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BCC trustees review bidding process

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees looked at bidding procedures during its study session last Thursday.

May 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


FIESTA

Mayor Mike Allison was on hand Saturday to proclaim May 5 as "Cinco de Mayo" in Great Bend, kicking off the 19th annual Hispanic cultural festival.

May 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Viva Mexico

This Saturday Great Bend will hold its 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival.

May 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC aims for OSHA plum

Barton Community College administrators are hoping the college can become the official provider of Occupational Safety and Health Administration training in the state of Kansas.

May 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


CAUTION:

Things did not go well Wednesday for guys named Ed. As hundreds of fifth graders looked on in Veterans Memorial Park, ED – short for Electrical Dummy – touched a live power line and was zapped by electricity. Flames burst from the lines, cooking the hot dog that served as the plastic and wire figure's heart.

May 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo News: Two chameleons added to Reptile House

Two chameleons are the newest occupants of the Reptile House at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Curator Marge Bowen.

May 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library announces summer hours, programs

Summer programs at the Great Bend Public Library include story time for young children and a free magic show to kick of the 2012 Summer Reading Club.

May 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Case closed on Pawnee Rock fire

PAWNEE ROCK - The cause of a fire that destroyed a trailer house at 408 Cunife St. last Friday night has been ruled "undetermined," Pawnee Rock Volunteer Fire Chief Dustin Chambers said Monday.

April 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Boley receives Kiwanis' Great Bend Greater Award

It took a fellow musician to surprise Joe Boley when the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis presented the 2012 Great Bend Greater Award last Wednesday at Montana Mike's. The club's award to an outstanding citizen doesn't necessarily go to a fellow Kiwanian, but Boley has been a member since March 6, 1997. As club secretary, he thought he knew who the award was going to.

April 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Club News


CrossPoint youth superheroes fight hunger

It takes a cool costume to be a superhero, but all it takes to become a community hero is a can of corn.

April 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Dealing with bullies

This week an award-winning national speaker visited Great Bend to talk about the problem of bullying.

April 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC workforce relationships get top rating

Barton Community College has received a report on its strengths and "opportunities for improvement" in more than 100 areas.

April 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Students vow to stand against bullying

When Mark Brown asked 100 Great Bend fourth and fifth graders to stand if they know someone who is being bullied, teased or excluded in their schools, about 90 of them rose to their feet.

April 24, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Kids turn recycled objects into art

Young people from Barton County turned used objects into works of art for the Recycling Rocks!!! contest at the Barton County Arts Center, located at 1401 Main in Great Bend. The entries can be seen there weekday afternoons, through the end of the month.

April 24, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Colorblocking: Senior Center holds spring fashion show

Colorblocking and other fashion trends were displayed Monday when the Great Bend Senior Center hosted its spring fashion show.

April 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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Good attendance gets wheels

The staff at Riley Elementary School had a dilemma; local donors were providing four bikes to give away for perfect attendance, but the school had five students who never missed a day of school, showed up late or left early. So, the staff pitched in and purchased a fifth bike.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC considers welding program

Barton Community College may add a basic welding program to its course lineup before the end of 2015.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Show support: Honor vets with better care

Memorial Day is a good time to honor our veterans, and not just those who are deceased.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Celebrating a century

SEWARD - The Most Rev. John Balthasar Brungardt, bishop of the diocese of Dodge City, will officiate the Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Bishop Brungardt will also install a first-class relic of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC: Pool could close without tax increase

Barton Community College trustees discussed the future of the college's swimming pool during their May study session on Thursday. Board Chairman Mike Johnson said they need to vote on the issue at the May 28 business meeting, but whatever the board decides is sure to make someone unhappy.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff talks about conceal carry law

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told a civic group Wednesday he has "concerns" about the state's new concealed carry legislation. Starting July 1, it will be legal for most people to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas, with or without a permit.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Vandalism, graffiti an ongoing problem

Great Bend Police officers have talked to some juveniles who admitted involvement in recent graffiti incidents, Detective David Bailey said.

May 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Local counterfeiters sentenced to prison time

The suspects in a counterfeiting ring that hit businesses in Great Bend and other central Kansas cities last July have been convicted and sentenced in U.S. District Court.

May 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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