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Hirsh conviction partially overturned

The Kansas Court of Appeals has overturned former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Darrin Hirsh's conviction of aggravated assault, vacated his sentence and ordered a new trial. The court upheld the remainder of Hirsh's conviction stemming from the events of March 12, 2013.

October 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drone Club expands students' horizons

Fifth grader Jasmine Figaroa was a featured speaker at Thursday's school board meeting, sharing a video she made in Park School's Drone Club.

September 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Family by choice: Camp Hope

When Camp Hope got its start in 1983, there was nothing like it in the United States: A camp for children with cancer.

September 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Flying high

The 2017 Fly Kansas Air Tour gets underway Thursday morning in Wellington. Great Bend Municipal Airport isn't one of the stops on the three-day tour, but that doesn't mean good things aren't happening here.

September 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BartOnline launches ADA approved website

A new version of Barton Community College's "BartOnline.org" website was created with the Americans with Disabilities Act in mind. The site, which is more accessible for people with vision impairments, is scheduled to launch Wednesday.

September 26, 2017 | BartOnline launches ADA approved website | Local News


Family Reunion: Camp Hope's 35th

The family reunion Saturday afternoon wasn't about shared genealogy - it was about a shared experience. The Camp Hope family consists of hundreds of children and volunteers spanning 35 years.

September 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Signs show support for Dade Cannon

Some of the blue signs showing support for Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch are finding a new purpose - to welcome home 13-year-old Dade Cannon and to encourage him as he continues his battle with cancer.

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Young readers will help Harvey victims

Great Bend elementary students will have an opportunity help children in Texas schools hit by Hurricane Harvey. The community can participate by visiting the Great Bend Reading Initiative's lemonade stand, which will be in front of the courthouse during the GBHS Homecoming Parade at 3 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 29.

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Literacy push

If you're reading this, you've probably read a book or two. Perhaps you've read the top stories in today's newspaper or read about how your team is faring (Go Chiefs!). Speaking of newspapers, George Burns famously said, "I get up every morning and read the obituary column. If my name's not there, I eat breakfast."

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Next (interim) city administrator visits Great Bend

Great Bend's next interim city administrator is looking forward to a "quiet and uneventful" transition when he steps into the position on Oct. 9.

September 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family donates $25K to Barton Athletics

Barton Community College's Athletic Department will receive another $25,000 donation from Kip and Kelly Spray, bringing their total giving in the past two years above $125,000, administrators said Tuesday. The BCC Board of Trustees voted to extend a contract for naming rights by three years, making sure the weight room at the Kirkman Building will be known as the Kip & Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center through the end of 2037.

September 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


StoryWalk

Reading a children's book does not usually involve much physical activity, unless the book is part of a StoryWalk.

September 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend tackles drop in ACT scores

Great Bend High School has seen its ACT Scores creeping downward in the last five year years, Superintendent Khris Thexton told the school board this past week. The average score is also below the state average.

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family plans donation to BCC

The Kip and Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center at Barton Community College is sure to bear that name until at least 2034, and another $25,000 gift from the Sprays may extend the "facilities naming contract" through 2037.

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Maple Street

In the classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," (1960) the neighbors on "Maple Street U.S.A.," in an idyllic American town, suddenly encounter unexplainable events and conclude they are the result of an alien invasion. (In a later remake, "The Monsters are on Maple Street," (2003) they suspect there has been a terrorist attack.) In the end, the neighbors turn on each other and innocent blood is shed. Even though they weren't exactly wrong about the aliens/terrorists, the real damage came from within.

September 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


My computer needs an attitude adjustment

We have new time clocks here at the Great Bend Tribune.

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


County spellers prepare for ‘The Bee’

Barton County students have been consulting their dictionaries and studying lists of words in anticipation of the annual Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Great Bend ...

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Energy use at BCC discussed

Energy usage on the Barton Community College is down from 2000, even though there have been additions to the campus since then, BCC Vice President ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Christian Unity Service open to all

The Barton County Association of Churches will hold its annual Christian Unity Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Prince of Peace ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Nearsighted

In September 2010, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a 10-year strategic agenda for the state's public higher education system. Entitled Foresight 2020, the ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


New primate at Great Bend Zoo

The dream of a companion for Zito, the 23-year-old male Lar gibbon at Great Bend's zoo, has come true.

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas considers cutting hours needed for college degrees

Changes being discussed by the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Board of Education include reducing the number of credit hours needed for bachelor ...

January 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barbara Millard receives Great Bend Greater Award

It wasn't easy to schedule time with Barbara Millard so she could receive the Great Bend Greater Award.

January 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley’s Tanner Dahlke wins Kansas Horizon Award

Tanner Dahlke's hands-on, sometimes crazy approach to education at Riley Elementary School has earned him a state award after his first year as a ...

January 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 pursues share of $27M grant

New and retiring board of education members for Great Bend USD 428 received pies from Perkins at Monday's meeting.

January 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting

Monday's meeting at a glance

January 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life and death

A recent "prank call" to Wichita's 911 resulted in the death of an unarmed man whose only crime was opening the door to his ...

January 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


‘Flavor’ event will raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

The area Habitat for Humanity group will again sponsor Barton County's Got Flavor, a fun evening of food paired with dueling pianos. Tickets are ...

January 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: Meet Jessie and Gilbert

Two relative newcomers to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are Jessie Sayre, who started as a zookeeper last October, and Gilbert, a Panther Chameleon ...

January 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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