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​Rec Commission sees health-care costs increase

The cost of employee health insurance at the Great Bend Recreation Commission is expected to increase 11 percent overall this year, Executive Director Diann Henderson told the GBRC Board of Directors on Monday. The board voted to renew the major health coverage for the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.

April 14, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Camp Aldrich fire ruled accidental; cause unknown

The cause of Saturday's fire at the Camp Aldrich Conference Center Dining Hall hasn't been determined, Claflin Fire Chief Doug Hubbard said Monday.

April 14, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

KHP works injury accidents

On Monday morning, Kansas Highway Patrol responded to at least three injury accidents caused by icy roads. KHP also responded to accidents Friday and Saturday, in which central Kansas residents were injured.

April 14, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Farm & Ranch Show wraps up

The final sprayer demonstration of the 2014 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo never got off the ground.

April 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Huelskamp holds Town Hall at farm show

Congressman Tim Huelskamp talked about America's regulation frustration, Washington's broken spending process and his commitment to Kansas farmers, energy producers and veterans during an hour-long Town Hall, Friday at the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Show.

April 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Church bulletin

• "Increase the Reach Summit" presented by Rev. Scott Hinkle will be held at Faith Community Church on Saturday, April 12th from 9 a.m. until noon. The church is located 1 mile west of 10th and Patton Road in Grea Bend. The Rev. Hinkle will also be speaking in the Sunday Morning Worship Service, April 13 at Faith Community Church at 10:30 a.m. Both services are open to the public. Scott Hinkle, an evangelist now headquartered in the Dallas /Forth Worth Metroplex once lived a life that pointed to only one direction…prison and ultimately an early grave.

April 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Cinema 6 showing 'God's Not Dead' at a discount

How far would you go to defend your belief in God?

April 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC dorm should be ready for fall semester

After reportedly falling behind schedule for an August completion date, construction of a new residence hall at Barton Community College is back on schedule, college trustees learned this week.

April 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

For kids' sake

Requests for help – from people needing food, or cash to pay their rent or utilities – are on the rise in our community, and Great Bend is not alone. Locally, we know that our Barton County Emergency Aid Association and Food Bank, Catholic Social Service and others have seen an increase in requests.

April 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

​Reboot adds up for BCC math department

A new approach to how developmental mathematics are taught at Barton Community College has raised success rates from mediocre to above average, Barton math instructor Brian Howe told college trustees Wednesday.

April 09, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Farm & Ranch Expo draws crowd to Great Bend

One of the largest farm shows in the United States got underway Wednesday, with the 2014 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. The show is taking place April 9-11 at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend.

April 09, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Local art featured in Talking Books exhibit

The Talking Books program has taken a decidedly visual approach to public awareness with the launch of a traveling art exhibit titled "Through Different Eyes: Achieving a New Perspective."

April 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

GOP unchained

Kansas loves the Second Amendment, as the Senate proved again this week when approving the "gun-rights bill," 34-2, and sending it to an equally receptive House.

April 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Zoo News: Babies arrive as zoo director signs contract with Jungle Jack Hanna

This week, Zoo Director Scott Gregory signed the contract that will bring Jack Hanna, the star of award winning animal television shows, to Great Bend this October.

April 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Baby cougars coming to Brit Spaugh Zoo

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is getting two young cougars, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Wednesday.

April 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

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Trick or Treat

One hundred twenty children received Halloween buckets and costumes this past Saturday at the Great Bend Public Library's costume giveaway, according to Kiwanis President ...

October 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Evening Lions provided vision screenings

The Great Bend Evening Lions Club provided free vision screening last Saturday and and Sunday during Family Fun Day at the Great Bend Brit SpaughZoo.

October 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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 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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