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Former trooper pleads not guilty; former undersheriff on probation

Two former area law enforcement officers faced charges in Barton County District Court this year. One case has been resolved, and another is pending.

December 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Christmas Bird Count Monday Dec. 29

The Cheyenne Bottoms Christmas Bird Count originally scheduled for Dec. 18 will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Lunch will be available for participants courtesy of the KWEC and Nature Conservancy.

December 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo gets new bearcat

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has a new animal - a 2-month-old binturong (BIN-tu-rong), commonly known as a bearcat. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said she will be kept in quarantine for about four weeks, which is the policy for any new animal. After that, she will become an education animal, which means she'll be able to travel with zoo staff for community programs.

December 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Check out the Internet at GBPL

Starting Monday, Dec. 22, the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., will begin lending portable WiFi Hotspot devices to library patrons wishing to expand the library's Internet access. Wifi Hotspot lending will be part of a pilot project initiated by the State Library of Kansas, in partnership with New York Public Library and the Knight Foundation.

December 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Some Children See Him

Nine students from Great Bend's Seventh-day Adventist School took time out from an art project Friday and traveled to the Cherry Village nursing home to present their Christmas music program. A room full of residents and guests listened to the 30-minute program.

December 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​IRS scam calls target Barton County

The Great Bend Police Department and the Barton County Sheriff's Office both received reports this past week from people who were the intended victims of con artists. They reported getting phone calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service.

December 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Golden Belt receives 4-6 inches of snow

The Golden Belt received 4 to 6 inches of snow overnight Wednesday, according to reports from the National Weather Service offices in Dodge City and Wichita.

December 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Icy, snowy roads cause injury accidents

A mixture of snow and sleet began falling in Barton County Wednesday evening, which led to a number of weather-related accidents. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to two injury accidents in Barton County and one in Ellsworth County, all between 7:28 and 10:22 a.m. on Thursday.

December 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Winter Coming -- Take it easy out there

Kansas got an early taste of winter Wednesday night when 4-6 inches of snow fell on this part of the state.

December 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Snow photos

Here are some photos taken Thursday morning in Great Bend. About 4 inches of snow fell overnight in Great Bend and Ellinwood, with Claflin receiving 5.5 inches. An observer in Larned reported 3.8 inches.

December 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Cars collide on icy road

Kansas Highway Patrol responded to a head-on collision Thursday morning in Barton County, after a car slid on ice south of Great Bend and hit another car head-on. One driver was injured.

December 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Hit-and-run driver injures pedestrian

A Great Bend man told police he was hit by a car around 10 p.m. Wednesday. The driver never stopped, according to the victim, 20-year-old Noe Chavez.

December 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


City working to restore lost trees

The number of trees in Great Bend is nearly half what it was 40 years, according to a "tree census" taken in 2012 by the city's Tree Board. City Administrator Howard Partington has asked the board to implement an accelerated tree planting program.

December 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Driver arrested after collision in Barton County

Two vehicles collided at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday in Barton County. Injuries were minor but one driver, Cindy Aracely Esquivel-Dominguez, was arrested for driving without a license, a traffic infraction and no insurance.

December 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Giving Tuesday pays off with $127K for charity

When the Golden Belt Community Foundation introduced central Kansas to Giving Tuesday, the result was $127,245 raised for area communities, said Christy Tustin, director of the foundation.

December 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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'Barton County's Got Flavor' tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for "Barton County's Got Flavor," a fundraiser for the area Habitat for Humanity.

January 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Silver Haired Legislature taking applications

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature is seeking older Kansans with an interest in politics and public policy. Anyone who is at least 60 years old ...

January 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County seeks '100 Who Care'

Local residents hope to raise $10,000 for charity in one hour through a new group called "100 Who Care Barton County." The plan is ...

January 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


DARK ROAD

Great Bend High School's theater club will serve food for thought with the dinner theater production, "Dark Road."

January 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC offers first Junior Day

Barton Community College will help area high school juniors plan for their futures at Junior Day, starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 15, with a ...

January 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Seeking input

Last summer Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback asked for the public's input on how to fund education.

January 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


Survey seeks input on USD 428 facilities

Great Bend USD 428 officials are turning to the community for input on long-range facility needs.

January 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School fundraisers approved by BOE

Parents and others who support school fundraisers will have plenty of opportunities next year to buy everything from trash bags to cookie dough.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More cancellations announced as storm looms

When the National Weather Service office at Wichita issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Storm Watch for most of central Kansas last Thursday, Barton ...

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Police seize meth, marijuana ‘vape’ vials

Traffic stops led to more than one drug bust this past week in Great Bend, Police Chief Cliff Couch said. Two suspects were arrested on ...

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More events canceled

Several area events have been canceled or postponed due to the expected ice storm.

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Icy Sidewalks

When Great Bend merchants hold their annual Icy Sidewalk Sale in January, they always hope the sidewalks aren't really icy. We've had some ...

January 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Reading, math skills improve with help

Reading and math tests taken by Great Bend students last month show positive progress when compared to test scores at the start of the school ...

January 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A voice for ag in Washington

Each year, more than 150 farmers and ranchers from across Kansas participate in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


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