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​Neighborhood Crime Watch

Great Bend Community Theatre members are on the lookout for comedy this week as they present a red hot comedy, "Neighborhood Crime Watch."

February 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Brain meltdown

Members of the Kansas Legislature's House Energy and Environment Committee on Thursday considered a resolution to ignore science.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Honest Abe visits Great Bend Public Library

The featured speaker at the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg, Edward Everett, spoke for more than two hours on Nov. 19, 1863. Then President Abraham Lincoln rose and spoke for less than two minutes, delivering the "Gettysburg Address." It was 272 words long.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Sparks fly, interrupt dance class

Main Street was blocked off for a time on Thursday night as the Great Bend Fire Department responded to the Dance by Design dance school, where a buildup of ice apparently caused electrical wires to spark and start a small fire.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Eisenhour returns to prison

Zachary Steven Eisenhour Sr., 29, returned to prison last week after violating his parole for child abuse and other crimes committed nearly seven years ago in Stafford County.

February 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Tai Chi attendance growing at GBRC

Winter classes are in full swing at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, and the staff is already getting ready for spring and summer, Executive Director Diann Henderson told the Board of Directors on Monday.

February 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Drifting snow hinders travel, deliveries

A motorist was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Thursday after the car she was driving slid off of West Barton County Road, around 12:45 p.m.

February 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Religious freedom?

A sign that can be found in some business establishment reads, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."

February 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Winter storm hinders travel; no school Wednesday

With a Winter Weather Advisory in effect Tuesday morning, schools were closed and Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that Barton County was experiencing moderate to heavy snowfall, leading to treacherous road conditions.

February 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Four feared dead after plane from Great Bend crashes in Tennessee

A private airplane that flew out of the Great Bend Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon crashed and burned around 5 p.m. in a field near Nashville, Tenn. There were no survivors, according to Tennessee news sources such as NewsChannel5.com, which also reported that the Gulfstream 690C was registered to Mid-Kansas Agri-Co in Pawnee Rock.

February 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Lawmakers watching state issues develop

After passing a two-year budget in 2013, the Kansas Legislature is starting 2014 quietly, at least in the House of Representatives, Rep. John Edmonds (R-Great Bend) told constituents Saturday.

February 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Holy Family School honored for 5th time

Students at Holy Family School in Great Bend cheered for academics on Friday, when Principal Karen Moeder announced the school had won the prestigious Governor's Achievement Award for the fifth time. The award is based on the results of last year's math and reading assessment scores.

February 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Storm training offered at Crest Theater

A meteorologist from the National Weather Service will present severe weather training next month at the Crest Theater in Great Bend.

February 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Man arrested inside Second St. house

Thursday morning, Great Bend police were again summoned to 1411 1/2 Second St., the scene of recent multiple shootings. This time, the reporting party said an unknown subject was trespassing on his property. William Ellington was contacted inside the house and was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The jail log lists Ellington as a Great Bend resident and he was booked on a Stafford County warrant for probation violation. He is being held without bond.

February 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

January 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


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School fundraisers approved by BOE

Parents and others who support school fundraisers will have plenty of opportunities next year to buy everything from trash bags to cookie dough.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More cancellations announced as storm looms

When the National Weather Service office at Wichita issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Storm Watch for most of central Kansas last Thursday, Barton ...

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Police seize meth, marijuana ‘vape’ vials

Traffic stops led to more than one drug bust this past week in Great Bend, Police Chief Cliff Couch said. Two suspects were arrested on ...

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More events canceled

Several area events have been canceled or postponed due to the expected ice storm.

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Icy Sidewalks

When Great Bend merchants hold their annual Icy Sidewalk Sale in January, they always hope the sidewalks aren't really icy. We've had some ...

January 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Reading, math skills improve with help

Reading and math tests taken by Great Bend students last month show positive progress when compared to test scores at the start of the school ...

January 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend High School students plan for fifth annual Community Service Day

Great Bend High School's Student Council got a green light Monday to organize the fifth annual all-day school-wide Community Service Day. Weather permitting, it ...

January 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teaching service

One item on next Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting agenda is to approve the fifth annual Community Service Day at ...

January 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Weather made for arctic foxes

It's January 5. Do you know where your alligators are?

January 04, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 looks at alternative student meals for accounts in arrears

Editor's note: This is the second of two stories about policy changes being considered by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education for ...

January 02, 2017 | 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


Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


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