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Man hospitalized after New Year’s assault

Great Bend Police continue to investigate an aggravated battery that left a 22-year-old man in critical condition early on New Year's Day.

January 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


State responds to accusation of placing Longoria in danger

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Bauch's latest motion in the Adam Longoria case defends the State's earlier motions, including one that defense attorneys claim placed their client in danger.

December 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Attorneys trade pretrial barbs in Longoria case

The end of 2011 saw attorneys on both sides of the capital murder case of Adam Joseph Longoria preparing for next year's jury trial, sometimes using colorful language from the Bible and Star Trek as they sparred in pretrial motions.

December 29, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Life's incredible for Brent and Dan

This time last year, we wrote about Brent Tiede, a 1991 Great Bend High School graduate who had just received a new heart. The successful transplant was done at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

December 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


New Year's Taxi available

Those who ring in the new year with alcohol can catch a ride home with Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings or Sgt. Gary Davis. Or they can drive and possibly catch a ride to jail with another officer.

December 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Maintain a fire-safe home this winter

Whether using traditional home heating methods or cost-saving alternatives, it's a good idea to use caution and maintain a fire-safe home. Now that winter is upon us, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano and Building Inspector Lee Schneider have some seasonal fire safety tips for wood stoves and fireplaces, fixed and portable space heaters, furnace heating, and heating with generators.

December 27, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


HOMETOWN COUNTRY: Country rocker Kory Brunson plans Great Bend homecoming

A Denver, Colo., band that is hitting the country music charts will put on a benefit concert in Great Bend next month for the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation.

December 22, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Woman who called 911 safe

Barton County Communications and responders were kept busy for more than two hours early Wednesday, after a 24-year-old woman called 911 from her cell phone and said something that sounded like "I am hurt."

December 22, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Panther moved from quarantine at zoo

 

December 21, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Otis woman dies, 2 others injured in collision

An Otis woman died Monday in a two-vehicle accident in Rush County.

December 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


School liaison officer Bretches resigns

The City of Great Bend and Unified School District 428 will say farewell to Great Bend Police Officer Mark Bretches on Thursday, with a reception from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Front Door, 1615 10th St.

December 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


'Butterfly Effect' applies to insects, too

Ray Bradbury didn't invent the phrase "Butterfly Effect," but in 1952 he used it in the seminal science fiction story, "A Sound of Thunder." In his story, time travelers visit prehistoric times, taking great care to alter nothing. But one traveler accidentally steps on a prehistoric butterfly, creating a ripple effect that changes modern history for the worse.

December 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


Fond Farewell: Zoo director recalls Maggie the bear

If there are stars at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, Maggie the grizzly bear was one of them. Her early life in captivity, when she was known as Bear 60, could be described as tragic. But she was rescued in the early 1980s and brought to Great Bend, and in 1984 her photo appeared on the cover of Life magazine.

December 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


‘Tis the season for fire safety

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reminds residents to follow seasonal precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday.

December 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


College sticks with local dealerships

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to buy from local car dealerships, even though a Topeka dealership submitted lower bids on replacement vehicles. The total cost will be $116,786.10 for one three-quarter ton 4 x4 Chevrolet truck and two Chevy Impalas from Dove Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, and three Ford Fusions from Marmie Ford.

December 13, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Meet Our Peeps

In the urban dictionary, "peeps" are people - usually friends. But for birdwatchers, the peeps are five species of North American sandpipers.

April 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Bullet dodged

There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Faculty contracts renewed at BCC

After more than two hours of discussion behind closed doors on Thursday, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees voted to renew faculty contracts, including two contracts the administration had recommended for "non-renewal." The vote was 4-2, and trustees promptly returned to executive session to discuss personnel matters for another hour.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


A cup of Joe (and some cool old trucks)

"I didn't even know this was here."

April 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Downtown Art & Wine Walk announced

Sixteen businesses will take part in Great Bend's downtown Arts & Wine Walk, from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 1.

April 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Fair is fair: Care workers deserve OT

Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.

April 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC raising rates at Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk Kansas Pep Rally planned

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC may cut staff this month

This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Ag talk

Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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