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Zoo’s black bear dies Sunday

Clyde, the male black bear at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, has died.

August 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Green Cards

We often hear of jobs in this country that only immigrant workers are willing to do, for the most part. There are also some jobs where there is a shortage of Americans who are qualified to do the work.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Mill levy unchanged in college budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved next year's budget, which calls for no increase in the mill levy.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


College growing online

The continued growth of online education has swelled enrollments at Barton Community College, school administrators report.

August 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Ignore 'The View'

ABC is putting the lives of children at risk by choosing model/actress Jenny McCarthy as a cohost for its morning television program, "The View." McCarthy has publicly touted her belief that vaccinations are dangerous and caused her son to develop autism. She's part of a vocal group spreading that dangerously misinformed word. By giving her the status of cohost on a national network program, more people will learn her opinion, and more will accept it as an option. Some will make the mistake of not immunizing their children.

August 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: Clyde the bear is on the mend

Just four weeks ago, things were not looking good for Clyde, the male black bear at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. He was in poor health at the time, but after a surgery performed by Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the zoo, Director Scott Gregory said he hopes Clyde will be with the zoo for many years.

July 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Immunizations needed before school starts

Kids may not be thinking about going back to school, but this is a good time to get caught up on required immunizations, according to officials at the Barton County Health Department.

July 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


LaVeta Miller trial postponed

The court-appointed attorney for the woman accused for stealing more than $100,000 in funds earmarked for trips for World War II veterans filed a motion to withdraw from the case, but on Monday agreed to continue representing LaVeta Dianne Miller.

July 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Suspect pleads to indecent liberties

A man charged with sex crimes involving a 14-year-old victim appeared in Barton County District Court Monday and entered a plea of "no contest" to one count of indecent liberties with a child. Randall Scott Daubert was found guilty of the charge after Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews offered an affidavit as evidence. He did not state the evidence, noting the sensitive nature of the case. District Judge Ron Svaty found Daubert guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI).

July 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stomach Bug Scare

Kansas is one of 11 states, at last count, where nearly 300 people have been hit by a mysterious stomach bug that surprised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These people have been diagnosed with a cyclospora infection, which comes from a parasite most often found in tropical or subtropical countries. According to the Associated Press, this type of infection has been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


College publishes budget; extends president contract

The 2013-14 budget for Barton Community College will include a 5 percent increase in the amount allocated for faculty salaries, and 2.5 percent more for staff, college officials said Thursday. It's expected to require the same tax rate as this year's budget – 32.713 mills.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Catastrophe coaching

Great Bend firefighters faced an unusual rescue situation Thursday when a car smashed into the back of a school bus. Even though it was a training scenario and not an actual catastrophe, the learning experience was authentic.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Koch named education coordinator at zoo

When Amber Koch is doing an animal program at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, she likes for audience members to "get their hands dirty."

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Playground equipment added at Brit Spaugh Zoo

New playground equipment is up at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. Although it needs some finishing touches, kids are already making use of the fort-style assembly of slides, ladders and swings.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Koch named education coordinator

When Amber Koch is doing an animal program at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, she likes for audience members to "get their hands dirty."

July 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Children ready to meet 'Ivan'

Great Bend elementary students received copies of the children's novel "The One and Only Ivan" on Friday. These books are theirs to take home ...

September 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Read to them

Community literacy program One District One Book is underway. On Friday, children in grades K-6 will each receive a copy of the award-winning children's ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


A gorilla's voice

When ambassadors from the Sedgwick County Zoo visited Great Bend's elementary schools on Thursday, students got to do two things they really seem to ...

September 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shafer offers free mask making workshop

Just in time for Halloween, the Shafer Art Gallery at Barton Community College will host a free workshop, "Marvelous Mask Making," for anyone from 5 ...

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sky's the Limit

Now that Great Bend High School owns its own fleet of drones, students are learning how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles could fit into their future.

September 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


White Out or Red & Black, Homecoming

Great Bend High School and the rest of USD 428 are gearing up for Homecoming 2016 this Friday.

September 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Aktion Club sharing warmth, color and tacos

The Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club is conducting two community service drives through Nov. 30, sharing the gift of warmth and making the lives of ...

September 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Splash

In May of 2015, Barton Community College trustees thought the college might need to raise local taxes to pay for upkeep on its swimming pool ...

September 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


College celebrates 10-year partnership

Barton Community College is celebrating a 10-year partnership with a Great Bend business, Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine. Together they created the Limited Liability Company WorkFit ...

September 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC looks at swim program

Barton Community College could add competitive swimming to is sports programming, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs said Tuesday.

September 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BOE awards bid on sound system

A new sound system purchased for the Great Bend High School Gymnasium could change the experience of watching a program in the gym, school administrators ...

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Schools seek input from candidate Marshall

Members of the Kansas Association of School Boards visited Great Bend on Monday to talk to Dr. Roger Marshall, the Republican candidate for the U ...

September 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Shots fired into USD 428 office

Someone shot several rounds into the USD 428 District Education Center shortly after 9 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, Sheriff Brian Bennendir reports.

September 12, 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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