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Santa wears a badge

Several area children were treated to a holiday shopping spree at Walmart on Wednesday, courtesy of Great Bend police officers.

December 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Stafford motorist dies, others injured

A Stafford woman died Monday when the car she was driving was hit from behind and pushed into the path of an oncoming semitrailer in Pratt County.

December 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


More suspects named in drug busts

The Barton County jail "media log" for Friday, Dec. 14, was released Monday and contained more names of men arrested last week on drug charges, including at least two who are suspects in a Kansas Bureau of Investigation case.

December 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Debt Armageddon

On Jan. 1, our taxes will go up, the budget will be cut and the U.S. economy, we are told, will go over a financial cliff.

December 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Parish celebrates December miracle

Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend celebrated the 481st anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe with prayers, dancing and music this week.

December 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


​BCC hires coaches, names practice court

Phil Shoemaker may be "retiring" from coaching NCAA volleyball, but his work is only beginning at Barton Community College. The board of trustees approved his appointment as the college's new head volleyball coach at Tuesday's meeting.

December 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


GBRC board extends Henderson’s contract

The Great Bend Recreation Commission board on Monday extended GBRC Director Diann Henderson's contract by three years, to June 30, 2019.

December 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Pearl Harbor

Seventy-one years ago today, a surprise military attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, rocked our world. Twenty-four hundred people lost their lives. Americans who had resisted entering World War II were now taking the global strife personally.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Arctic fox arrives at zoo

With her white winter coat, the newest arrival at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo looks ready for Christmas. But it will be several weeks before Vixey, an arctic fox, will move to an enclosure that is open to public viewing, said Marge Bowen, zoo curator.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo News: Eagles treated at Raptor Center

One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.

December 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Adventist Christmas program has multicultural flair

Note: Content has been changed to correct the time of the program.

December 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Historical Society celebrates Ghosts of Christmas Past

The prototype for the Charlie Brown Christmas tree could have come from the Great Plains. Sometimes the "tree" was little more than a decorated branch, but it wouldn't do to let the holiday go by unobserved. Like the forlorn tree in the animated classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," some of the trees used by settlers in the nineteenth century were a bit sparse, but the intention was there, says Beverly Komarek, executive director of the Barton County Historical Village and Museum. Barton County Historical Society will celebrate "Ghosts of Christmas Past" with a free open house from 1-4 p ...

December 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Holy Family School to present Christmas musical Tuesday

They're baa-ck. The sheep get some of the best lines in "The Tale of the Drowsy Shepherd," this year's musical production by the fifth and sixth graders of Holy Family School.

December 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Area ministries unite for Christmas projects

Three ministries based in Barton County and one in Sabetha are working on two projects this Christmas. "Footprints of Faith" will provide shoes for families in Africa and Cambodia, when "Christmas for Families" will help people closer to home, said Dean Nuss from Pay it Forward with Christ Ministry.

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Spirit of Christmas in Two-Hawks

With his handmade flutes, John Two-Hawks has played the role of teacher and spiritual healer in previous visits to Great Bend. When he returns to the Crest Theater next Friday, the concert performer of Oglala Lakota Sioux lineage hopes to be an enchanter, taking his audience "into the space where the spirit of Christmas lives."

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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Show support: Honor vets with better care

Memorial Day is a good time to honor our veterans, and not just those who are deceased.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Celebrating a century

SEWARD - The Most Rev. John Balthasar Brungardt, bishop of the diocese of Dodge City, will officiate the Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Bishop Brungardt will also install a first-class relic of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC: Pool could close without tax increase

Barton Community College trustees discussed the future of the college's swimming pool during their May study session on Thursday. Board Chairman Mike Johnson said they need to vote on the issue at the May 28 business meeting, but whatever the board decides is sure to make someone unhappy.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff talks about conceal carry law

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told a civic group Wednesday he has "concerns" about the state's new concealed carry legislation. Starting July 1, it will be legal for most people to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas, with or without a permit.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Vandalism, graffiti an ongoing problem

Great Bend Police officers have talked to some juveniles who admitted involvement in recent graffiti incidents, Detective David Bailey said.

May 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Local counterfeiters sentenced to prison time

The suspects in a counterfeiting ring that hit businesses in Great Bend and other central Kansas cities last July have been convicted and sentenced in U.S. District Court.

May 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​BCC trustees prepare to fill vacancy

The recent death of Great Bend resident Bob Mead has created a vacancy on the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. The process for replacing a trustee after elections will be discussed at this month's board study session, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the Seminar Room, F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

May 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Play Ball: Diamonds in use for practice, tournaments

Baseball and softball practices have started, members of the Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors were told Monday. The board meeting included pay raises for full-time employees and discussion on a master plan for the playground at the Great Bend Activity Center.

May 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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