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Man captured after pursuit

An Ellinwood man was able to temporarily elude law enforcement officers after a motorcycle pursuit Wednesday evening in Barton County. At one point in the pursuit, suspect Nicholas Curtice, 29, laid the Honda motorcycle over and a female passenger rolled away from it, but refused medical treatment and was released at the scene.

May 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

2012 not the end

A T-shirt for the Class of 2012 reads, "It ends with us. Class of 2012."

May 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Pioneer Day

Third graders from Great Bend's public schools got a glimpse of Kansas history on Wednesday when they traveled to the Barton County Historical Museum and Village for Pioneer Day. Barton County Historical Society members, some dressed in old-time apparel, guided 241 students from Jefferson, Lincoln, Eisenhower, Park and Riley elementary schools through nine stations.

May 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC Child Development Center releases annual report

Barton Community College's Child Development Center has increased revenue while cutting expenses, although it still operates in the red, according to the annual report compiled by CDC Director Larissa Graham.

May 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC trustees review bidding process

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees looked at bidding procedures during its study session last Thursday.

May 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Mayor Mike Allison was on hand Saturday to proclaim May 5 as "Cinco de Mayo" in Great Bend, kicking off the 19th annual Hispanic cultural festival.

May 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Viva Mexico

This Saturday Great Bend will hold its 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival.

May 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

​BCC aims for OSHA plum

Barton Community College administrators are hoping the college can become the official provider of Occupational Safety and Health Administration training in the state of Kansas.

May 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Things did not go well Wednesday for guys named Ed. As hundreds of fifth graders looked on in Veterans Memorial Park, ED – short for Electrical Dummy – touched a live power line and was zapped by electricity. Flames burst from the lines, cooking the hot dog that served as the plastic and wire figure's heart.

May 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo News: Two chameleons added to Reptile House

Two chameleons are the newest occupants of the Reptile House at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Curator Marge Bowen.

May 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Library announces summer hours, programs

Summer programs at the Great Bend Public Library include story time for young children and a free magic show to kick of the 2012 Summer Reading Club.

May 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Case closed on Pawnee Rock fire

PAWNEE ROCK - The cause of a fire that destroyed a trailer house at 408 Cunife St. last Friday night has been ruled "undetermined," Pawnee Rock Volunteer Fire Chief Dustin Chambers said Monday.

April 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Boley receives Kiwanis' Great Bend Greater Award

It took a fellow musician to surprise Joe Boley when the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis presented the 2012 Great Bend Greater Award last Wednesday at Montana Mike's. The club's award to an outstanding citizen doesn't necessarily go to a fellow Kiwanian, but Boley has been a member since March 6, 1997. As club secretary, he thought he knew who the award was going to.

April 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Club News

CrossPoint youth superheroes fight hunger

It takes a cool costume to be a superhero, but all it takes to become a community hero is a can of corn.

April 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Dealing with bullies

This week an award-winning national speaker visited Great Bend to talk about the problem of bullying.

April 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

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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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