an unseasonably warm 82 degrees, and the parking ...

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Four-year-old Sophia Nelson grinned and hugged her favorite public television celebrity, Curious George, as a family member snapped a photo.

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

At issue

After Wednesday's Presidential debate, one network interviewed a group of people who, going into the event, were still undecided about who to vote for ...

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Exhibits move from trails to rails

Somewhere in Barton County, north of Cheyenne Bottoms on privately owned land, Native Americans once cut crude drawings into an outcropping of sandstone.

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Halloween costume giveaway is Saturday

Kids will be able to get a new or recycled Halloween costume at no cost from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Great ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Great Bend native to toss coin at Chiefs game

Great Bend native Ashley Gorney will celebrate the end of radiation treatment for cancer by making the coin toss Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Do your job

Voters who are concerned about who is added to the Supreme Court over the next four years need to remember that a ninth justice could ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Reality U

Students often hear their lives will be different once they enter "the real world," so on Thursday Great Bend Middle School eighth graders got a ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Aiming High

The stunts performed by members of Lonestar Action Sports may be dangerous – at least without years of training – but the message for students was to ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

School board recognizes students

Great Bend High School instructor Andy Negaard and several of his students were recognized for outstanding achievement at Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board ...

October 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC looks at third-party courses

Barton Community College could expand its course offerings by connecting with third-party vendors, Dr. Robin Garret, vice president of instruction and student services, told college ...

October 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

School board tours new bus

School board members toured the new Panther activity bus Monday during the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

October 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

A&Z Zumba opens downtown

A&Z Zumba fitness studio opens Monday, Oct. 10, at 1911 Lakin Ave. in Great Bend.

October 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Business

Donate blood in October

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

October 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

New activity bus arrives at USD 428

The Great Bend USD 428 school board members and others who attend Monday's Board of Education meeting will have the opportunity to tour the ...

October 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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