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Suspect, wanted since May, arrested on child endangerement charge

A Great Bend woman who allegedly left a 5-year-old child in a vehicle as she fled from officers last May was arrested over the weekend.

September 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Ellinwood hosts state firefighter training

Firefighters from across southwest Kansas visited Ellinwood this weekend to take part in free training from the Kansas State Firefighters Association. They spent most of Saturday in classes that included field training, and today they'll step inside a specially equipped trailer for a "live-burn" exercise with thermal imaging equipment.

September 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Ocean messages

The world was in awe Monday after 64-year-old Diana Nyad became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, covering 110 miles in just under 53 hours.

September 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Kids Ag Day

Mike Burnham's horse, Pistol, was a nervous volunteer for Wednesday's shoeing demonstration.

September 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo news: Three continents represented in tortoise pen

Visitors at Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend can get a good look at turtles and tortoises in their new exhibit area – and the turtles like it, too. The tortoise pen is located next to the new playground area, which is next to the reptile house.

September 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Police report broken windows

Great Bend Police received multiple reports Saturday of broken windows in vehicles around town. Estimated damage in most cases was $200 to $300 per window. Many of the windows were shot out with a BB gun, according to reports.

September 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Corrections inmates eligible for parole hearings

Two Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties are scheduled for parole hearings in October and could be eligible for parole in November.

September 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Barton prepares for GED testing changes

Barton Community College is preparing for nationwide changes to General Educational Development exams and how they are administered, said Chris Lemon, coordinator of Adult Education at BCC.

August 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Trinity UMC on first phase of Community Coat Redistribution

Trinity United Methodist Church is conducting a Community Coat Redistribution so everyone will be sure to have a warm coat this winter.

August 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Labor Day: It's time to raise $7.25

Thursday was a day of protest in cities across the nation, with fast food workers calling for the $7.25 minimum wage to more than double, to $15 per hour.

August 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Hunter Education classes filling fast

Between now and the opening of pheasant and quail season in November, hundreds of Kansas youths will enroll in Kansas Hunter Education courses. Locally, the classes are almost always filled, says Garet Fitzpatrick, coordinator of leisure programs at the Great Bend Recreation Commission.

August 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Firefighters conduct confined-space training

The swimmers are gone and the water has been drained from Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility, so firefighters took the opportunity Wednesday to do some confined-space training at the city water park.

August 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC introduces smartphone apps

It happens every fall at Barton Community College: New students wander around the campus, studying maps and class schedules as they try to figure out were they should be at any given moment.

August 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Officers buy flagpole for police department

It's been several years since Old Glory flew from a flagpole at the Great Bend Police Department, but that will change this week. On Friday, thanks to a donation from the Fraternal Order of Police, a new pole was installed.

August 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Purses snatched from vehicles this week

Local law enforcement reports several vehicles have been broken into, and purses and other items stolen this week.

August 22, 2013 | Susan Thacker | On the Record

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KBI: Check for offenders before Halloween

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation advises parents to check online for registered offenders in their neighborhoods and areas their children plan to trick-or-treat, prior to ...

October 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Student reports on her 'Barton Experience'

Barton Community College trustees heard one student's "Barton Experience" when Keanna Craig addressed the board Tuesday evening.

October 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Trick or Treat

One hundred twenty children received Halloween buckets and costumes this past Saturday at the Great Bend Public Library's costume giveaway, according to Kiwanis President ...

October 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Evening Lions provided vision screenings

The Great Bend Evening Lions Club provided free vision screening last Saturday and and Sunday during Family Fun Day at the Great Bend Brit SpaughZoo.

October 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Dogs kisses go for $1 a Pooch Smooch

The dog days of summer made a brief comeback of sorts this past Saturday; the temperature was an unseasonably warm 82 degrees, and the parking ...

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Four-year-old Sophia Nelson grinned and hugged her favorite public television celebrity, Curious George, as a family member snapped a photo.

October 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

At issue

After Wednesday's Presidential debate, one network interviewed a group of people who, going into the event, were still undecided about who to vote for ...

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Exhibits move from trails to rails

Somewhere in Barton County, north of Cheyenne Bottoms on privately owned land, Native Americans once cut crude drawings into an outcropping of sandstone.

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Halloween costume giveaway is Saturday

Kids will be able to get a new or recycled Halloween costume at no cost from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Great ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Great Bend native to toss coin at Chiefs game

Great Bend native Ashley Gorney will celebrate the end of radiation treatment for cancer by making the coin toss Sunday at the Kansas City Chiefs ...

October 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Do your job

Voters who are concerned about who is added to the Supreme Court over the next four years need to remember that a ninth justice could ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Reality U

Students often hear their lives will be different once they enter "the real world," so on Thursday Great Bend Middle School eighth graders got a ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Aiming High

The stunts performed by members of Lonestar Action Sports may be dangerous – at least without years of training – but the message for students was to ...

October 13, 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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