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Zoo News: Swift fox may come to zoo

The swift fox may not be on the endangered species list, but it could be headed that way. Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said he hopes to acquire a pair of the foxes for breeding.

October 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Damage contained on structure fires; vehicle destroyed

Natural, accidental, and "unknown" - three fires with three causes in the past week.

October 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Tune up

Forget about global warming. The biggest man-made problem facing Americans – that is, the biggest problem we can do something about – may be obesity.

September 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Celebrity Chef Mark Anthony to Cook Free Dinner

Celebrity Chef Mark Anthony will present his free "Dinner and A Message" cooking show at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church, located one mile west of 10th St. and Patton Road at 7 SW 30 Ave.

September 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion


McCaffery to present Kansas murder mystery

Barton Community College instructor Linda McCaffery will present "Murder Mystery in Kansas History" at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Cohen Center at Barton Community College. The Cohen Center is located in the Learning Resource Center, formerly the Library.

September 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Memorial honors Kansans who died in War on Terror

NESS CITY - "Remembering Our Fallen," a photo display honoring over 70 Kansans who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan while wearing our country's uniform, will make its first visit to western Kansas when it comes to Ness City next week.

September 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Domestic calls escalated Sunday

Great Bend Police responded to two unrelated domestic calls Sunday that resulted in felony arrests.

September 24, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stolen pickup recovered outside Great Bend residence

A pickup that was reported stolen last week was recovered over the noon hour Monday when the father of its owner spotted someone driving the vehicle in the southeast part of Great Bend and called law enforcement.

September 24, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Fuel for thought

The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant near Burlington got a bad report card Friday.

September 22, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Let's Move event promises healthy day outdoors

First Lady Michelle Obama it reminding everyone to spend some time outdoors before the summer is over, which has prompted groups across the nation to sponsor Let's Move events.

September 20, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Three arrested on drug warrants

A special education teacher at Great Bend Middle School was one of three Great Bend residents arrested Wednesday on drugs charges.

September 20, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


AmeriCorps worker helps herself by helping others

Connie Smith is a firm believer that volunteers gain as much from helping others as the recipients of their service gain. After wrapping up a year as an AmeriCorps member at Catholic Social Service in Great Bend, Smith hopes to be chosen for a second year with the program, while pursuing her goal of becoming an elementary school teacher.

September 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Two die in weekend accidents

Kansas Highway Patrol responded to three injury accidents in central Kansas over the weekend, including fatal collisions in Barton and Stafford counties and another accident in Ellsworth County.

September 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Capital improvement projects under way at Barton Community College

Capital improvement projects approved by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for Fiscal Year 2013 are under way, Dean of Administration Mark Dean told trustees this past week.

September 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Firefighters climb 110 flights of stairs for 9/11 tribute

KANSAS CITY, MO. - As the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approached last week, three Great Bend firefighters paid tribute to the 343 firefighters who lost their lives. Dressed in full bunker gear, including air packs, they climbed 110 flights of stairs – representing the 110 flights of the Twin Towers.

September 15, 2012 | 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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