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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

Guinea pigs

The bad news is, anyone who uses Facebook has probably been experimented on. The good news is, there's nothing new in that. We've all been guinea pigs for years.

July 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

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Trick or Treat

One hundred twenty children received Halloween buckets and costumes this past Saturday at the Great Bend Public Library's costume giveaway, according to Kiwanis President ...

October 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Evening Lions provided vision screenings

The Great Bend Evening Lions Club provided free vision screening last Saturday and and Sunday during Family Fun Day at the Great Bend Brit SpaughZoo.

October 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Dogs kisses go for $1 a Pooch Smooch

The dog days of summer made a brief comeback of sorts this past Saturday; the temperature was an unseasonably warm 82 degrees, and the parking ...

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Four-year-old Sophia Nelson grinned and hugged her favorite public television celebrity, Curious George, as a family member snapped a photo.

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

At issue

After Wednesday's Presidential debate, one network interviewed a group of people who, going into the event, were still undecided about who to vote for ...

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Exhibits move from trails to rails

Somewhere in Barton County, north of Cheyenne Bottoms on privately owned land, Native Americans once cut crude drawings into an outcropping of sandstone.

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Halloween costume giveaway is Saturday

Kids will be able to get a new or recycled Halloween costume at no cost from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Great ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Great Bend native to toss coin at Chiefs game

Great Bend native Ashley Gorney will celebrate the end of radiation treatment for cancer by making the coin toss Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Do your job

Voters who are concerned about who is added to the Supreme Court over the next four years need to remember that a ninth justice could ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Reality U

Students often hear their lives will be different once they enter "the real world," so on Thursday Great Bend Middle School eighth graders got a ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Aiming High

The stunts performed by members of Lonestar Action Sports may be dangerous – at least without years of training – but the message for students was to ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

School board recognizes students

Great Bend High School instructor Andy Negaard and several of his students were recognized for outstanding achievement at Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board ...

October 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC looks at third-party courses

Barton Community College could expand its course offerings by connecting with third-party vendors, Dr. Robin Garret, vice president of instruction and student services, told college ...

October 11, 2016 | 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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