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Crime Stoppers awards cash, prizes

Often, board members of Barton County's Crime Stoppers don't know who is getting their money. That wasn't the case Tuesday night.

May 07, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Soprano enjoys operatic success at BCC

At the end of Jessica Perez's vocal recital last Friday at Barton Community College, following the last notes of Verdi's "Caro Nome," an appreciative audience gave the soprano a standing ovation - and then the audience sang to her. The song was "Happy Birthday," in honor of her 23rd birthday.

May 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Fire started in pickup

Editor's note: This story was updated on May 6 to clarify the victim's relationship with his ex-wife. She was at his house but does not live there.

May 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

​College trustees to tour Planetarium, dorm

The trustees of Barton Community College will tour the remodeled Planetarium this week.

May 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Men In Red: High heel relay helps raise awareness

Once again, Great Bend men answered the question, "Are You Man Enough?" by putting on high heels and walking or running down Main Street to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

National Day of Prayer observed in Great Bend

The prayers of Great Bend Christians were joined with the faithful around the United States on Thursday, for the National Day of Prayer. About two dozen people met in the courthouse square at noon to offer prayers for the government, military, schools, media, businesses, churches and families in the community, state and nation. They concluded with a prayerful walk around the square.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Dancing in high heels

It's possible that everyone reading this knows a woman who's been the victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Zoo News: Animals are on the move

Two animals born at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo are headed to the National Zoo at Washington, D.C.

April 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC trustees vote to rebuild Camp Aldrich dining hall

Barton Community College intends to rebuild the Camp Aldrich Dining Facility that was destroyed by fire on April 12. The dining hall, including the basement, which served as a storm shelter, was a total loss.

April 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

'Wichita' to be shown at Crest Theater

"Wichita," a Western/thriller motion picture filmed in Kansas, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Crest Theater in Great Bend. Admission is $10 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

April 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Cinco de Mayo celebration set for Saturday, May 3

This year's Cinco de Mayo celebration for Great Bend will take place Saturday, May 3, in the courthouse square. Once again, the celebration will start with an 11 a.m. parade that starts at Brit Spaugh Park and proceeds south on Main Street to the courthouse square.

April 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Attorneys agree to cover Chapman's tattoo with turtleneck

Attorneys have reached an agreement to have Jeffrey Wade Chapman wear a turtleneck at his first-degree murder trial, covering a tattoo on his neck that says "murder" in reverse letters.

April 25, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Professor Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and best-selling author, is fond of reminding his students and readers of their place in the universe:

April 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Fellers agrees, 'Heaven is for Real'

Terry Fellers, 59, didn't need to watch the movie "Heaven is for Real" to know that is the case. After seeing the story of a 5-year-old boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, Fellers decided it was time to share his own experience of heaven.

April 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Chapman trial postponed

The first-degree murder trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman that was scheduled to start next Monday has been postponed. It is now schedule to start Aug. 18 in Barton County District Court. A pre-trial hearing is set for May 9.

April 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

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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

School board tours new bus

School board members toured the new Panther activity bus Monday during the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

October 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

A&Z Zumba opens downtown

A&Z Zumba fitness studio opens Monday, Oct. 10, at 1911 Lakin Ave. in Great Bend.

October 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Business

Donate blood in October

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

October 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

New activity bus arrives at USD 428

The Great Bend USD 428 school board members and others who attend Monday's Board of Education meeting will have the opportunity to tour the ...

October 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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