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Giving Tuesday photos

Taken Dec. 1 in Great Bend during Giving Tuesday.

December 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Gifts pour in on Giving Tuesday

Anyone who was tired of leftover turkey, excess shopping and icy sidewalks had plenty to be thankful for on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Golden Belt Community Foundation received hundreds of donations for 66 local organizational endowment funds.

December 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo expected to reopen Tuesday

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo has been closed since ice coated the sidewalks last Thursday. According to Scott Keeler, director of public lands, employees have been working to clear ice from the sidewalks so they will be safe for visitors. The zoo is expected to reopen Tuesday. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.

November 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Ice causes injuries on Ellsworth County roads

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to several injury accidents on icy roads in Ellsworth County over the extended holiday weekend. All of the people involved were wearing safety restraints.

November 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KHP reports injury accidents, one fatal

Icy roads contributed to injury accidents in central Kansas, including a fatal rollover Thanksgiving Day in Hodgeman County. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to that accident, and to an injury accident Thursday in Ness County. There was also an injury accident Friday in Russell County.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Photography contest winners show their fall colors

Five winners have been announced in the Great Bend Tree Board's annual Trick or Tree photography contest.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington reschedules tonight’s events

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce staff agree, tonight is not a great night for be out and about. So, they are rescheduling the Christmas Lighting celebration to Tuesday, Dec. 8. The city lights will still be turning on tonight, but plan to come up to the Chamber and Santa House on Dec. 8 to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy cocoa and cookies and sign up for Chamber Gift Certificates and the 50/50 Winter raffle.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


This is a test

This is a test.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Barton Co. Briefs


American Legion adopts Fort Dodge soldiers

The Great Bend American Legion Auxiliary is inviting the public to help bring holiday cheer to veterans at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge. People can come to the Argonne Post 180, located at 1011 Kansas Ave., and adopt a veteran from the Angel Tree, said Brenda Krueger, project chairwoman.

November 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Many will benefit from Giving Tuesday

A gift to your favorite charity with be worth even more during the next few days. More than 60 area nonprofit organizations are participating in the Golden Belt Community Foundation's second Giving Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

November 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Clean audit for BCC

Barton Community College has received another "clean" or "unqualified" audit from Certified Public Accountants at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball. College trustees approved the audit Tuesday after hearing from ABBB representatives Vicki Dreiling and Danielle Hollingshead.

November 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS provides food for thought

Students in Family and Consumer Science classes at Great Bend High School provided all of the food and table decorations for Thursday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

November 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo Society hears state of Brit Spaugh Zoo

Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler said the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be stepping back from its goal to earn national accreditation, but it won't reduce its standards for animal care and safety.

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Help refugees

President Obama's press conference Monday in Turkey could not have been more inspiring, although apparently the governors of 31 states, including Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, were not moved.

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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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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