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Think Small: Little Free Libraries boost reading and sharing

August 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Think Small: Little Free Libraries boost reading and sharing

At first glance, the wooden boxes popping up in Barton County might be mistaken for a new version of Great Bend's big, decorative "bird houses." But these structures have something inside - books - all free for the taking.

August 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dream Center changing lives

Great Bend's Central Kansas Dream Center, located in the former Roosevelt School at 2100 Broadway Ave., is all about "reaching hurting people, restoring families (and) realizing dreams." Director Kimberly Becker recently spoke at a Noon Kiwanis meeting and described the ministries at the site, along with plans for growth.

July 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Hate crimes

Great Bend residents routinely call the police to report that their cars or garages have been splattered with eggs or paint balls, and usually they're advised to wash everything off and call back if there was any actual damage. Sadly, vandals took it up a notch this week by writing racial slurs on the vehicles of a black family.

July 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Police continue probe after shots fired at car

The .40 caliber bullet holes in Chrystal Wilson's 2002 Ford Taurus are proof that shots were fired. The Great Bend Police Department is still sorting out what actually happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 1318 Macarthur Road.

July 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Three fake $100s turned in to police

Great Bend's Burger King is out $300 and the Great Bend Police Department received three counterfeit $100 bills this week.

July 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Akings, Lebbin spend most money on primary

Dean Akings has outspent incumbent Jennifer Schartz in the Republican primary election for Barton County Commissioner representing District 5. In District 4's Republican primary, incumbent Ken Lebbin has outspent the challenger, Alicia D. (Schartz) Straub.

July 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Gunfire leads to two arrests

Two Great Bend men were taken to jail early Sunday after shots were fired at 1318 Macarthur Road. Dennis Morrison was initially booked on a charge of attempted first-degree murder and Jacob Keenan was booked on charges of aggravated burglary and criminal threat, although further investigation led to lesser charges for both men.

July 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Hudson Chicken Ride part of annual celebration

HUDSON - The Hudson community in Stafford County will hold its annual Chicken Ride, Turkey Trot or Not, and Ham & Jam this Saturday, Aug. 2.

July 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Library holds huge food fight

The spaghetti was flying - as was the ketchup, mustard, whipped cream and Hawaiian Punch - Friday afternoon on the lawn of the Great Bend Public Library.

July 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Courthouse will be open Saturday, Aug. 2

The Barton County Courthouse will be open Saturday for anyone wishing to vote in the primary election, County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said. The courthouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including over the noon hour.

July 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Trustees publish FY-15 budget

Even with a cut in state aid expected, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't ask local property owners for more tax money in Fiscal Year 2015, Barton's Dean of Administration Mark Dean said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Breaking Ground: Expanding health centers a plus

The announcement that the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend will be redesigned and expanded is welcome news.

July 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


The Magic of Science

Dan Dan the Magic Man can stretch a piece of chewing gum about 12 feet and make a live rabbit appear in an empty cage. But magician Dan Heath's greatest trick may be the way he can hold the attention of a young audience for the better part of an hour.

July 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Teen Towers

Teens continue to enjoy science-themed activities during the Great Bend Public Library's "Spark a Reaction" summer program. On Tuesday, two boys and two girls showed up at the library's Teen Spot for a building contest using spaghetti and miniature marshmallows.

July 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Children ready to meet 'Ivan'

Great Bend elementary students received copies of the children's novel "The One and Only Ivan" on Friday. These books are theirs to take home ...

September 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Read to them

Community literacy program One District One Book is underway. On Friday, children in grades K-6 will each receive a copy of the award-winning children's ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


A gorilla's voice

When ambassadors from the Sedgwick County Zoo visited Great Bend's elementary schools on Thursday, students got to do two things they really seem to ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shafer offers free mask making workshop

Just in time for Halloween, the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College will host a free workshop, "Marvelous Mask Making," for anyone from 5 ...

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sky's the Limit

Now that Great Bend High School owns its own fleet of drones, students are learning how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles could fit into their future.

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


White Out or Red & Black, Homecoming

Great Bend High School and the rest of USD 428 are gearing up for Homecoming 2016 this Friday.

September 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Aktion Club sharing warmth, color and tacos

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club is conducting two community service drives through Nov. 30, sharing the gift of warmth and making the lives of ...

September 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Splash

In May of 2015, Barton Community College trustees thought the college might need to raise local taxes to pay for upkeep on its swimming pool ...

September 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


College celebrates 10-year partnership

Barton Community College is celebrating a 10-year partnership with a Great Bend business, Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine. Together they created the Limited Liability Company WorkFit ...

September 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC looks at swim program

Barton Community College could add competitive swimming to is sports programming, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs said Tuesday.

September 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BOE awards bid on sound system

A new sound system purchased for the Great Bend High School Gymnasium could change the experience of watching a program in the gym, school administrators ...

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Schools seek input from candidate Marshall

Members of the Kansas Association of School Boards visited Great Bend on Monday to talk to Dr. Roger Marshall, the Republican candidate for the U ...

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shots fired into USD 428 office

Someone shot several rounds into the USD 428 District Education Center shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, Sheriff Brian Bennendir reports.

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Period of Purple

The soft purple caps coming from members of the Crochet Club at the Great Bend Public Library may save a baby's life. These caps ...

September 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pocketbike Across Kansas

A team attempting to break the Guinness World Record for longest journey on a pocketbike stopped in Great Bend Saturday.

September 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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