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Beautiful Beginnings, Barristers win Charity Chili Cook-off

Beautiful Beginnings won the Tasters Choice Award at the 2013 Charity Chili Cook-off, Saturday in downtown Great Bend. Those who bought a $5 taster bracelet were allowed to sample the chili from 11 entrants, and to vote for their favorite. The entrants donated the chili, and proceeds will go to the Barton County Food Bank, said Sarah Krom with Sunflower Diversified Services, event organizer.

November 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Bus donation helps Prodigal Ministries

Prodigal Ministries, a local endeavor that helps homeless men get a fresh start, recently received a 12-passenger bus from the Great Bend campus of CrossPoint Church.

November 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine helps food banks

Advanced Therapy and Sports Medicine celebrated National Physical Therapy Month in October by organizing its third annual community food drive. As the Give Back Community Food Drive concluded Thursday, employees at the Great Bend location, 3715 10th St., filled the back of a jeep with non-perishable food items people had donated during the month.

November 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Business

Pro-choice: Roberts defends school vouchers

Last week, Senator Pat Roberts joined 29 other Senators in "calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to explain why his Justice Department is suing to force 570 needy children to remain in failing public schools based solely on their skin color."

October 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Dream Center welcomes Phoenix visionaries

A nonprofit organization with the motto "Reaching Hurting People, Restoring Families, Realizing Dreams" quietly got underway in Great Bend last August. Now the Central Kansas Dream Center, located at 2100 Broadway Ave., will host some guests from Phoenix, Ariz., to train local program leaders and help others better understand the vision for central Kansas.

October 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Father, son charged with felony ripoff

A Great Bend man says he was ripped off by local auto mechanics David Stanley Sr. and David Stanley Jr., who have each been charged with one count of felony theft by deception.

October 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Preliminary hearing set for attempted murder suspect

A preliminary hearing for Robert Dale Nicholas on the charge of attempted first degree murder has been set for 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in Barton County District Court.

October 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Third suspect charged in January shooting

A third suspect has been charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with the Jan. 31 shooting of Jose Saul Torres Jr. at a Great Bend residence.

October 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Prairie Godmothers unite to serve

There's a new community service group in town – one that hopes to do magic. Melanie Calcara, one of the founders of Prairie Godmothers, said this group of "women helping women" hopes to provide funds for critical short-term needs not met by other community resources.

October 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Great Bend Public Library upcoming events

Upcoming programs at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St., were announced by Jennifer King, marketing and Young Adult librarian.

October 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

I know you are

The government shut down because one side refused to negotiate. Threw a tantrum because it didn't get its way.

October 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Judgement House set to open

The public can catch a glimpse of heaven and hell in this year's Judgement House, which opens Friday at the First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway. The title for this year's Halloween drama is "Revenge! When Rage Takes Control."

October 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC service area expands beyond central Kansas

On a Kansas map, the service regions for the state's 19 community colleges are pretty straightforward. But Barton Community College's reach extends well beyond the official area of Barton, Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Rush, Russell and Stafford counties. These days, Barton instructors can be found at Grandview Plaza in Geary County, Fort Riley and now Fort Leavenworth.

October 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Smoke detector alerts man to house fire

The owner of a house at 317 Locust St. awoke shortly before 3:48 a.m. Saturday when his smoke detector went off. Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said the man, Jesus Hernandez, went to the back bedroom where the smoke detector was located and found light smoke in the bedroom. He also saw the electrical outlet was charred and burning and had caused the bedding next to the outlet to smolder.

October 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC trustees vote 3-2 to change alcohol policy

Barton Community College Trustees voted 3-2 Monday to change the campus-wide "no-alcohol" policy. Policy 1220 allows the BCC Foundation, or its designee, to serve beer or wine in the Shafer Gallery at special events.

October 21, 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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