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Voter registrations in limbo

More than 300 people who have registered to vote in Barton County are on hold, according to Darin DeWitt, voter registration clerk in the Barton County Clerk's Office.

January 14, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

GBRC board pleased with 2013 audit

The Great Bend Recreation Commission Board heard the latest audit report when it met Monday. Curtis Kuhn from D. McMillen Chartered said he found no transactions that were out of order, and all suggestions made the prior year had been implemented.

January 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Scouts use their noodles to make dough

Great Bend Boy Scouts spent most of the day Saturday making noodles for their 43rd annual Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup Dinner, set for Feb. 2 at the Elks Lodge.

January 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

On Target

Improved marketing for Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich was on a recent list of things we said we'd like to see in the new year. This has also been on the minds of people at the college, it turns out.

January 09, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

BCC Clay Shoot moving to Camp Aldrich

The Barton Community Foundation Clay Shoot will be held at Camp Aldrich this year, after six successful years at LaSada Sporting Clays and Hunting Service in Russell.

January 09, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Lights, music, action!

The sounds of rocking Christmas tunes could still be heard Wednesday evening in the courthouse square, for those who tuned to the proper FM frequency. Fifty thousand LED lights were programmed in sync with the music.

January 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Humane Society reports more adoptions in 2013

The number of pets adopted from the Golden Belt Humane Society more than doubled from 2012 to 2013.

January 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Golden Belt Humane Society works to become 'no-kill' shelter

Furry animals hoping to become forever pets could be found Saturday at the Orschlen Farm and Home store in Great Bend, where the monthly Adopt-A-Pet fundrasier was taking place. Echo, a golden retriever mix, had just hit the jackpot.

January 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Court Roundup: Chapman attorneys get more time to prepare for murder trial

The trial for the man charged with murdering Damon Galyardt in 2011 has been rescheduled from January to April, giving his defense team more time to prepare for the case.

January 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Night Flight

Organizers of the first "Light to Unite" glow run/bike/walk announced Thursday morning that the event planned for that evening had been canceled. No one wanted to risk injuries with so much ice along the roads.

January 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Zoo News: Animals adapt to colder weather

After 13.5 inches of snow fell on Great Bend in late December, the temperatures plunged and so did attendance at the Brit Spaugh Zoo.

January 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Carving a niche

Gerard Holinde never considered himself artistic, but with some encouragement from members of the local woodcarving club the Great Bend man has become an award-winning craftsman in just three years. In November he entered several pieces in the 33rd annual Kaw Valley Woodcarving Show at Topeka and came back with seven ribbons: two for first-place, two for second place, one for third place and two honorable mentions.

January 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

New options for New Year’s taxi service

This year more than ever, there's no excuse for drinking and driving on New Year's Eve.

December 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

‘Light to Unite’ night trek planned

Local event organizers have come up with a new way to view part of the Trail of Lights before the lights are turned off for another year. The first "Light to Unite" glow run/bike/walk will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at three parks in Great Bend.

December 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

South Hoisington stories preserved

A project to preserve the history of South Hoisington started with a mini-grant from the Kansas Humanities Council but grew into a major undertaking for the Barton County Historical Society. The historical society has until Jan. 31 to fulfill the terms of the grant, but research on the community will continue, said Beverly Komarek, executive director of the historical society's museum.

December 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

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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

Do your job

Voters who are concerned about who is added to the Supreme Court over the next four years need to remember that a ninth justice could ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Reality U

Students often hear their lives will be different once they enter "the real world," so on Thursday Great Bend Middle School eighth graders got a ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Aiming High

The stunts performed by members of Lonestar Action Sports may be dangerous – at least without years of training – but the message for students was to ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

School board recognizes students

Great Bend High School instructor Andy Negaard and several of his students were recognized for outstanding achievement at Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board ...

October 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC looks at third-party courses

Barton Community College could expand its course offerings by connecting with third-party vendors, Dr. Robin Garret, vice president of instruction and student services, told college ...

October 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

School board tours new bus

School board members toured the new Panther activity bus Monday during the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

October 10, 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

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