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Zoo News: Fingers crossed for AZA accreditation

In a little more than a month, Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will know if the application for national accreditation was successful.

August 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Candidates file finance reports

Editor's Note: This is the first of two stories on finance reports filed by candidates for office. Today's story is based on reports filed in the Barton County Clerk's Office. Part II will look at the reports filed in Topeka by candidates for the Kansas Senate District 33 and the House of Representatives District 112.

July 31, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

New signs highlight exhibits at museum

Anyone who has ever wanted more information about an exhibit at the Barton County Historical Village and Museum usually has only to ask Beverly Komarek or one of her many volunteers. But now some of the items on display can tell their own story, thanks to interpretive signs going up in the museum's historic and authentically furnished period buildings.

July 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Rain gauge

A visual gag being forwarded on the Internet shows a bottle cap as the "new Kansas rain gauge." Wednesday night's downpour of less than two-tenths of an inch won't stop the cyber commentaries and won't change the news that across the nation, this year's drought is being called the worst since the Dust Bowl days in the Depression.

July 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

New DARE officer talks about ‘keepin’ it real’

When Great Bend Police Officer Jacob Harlow's two children are old enough for school, he hopes they'll get something like the DARE program's new "Keepin' it REAL" class. In fact, he wouldn't mind teaching it to them.

July 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

​Candidates expose differences at forum

Editor's note: This is the second of two stories about last Thursday's candidates' forum. It was held at the Crest Theater in Great Bend and moderated by the League of Women Voters.

July 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


ELLINWOOD - Politicians and political ads were in abundance Saturday for the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival parade. This year's lineup included 95 entries, said Richard Kimple with the Ellinwood Rotary Club, organizers of the parade. At least a dozen of them carried people running for office, or were decorated with candidates' names.

July 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about Thursday's candidates' forum, and features comments by candidates for the Legislature. Part II will appear in Sunday's Great Bend Tribune and will include remarks from candidates for Barton County sheriff, county treasurer and county commissioner.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

​BCC trustees publish budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved next year's operating budget and publication of a proposed budget. The estimated local tax would be 32.77 mills, similar to the last two years.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Primary lessons

Barton County's primary election is less than three weeks away.

July 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Burglaries plaguing Barton County

PAWNEE ROCK -- The Barton County Sheriff's Office was summoned to the 400 block of Pawnee Ave. at 10 p.m. Tuesday, when someone reported hearing sounds coming from an abandoned residence and saw a "blue-type truck" at the residence. Deputies checked the residence but found no signs of entry. This was the same block where a burglary of another unoccupied residence was reported on Monday.

July 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Owners report burglars gut Pawnee Rock home

PAWNEE ROCK - Burglars got away with the kitchen sink – and the counters and cabinets, as well as an entire bathroom and other items, the owners of a fully remodeled Pawnee Rock house reported Monday. In fact, Chris and Kristina Frost say the home they restored a few years ago was gutted while it sat unoccupied.

July 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Cowboy Up

The job title "Cowboy" conjures images of riding range and roping dogies, but real life cowboys in the 21st Century have a lot more to do than wander over yonder and gaze at the moon. Working knowledge of animal science, including animal nutrition, safety precautions and more is required. A cowboy may still ride a horse, but may also need to be able to download information into a computer.

July 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


For one week in July, the Expo grounds west of Great Bend become a microcosm of Barton County. Our work and our creative hobbies, our favorite music and what we do for fun all come together as the Barton County Fair.

July 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC hopes to offer cowboy program

Barton Community College officials plan to ask the Board of Regents to approve a new educational program for cowboys. The idea is to create a certificate for beef cattle production, similar to the certificate that can now be earned for knowledge of crop production.

July 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

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Many will benefit from Giving Tuesday

A gift to your favorite charity with be worth even more during the next few days. More than 60 area nonprofit organizations are participating in ...

November 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Clean audit for BCC

Barton Community College has received another "clean" or "unqualified" audit from Certified Public Accountants at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball. College trustees approved the audit Tuesday ...

November 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GBHS provides food for thought

Students in Family and Consumer Science classes at Great Bend High School provided all of the food and table decorations for Thursday's Great Bend ...

November 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo Society hears state of Brit Spaugh Zoo

Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler said the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be stepping back from its goal to earn national accreditation, but ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Help refugees

President Obama's press conference Monday in Turkey could not have been more inspiring, although apparently the governors of 31 states, including Kansas Gov. Sam ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

​BCC trustees look at campus security

In the coming months, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will look at ways to improve campus security.

November 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Just the FCS: It's more than cooking

Eating breakfast and searching the Internet may not be daily classroom assignments, but these activities have their place at Great Bend High School. The students ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC Trustees to meet Tuesday

Safety considerations on the Barton Community College campus are on the agenda for the BCC Board of Trustees study session, set for 4 p.m ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo Society annual meeting is Tuesday

The Great Bend Zoological Society will celebrate its volunteers, members and the accomplishments of the past year during its annual meeting, at 7 p.m ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Legend of 'The Rifleman' on display

Now that "The Rifleman" sculpture in the Barton County Courthouse Square has undergone a professional cleaning and waxing, the Barton County Historical Society is looking ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

‘Taste of the Town’ features local flavors

People who attend the Great Bend USD 428 Education Foundation's annual fall fundraiser will have a chance to bid on desserts prepared by GBHS ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The students at the University of Missouri got the nation's attention this past week and were successful in ousting the college president, Timothy Wolfe.

November 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Arsenic and Old Lace

The classic dark comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace," is this year's all-school play at Great Bend High School.

November 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Boy Scouts will be ‘Scouting for Food’ Saturday

Members of the Boys Scouts of America organizations in Barton County will be "Scouting for Food" this Saturday, Nov. 14. The public is asked to ...

November 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Students show veterans respect

With 23 million U.S. veterans living today, and about 2.8 million active and reserved personnel in the Armed Forces, Veterans Day is an ...

November 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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