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Find out what's happening at 'Squirrel Lake'

In a place called Squirrel Lake, you're bound to meet a nut or two. Great Bend Community Theatre's new production takes place at a family cabin on the shores of Squirrel Lake, Wisconsin, where a family gathers for the reading of their Mother's will. Not everyone is what they appear to be as we meet a nun and her insane brother, as well a psychic, supposedly sent by Mom from the great beyond.

April 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County attorney’s office concedes murder charges

The Barton County Attorney's Office has conceded that current Kansas law does not support the first-degree murder charges that were filed against Adam Suppes, Alejo Villegas and Juventino Villegas.

April 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge denies Hirsh new trial based on jury misconduct/bias

Former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Darrin Hirsh will not get a new trial based on potential juror misconduct or bias, District Judge Ron Svaty ruled Friday in Barton County District Court.

April 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 bargaining move forward

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed said the first Interest-Based Bargaining meeting with teachers concerning next year's contracts went smoothly.

April 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas tragedy

On June 2, 2007, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith was abducted in broad daylight from an Overland Park department store and murdered. The abduction was captured on the store's security camera leaving little doubt of the emergency nature of the circumstances. Four days after she disappeared, authorities were able to locate Kelsey's body after her wireless provider released the "ping" or "call location" information from her cell phone.

April 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Extension agents present Nutrition Banking to Walk KS

Walk Kansas fitness challenge participants were treated to lunch Wednesday at the Great Bend Recreation Center. However, as any calorie-conscious person knows there is no such thing as a free lunch.

April 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton teaches essential job skills

Students enrolled in career and technical education courses at Barton Community College are taught accountability and other aspects of professionalism that employers want, Dean of Workforce Training & Community Education Elaine Simmons told the BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

April 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Handbook, textbook adoptions approved by Great Bend school board

New handbooks that outline policies for Great Bend USD 428 students, teachers, athletics and activities were approved with little fanfare at Monday's Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Brad Reed noted that, in accordance with board policy, this was the second reading of the handbooks that were introduced at the March board meeting.

April 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees schedule meeting to discuss personnel

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room F-30 on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold an executive session for discussion of personnel.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library offers Book Store sale

Great Bend Public Library's Book Store will observe National Library Week, April 10-16, with a two-for-one sale. This week, patrons can purchase two hardbacks for $3 or two paperbacks for $1.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board set to approve handbooks

Handbooks for the next school year are on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting. It will start at 5 p.m. Monday at the District Education Center.

April 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS students invited to outdoor movie

Great Bend High School students will be able to watch a movie "under the stars," Saturday evening on the field behind the PAC. Gates will open at 7 p.m. and the movie "Now You See Me" will start at 8.

April 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sons of the American Revolution converge on Fort Scott

FORT SCOTT - Members of the Kansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution held their 124th Annual Conference of the KSSSAR March 19-20 in Fort Scott.

April 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Club News


Community supports FAST program

The Family and Schools Together (FAST) program in Great Bend brings families back to school for evening meetings that include meals, activities and prizes. On Thursday, the school board approved several contributions, including $1,400 so Park Elementary can purchase 10 tables.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chromebooks purchased for most students

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education approved two major purchases Thursday for its One-To-One technology initiative. These purchases will allow the district to issue a Chromebook mobile laptop computer to every student in grades 2-12 this fall.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Earth Day at the Great Bend Zoo

Representatives from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change Friday, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, marking a major milestone on ...

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Migration Rally taking late registrations

The conditions are ideal for next weekend's "Great Migration Rally," said Pam Martin at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Organizers have extended the registration ...

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grant County missing person investigation

GRANT COUNTY - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting Grant County law enforcement in its search for a man who went missing earlier this month ...

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Newest AA, NA listings added to Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Ag land values decrease slightly

Agricultural land values in 66 Kansas counties, including all of the Golden Belt, may decrease slightly from property valuations recently sent out, depending on the ...

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thomas to stand trial for murder

Freddie Alec Thomas will stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder for the Sept. 11, 2015, shooting death of Jeremy Alan Saldana outside a ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The Gift

Years ago, cities supposedly designated formal parks which were often named Lafayette Park in honor of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and Washington, D ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A voice for ag in Washington

Each year, more than 150 farmers and ranchers from across Kansas participate in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


PCHS continues to help furry friends

From the outside, the Pawnee County Humane Society – 2 miles west of Larned on Eighth Street – could pass for a modern country home. Inside, the ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Fans saying ‘na na na’

Larned native Jonathan Tabler can currently be seen on an H&R Block television commercial. He's one of two cowboys who talk about filing ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Pawnee Annie observes small-town progress

"I am having such a good time with this opportunity to write."

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


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