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Zoo news: Lone lemur headed home

A trio of lemurs at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has dwindled to one, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said. The lone lemur will be returned to Tanganyika Wildlife Park, and the local zoo will work on upgrading the exhibit area before seeking more lemurs.

October 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Landfill manager explains solid waste science

When two freight trains collided and derailed last week in McPherson County, the Barton County Landfill was ready to accept whatever the cleanup crew brought, Solid Waste Manager Phil Hathcock said.

October 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Suspects caught with plow

Two men were arrested Monday for alledgedly stealing a four-bottom John Deere plow worth up to $2,500 from rural Barton County. Detective Rick Popp at the Barton County Sheriff's Office said watchful neighbors called 911 after seeing the men load the plow into a pickup, around 2:19 p.m. at NW 150 Road and NW 30 Ave.

September 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Friends accepting books for annual sale

Donations for the Great Bend Public Library October book sale will be accepted through Monday, Oct. 6. Donated books can be brought during library hours to the library's service entrance off Stone Street or to the circulation desk.

September 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


'Left Behind' remake aims for new audience

A new version of the motion picture "Left Behind" seeks to appeal to a broader audience than the original. But the producers at Stoney Lake Entertainment are counting on retaining the Christian audience that carried the first version.

September 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Community coat drive scheduled for Saturday

Great Bend's Community Coat Drive concludes Saturday when free coats will be available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 5700 Broadway Ave.

September 25, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Sen. Moran stops at Golden Belt Cinema 6

Sen. Jerry Moran said Thursday was his first Town Hall where he was handed a soda and offered popcorn. Moran said he learned about the new Golden Belt Cinema 6, site of the meeting, from his press secretary, Great Bend native Katie Niederee.

September 25, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC focuses on 'essential skills' policy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees reviewed the policies on "Essential Skills," during Thursday's business meeting.

September 25, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC helps high school students explore careers

Students who wonder what path to take after high school were able to learn some options Wednesday, when Barton Community College held "All About Careers."

September 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


School Prayer

Approximately 45 students showed up early Wednesday at Great Bend High School to take part in See You At The Pole, part of a global prayer initiative.

September 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Library preps for geothermal HVAC

Two water wells have been drilled at the Great Bend Public Library, the first step in adding geothermal heating and cooling.

September 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Supreme Court upholds Barton County conviction

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday published a decision that upholds convictions of Kenneth "Kenny" D. Crawford, 59, for kidnapping, sexually assaulting and threatening a 12-year-old girl in Barton County in 2005.

September 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Farmers Bank & Trust awarded A+ rating

Farmers Bank & Trust has been awarded an A+ in DepositAccounts.com's independent Bank Financial Health Rating System for the quarter ended June 30. The A+ rating is defined as the highest distinction in terms of relative financial strength and stability, according to their standardized measurement system. The service gives consumers information on the relative financial strength of U.S. commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions.

September 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Business


KAMS gets A+

The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS) was established by the Legislature in 2006, but like many good programs it is not well known to the general public.

September 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Hahn Brothers hold meet and greet

With the second annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout coming to Great Bend this Saturday and Sunday, motocross promoters Wil and Tommy Hahn spent a couple of hours in Jack Kilby Square on Thursday evening. The free meet and greet was an opportunity for fans to get autographs or to be photographed with the Hahns and their motorcycles. Several tickets to the races were also given away.

September 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


‚ÄčA vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Smith, Piper join Rec Commission

There were two new faces at Monday's Great Bend Recreation Commission board meeting. Sandy Smith joined the board of directors, filling the position previously held by Dr. Mary Misegadis, whose term of office expired Dec. 31, 2014.

January 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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