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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


ENERGY OF LIFE

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


Check out the Internet at GBPL

Starting Monday, Dec. 22, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will begin lending portable WiFi Hotspot devices to library patrons wishing to expand the library's Internet access. Wifi Hotspot lending will be part of a pilot project initiated by the State Library of Kansas, in partnership with New York Public Library and the Knight Foundation.

December 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Some Children See Him

Nine students from Great Bend's Seventh-day Adventist School took time out from an art project Friday and traveled to the Cherry Village nursing home to present their Christmas music program. A room full of residents and guests listened to the 30-minute program.

December 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​IRS scam calls target Barton County

The Great Bend Police Department and the Barton County Sheriff's Office both received reports this past week from people who were the intended victims of con artists. They reported getting phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

December 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Zoo construction

The big cats at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo this week include Bobcats and other earth movers as City of Great Bend employees work on the former wolf exhibit. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said the exhibit is being worked on and will hold coyotes in the future. "Coyotes are more agile than wolves," she said, so the fence will be raised. They also like to dig, so the pen will be lined with chain link to prevent escape.

March 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tiny railroads featured at swap meet

Years in the making, a miniature world is housed in the basement of Great Bend's First United Methodist Church. That's where the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association meets and stores a display all of the members have worked on, vice president Rich Fox said.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Seven candidates seek USD 428 school board positions

Editor's note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday's Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


His Hands Puppets coming to Hoisington

HOISINGTON - The public is invited to a free puppet show, "Garbage In Garbage Out," at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Country Place Senior Living, 259 West Sixth St. in Hoisington. The program is sponsored by Country Place.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Respect the office

When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

March 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Saturday in the park

Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grant funds opportunity for teen interns at library

Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff diagnosed with cancer; promotes screening

Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


TOT SPOT

Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the "Tot Spot" ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


It's not mandatory

President Obama told an audience this week that mandatory voting might not be a bad idea. "It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything," he said Wednesday at a town hall-style event in Cleveland, Ohio.

March 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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