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Jury views video of fight where gun was drawn

A Barton County jury will decide whether Jacob Ryan Davis committed felony assault or used legal force in defense of another person when he pulled a gun during an altercation one year ago at Charlie's Place, the bar at 1109 Main in Great Bend.

November 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Burglaries reported in Great Bend, Pawnee Rock

The Great Bend Police Department and Barton County Sheriff's Office received multiple reports of burglaries over the past few days, from Friday through Sunday.

November 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Trick or Tree deadline extended

Everyone will get an extra hour of sleep Sunday with the end of Daylight Saving Time, and photographers will get an extra two days to enter the annual Trick or Tree photography contest.

October 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Haunting Wildife photos

Photos taken Oct. 30 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Jean Aycock, educator at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, presents "Haunting Wildlife" for the Great Bend Recreation Commission.

October 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘Haunting Wildlife’ all around us

Creepy and spooky, if not altogether ooky, some animals at Cheyenne Bottoms are so well camouflaged you might think they're ghosts.

October 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BOO!

If you have children and they haven't OD'ed on Halloween candy, they will get another chance on Saturday.

October 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Teaching coaches see positive results

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education has been learning about the district's shift to the Multi-Tier System of Supports, and on Thursday board members saw MTSS in action.

October 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Debt refinance saves $306,000 at BCC

Barton Community College has refinanced its debt on the Library renovation and the addition to the Technical Building, paid for in 2008 with certificates of participation. The BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday authorized a new lease-purchase agreement at lower interest rates.

October 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Help needed to serve Thanksgiving meal to Barton students

Community members are invited to help provide a traditional turkey-day dinner to Barton Community College students who can't go home on Wednesday, Nov. 25, said Marcia Dietz from Barton's Student Support Services.

October 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Two new grief support groups forming

Two support groups for people suffering the loss of a loved one are being formed in Barton County.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​First Christian Church to offer Trunk or Treat

First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave., will be a place to pick up candy on Halloween. The church will hold its annual Trunk or Treat event from 4-6 p.m. in the parking lot.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Record turnout for Halloween costumes

The Kiwanis Club's fourth annual Halloween Costume Drive drew a record crowd last Saturday at the Great Bend Public Library, club member Barb Esfeld said.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Women recovering from pitbull attack

The prognosis wasn't great when doctors examined Shelly Leroy's mauled arm last August. On July 31, she was attacked at home by her own dog, a pit-bull named Sam that until that day had never shown aggression.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


All-Star Cheer Team continues Argonne Rebels tradition

The Argonne Rebels tradition lives on. Its latest incarnation is the Argonne Rebels All-Star Cheer Team, a program for youths 6-14 years old from Barton and Pawnee counties.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Rifleman'

The Ladies of the Grand Old Republic are helping to restore a GAR commissioned statue, "The Rifleman," in the Barton County Courthouse Square. But Beverly Komarek, executive director of the Barton County Historical Society, wonders who will step up next time.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Bad bills

A bill that would remove gifted children from the realm of special education was introduced in the Kansas Legislature on Monday.

February 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Aldrich dining hall nearly completed

The new Dining and Events Center at Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich should be finished by the end of this month, Dean of Administration ...

February 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School board approves 2016-2017 calendar

Next year's calendar for Great Bend USD 428 schools will be similar to this year's, but the winter break will be two days ...

February 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


100 GBCT productions

Great Bend Community Theatre's first play was "Night Watch," which opened in November of 1982 at Roosevelt Junior High School.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘The Kitchen Witches’ is a wicked funny treat

Great Bend Community Theatre's 100th production is "The Kitchen Witches," winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights contest.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tell Them

If you think consolidating rural school districts down to one per county is a bad idea, be sure to let your Kansas legislators know.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Health Equipped

Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC adds safety alerts

Barton Community College has purchased two mobile phone applications for improved campus safety.

February 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Spelling Bee set for Saturday

Barton County's annual spelling bee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Great Bend High School Auditorium.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Attorney says office needs more space, attorneys

Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said his office prosecuted close to 2,300 newly filed cases in 2015, for charges ranging "from murder to seat ...

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ike exhibit at Eisenhower School

Friday was Kansas Day, which was reason enough for Kansas native Amelia Earhart to visit Riley Elementary School. Calamity Jane, who also visited the school ...

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ride Into History

There were two special visitors – or were there four? – Friday at Riley Elementary School.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton showcases new welding lab

Barton Community College showed off its new Welding Lab by hosting a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Coffee.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Eisenhower celebration photos

Eisenhower Elementary School, Great Bend, Kansas, Jan. 28, 2016.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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