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Celebration to honor Doyle and Carol Smith

First Southern Baptist Church of Great Bend is hosting a weekend celebration for Pastor Doyle Smith and his wife Carol. The public is invited to a reception honoring them at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in the church annex at 3301 19th St. A short program will follow at 8 p.m.

April 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Renewable energy

This Sunday is Earth Day - an annual, international celebration of environmental awareness. It began in 1970 in the era of hippies and "flower power," and some consider it the "birthday" of modern environmentalism.

April 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Opinion

Hicks found guilty of robbery and six other charges

A Great Bend man who said he was just trying to get his money back after being stiffed on a drug deal has been found guilty of aggravated robbery and other charges.

April 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Wade, others eligible for parole hearings

A man convicted of second degree murder in Pawnee County is eligible for a parole hearing before the state Prisoner Review Board in May, for possible release in June.

April 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Farm & Ranch Expo reports 22,000 attendance

The inaugural Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo had an attendance of 22,000, Manager Darren Dale said Saturday. The show ran last Wednesday through Friday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend.

April 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Storms surround central Kansas

The severe weather that was expected Saturday arrived on cue, with the National Weather Service prompting people to take shelter whenever tornados were spotted.

April 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Say 'amen' to laughter: 'Messiah on the Frigidaire' keeps it fresh

Great Bend Community Theatre wraps up its 2011-12 season with a small miracle: a satire about the lower-class residents of the south – rednecks – that avoids stale cliches and somehow locks in freshness. In "Messiah on the Frigidaire," a series of comic events takes place in Elroy, S.C., at the trailer of Dwayne and Lou Ann Hightower.

April 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Talk vs. evidence

It seems the nation is rushing to judgment on the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of young Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Some are also rushing to judgment on whether or not Zimmerman is a racist, and/or whether police were wrong or perhaps corrupt when they did not immediately arrest him, in light of Florida's 2011 statute on "justifiable use of force."

April 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

BCC expanding options in medical programs

Barton Community College will implement changes to its Medical Assistant and Medical Coding programs starting in the fall of 2012, administrators said recently. The staff will follow statewide "alignment" of course content that was approved last year by the Kansas Board of Regents. The college plans to allow students in either program to work toward a certificate, requiring a minimum 45 credit hours, or a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree, requiring 63 or more credit hours.

April 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


The first Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo was barely under way Wednesday but organizers were calling the huge trade show a success.

April 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Cinco de Mayo Princess candidates named

Five girls will vie for the title of Cinco de Mayo Princess at the 2012 celebration of Hispanic culture on Saturday, May 5. The candidates met with sponsors on Tuesday to learn more about the opportunities and responsibilities that come with the title.

April 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Play Ball: GBRC board tours GB Sports Complex

Great Bend Recreation Commission Board members took a tour of the new Great Bend Sports Complex on Monday. The ball diamonds and facilities are in use now, with a May 8 grand opening planned by the city.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

​Man reports being pulled from car, kidnapped; car set on fire

A Great Bend man told police he pulled from a car, beaten, and then driven into the country late Saturday. At 5 a.m. Sunday, the car he was driving was found burning on an oil lease road north of Great Bend. The Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Home fire caused by short

Great Bend Fire Department responded to back-to-back fires on Easter morning, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Historical Society showing ham radios used by Kilby

Years before Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit, the future Nobel Prize winner was learning about electronics at a Radio Shack at 12th and Monroe in Great Bend. Now the Barton County Historical Village and Museum is displaying some of the objects that sparked young Kilby's interest in science.

April 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

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KHP reports injury accidents, one fatal

Icy roads contributed to injury accidents in central Kansas, including a fatal rollover Thanksgiving Day in Hodgeman County. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to that accident ...

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record

Photography contest winners show their fall colors

Five winners have been announced in the Great Bend Tree Board's annual Trick or Tree photography contest.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Hoisington reschedules tonight’s events

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce staff agree, tonight is not a great night for be out and about. So, they are ...

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

This is a test

This is a test.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Barton Co. Briefs

American Legion adopts Fort Dodge soldiers

The Great Bend American Legion Auxiliary is inviting the public to help bring holiday cheer to veterans at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge ...

November 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Many will benefit from Giving Tuesday

A gift to your favorite charity with be worth even more during the next few days. More than 60 area nonprofit organizations are participating in ...

November 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Clean audit for BCC

Barton Community College has received another "clean" or "unqualified" audit from Certified Public Accountants at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball. College trustees approved the audit Tuesday ...

November 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GBHS provides food for thought

Students in Family and Consumer Science classes at Great Bend High School provided all of the food and table decorations for Thursday's Great Bend ...

November 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo Society hears state of Brit Spaugh Zoo

Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler said the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be stepping back from its goal to earn national accreditation, but ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Help refugees

President Obama's press conference Monday in Turkey could not have been more inspiring, although apparently the governors of 31 states, including Kansas Gov. Sam ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

​BCC trustees look at campus security

In the coming months, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will look at ways to improve campus security.

November 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Just the FCS: It's more than cooking

Eating breakfast and searching the Internet may not be daily classroom assignments, but these activities have their place at Great Bend High School. The students ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC Trustees to meet Tuesday

Safety considerations on the Barton Community College campus are on the agenda for the BCC Board of Trustees study session, set for 4 p.m ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo Society annual meeting is Tuesday

The Great Bend Zoological Society will celebrate its volunteers, members and the accomplishments of the past year during its annual meeting, at 7 p.m ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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