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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

Stewards of the stew

The recipe for the annual Irish Stew at First Presbyterian Church is more than 50 years in the making. A carefully guarded secret, it can be found in the "Stew Book," safely stored in the church office.

March 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Spring Forward: Rec Commission hosts spring style show at Senior Center

Overalls are back in style, according to Amanda Dreiling, emcee for the Great Bend Recreation Commission's annual Spring Style Show at the Senior Center.

March 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

New rules limit tournament pitching

Youth baseball and softball pitching limitations were adopted Monday by the Great Bend Recreation Commission. A pitcher may not pitch in more than five consecutive innings in one game, and no more than eight innings in any two consecutive games.

March 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Real estate

The City of Great Bend continues to take positive steps to encourage housing development.

March 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Zoo News: Zoo hoping for spring babies

The animal population at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has sometimes been described as "geriatric," but Zoo Director Scott Gregory is working to change that.

March 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo director gives update on lions, bears

Three grizzly bears at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo turned 1 year old in January, and have been good companions to Max, the older bear in the grizzly exhibit, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Monday.

March 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Fire does extensive damage to home, garage

A fire at the Karl and Virgina Harmony home, 3106 26th St., did extensive damage Tuesday afternoon, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. Virginia Harmony was the only one home at the time and got out safely.

March 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Storm watcher recommends ‘situational awareness’

Dramatic videos of flying cameras, storms chasers, and a family emerging from a demolished home after a tornado were among the highlights of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a severe weather awareness program presented Tuesday at the Crest Theater. But Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chance Hayes didn't come to Great Bend just to entertain; his presentations provided potentially life-saving information for anyone with a desire to chase after tornados, or anyone who wants to stay safe in case of severe storms.

March 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend Public Library staff celebrated the 110th birthday of Dr. Seuss on Monday with a party for children. "Miss Amanda," as children's librarian Amanda Moran-Jones is known, read the Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham," and then The Cat in the Hat invited the children to sample the same dish - scrambled eggs with green food coloring.

March 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Education issues highlight Legislative Coffee

HOISINGTON - Joining Senator Mitch Holmes (R-St. John) and Rep. John Edmonds (R-Great Bend) at Saturday's Legislative Coffee in Hoisington was Kansas Board of Education member Sally Cauble (R-Dodge City).

March 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


The Kansas Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, also known as Constitutional Amendment 1, is on the Nov. 8 ballot in Kansas as a legislatively ...

October 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Middle School teaching the Three C’s

The Three R's of education are being joined the by the Three C's - College and Career Competencies.

October 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | News

KBI: Check for offenders before Halloween

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation advises parents to check online for registered offenders in their neighborhoods and areas their children plan to trick-or-treat, prior to ...

October 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Student reports on her 'Barton Experience'

Barton Community College trustees heard one student's "Barton Experience" when Keanna Craig addressed the board Tuesday evening.

October 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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

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

Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County

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