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BCC's presence at Larned prison grows

Changes coming to the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility the summer will create opportunities for Barton Community College, the BCC Board of Trustees learned Tuesday.

June 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BUSY BEES: Story Time entertains children

Great Bend Public Library's "Miss Amy" had children listening, singing and playing on Tuesday during Story Time. This week's subject was Bees.

June 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Todd Leech sentenced to 14 years for child rape

A Great Bend couple arrested on rape and child abuse charges in 2016 have been sentenced in Barton County District Court.

June 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County approves tax help after tornado

Barton County residents who lost their homes or saw major home damage from last month's tornado may get a break on their property taxes this year, thanks to a resolution passed Monday by the County Commission.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Road & Bridge director to retire soon

Barton County Road and Bridge/Memorial Parks Director Dale Phillips announced Monday he will retire at the end of this month, concluding a 44-year career with the county.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Caution: Road work ahread

Great Bend Street Department employees remove a section of pavement at the southwest corner of Broadway and McKinley, Monday afternoon. Traffic is reduced to two lanes and will be for the rest of the month, according to Street Superintendent Mike Crawford.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend schools get wireless devices for K-12

Great Bend USD 428's One to One Technology Initiative will encompass grades K-12 this fall, Superintendent Khris Thexton said Monday. The school board voted to buy 250 iPads for kindergartners and first-graders, and 250 Chromebooks for second- and third-graders, at a cost of $181,248.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kaiser sentenced on sexting case

Todd Eric Kaiser, the former Great Bend High School track coach convicted of sexual exploitation of a child, has been placed on three years of probation with an underlying sentence of 32 months of confinement.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teacher contracts on USD 428 agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is set to ratify next year's contracts for licensed employees. The Great Bend-National Education Association announced that teachers ratified the agreement on Thursday.

June 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


West Nile virus arrives early in Barton County

The first reported Kansas case of West Nile virus this summer is a person in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Friday.

June 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCSO seizes 1,146 marijuana plants

More than 1,100 cultivated marijuana plants were seized Thursday at a grow operation near Galatia, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Arthur Kronenberg, 32, of Olmitz, was arrested at the scene.

June 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


MAD SCIENCE!!

Erik the Engineer may be billed as a Mad Scientist, but he stressed "safety first" on Thursday when he encouraged kids to conduct their own experiments. The educational entertainer from Kansas City's MadSciene.org shared cool, hands-on science experiments with more than 100 children at the Great Bend Public Library.

June 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Breakfast Briefing, June 2-10, 2017

FRIDAY, June 2

June 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zumbathon to raise money for Prince of Peace

Local licensed Zumba instructors hope to get people dancing and smiling at a Zumbathon planned for the evening of July 8 at St. Rose Auditorium.

June 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Band shell concert photos

The Great Bend Municipal Band performed June 1, 2017, for the 90th-anniversary celebration and rededication of the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band Shell, with the new Thelma Faye Harms Stage.

June 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Reality U

Great Bend Middle School's eighth graders had some tough choices to make Wednesday.

October 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Costume exchange

They entered the basement as ordinary children, but walked out as skeletons. Or ninja turtles, witches and clowns.

October 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


White Cane Safety Day raises awareness

A long white cane is more than an adaptive tool to help people who are blind walk on city sidewalks. Members of the Central Kansas ...

October 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Good Scouting

The announcement that Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to become Cub Scouts and eventually earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout is good ...

October 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Barton accreditation in good standing

Barton Community College has met all criteria for accreditation, Myrna Perkins told the BCC Board of Trustees Tuesday.

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board seeks architect

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is ready to create a master plan for future building projects and will hear presentations from architects ...

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fire chief: No explosions in house fire

Great Bend Fire Chief Luke McCormick said Tuesday there were no explosions in a house fire last Friday, even though that was part of the ...

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Superintendent wants to start new student group

Students at Great Bend High School may soon have a say in course offerings and other aspects of school life. Superintendent Khris Thexton plans to ...

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Cause of Friday's fire undetermined

A Friday afternoon fire at 2607 19th St. appeared suspicious at first, but a closer look found "nothing suspicious," according to Lt. Scott Bieberle at ...

October 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBMS bowling approved

Great Bend High School has taken bowling teams to state championships, and now volunteers will bring instructional bowling to Great Bend Middle School.

October 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Promise Garden flowers lead Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The petals of bright fabric flowers twirled in the breeze as people gathered in the courthouse square Saturday afternoon. Missy Pflughoeft, co-chairman of Barton County ...

October 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Duck Season

Zackery Krisyman leaned in for a closer look at a duck display at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The blue-winged teal male and female were ...

October 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBMS bowling, AED purchases on USD 428 agenda

A proposal for instructional bowling at Great Bend Middle School is on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting ...

October 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Asteroid flyby to test planetary defense

Scientists have known for some time that the house-sized asteroid known at "2012 TC4" won't hit the Earth, but it will come close. And ...

October 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life sentence

Sidney Gleason was in the news again this week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected his latest appeal of his death penalty sentence.

October 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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