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Campers hit the links at StoneRidge

Everyone was a winner at Wednesday's Camp Hope golf tournament.

June 22, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Mystery animal to replace bison

Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory said he's gotten approval for the next animal or animals at the zoo, but he isn't saying just what will take the place of the bison that were removed earlier this month.

June 21, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Raptor rapture

The Great Bend Raptor Center at Brit Spaguh Zoo is about to get a major exhibit makeover that will tie in to the Scenic Byway and Cheyenne Bottoms, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Tuesday.

June 21, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


EduKan reports growth in online college

Barton Community College will soon receive a $50,000 check, the latest dividend on a $125,000 investment made in 1999.

June 17, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC to form Camp Aldrich advisory group

Trustees of Barton Community College have approved a "mission of purpose" statement for a future Camp Aldrich advisory committee that will have input on the future of the college-owned conference center/camp facility located near Cheyenne Bottoms.

June 16, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend students band together to fight hunger

Today and Saturday, Great Bend students will fast so that hungry children may have food. The public is invited to help members of the Youth Workers Alliance break their fast Saturday evening with a meal and concert on the southeast lawn of the Heartland Center for Spirituality at 3600 Broadway Ave.

June 16, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Religion


IRS lists non-profits losing tax-exempt status

The Internal Revenue Service has posted a list of organizations that have lost their tax-exempt nonprofit status, including Great Bend's Downtown Development Inc.

June 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Vandalism reported at zoo

Criminal damage to property at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo was discovered Monday morning. Damage was estimated at $1,500.

June 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend man arrested for federal indictment

A Great Bend man has been charged in U.S. District Court with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

June 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Cool at the pool

Diving boards are out, slides are 10 minutes ago, and climbing walls are the next big thing at Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility.

June 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec Commission upgrades its technology

BY SUSAN THACKER

June 13, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Library announces summer reading programs

So many books, so little time.

June 11, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Schinstock eligible for parole hearing

Terrill L. Schinstock, 47, will be eligible for a parole hearing in July, the Kansas Parole Board announced.

June 11, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Tourists naturally drawn to Great Bend

When Linda DiMario set to work on a marketing plan for Great Bend, her best ideas came naturally.

June 11, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


BCSO uncovers lab, stolen property

The Barton County Sheriff's Office discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab on Wednesday afternoon, in a large shop building at 395 North U.S. 281. Property that was previously reported stolen was also recovered, Detective David Paden said.

June 09, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Pressbox dedication

On-field recognition of contributors to the Bowman Family Pressbox, Sunday, April 26, at Barton Community College

April 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Meet Our Peeps

In the urban dictionary, "peeps" are people - usually friends. But for birdwatchers, the peeps are five species of North American sandpipers.

April 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Bullet dodged

There was no guarantee Thursday afternoon that the Barton Community College journalism teacher or the theater teacher would have their contracts renewed. Their names were on a list recommended for "non-renewal," even though their employers appeared to be happy with their work.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Faculty contracts renewed at BCC

After more than two hours of discussion behind closed doors on Thursday, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees voted to renew faculty contracts, including two contracts the administration had recommended for "non-renewal." The vote was 4-2, and trustees promptly returned to executive session to discuss personnel matters for another hour.

April 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


A cup of Joe (and some cool old trucks)

"I didn't even know this was here."

April 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Downtown Art & Wine Walk announced

Sixteen businesses will take part in Great Bend's downtown Arts & Wine Walk, from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 1.

April 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Fair is fair: Care workers deserve OT

Prior to Jan. 1, 2015, many workers who provided home care assistance to elderly people and those with illnesses, injuries or disabilities were not entitled to receive federal minimum wage and overtime pay protections.

April 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC raising rates at Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk Kansas Pep Rally planned

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC may cut staff this month

This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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