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Play Ball: GBRC board tours GB Sports Complex

Great Bend Recreation Commission Board members took a tour of the new Great Bend Sports Complex on Monday. The ball diamonds and facilities are in use now, with a May 8 grand opening planned by the city.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


​Man reports being pulled from car, kidnapped; car set on fire

A Great Bend man told police he pulled from a car, beaten, and then driven into the country late Saturday. At 5 a.m. Sunday, the car he was driving was found burning on an oil lease road north of Great Bend. The Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Home fire caused by short

Great Bend Fire Department responded to back-to-back fires on Easter morning, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Historical Society showing ham radios used by Kilby

Years before Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit, the future Nobel Prize winner was learning about electronics at a Radio Shack at 12th and Monroe in Great Bend. Now the Barton County Historical Village and Museum is displaying some of the objects that sparked young Kilby's interest in science.

April 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Youth art on display; new contest announced

The Barton County Arts Center is currently displaying its annual Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit, and is announcing another opportunity for students to have their artwork on display.

April 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Finances strong, BCC looks at major improvements

Barton Community College administrators delivered a rosy financial report to college trustees Thursday, with enrollment income up and some projects coming in under budget.

April 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Officer Davis settling in at School Liaison post

One month after being promoted to school liaison and youth coordinator at the Great Bend Police Department, Officer Jefferson Davis says the department's partnership with local schools is as strong as ever.

April 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo news: Monkeying around

Great Bend veterinarians Dr. Mike Malone and Dr. Jackie Corbett paid a visit to Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo on Wednesday, conducting a physical examination of a male grivet monkey named Tupac.

April 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge denies Rykiel’s plea for leniency

Joseph Rykiel, the man convicted in the death of 15-year-old Jessica Cheyanne Shearer after he injected her with morphine on July 4, 2011, was sentenced on Monday to four years and nine months in prison. Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty approved the standard sentence for someone with Rykiel's criminal history, even though the defendant's court-appoint attorney filed a motion seeking a reduced sentence.

April 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Witness says Longoria asked him to lie

After Alicia DeBolt disappeared on the night of Aug. 21, 2010, Adam Longoria asked Hugo Hernandez to lie to police and back up his alibi for that night, Hernandez testified Monday.

April 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


It's election day (Tuesday)

Duty. Responsibility. Privilege.

April 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


Dragons disappear if no one cares

"One gray night it happened, Jackie Paper came no more.

March 31, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


Nazarene Easter drama offers new perspective

Great Bend's First Church of the Nazarene invites members of the community to enjoy its Easter dramatic musical, "More Than Just a Man."

March 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dragon stolen from shelterbelt

About 11 years ago, Jim Vance's grandson told him every forest needs a dragon. Not long after, one appeared in the rural Claflin resident's shelterbelt.

March 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Opening arguments in Longoria trial may start Thursday

A jury for Adam Longoria's capital murder trial should be selected by 9 a.m. Thursday, when the State expects to deliver its opening statement, a judicial administrator said.

March 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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Temporary library outpost opens Monday

With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.

January 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HOMETOWN TEAMS

ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.

January 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​A vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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