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GBRC closes gyms for floor refinishing

The gymnasiums at Great Bend's City Auditorium and the Great Bend Activity Center are closed for the remainder of the month, GBRC board members learned Monday. Both gyms and the exercise area at the Activity Center closed Monday and will remain closed while floors are being refinished by the Great Bend Recreation Commission staff.

August 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC trustees give nod to Camp Aldrich rebuild

Demolition of the fire-ravaged Camp Aldrich dining hall will begin next Tuesday, the first step in construction of a new building. The Barton Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday and approved an insurance settlement of more than $2 million to build a new dining hall. Fire destroyed the main building at BCC's Camp Aldrich conference center last April.

August 07, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


CHANGING PLACES

Barton Community College is putting the final touches on Bluestem Hall, a three-story student housing building with 150 rooms. At a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday evening, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman invited community members to tour the "recently completed - VERY recently completed" facility.

August 07, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Speed bump: Time to slooow down

The first day of school is just 10 days away, which means it's not too early to remind motorists to slow down.

August 07, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Top bidder to name cougar cubs

Two male cougar cubs that arrived at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo this spring are waiting to be named - but they won't have to wait much longer.

August 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Commissioner Schartz re-elected

Jennifer Schartz was virtually assured election for a fourth term Tuesday as Barton County Commissioner for District 5. Schartz and Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings faced off in the Republican primary, but the winner will be unopposed in the November general election unless someone wages a write-in campaign.

August 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​BCC to show budget, Camp Aldrich plan and new dorm in one day

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees has scheduled a special meeting for 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, for the purpose of holding a public hearing on the 2014-2015 budget. The board will also vote on whether to accept an insurance settlement of more than $2 million for the construction of a new Dining Hall at Camp Aldrich, and hold its monthly board study session.

August 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Stolen property recovered in Barton County

The Barton County Sheriff's Office has been recovering stolen property over the last five days, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said Monday.

August 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Little Free Library photos

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


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Pay attention

Next week the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will tour the district bus barn, so its members can see first-hand whether a new ...

December 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School board to tour bus barn

Members of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education plan to tour the district bus barn at 12th and Williams St. at noon Tuesday ...

November 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: New species arrives at zoo

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo continues to work with the American Association of Zoos and Aquariums on species preservation and quality care. Although the ...

November 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC looks at campus security

When it comes to campus security, training is more important than technology, Barton Community College staff learned at a national conference on the subject.

November 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thanks again

A popular meme this year carries the caption, "Black Friday: Because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being ...

November 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wooding receives Employee Recognition Award

Bj Wooding, the cartographer in Barton County's mapping division, received an Employee Recognition Award from the Barton County Commission and the county's Employee ...

November 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Business


County accepts federal money to improve high-risk roads

Action taken by the Barton County Commission on Monday could make it easier to win competitive grants for road safety features, County Engineer Barry McManaman ...

November 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Holidays are here

"For the blessings we enjoy - for the happiness that is ours, we ought to be grateful. Our hearts should blossom with thankfulness." - Robert Ingersoll

November 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GIVE. MATCH. VOTE.

There should be a name for the six-day period that starts on the fourth Thursday of November. After all, five of the days are already ...

November 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County replaces 800 signs

Barton County department heads are asked to submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. The latest report was released ...

November 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


PRESIDENTIAL

The fourth graders at Eisenhower Elementary School really know their presidents. Students of Priscilla Rose and Sherri Brantley were each assigned a random U.S ...

November 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Extension merger on next county agenda

The Barton County Commission met with members of the Barton County/Kansas State University Extension Council on Monday to learn more about a proposal to ...

November 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County considers cutting administrator's job

Barton County Commissioners said Monday that they may eliminate the county administrator position, left empty since Richard Boeckman resigned on Oct. 21.

November 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Students look back on LIFE

A graduation and awards ceremony of sorts took place last week at Eisenhower Elementary School. The caps were made of purple paper, and the red ...

November 19, 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


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