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'Short Sharp Shocked' singer told to shut up

Folk Singer Michelle Shocked was performing at Yoshi's in San Francisco on St. Patrick's Day when she said: "If someone would be so gracious as to please tweet out 'Michelle Shocked just said from stage, God hates f-----s.' Would you do it now?"

April 18, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Religion


They're all right

Next week, hundreds of our local students plan to donate some time to their home town.

April 18, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Life gets an open mic

Today is "Poem In Your Pocket Day." Even though it's not an official holiday, Barton Community College English instructor Jaime Oss hopes some of us will carry copies of poems in our pockets and give them to other people throughout the day.

April 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Adopt and Rescue finds new options for pound pups

The odds are against animals at the Golden Belt Humane Society. Found dumped in ditches our brought in by people who don't want them, the animals are kept as long as possible in hopes that someone will adopt them.

April 13, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'Duck Hunter Shoots Angel' caps off GBCT season

Great Bend Community Theatre wraps up its 2012-13 season this month with "Duck Hunter Shoots Angel," opening Thursday. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, April 21.

April 13, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reverse transfers could mean more BCC graduates

Students who transfer from Barton Community College to Wichita State University before completing their associate degrees may still be able to graduate from BCC, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said Thursday.

April 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Blank verse

Poetry and news aren't a good combination, in most cases. The classic example is a verse composed by fictional reporter Roy Bensinger of The Tribune in Ben Hect's play "The Front Page," which became a movie that was later remade as "His Girl Friday":

April 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Former Honor Flight program director to stand trial

A jury will try LaVeta Miller, the Great Bend woman charged with stealing more than $100,000 from the area Honor Flights program. As Miller stood beside him, her attorney entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf Thursday on two counts of theft by deception.

April 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Recreation Commission purchases Imagination Playground

The Great Bend Recreation is buying an Imagination Playground.

April 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


New attorney appointed to Chapman

The jury trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman that was scheduled to get under way on Monday has been rescheduled for August in Barton County District Court. Chapman is charged with first degree murder in the death of Damon Leslie Galyardt, who was killed Nov. 11, 2011.

April 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Library Week will be one for the books

Local children's authors Gina Cook and Tami Dykes will visit Great Bend Public Library during National Library Week, April 14-20. Other events include the semiannual food-for-fines drive, a computer class and three free movie events for the public, said Jennifer King, Young Adult/marketing librarian.

April 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Play Ball!

Dozens of Great Bend Panther baseball and softball players were on hand Thursday to see the outline of a 5-foot baseball rising above the entrance to the Great Bend Sports Complex. Before the teams faced off against the Hoisington Cardinals, they participated in the unveiling of a metal sculpture created by Bruce Bitter of B&B Metal Arts in Hoisington.

April 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Grand Slam

The boys and girls of summer may now be found year-round at the Great Bend Sports Complex, where a metal sculpture was unveiled Thursday.

April 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: Enjoying snakes and dragons

About half of the visitors to Great Bend's Brit-Spaugh Zoo really like looking at snakes, Director Scott Gregory said.

April 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend woman’s life changed by accident

Brenda Guerra remembers very little of the accident that dramatically changed her life, and the lives of her family members. It was after 2 a.m. on Jan. 27 and she was driving home on a Barton County road when her car went into a skid.

April 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Guns, other items stolen

Both the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Great Bend Police Department are investigating reports of stolen weapons.

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Century Road Trip

The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating a century of American road trips by recreating a cross-country tour in a restored 1915 Model T Ford. The crew made an unscheduled stop in Great Bend on Friday to change a carburetor.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CF Walk honors childhood friend

Taylor Latham honored the memory of a friend and raised awareness of Cystic fibrosis on Saturday with her second annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Unusual butterfly species visit wetlands

Field guides and amateur lepidopterists were on the lookout for butterflies Saturday morning, but the first catch of the day was a 3-foot garter snake.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 urging early enrollment

Parents enrolling their students in Great Bend schools next month may face long waits in line, but they don't have to, said Jan Frenzl at USD 428.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Step Up: A chance to serve awaits

Recently, we applauded the men and women who serve on public boards. We neglected to mention that finding people who are willing to run for these positions is an ongoing concern.

July 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Shot fired in altercation in Great Bend

A man told police he was grazed by a bullet during a confrontation in the 2000 block of 11th St. around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch said. The injury was described as minor and police were unsure whether it came from the actual bullet or from the scuffle when he tried to grab the gun. He declined medical treatment at the scene.

July 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Kanza Indian historian Ron Parks to speak at Historical Society

Kansas history expert Ron Parks from Manhattan will be the guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, at the Barton County Historical Society Museum, located just south of the Arkansas River on U.S. 281, Great Bend. This program is free and open to the public.

July 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Outdoor movie

Families enjoy an outdoor movie, Thursday night in Jack Kilby Square. The City of Great Bend and Waters True Value sponsored the show and provided free popcorn and lemonade. On Thursday, Aug. 13, they will show the original "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" move. Shows start around 9:15 p.m. Seating is available, or bring a lawn chair or a blanket.

July 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Awarding Roses: Thanks for serving

This week three members left the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education and three newly elected board members took their places. One individual left the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, and the search began to fill a vacancy.

July 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Wardens praise BCC partners

A new carpentry program for inmates at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility is one of several innovations made possible by a partnership with Barton Community College, LCMHF Warden Doug Waddington said Tuesday.

July 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


After Harvest Festival starts Thursday

ELLINWOOD - The 42-year tradition of After Harvest Festival gets underway Thursday in Ellinwood. The three-day celebration offers a carnival, musical entertainment, street dances and lots of family fun.

July 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​One District, One Book promotes reading

This fall, Great Bend USD 428 will become the first Kansas school district to use the educational program One District, One Book in a formal way, Superintendent Brad Reed said.

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pool ceiling; trustee vacancy

Action taken at a special BCC board meeting on Tuesday included:

July 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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