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Cinco de Mayo

Great Bend will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday so it's time for our annual history lesson.

May 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Crime Stoppers awards $500

It's not often that the Crime Stoppers board of directors gets to see where its money is going, but on Tuesday five people stepped forward to receive their prizes from a recent drawing.

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pioneer Day

Great Bend's third graders were given a taste of life in the olden days on Wednesday. More than 200 children spent the day at the Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum.

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: GBHS work study helps our zoo

Wednesday afternoon, 18-year-old Jacob Garcia from Great Bend High School was busy preparing a salad for Chunga, an African Crested Porcupine at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

May 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ukuleles and robots on Great Bend teacher wish lists

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of stories about minigrants awarded to teachers by the USD Education Foundation.

April 30, 2016 | Information compiled by Jennifer Schartz, USD 428 | Local News


Make and Take

Nearly 20 years ago, Great Bend USD 428's Steve Wolf visited Wichita and saw a resource center where teachers could find everything they needed to make posters and bulletin boards. That was the inspiration for Great Bend's Parent Teacher Resource Center, which opened its doors in January 1997.

April 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley School reports reading success

At the start of this school year, 45 percent of the students at Riley Elementary School were reading at their grade level. The staff hoped to improve those numbers by 2 percent by the end of the year.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Safe gas

In January of 2001, natural gas escaped from an underground storage cavern and exploded in Hutchinson, claiming two lives.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Community colleges weigh in on mergers

The state's 19 community colleges aren't opposed to mergers involving universities and technical schools, but they are concerned about how mergers will affect overall funding, the executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees said.

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


TEAM PANTHER

Instead of backpacks full of books, some students at Great Bend High School were seen carrying work boots into the school Wednesday morning. The entire GBHS population – about 900 teenagers as well as their teachers – was invited to take part in the school's fourth annual Community Service Day.

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS Community Service Day photos

Great Bend High School students started their fourth Community Service Day with an all-school assembly recognizing volunteer service. They received commemorative T-shirts as they boarded buses and headed to service projects. We found students spreading mulch on the My BackYard playground at the GBRC Activity Center.

April 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lobbyist for community colleges visits Barton

The executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees braved predicted inclement weather Tuesday to drive from Topeka for the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting. KACCT Director Linda Fund planned to be back in Topeka today when the 2016 Legislature resumes its work.

April 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Faculty contracts on BCC agenda

Faculty contracts are on the agenda for the next meeting of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in room F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Battin leaving USD 428

The resignation of Great Bend High School instructor/coach Chris Battin is on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, set for noon Thursday, April 28, at Riley Elementary School. Battin teaches marketing and is the boys varsity basketball team coach.

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Blues HOF members coming to Macksville

MACKSVILLE - The seventh annual Macksville Bikes & Blues Rally will be held May 6-8 in the City Park at Macksville. There will be live music, food venders, bike games and free camping in the park.

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Religion


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Fort Larned carpenter recalls restoration

LARNED - When visitors step onto the grounds of the Fort Larned National Historic State today, they see it as it appeared in the 1860s during ...

July 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Keep cool

High summer temperatures pose a health risk, but not everyone has a place to cool off. RSVP/Volunteers in Action has organized a network of ...

July 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Guided hunting banned on public land

One June 23 the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission voted to ban commercial guiding on property and water managed by the department.

July 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC pool updates reviewed

Barton Community College Trustees learned Tuesday that additional improvements totaling about $5,000 were approved for the college's swimming pool in the past year.

July 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees approve raises

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved next year's operational budget and a 2016-2017 budget for publication Tuesday. The operational budget includes a ...

July 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Unopposed candidates eager to serve

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final story in a series of four, recounting the candidates' forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of ...

July 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Senate candidates introduce themselves

All three candidates for senator of Kansas District 33 supplied information about themselves for a handout distributed at the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum.

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State Senate candidates weigh in

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of stories on the League of Women Voters of Great Bend Public Forum Tuesday night ...

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Godmothers help women of all ages

The Prairie Godmothers group is known for its motto of "Women Helping Women," and that means women of all ages. To help make it known ...

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer projects underway at USD 428

Before windows were replaced at the Washington Early Education Center this summer, it was possible to look into a classroom through a crack under the ...

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Informed voters

This week the Great Bend League of Women Voters hosted a local candidates forum and as usual they put a lot of work into it ...

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Candidates seek House seats

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of stories on the League of Women Voters of Great Bend Public Forum Tuesday night ...

July 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


MAKING AN IMPRESSION

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories on the League of Women Voters of Great Bend Public Forum Tuesday night ...

July 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Carter to continue as board president

Here is a summary of other action taken Monday at the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting:

July 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teachers, school board, approve new contracts

Salary increases were approved Monday by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education.

July 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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