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Bond reduced for Alejo Villegas

District Judge Ron Svaty further reduced the bond Friday for 20-year-old Alejo Villegas, one of three people facing first-degree murder charges in the Nov. 15, 2015, shooting death of Aron Villegas.

January 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Crime Stoppers seeks info on break-ins

Dave's Truck Repair, located at 604 East 10th St. in Great Bend, was burglarized for the third time in a month on Thursday. Now Crime Stoppers is asking anyone with information to help solve the crimes.

January 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Police suspect cannabis distribution near school

Great Bend Police officers arrested one individual who allegedly distributed cannabis within 1,000 feet of Jefferson Elementary School, Chief Clifton D. Couch said Friday.

January 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Moderation: New guidelines released

The government announced its latest dietary guidelines on Thursday, recommending limiting sugar and saturated fat, eating less salt and more vegetables and whole grains.

January 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Students request time for community service

Great Bend High School students will ask the school board Monday for a day off to do community service projects.

January 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A new year at Brit Spaugh Zoo

Wednesday was a quiet day at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, except for the occasional screeching of the newest resident, a colorful parrot cousin known as a sun conure.

January 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library collects more than 300 food items

Overdue books paid off for the Barton County Food Bank when the Great Bend Public Library offered to accept food donations in lieu of fines for the entire month of December. Patrons were invited to bring in one non-perishable food item for every $1 in fees owed to the library.

January 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drugs found in three Hoisington homes

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Police Department ended 2015 and started 2016 by executing search warrants for narcotics. Warrants served on three different residences resulted in multiple arrests over the last two weeks, and the seizure of suspected drugs and paraphernalia.

January 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 schools may add behavior lessons

Great Bend USD 428 students may be learning more than reading and writing in 2016. Assistant Superintendent John Popp said administrators plan to present a district-wide curriculum for social and emotional character development for the school board's approval in the coming months.

January 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Baker trial date set; civil case filed

William Howard Baker, 60, will stand trial for the August 2014 vehicular deaths of a Reno County couple in Great Bend. Shawn Schellenger, 27, and his wife Danielle Schellenger, 33, where riding a motorcycle on Aug. 16, 2014, when the trailer Baker was towing came loose from his pickup and crossed into their lane on West 10th Street in Great Bend. Both died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Murder cases continue in 2016

Four criminal cases filed in connection to two first-degree murder cases in 2015 will continue this year in Barton County District Court.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


2016: Happy New Year, baby

It's Jan. 1, 2016.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Miller, Chapman top trials in 2015

Barton County juries found LaVeta D. Miller guilty of two counts of theft by deception and Jeffery Wade Chapman guilty of first-degree murder in 2015. These were among the top local trials of the year.

December 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hangover relief for New Year’s Day

Could a product for babies be the world's best hangover cure?

December 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

December 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


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Wetlands Water Park opens

Great Bend's Wetlands Water Park, located at 2303 Main Street, opened for the season Saturday. With the temperature in the 90s, there were plenty ...

May 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kiwanis names scholarship winners

Braxton Schooler and Trista Wilt are the latest recipients of academic scholarships from the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club. They will each reach receive a ...

May 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Education


Dogs rescued from hot motorhome

A Great Bend man was arrested for animal cruelty on Thursday after several dogs were rescued from a motorhome at All Seasons Mobile Home Park ...

May 25, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


St. John musician celebrates small towns

ST. JOHN - "Small Towns," a CD 20 years in the making, will become available officially when Jim Ratts returns to St. John this weekend with ...

May 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School ends on high note

For the last day of school on Thursday, Park Elementary instructor Signe Cook wore a T-shirt that read:

May 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Small Towns

A recent study confirms what many small-town residents already knew: People who live in small towns and rural areas are happier than everyone else.

May 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Another perfect day

The great bicycle giveaway continued Wednesday, when Eisenhower Elementary celebrated its six students with perfect attendance for the year and 46 more with "near perfect ...

May 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Adults graduate from BC Academy

Fourteen adults earned high school diplomas from the Barton County Academy this year and were invited to celebrate at the BCA graduation ceremony, Tuesday at ...

May 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School sidewalks on summer project list

Sidewalks outside every school in Great Bend USD 428 will be replaced this summer, Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

May 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hats off to Class of 2018

updated on May 22, 2018

May 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Confiscated phone leads to arrest

A Great Bend man whose phone was confiscated by police after an incident in February has been charged with using a hidden device to view ...

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Turn the tassel

The Barton Community College graduation ceremony is behind us and Great Bend High School seniors will graduate on Sunday. Now is a good time to ...

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Vendors, talent sought for Juneteenth celebration

Members of the community are invited to join Myers Chapel in the celebration of Juneteenth, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June ...

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teachers can expect busy summer

Next Thursday will be the final day of classes at Great Bend schools, but teachers will stay busy for much of the summer.

May 16, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Community group studies schools

The community group that has been meeting with architects and looking at needs for Great Bend USD 428 is still months away from making a ...

May 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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