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Memorial Tribute

Great Bend honored veterans on Memorial Day with its traditional ceremony at Veterans Circle in the Great Bend Cemetery. This year's program was coordinated by Disabled American Veterans Chapter 27.

May 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County Veterans Memorial dedicated

With the dedication of a new veterans memorial on Sunday, Barton County had an additional ceremony honoring those who have answered the call to serve the United States as members of the armed forces.

May 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Students with perfect attendance get chance to win bikes

For the second year, Great Bend USD 428 elementary students were given a chance to win a bicycle if they posted perfect attendance during the past school year.

May 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Voting mess

What will Kansas do, with thousands of potential voters in limbo? Kansas and Arizona passed laws requiring people to show proof of citizenship if they want to register to vote. But anyone who registers using the federal "motor voter" form just has to say he or she is a citizen. In January, Barton County had 315 "suspense voters," and 200 of those registrations were pending because proof of citizenship had not been submitted.

May 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Honoring Our Troops

The Barton County Historical Museum and Village is honoring men and women in the armed forces this summer with free admission, and by displaying historic military uniforms and modern heirloom Quilts of Valor created especially for combat veterans.

May 21, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend man hopes to live on Mars

Grady Bolding of Great Bend is in the running for a trip to Mars. The 27-year-old man says he wouldn't miss the opportunity to be part of a colony on the Red Planet, even though it would mean never returning to Earth.

May 21, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


American Legion Poppy Program starts Friday

The American Legion Auxiliary will be out this Memorial weekend asking for donations to help with its Poppy Program. Members will be in front of Great Bend businesses with hand crafted poppies Friday evening and all day Saturday. They will also be out on Sunday if they still have some of the 3,000 poppies, said Marianne Krallman. She and Jeannie Munsch are cochairs of this year's Poppy Program.

May 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


BUCKET LIST: Wetlands opens Saturday

Trained lifeguards? Check. Concession workers? Check. Fresh water? Check. Giant tipping bucket?

May 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Class of 2014 breezes through commencement

The top three graduating seniors at Great Bend High School delivered brief commencement speeches Sunday, prior to 212 students receiving diplomas at Memorial Stadium.

May 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC celebrates 44th annual commencemnt ceremony

Barton Community College's 44th commencement ceremony recognized the achievements of hundreds of students Friday, but Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said each individual has his or her own story of success.

May 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


War on girls

The world is watching as efforts continue to rescue more than 200 girls kidnapped a month ago from two boarding schools in Nigeria.

May 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


GBRC director shares playground ideas

This story was updated on May 13.

May 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Crime Stoppers boosts effort to find information on Rhiannon Young death

Nearly 6 months after the death of Rhiannon Marie Young, the police investigation seemed to have stalled. Now Crime Stoppers of Great Bend-Barton County is trying something new - reaching out to the public with posts on social media.

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


4 Pinocchios: Huelskamp's ACA whopper

Recent comments by Kansas 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act earned him a "Four Pinocchios" rating in a Washington Post feature called "The Fact Checker."

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC accepting Camp Aldrich cleanup bids

Bid requests for the job of cleaning up the site of the Camp Aldrich dining hall were sent Monday, Barton Community College officials learned Thursday. The college owns the conference center located between Claflin and Cheyenne Bottoms. The dining hall and its basement were destroyed by fire on April 12, and bids for demolition of are being accepted until May 22.

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Survey seeks input on USD 428 facilities

Great Bend USD 428 officials are turning to the community for input on long-range facility needs.

January 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School fundraisers approved by BOE

Parents and others who support school fundraisers will have plenty of opportunities next year to buy everything from trash bags to cookie dough.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More cancellations announced as storm looms

When the National Weather Service office at Wichita issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Storm Watch for most of central Kansas last Thursday, Barton ...

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Police seize meth, marijuana ‘vape’ vials

Traffic stops led to more than one drug bust this past week in Great Bend, Police Chief Cliff Couch said. Two suspects were arrested on ...

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More events canceled

Several area events have been canceled or postponed due to the expected ice storm.

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Icy Sidewalks

When Great Bend merchants hold their annual Icy Sidewalk Sale in January, they always hope the sidewalks aren't really icy. We've had some ...

January 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Reading, math skills improve with help

Reading and math tests taken by Great Bend students last month show positive progress when compared to test scores at the start of the school ...

January 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend High School students plan for fifth annual Community Service Day

Great Bend High School's Student Council got a green light Monday to organize the fifth annual all-day school-wide Community Service Day. Weather permitting, it ...

January 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teaching service

One item on next Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting agenda is to approve the fifth annual Community Service Day at ...

January 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Weather made for arctic foxes

It's January 5. Do you know where your alligators are?

January 04, 2017 | 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


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

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


Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

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


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