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BCC celebrates 44th annual commencemnt ceremony

Barton Community College's 44th commencement ceremony recognized the achievements of hundreds of students Friday, but Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman said each individual has his or her own story of success.

May 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


War on girls

The world is watching as efforts continue to rescue more than 200 girls kidnapped a month ago from two boarding schools in Nigeria.

May 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


GBRC director shares playground ideas

This story was updated on May 13.

May 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Crime Stoppers boosts effort to find information on Rhiannon Young death

Nearly 6 months after the death of Rhiannon Marie Young, the police investigation seemed to have stalled. Now Crime Stoppers of Great Bend-Barton County is trying something new - reaching out to the public with posts on social media.

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


4 Pinocchios: Huelskamp's ACA whopper

Recent comments by Kansas 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act earned him a "Four Pinocchios" rating in a Washington Post feature called "The Fact Checker."

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC accepting Camp Aldrich cleanup bids

Bid requests for the job of cleaning up the site of the Camp Aldrich dining hall were sent Monday, Barton Community College officials learned Thursday. The college owns the conference center located between Claflin and Cheyenne Bottoms. The dining hall and its basement were destroyed by fire on April 12, and bids for demolition of are being accepted until May 22.

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Crime Stoppers awards cash, prizes

Often, board members of Barton County's Crime Stoppers don't know who is getting their money. That wasn't the case Tuesday night.

May 07, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Soprano enjoys operatic success at BCC

At the end of Jessica Perez's vocal recital last Friday at Barton Community College, following the last notes of Verdi's "Caro Nome," an appreciative audience gave the soprano a standing ovation - and then the audience sang to her. The song was "Happy Birthday," in honor of her 23rd birthday.

May 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire started in pickup

Editor's note: This story was updated on May 6 to clarify the victim's relationship with his ex-wife. She was at his house but does not live there.

May 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​College trustees to tour Planetarium, dorm

The trustees of Barton Community College will tour the remodeled Planetarium this week.

May 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Men In Red: High heel relay helps raise awareness

Once again, Great Bend men answered the question, "Are You Man Enough?" by putting on high heels and walking or running down Main Street to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


National Day of Prayer observed in Great Bend

The prayers of Great Bend Christians were joined with the faithful around the United States on Thursday, for the National Day of Prayer. About two dozen people met in the courthouse square at noon to offer prayers for the government, military, schools, media, businesses, churches and families in the community, state and nation. They concluded with a prayerful walk around the square.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Dancing in high heels

It's possible that everyone reading this knows a woman who's been the victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Animals are on the move

Two animals born at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo are headed to the National Zoo at Washington, D.C.

April 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC trustees vote to rebuild Camp Aldrich dining hall

Barton Community College intends to rebuild the Camp Aldrich Dining Facility that was destroyed by fire on April 12. The dining hall, including the basement, which served as a storm shelter, was a total loss.

April 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Wetlands Waterpark opens Saturday

Great Bend's Wetlands Waterpark at 2303 Main is scheduled to open Saturday, May 27. The aquatic center will be open from 12:30-5:30 ...

May 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Remember vets with poppies

Members of the Great Bend American Legion Unit 180 and Auxiliary invite the public to honor our nation's fallen warriors and contribute to the ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC names 3 VPs

Barton Community College now had three vice presidents instead of one, following an administrative structural change that was approved Tuesday by the college's board ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perfect Pedaling

Last week, as classes were wrapping up at Great Bend schools, 20 elementary students were given BMX-style bicycles as a reward for excellent attendance.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a ...

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Waste not

When they stop being useful, computers, cell phones and other electronic products become E-waste. Each year in the United States, homes, schools, government offices and ...

May 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS seeks Attendance Counselor

Attendance problems are on the rise at Great Bend High School, which is why the school board last week approved a new position for an ...

May 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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