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Barton showcases new welding lab

Barton Community College showed off its new Welding Lab by hosting a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Eisenhower celebration photos

Eisenhower Elementary School, Great Bend, Kansas, Jan. 28, 2016.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


THEY LIKE IKE

One Great Bend elementary school celebrated its origins Thursday, following the suggestion of the Eisenhower Foundation on the 125th anniversary year of the birth of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed: Proposal won't save money

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed said a proposal in the Kansas Legislature to consolidate more school districts would not save money but could hurt the quality of education in some districts. USD 428 representatives' recent trip to Topeka was discussed at Thursday's mid-month school board meeting.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas Day

Friday is Kansas Day, and the National Parks Foundation suggests a great way to celebrate the Sunflower State's 155th birthday is by visiting one of our National Parks. They are a reminder of why we call this area of the country the heartland.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Barton Welding Lab ribbon cutting photos

Jan. 28, 2016 at Barton Community College.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library will eliminate late fees

This spring, Great Bend Public Library plans to do away with late fees.

January 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New EduKan director adds transparency

A "significant deficiency" was found during the Fiscal Year 2015 audit for EduKan, the online education consortium that serves six western Kansas community colleges. However, a management letter from the auditors confirms that problems in 2015 ended after Dr. Adam John took over as chief executive officer last summer.

January 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family gets naming rights to BCC weight room

The weight room at Barton Community College's Kirkman building has been refurbished and major equipment upgrades are taking place, thanks to the generosity of the Kip and Kelly Spray family. On Tuesday, the BCC Board of Trustees officially renamed that portion of the building the Kip and Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center.

January 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Kiwanis taking scholarship applications

The deadline for students across Kansas to apply for scholarships from the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation is fast approaching. Applications are due by Feb. 1, and can be found on the Kansas District website under the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation tab, or from any of the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation Board members, or by sending an email to Kenton Krehbiel, Foundation secretary-treasurer, at kkfound@st-tel.net.

January 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Education


Chocolate Auction will help kids in need

The best place to satisfy a sweet tooth while helping children have homes where they can grow and thrive is the 11th annual Central Kansas CASA Chocolate Auction. Tickets are on sale now, said Caitlyn Eakin, director of the nonprofit organization.

January 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'Sno problem: We can handle this

Snow that fell Wednesday across the Golden Belt was the start of a storm that could affect 80 million people by the weekend. There are reports that Washington, D.C., could see 2 feet of snow.

January 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Truck fire still under investigation

The cause of a fire in a gin pole truck stolen Sunday night from Duke Drilling, 620 Hubbard St., continues to be under investigation, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said Thursday. A mobile home fire earlier that day at 5501 Ninth St. has been ruled accidental.

January 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College receiving $4.9 million tax distribution

Barton Community College waited weeks for its October tax distribution from the Barton County Treasurer's Office, but by the first of the year the payments were caught up. Dean of Administration Mark Dean said the Oct. 31 and Dec. 18 distributions were combined as one payment of $956,603.

January 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Trailer, gin pole truck burn in Sunday fires

Weekend fires in Great Bend included a mobile home at 5501 Ninth St. and a vehicle fire at Fifth and Hubbard. The Great Bend Police Department is investigating the vehicle fire, involving a truck that was reportedly stolen.

January 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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New coach to be introduced at USD 428 board meeting

Coach Tim Brooks will be introduced during the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, set for 5 p.m. Monday, May 9 at ...

May 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crime Stoppers awards $500

It's not often that the Crime Stoppers board of directors gets to see where its money is going, but on Tuesday five people stepped ...

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pioneer Day

Great Bend's third graders were given a taste of life in the olden days on Wednesday. More than 200 children spent the day at ...

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: GBHS work study helps our zoo

Wednesday afternoon, 18-year-old Jacob Garcia from Great Bend High School was busy preparing a salad for Chunga, an African Crested Porcupine at the Great Bend ...

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ukuleles and robots on Great Bend teacher wish lists

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories about minigrants awarded to teachers by the USD Education Foundation.

April 30, 2016 | Information compiled by Jennifer Schartz, USD 428 | Local News


Make and Take

Nearly 20 years ago, Great Bend USD 428's Steve Wolf visited Wichita and saw a resource center where teachers could find everything they needed ...

April 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley School reports reading success

At the start of this school year, 45 percent of the students at Riley Elementary School were reading at their grade level. The staff hoped ...

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Safe gas

In January of 2001, natural gas escaped from an underground storage cavern and exploded in Hutchinson, claiming two lives.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Community colleges weigh in on mergers

The state's 19 community colleges aren't opposed to mergers involving universities and technical schools, but they are concerned about how mergers will affect ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


TEAM PANTHER

Instead of backpacks full of books, some students at Great Bend High School were seen carrying work boots into the school Wednesday morning. The entire ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS Community Service Day photos

Great Bend High School students started their fourth Community Service Day with an all-school assembly recognizing volunteer service. They received commemorative T-shirts as they boarded ...

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lobbyist for community colleges visits Barton

The executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees braved predicted inclement weather Tuesday to drive from Topeka for the Barton Community College ...

April 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Faculty contracts on BCC agenda

Faculty contracts are on the agenda for the next meeting of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, April ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Battin leaving USD 428

The resignation of Great Bend High School instructor/coach Chris Battin is on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Blues HOF members coming to Macksville

MACKSVILLE - The seventh annual Macksville Bikes & Blues Rally will be held May 6-8 in the City Park at Macksville. There will be live music, food ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Religion


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