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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

Weight loss leads to other personal victories

Diana Hayward has lost nearly 50 pounds on her journey toward a healthier life. Although she has far to go, the Great Bend woman said she's already noticing she has more stamina and is breathing better as a result of her weight loss.

April 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Healthy Living

​Miller trial moved to June

The jury trial for LaVeta Miller, charged with stealing more than $100,000 that was intended to provide World War II veterans with free trips to Washington, D.C., has been reschedule for June 23-27.

April 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

BCSO works two injury accidents

Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to two injury accidents Sunday, one in the morning and one during the night.

March 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Breakfast Briefing (e-Version)

SUNDAY (March 30)

March 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC trustees approve OSHA certificate programs

Barton Community College trustees on Thursday approved certificate programs for Occupational and Safety Health Administration courses taught at BCC's Grandview Plaza facility and elsewhere.

March 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

A STEP UP: Barton unveils Fine Arts Auditorium

Barton Community College supporters sometimes call the Shafer Art Gallery the "Gem of the Campus," and now that gem has a proper setting, with the newly remodeled foyer and lobby in the Fine Arts Building. They also are connected to another campus jewel that had become somewhat tarnished over the decades; the Fine Arts Auditorium is sparkling once again. On Thursday, college officials held an open house for the auditorium, where the bulk of the renovation work was done.

March 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Win-win: Common-sense ways to help veterans

Sen. Jerry Moran recently introduced legislation to extend a federal program that allows veterans to receive health care in rural communities, including Great Bend, without traveling long distances to VA hospitals. Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) needs to continue beyond its three-year pilot that expires this September.

March 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Hundreds of pounds lost in 'Battle of the Bulge'

One man lost over 70 pounds during the eight-week Battle of the Bulge 2014, conducted by Club One Fitness.

March 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Healthy Living

Historical village welcomes volunteers for 2014 season

History buffs and potential volunteers can attend an orientation meeting next month at the Barton County Historical Museum and Village. This program is also open to people who just want to learn more about village, said volunteer coordinator Karen Naylor.

March 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Church bulletin

Upcoming events in Great Bend include:

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Hearts Aflame Women's Conference moves to Dream Center

The eighth annual Hearts Aflame Women's Conference will be held Saturday, March 29, at the Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. Admission is free. All proceeds collected from freewill offerings will go to the Dream Center, which offers faith-based community services.

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Buyer beware when choosing a preparer

When it comes to tax preparation, AARP reports that its trained volunteers have accuracy rates similar to commercial services. But when choosing a tax preparer, consumers are warned to do their homework.

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Volunteers swamped with tax returns

Since the end of January, four volunteers with AARP have spent Thursday mornings and afternoons preparing basic income tax returns at the Barton County Courthouse. Demand for this free service is growing, said Kathy Ahlvers, who leads the Great Bend team. But for every person who is served, several others must be turned away.

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Changing sides: Pre-election switches aren't evil (but they may be history)

A bill headed for Gov. Sam Brownback's desk would make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections. Supporters include Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a GOP conservative.

March 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

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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

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

Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry

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