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Great Bend postpones shooting fireworks on Fourth; sales continue

Great Bend City Council voted 7-0 Friday to postpone the shooting of fireworks within the city limits that would normally take place on the Fourth of July. This includes the public display that was scheduled to take place at the Expo grounds west of town.

June 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend postpones shooting fireworks; sales continue

Great Bend City Council voted 7-0 Friday to postpone the shooting of fireworks that would normally take place on the Fourth of July. This includes the public display that was scheduled to take place at the Expo grounds west of town.

June 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Prince of Peace sponsors 'Babylon' vacation Bible school

Prince of Peace Parish has chosen the program "Babylon: Daniel's Courage in Captivity," for its vacation Bible school for children from kindergarten through the fourth grade. This interactive class will take place from 6-8:30 p.m. July 9-13 at the Parish Center, 4100 Broadway.

June 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Playing with fire

This began as a "viewpoint" asking everyone to be cautious when shooting fireworks, but there's a chance we don't be shooting them at all this Fourth of July.

June 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Cities, counties may postpone all fireworks

Note to readers: This story has been updated.

June 28, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


​Fashion Revue hints at Barton County Fair to come

Members of Barton County 4-H clubs showed off their consumer skills Wednesday during pre-fair events for the Barton County Fair.

June 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Longoria moved to El Dorado

Adam Joseph Longoria, 38, began his life sentence in prison Tuesday afternoon, and is now housed at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

June 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Fireworks can’t be lit before July 4

Fireworks go on sale today in some parts of Barton County. But just because people can buy them doesn't mean they can light them, at least not legally, said John Stettinger, battalion chief at the Great Bend Fire Department.

June 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Family remembers an ‘Alicia-fied Experience’

Family members of Alicia DeBolt were allowed to speak out Tuesday, as the 14-year-old girl's murderer received a life sentence.

June 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


​Longoria waives right to attend sentencing

Adam Joseph Longoria told Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts on Monday that he didn't want to attend his sentencing the following morning, since he already knew what the outcome would be. His chair in court remained empty on Tuesday.

June 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec Commission budget may include raises, software upgrades

Next year's budget for the Great Bend Recreation Commission could include 2.5 percent cost-of-living wage increases for full-time employees, upgrades to the software and an early payoff on the debt for the new Great Bend Activity Center, Director Diann Henderson told commissioners Monday.

June 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Two weekend fires reported

HEIZER - A cutting torch caused a grass fire Saturday afternoon near the Mullergren Plant, about a mile from Heizer, that would take several hours to extinguish, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. A small fire earlier in the day at a Great Bend residence caused little damage.

June 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


GBFD holds run for MDA

More than 50 people stood outside Station 1 of the Great Bend Fire Department Saturday morning, waiting for the start of the annual Great Bend Firefighters Run for MDA. They would run in 5K or 10K races, or participate in a 1.8-mile "fun walk" at their own pace, with their entry fees donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

June 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


City Band adds second concert for big band lovers

The Great Bend City Band doesn't usually take requests, but this week it will offer an extra performance for fans of big band jazz music.

June 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Attorney says Obama administration's 'Dreamer Initiative' is good for Great Bend

Last week, as President Barack Obama announced he would halt the deportation of certain young immigrants, Great Bend Attorney Robert Feldt and about 2,000 other immigration attorneys watched the announcement on TV. The June 15 announcement coincided with the American Immigration Lawyers Association's annual convention, held in Nashville, Tenn.

June 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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​Fair is fair: Care workers deserve OT

Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.

April 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC raising rates at Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk Kansas Pep Rally planned

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC may cut staff this month

This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Ag talk

Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Victim says burglar came in through window

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman sentenced to 'Hard 25' for murder

Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budding artists' works displayed

What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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