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Hunter Education classes filling fast

Between now and the opening of pheasant and quail season in November, hundreds of Kansas youths will enroll in Kansas Hunter Education courses. Locally, the classes are almost always filled, says Garet Fitzpatrick, coordinator of leisure programs at the Great Bend Recreation Commission.

August 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Firefighters conduct confined-space training

The swimmers are gone and the water has been drained from Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility, so firefighters took the opportunity Wednesday to do some confined-space training at the city water park.

August 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC introduces smartphone apps

It happens every fall at Barton Community College: New students wander around the campus, studying maps and class schedules as they try to figure out were they should be at any given moment.

August 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Officers buy flagpole for police department

It's been several years since Old Glory flew from a flagpole at the Great Bend Police Department, but that will change this week. On Friday, thanks to a donation from the Fraternal Order of Police, a new pole was installed.

August 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Purses snatched from vehicles this week

Local law enforcement reports several vehicles have been broken into, and purses and other items stolen this week.

August 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Spinning

In a typical month, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees meets twice and the Great Bend Tribune runs front-page stories about those meetings. The Aug. 9 story included good news: The budget was adopted with no mill levy increase, the sports commissioner is planning a visit to the BCC campus and the college is getting better Internet service. Todd Moore, assistant athletic director and sports information director, reported on "athletic compliance" and told trustees, "We are trying to do things right. I think a lot of people respect that we are trying." He shared a report which can be ...

August 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC approves new personnel

Personnel matters accounted for much of Thursday's Barton Community College Board of Trustees meeting. Trustees also learned about a change in BCC's accreditation program.

August 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


City thanks Sen. Roberts for Raptor Center

While visiting Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, Sen. Pat Roberts patted a spotted leopard, unconscious on the exam table, and spoke to it in an assuring tone. "You're going to be fine, Toby, I promise," he said. "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you."

August 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Judge orders psych evaluation for LaVeta Miller

A judge has ordered a psychiatric evaluation for the woman charged with stealing about $110,000 that was intended to pay for World War II veterans' trips to Washington, D.C.

August 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Former teacher gets diversion on drug charges

The case of a former teacher facing felony drug charges is wrapping up, with Angela Renee Foote receiving a diversion agreement. Another person arrested at the same time last September is on probation with Central Kansas Community Corrections after plea negotiations in 2012.

August 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Bark at Water Park

Great Bend's Wetlands aquatic park closed for the season on Saturday, but lifeguards returned on Sunday for one last event – the annual Bark at the Water Park for dogs.

August 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Scouts meet at zoo for fall kickoff

Boy Scouts and Scout leaders from nine counties were invited to attend Scout Day, Sunday afternoon at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

August 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


"Polka Days" last waltz plays Sunday

After a run of 27 years, Great Bend's Polka Days is coming to a close. But not without more than six hours of continuous live music on Sunday at the Great Bend Convention Center.

August 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Teen plans fundraiser for Humane Society

A Great Bend teenager plans to raise money for the Golden Belt Humane Society as he works to earn his Eagle Scout status.

August 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Time to act

Our Congressional representatives from Kansas need to get behind the Military Justice Improvement Act, a proposal to combat sexual assault in the military. It started with a Democratic Senator, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, but has already become a bipartisan effort. Republicans who have lent their support so far include Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who remarked this week, "I try not to look at issues from a partisan point of view. I'm sure I do sometimes, but I try not to. As a physician, I look at problems and try ...

August 15, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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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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