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​‘Oozefest’ planned for Party in the Park

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's contribution to next month's Party in the Park will be a mud volleyball tournament on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. GBRC Director Diann Henderson said the Rec Commission's new Imagination Station will also be featured at the event planned for Sept. 21.

August 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo’s black bear dies Sunday

Clyde, the male black bear at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, has died.

August 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Green Cards

We often hear of jobs in this country that only immigrant workers are willing to do, for the most part. There are also some jobs where there is a shortage of Americans who are qualified to do the work.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Mill levy unchanged in college budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved next year's budget, which calls for no increase in the mill levy.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


College growing online

The continued growth of online education has swelled enrollments at Barton Community College, school administrators report.

August 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Ignore 'The View'

ABC is putting the lives of children at risk by choosing model/actress Jenny McCarthy as a cohost for its morning television program, "The View." McCarthy has publicly touted her belief that vaccinations are dangerous and caused her son to develop autism. She's part of a vocal group spreading that dangerously misinformed word. By giving her the status of cohost on a national network program, more people will learn her opinion, and more will accept it as an option. Some will make the mistake of not immunizing their children.

August 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: Clyde the bear is on the mend

Just four weeks ago, things were not looking good for Clyde, the male black bear at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. He was in poor health at the time, but after a surgery performed by Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the zoo, Director Scott Gregory said he hopes Clyde will be with the zoo for many years.

July 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Immunizations needed before school starts

Kids may not be thinking about going back to school, but this is a good time to get caught up on required immunizations, according to officials at the Barton County Health Department.

July 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


LaVeta Miller trial postponed

The court-appointed attorney for the woman accused for stealing more than $100,000 in funds earmarked for trips for World War II veterans filed a motion to withdraw from the case, but on Monday agreed to continue representing LaVeta Dianne Miller.

July 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Suspect pleads to indecent liberties

A man charged with sex crimes involving a 14-year-old victim appeared in Barton County District Court Monday and entered a plea of "no contest" to one count of indecent liberties with a child. Randall Scott Daubert was found guilty of the charge after Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews offered an affidavit as evidence. He did not state the evidence, noting the sensitive nature of the case. District Judge Ron Svaty found Daubert guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI).

July 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stomach Bug Scare

Kansas is one of 11 states, at last count, where nearly 300 people have been hit by a mysterious stomach bug that surprised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These people have been diagnosed with a cyclospora infection, which comes from a parasite most often found in tropical or subtropical countries. According to the Associated Press, this type of infection has been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


College publishes budget; extends president contract

The 2013-14 budget for Barton Community College will include a 5 percent increase in the amount allocated for faculty salaries, and 2.5 percent more for staff, college officials said Thursday. It's expected to require the same tax rate as this year's budget – 32.713 mills.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Catastrophe coaching

Great Bend firefighters faced an unusual rescue situation Thursday when a car smashed into the back of a school bus. Even though it was a training scenario and not an actual catastrophe, the learning experience was authentic.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Koch named education coordinator at zoo

When Amber Koch is doing an animal program at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, she likes for audience members to "get their hands dirty."

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Playground equipment added at Brit Spaugh Zoo

New playground equipment is up at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. Although it needs some finishing touches, kids are already making use of the fort-style assembly of slides, ladders and swings.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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​School board approves 2016-2017 calendar

Next year's calendar for Great Bend USD 428 schools will be similar to this year's, but the winter break will be two days ...

February 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


100 GBCT productions

Great Bend Community Theatre's first play was "Night Watch," which opened in November of 1982 at Roosevelt Junior High School.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘The Kitchen Witches’ is a wicked funny treat

Great Bend Community Theatre's 100th production is "The Kitchen Witches," winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights contest.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tell Them

If you think consolidating rural school districts down to one per county is a bad idea, be sure to let your Kansas legislators know.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Health Equipped

Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC adds safety alerts

Barton Community College has purchased two mobile phone applications for improved campus safety.

February 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Spelling Bee set for Saturday

Barton County's annual spelling bee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Great Bend High School Auditorium.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Attorney says office needs more space, attorneys

Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said his office prosecuted close to 2,300 newly filed cases in 2015, for charges ranging "from murder to seat ...

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ike exhibit at Eisenhower School

Friday was Kansas Day, which was reason enough for Kansas native Amelia Earhart to visit Riley Elementary School. Calamity Jane, who also visited the school ...

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ride Into History

There were two special visitors – or were there four? – Friday at Riley Elementary School.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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 ...

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 ...

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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