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Rescued cougar may be coming to zoo

An 11-year-old cougar that was rescued from the exotic pet trade years ago is headed to a new life. But before "Phoenix" is released to an exotic animal lodge in Texas, the cougar could spend up to a year at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

August 04, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Shafer Gallery embraces steampunk

The Old West has a new look in pop culture, which is why the director of Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery gave college trustees a crash course Thursday in steampunk.

August 04, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


College approves budget, discusses personnel

Barton Community College trustees allowed 30 minutes Thursday for the public to comment on its proposed budget but, as usual, no one showed up.

August 04, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo News: Zoo animals treated to misting stations

Animals at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo have a new way to beat the heat. This week the staff is adding misting systems to all of the exhibits.

August 03, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC ready to welcome parents, students

Barton Community College staff are gearing up for the fall semester, starting with one last early enrollment session at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Learning Resource Center.

August 02, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Officers return to site of May drug bust

Officers returned to the site of a previous drug raid Saturday morning, and arrested two Great Bend residents for the second time in three months - this time on federal charges.

August 01, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


King joins staff at Great Bend Public Library

Jennifer King may have found her dream job at the Great Bend Public Library.

July 30, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Fake grandsons didn’t fool savvy seniors

The sheriff's office and police depart each received reports Thursday from residents who said they were contacted by fake grandsons.

July 30, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Watchdog group to attend burglar's sentencing

The Citizens Watchdog Association, created in response to a rash of burglaries in Great Bend, is urging its members to attend a burglar's sentencing in Barton County District Court - whenever it may be.

July 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC trustees evaluate the ‘Barton experience’

The administrators of Barton Community College say that surveys show students have a positive rating of their "Barton Experience."

July 27, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


GBCT announces ‘family friendly’ season

 

July 26, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Longoria loses phone privileges after call to TV station

Telephone and personal visitation privileges for capital murder suspect Adam Joseph Longoria have been severed, except for arranged visits from immediate family.

July 23, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


College ready to cut mil levy, raise wages

Barton Community College plans to spend 5 percent more on salaries and cut the local tax rate by half a mil, with a proposed budget approved Thursday.

July 21, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


New preliminary hearing granted for Longoria

Prosecutors are ready to drop the charge that Adam Joseph Longoria had oral sex with Great Bend teenager Alicia DeBolt before she was murdered last August, in light of evidence that the male DNA found in her mouth was not the defendant's. Assistant Attorney General Victor Braden said the State is still seeking the death penalty, but wants to amend the reason for its capital murder charge from first-degree murder committed after the act of criminal sodomy to first-degree murder committed after attempted rape.

July 21, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Carrier eligible for parole for 1970 murder

After 40 years in prison, a man convicted of first degree murder in Russell County may be eligible for parole on Oct. 1.

July 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Show support: Honor vets with better care

Memorial Day is a good time to honor our veterans, and not just those who are deceased.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Celebrating a century

SEWARD - The Most Rev. John Balthasar Brungardt, bishop of the diocese of Dodge City, will officiate the Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Bishop Brungardt will also install a first-class relic of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC: Pool could close without tax increase

Barton Community College trustees discussed the future of the college's swimming pool during their May study session on Thursday. Board Chairman Mike Johnson said they need to vote on the issue at the May 28 business meeting, but whatever the board decides is sure to make someone unhappy.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff talks about conceal carry law

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told a civic group Wednesday he has "concerns" about the state's new concealed carry legislation. Starting July 1, it will be legal for most people to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas, with or without a permit.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Vandalism, graffiti an ongoing problem

Great Bend Police officers have talked to some juveniles who admitted involvement in recent graffiti incidents, Detective David Bailey said.

May 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Local counterfeiters sentenced to prison time

The suspects in a counterfeiting ring that hit businesses in Great Bend and other central Kansas cities last July have been convicted and sentenced in U.S. District Court.

May 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​BCC trustees prepare to fill vacancy

The recent death of Great Bend resident Bob Mead has created a vacancy on the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. The process for replacing a trustee after elections will be discussed at this month's board study session, set for 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the Seminar Room, F-30, on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building.

May 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Play Ball: Diamonds in use for practice, tournaments

Baseball and softball practices have started, members of the Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors were told Monday. The board meeting included pay raises for full-time employees and discussion on a master plan for the playground at the Great Bend Activity Center.

May 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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