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Two rollovers in Barton County

The weather was definitely a factor in a rollover accident Thursday morning on U.S. 56, west of Great Bend, Undersheriff Bruce Green said. An earlier accident south of town on U.S. 281 was also reported, promoting the Barton County Sheriff's Office to post a reminder on Facebook for everyone to stay off the highways if possible and drive carefully.

November 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Apology accepted: US Air gets grinchy

US Airways didn't earn any goodwill recently when it removed a blind man and his service dog from a flight at the Philadelphia International Airport. As fellow passengers left as well, the flight was canceled and everyone was given the option of a bus ride to Islip, N.Y.

November 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

'Jungle Jack' Hanna coming to Brit Spaugh Zoo

Jack Hanna, the star of award winning animal television shows, is coming to Great Bend on Oct. 16, 2014, Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory announced Thursday.

November 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Salvation Army ringing in donations

Thanksgiving may be later than usual this year, but the local Salvation Army's annual Kettle Campaign is right on schedule.

November 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Barton County mapper receives lifetime achievement award

Barton County Cartographer BJ Wooding has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kansas Association of Mappers. She has worked for the county for 23 years.

November 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Business

Businesses to compete in cookie contest

Great Bend's downtown businesses will tempt shoppers with cookies during the Home for the Holidays festivities on Saturday, Nov. 30.

November 16, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC revamps networking programs

Networking Specialist programs at Barton Community College were revised Thursday by the BCC Board of Trustees. Jane Howard and others involved in the programs explained that the certificate and specialist degree programs differed between the Barton County campus and the Fort Riley campus.

November 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Obama Reversal: Un-canceling easier said than done

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that health insurance polices that have been canceled because they don't meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act can be kept for a year.

November 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Library’s Children’s Department gets makeover

The Children's Department at the Great Bend Public Library has a new look, thanks to several grants and gifts received in 2013.

November 13, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo members get sneak peek

Vixey the arctic fox has a new playmate. The male fox, named Tod (both names come from Disney's "Fox and the Hound"), arrived at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo at the end of last month and he's just been moved to a public viewing area.

November 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Hofeling returning to rec board

Last December, the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board presented a plaque to Bruce Hofeling, whose second four-year term as a board member was about to end. After a one-year absence, Hofeling will return as a board member at large on Jan. 1, 2014.

November 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Families attend Riley Reading Night

Riley School's motto is "The School that Reads," and last Thursday students invited their parents to come to their classrooms and see what they're learning.

November 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

News judgment

The first news item about a cat's body being found in the bushes of a Great Bend neighborhood appeared as an item in the Tribune's "On the Record" in October. It became a front-page story this week when the Humane Society of the United States offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

November 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Zoo News: New animals arriving daily

New animals are arriving on schedule this month at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

November 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Investigation continues in hit-and-run fatality

It's been nearly a month since 33-year-old Rhiannon Young died after being hit by a motorist who then drove away on the U.S. 281 Bypass. The Great Bend Police Department continues to investigate, Detective David Bailey said.

November 05, 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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