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Parish celebrates December miracle

Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend celebrated the 481st anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe with prayers, dancing and music this week.

December 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

​BCC hires coaches, names practice court

Phil Shoemaker may be "retiring" from coaching NCAA volleyball, but his work is only beginning at Barton Community College. The board of trustees approved his appointment as the college's new head volleyball coach at Tuesday's meeting.

December 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

GBRC board extends Henderson’s contract

The Great Bend Recreation Commission board on Monday extended GBRC Director Diann Henderson's contract by three years, to June 30, 2019.

December 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Pearl Harbor

Seventy-one years ago today, a surprise military attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, rocked our world. Twenty-four hundred people lost their lives. Americans who had resisted entering World War II were now taking the global strife personally.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Arctic fox arrives at zoo

With her white winter coat, the newest arrival at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo looks ready for Christmas. But it will be several weeks before Vixey, an arctic fox, will move to an enclosure that is open to public viewing, said Marge Bowen, zoo curator.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo News: Eagles treated at Raptor Center

One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.

December 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Adventist Christmas program has multicultural flair

Note: Content has been changed to correct the time of the program.

December 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Historical Society celebrates Ghosts of Christmas Past

The prototype for the Charlie Brown Christmas tree could have come from the Great Plains. Sometimes the "tree" was little more than a decorated branch, but it wouldn't do to let the holiday go by unobserved. Like the forlorn tree in the animated classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," some of the trees used by settlers in the nineteenth century were a bit sparse, but the intention was there, says Beverly Komarek, executive director of the Barton County Historical Village and Museum. Barton County Historical Society will celebrate "Ghosts of Christmas Past" with a free open house from 1-4 p ...

December 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Holy Family School to present Christmas musical Tuesday

They're baa-ck. The sheep get some of the best lines in "The Tale of the Drowsy Shepherd," this year's musical production by the fifth and sixth graders of Holy Family School.

December 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Area ministries unite for Christmas projects

Three ministries based in Barton County and one in Sabetha are working on two projects this Christmas. "Footprints of Faith" will provide shoes for families in Africa and Cambodia, when "Christmas for Families" will help people closer to home, said Dean Nuss from Pay it Forward with Christ Ministry.

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Spirit of Christmas in Two-Hawks

With his handmade flutes, John Two-Hawks has played the role of teacher and spiritual healer in previous visits to Great Bend. When he returns to the Crest Theater next Friday, the concert performer of Oglala Lakota Sioux lineage hopes to be an enchanter, taking his audience "into the space where the spirit of Christmas lives."

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Papers, please

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday there were no problems with the state's photo ID requirement to vote during the Nov. 6 general election.

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

​Fatal crash leads to arrest

A Great Bend man may face criminal charges for the vehicular death of a Prosser, Neb., man last April.

November 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Community invited to help soldiers, vets

The Great Bend American Legion Auxiliary is asking people to adopt a Fort Dodge soldier for Christmas. Meanwhile, the local Military Moms group is requesting donations for care packages that will be sent overseas to active military personnel.

November 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Injury accidents reported

Area law enforcement agencies responded to the following one-vehicle injury accidents in recent days:

November 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

‘Humphrey’ fans attend Nocturnal Nights

Sunset was still a couple of hours away Monday as the Great Bend Public Library started its first of three Nocturnal Night programs. A crowd ...

October 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Wanted: Halloween costumes to share

Volunteers are seeking donations of new or used Halloween costumes to share with children.

October 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Step up: The path is clear

This weekend, area residents can walk to support veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Walk to End Alzheimer's or just walk for personal well ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Stonehill, Storm sing at River of Life

The crowd was small, but some people traveled more than 100 miles last Monday to hear Randy Stonehill and Buck Storm present an acoustic concert ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Chicken-fried chicken dinner set to raise funds for youth conference

The NCYC Youth of Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend are raising money to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

More photos from Holy Family School

Photos taken Oct. 1, 2015; Lone Star Action Sports team outside Holy Family School in Great Bend.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Skater, BMX bikers thrill students

A champion inline skater and two professional BMX bikers rolled into the Holy Family School parking lot Thursday morning. The Lone Star Action Sports team ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo News: Wine in the Wild

The Nex-Tech Wine in the Wild event on Sept. 26 raised $7,248 for the Great Bend Zoological Society, according to sponsors.

September 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

New twists on Homecoming traditions

Great Bend High School's Homecoming Royalty will ride in style at Friday's parade.

September 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Bikes and pedestrians ready to hit the road

People who walk or ride bicycles on the streets of Great Bend told a consultant Tuesday that the city's streets and sidewalks can be ...

September 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Randy Stonehill singing at River of Life

Christian recording artists Randy Stonehill and Buck Storm will be at the River of Life Church in Great Bend on Monday, Sept. 28, to present ...

September 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​New group helps survivors of suicide loss

A new support group is forming for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

September 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

‘Humphrey’ puts everyone on same page

Friday's scene may have been a first at Great Bend schools: Elementary students all over town attended pep rallies to celebrate reading a book.

September 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC builds classroom with inmate help

Next week, Barton Community College officials will have a dedication and ribbon cutting for a new vocational education building at the Larned Correctional Mental Health ...

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Changes seen as positive at USD 428

School board members met three new instructional coaches during a luncheon meeting Thursday at Park Elementary School. Principal Phil Heeke introduced English Language Arts (ELA ...

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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