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The Magic of Science

Dan Dan the Magic Man can stretch a piece of chewing gum about 12 feet and make a live rabbit appear in an empty cage. But magician Dan Heath's greatest trick may be the way he can hold the attention of a young audience for the better part of an hour.

July 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Teen Towers

Teens continue to enjoy science-themed activities during the Great Bend Public Library's "Spark a Reaction" summer program. On Tuesday, two boys and two girls showed up at the library's Teen Spot for a building contest using spaghetti and miniature marshmallows.

July 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Guinea pigs

The bad news is, anyone who uses Facebook has probably been experimented on. The good news is, there's nothing new in that. We've all been guinea pigs for years.

July 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Library treats kids to glow party

"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.

July 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman trial on hold pending mental evaluation

Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.

July 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


GBFD thankful for rain before Fourth of July

A fireman's dream is rain on the Fourth of July, said John Stettinger, battalion chief at the Great Bend Fire Department. The next best thing is the series of rains the Golden Belt has experienced leading into the explosive weekend.

July 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Freedom Founders: Celebrating July 4

The Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776, contained words that are astounding more than 200 years later.

July 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Charges filed after undercover beer sales

Three clerks from Great Bend convenience stores that allegedly sold beer to underage consumers on May 16 face misdemeanor charges in Barton County District Court.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Jack Hanna tickets sold out

Tickets for the Barton County appearance of Jack Hanna sold out during the Nex-Tech Zoo Fest in June. Tickets for the October show were offered to the general public for the first time during the event, said Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Community Theatre names new managers

Angela and Wes Meitner of Great Bend believe they have some big shoes to fill as the new managers of Great Bend Community Theatre.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Former foster parent builds A.R.K. for kids, community

Around Great Bend, young people have been spotted doing volunteer work and Acts of Random Kindness. In fact, these youths are part of John Zimmerman's A.R.K. Foundation, a program he created to build character, teach respect and make the world a bit better for everyone.

July 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Meth distribution suspect arrested

Another drug bust was made Friday night as the Barton County Sheriff's Office continues its ongoing efforts to curb methamphetamine trafficking in the county, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

June 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Estamos Aqui exhibit opens with fiesta

For the reception opening the latest Shafer Art Gallery exhibit, Estamos Aqui, the gallery held a fiesta, serving Mexican foods and providing live entertainment.

June 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


FREE WHEELING

There were free bicycles and helmets for children who attended Friday's Great Bend Bicycle Safety Rodeo at Brit Spaugh Park.

June 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Coaches volunteer for sports VBS at Foundry Methodist

This year's vacation Bible school at Foundry Methodist Church in Great Bend is a sports camp with lessons on baseball or softball, basketball, and rifle safety and target shooting. The class is available for children 8-13 years old and is free of charge.

June 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


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Scholars Bowl team buzzes in

Great Bend Middle School's Scholars Bowl team is getting ready for its fifth and final competition of the year, Tuesday at Pratt.

February 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board mulls long-range plans

The Great Bend USD 428 board of education continues to work on long-range planning and has compiled a list of possible projects, including safe rooms ...

February 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ag science instructor hopes to grow program

If Great Bend High School agriculture instructor Kevin Hoff had his wishes granted, the GBHS shop building would be bigger and the school would start ...

February 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge urges students to show compassion

The first time Tommy Webb tasted a banana, he tried to eat the peel, too. It was the worst food he'd ever tasted, but ...

February 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Possible case of mumps reported at GBHS

The Barton County Health Department is investigating a possible mumps case at Great Bend High School.

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Goss, Cavanaugh join GBHS Hall of Fame

There were standing ovations Friday for longtime Great Bend resident Jean Cavanaugh and for Great Bend native Mike Goss, the two newest members of the ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers praised for helping schools

At the Feb. 13 Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, interim superintendent Khris Thexton noted that volunteers spend more than 120 hours a ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Education


ROSE Award

Jody Messersmith received a ROSE award (Recognizing Outstanding Support of Education) from Great Bend USD 428 at the Feb. 13 board of education meeting.

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Education


LOVE, SEX and the IRS

A farce about dodging taxes and scamming the Internal Revenue Service will have audiences laughing at the next Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Love, Sex ...

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tribune brings Army Jazz Band to town

The 312th Army Jazz Band from Lawrence is coming to the Crest Theater to perform at the 23rd annual Great Bend Jazz Festival. This free ...

February 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Program offers help with college, career planning

Before heading out on job interviews or seeking financial aid for education beyond high school, students at Barton County Academy – and anyone else who cares ...

February 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


PTRC open house Thursday

Great Bend USD 428's Parent Teacher Resource Center (PTRC) will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb ...

February 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge's decision to help illegal immigrant reversed

The Kansas Court of Appeals has reversed Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty's decision to set aside the identity theft conviction of a woman ...

February 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC revenue down, but oil values rise

Barton Community College's revenue in January 2017 was down about $6 million from the same time last year, although most of that was due ...

February 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School calendar adopted for 2017-18

"You're going to be debt-free. I think the district is in great financial shape." - Vickie Dreiling, Certified Public Accountant with Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball ...

February 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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