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Reality TV?

Watching for the latest bills in the Kansas Legislature is as entertaining as a reality TV show – think "Duck Dynasty." You just never know what will happen next.

February 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Churches speak out against 'relgious freedom' act

Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed HB 2453, described as an act "protecting religious freedom regarding marriage." Nationally, it was described as an "anti-gay marriage proposal." By Tuesday, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review the bill pronounced it dead.

February 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Rising country star sought for Party in the Park

The job of city administrator isn't all about pot holes and snow removal. On Monday, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington joined Community Coordinator Christina Hayes as she talked to the city council about plans for Party in the Park on Aug. 16.

February 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


City approves plans to fix Vets Lake

Note: This story was updated on Feb. 18 to show the correct date for Party in the Park. The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 16.

February 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


City Council happy with snow removal efforts

Great Bend City Council members expressed satisfaction with snow removal efforts that occurred this month, saying the type of snowstorm that hit Barton County is rare.

February 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Neighborhood Crime Watch

Great Bend Community Theatre members are on the lookout for comedy this week as they present a red hot comedy, "Neighborhood Crime Watch."

February 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Brain meltdown

Members of the Kansas Legislature's House Energy and Environment Committee on Thursday considered a resolution to ignore science.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Honest Abe visits Great Bend Public Library

The featured speaker at the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg, Edward Everett, spoke for more than two hours on Nov. 19, 1863. Then President Abraham Lincoln rose and spoke for less than two minutes, delivering the "Gettysburg Address." It was 272 words long.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Sparks fly, interrupt dance class

Main Street was blocked off for a time on Thursday night as the Great Bend Fire Department responded to the Dance by Design dance school, where a buildup of ice apparently caused electrical wires to spark and start a small fire.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Eisenhour returns to prison

Zachary Steven Eisenhour Sr., 29, returned to prison last week after violating his parole for child abuse and other crimes committed nearly seven years ago in Stafford County.

February 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Tai Chi attendance growing at GBRC

Winter classes are in full swing at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, and the staff is already getting ready for spring and summer, Executive Director Diann Henderson told the Board of Directors on Monday.

February 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Drifting snow hinders travel, deliveries

A motorist was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Thursday after the car she was driving slid off of West Barton County Road, around 12:45 p.m.

February 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Religious freedom?

A sign that can be found in some business establishment reads, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."

February 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Winter storm hinders travel; no school Wednesday

With a Winter Weather Advisory in effect Tuesday morning, schools were closed and Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that Barton County was experiencing moderate to heavy snowfall, leading to treacherous road conditions.

February 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Four feared dead after plane from Great Bend crashes in Tennessee

A private airplane that flew out of the Great Bend Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon crashed and burned around 5 p.m. in a field near Nashville, Tenn. There were no survivors, according to Tennessee news sources such as NewsChannel5.com, which also reported that the Gulfstream 690C was registered to Mid-Kansas Agri-Co in Pawnee Rock.

February 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Wetlands Waterpark opens Saturday

Great Bend's Wetlands Waterpark at 2303 Main is scheduled to open Saturday, May 27. The aquatic center will be open from 12:30-5:30 ...

May 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Remember vets with poppies

Members of the Great Bend American Legion Unit 180 and Auxiliary invite the public to honor our nation's fallen warriors and contribute to the ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC names 3 VPs

Barton Community College now had three vice presidents instead of one, following an administrative structural change that was approved Tuesday by the college's board ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perfect Pedaling

Last week, as classes were wrapping up at Great Bend schools, 20 elementary students were given BMX-style bicycles as a reward for excellent attendance.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a ...

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Waste not

When they stop being useful, computers, cell phones and other electronic products become E-waste. Each year in the United States, homes, schools, government offices and ...

May 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS seeks Attendance Counselor

Attendance problems are on the rise at Great Bend High School, which is why the school board last week approved a new position for an ...

May 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Garrison Commander to address BCC grads

Colonel John Lawrence, Garrison Commander at Fort Riley, will give the commencement address at Barton Community College. BCC's 47th commencement is set for 7 ...

May 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees review contracts, insurance

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees reviewed the list of contracts for head coaches, management staff and administrators during a study session this week ...

May 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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