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Library summer fun continues

Eight-year-old Emily Cortez-Rocha and her sister Genesis, 3, took a break from using the computers at Great Bend Public Library on Friday to check out the readers' "campsite" in the children's area. They joined 2-year-old Sofia Stewart, who was looking at a picture book. Folding chairs were arranged between a tent and a campfire. A fan in the fire ring blew streams of paper "flames," and a light from below gave it the appearance of glowing embers.

June 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Local vs. lowest

This week, a local firm lost a sale to Great Bend USD 428 when the school district went with a lower bidder.

June 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Proposed law would allow dental practitioners

A proposed law that would have allowed Kansas to have Registered Dental Practitioners - much like Nurse Practitioners but serving under the supervision of licensed dentists -- languished is committee this year as the Legislature wrangled over redistricting, said Suzanne Wikle, with the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.

June 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo inspectors arrive

Three animals experts arrived Tuesday afternoon to began a comprehensive inspection of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. The inspection is the next step in the city's efforts to have Brit Spaugh Zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

June 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Time line set for GBRC budget

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board will hold a budget work session on June 25 as it prepares to hold next year's budget hearing on July 9. Both meetings will start at 4 p.m. at the Carl Soden Recreation Center, 1214 Stone St.

June 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

911 briefs

Rollover accident causes minor injuries

June 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | On the Record

Sunflower speller's mom writes about D.C. experience

A future winner of the Great Bend Tribune's Sunflower Spelling Bee could potentially compete in an international spelling bee, according to an announcement made during the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

June 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Scammer had money put on prepaid card

A Great Bend woman is out $125 after agreeing to pay for satellite television service using a prepaid money card.

June 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Fire claims stubble; burn ban continues

A stubble fire west of Great Bend on Wednesday afternoon didn't destroy any crops, but served as a reminder of the dry conditions and the burn ban in effect in Barton County.

June 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Sparks will fly

Science fiction author Ray Bradbury, who died this week at age 91, is best known for his book "Fahrenheit 451," a tale of a 24th-century dystopia where books are outlawed and the job of firefighters is to burn any copies that turn up. The title refers to the temperature at which paper will supposedly ignite.

June 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Zoo News: Tuesday is Inspection Day

"June 12th could possibly be the most important day in zoo history!!" Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. He was speaking of the Great Bend zoo's history. Tuesday is the day the zoo will be inspected by staff from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for possible accreditation.

June 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Firefighters host Run for MDA

The 10th Annual Great Bend Firefighters Run for MDA is set for June 23, with 5K and 10K runs starting at 8 a.m. in front of Fire Station No. 1, 1205 Williams St.

June 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC may expand bidding opportunities

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees is considering changes that might give more vendors a chance to bid on BCC contracts.

June 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Four primaries scheduled for August

Barton County will have primaries for three positions in August to determine which candidates' names will appear on the November ballot.

June 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


This week the 85th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee was held in the Maryland Ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center south of Washington, D.C. All of the 278 contestants were "spellebrities" for the duration of the event, a scholastic Olympics of sorts.

June 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Opinion

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Energy management pays off at USD 428

For the past 11 years, Great Bend Middle School instructor Greg Wells has been leaving sticky notes is classrooms throughout the school district. In addition ...

October 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

YP5K and Half Marathon photos

Photos taken Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Barton County Young Professionals YP5K and Half Marathon.

October 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Let's Get It Started

The Barton County Young Professionals group championed the cause of fitness Saturday by sponsoring the first YP5K and Half Marathon at Veterans Memorial Park. Twenty ...

October 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

More Art Among Friends photos

Meet the Art Among Friends members at an exhibit reception from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Great Bend Public Library.

October 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Art Among Friends

Before the "Art Among Friends" exhibit was completely installed at the Great Bend Public Library, contributing artist Barbara Jo Converse Stevens was enjoying the show.

October 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Geneva rules

The Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was a weapons free zone. Everyone fighting in the area was supposed to know its coordinates. But ...

October 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

NASA offical to speak at Jack Kilby Science Day

An official from NASA will be the keynote speaker at the 12th annual Jack Kilby Science Day. The public is invited to attend as Raphael ...

October 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

Kids get a room of their own at GBPL

The new interior walls that separate the children's area from the rest of the Great Bend Public Library are something librarians have requested for ...

October 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

‘Humphrey’ fans attend Nocturnal Nights

Sunset was still a couple of hours away Monday as the Great Bend Public Library started its first of three Nocturnal Night programs. A crowd ...

October 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Wanted: Halloween costumes to share

Volunteers are seeking donations of new or used Halloween costumes to share with children.

October 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Step up: The path is clear

This weekend, area residents can walk to support veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Walk to End Alzheimer's or just walk for personal well ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Stonehill, Storm sing at River of Life

The crowd was small, but some people traveled more than 100 miles last Monday to hear Randy Stonehill and Buck Storm present an acoustic concert ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Chicken-fried chicken dinner set to raise funds for youth conference

The NCYC Youth of Prince of Peace Parish in Great Bend are raising money to attend the National Catholic Youth Conference.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

More photos from Holy Family School

Photos taken Oct. 1, 2015; Lone Star Action Sports team outside Holy Family School in Great Bend.

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Skater, BMX bikers thrill students

A champion inline skater and two professional BMX bikers rolled into the Holy Family School parking lot Thursday morning. The Lone Star Action Sports team ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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