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Local schools ready for new K-12 English standards

The Kansas State Department of Education is proposing revisions to the current College and Career Ready Standards in English Language Arts. Area residents are invited to learn more and offer feedback at a public meeting next month in Great Bend.

April 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The Passion & the Resurrection

Hoisington artist Mary "Monne'" Nicholson's Easter-themed paintings are on display at the Great Bend Public Library. Nicholson said the works are from two exhibits, "The Passion of Christ" and "He is Risen." The paintings will be up until April 17.

April 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: How to see Zito this week

Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society will be able to view Zito, the newest resident at the Brit Spaugh Zoo, this Saturday, April 8, from 2-3 p.m.

April 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Payless Shoesource to close in Great Bend

Another retailer will be leaving Great Bend, shoppers learned Wednesday. The Payless Shoesource at 3511 10th St. is on the list of nearly 400 Payless shoe stores that will close as part of a company-wide reorganization.

April 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Scenic Byway group asked to ‘step up’

ELLINWOOD - Area volunteers are stepping up to compete for a share of state and federal grants to enhance the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. The byway committee met Tuesday at the Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood and discussed KDOT's Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program.

April 04, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC halts assessment change for BartOnline

Barton Community College will take a step back from a new procedure for how online students are assessed for college readiness.

April 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Baker trial on hold, civil suit settled

The jury trial for the man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 deaths of Shawn and Danielle Schellenger has been delayed. Meanwhile, a civil suit against the defendant, Great Bend landscaper William Howard Baker, has been settled, according to records in Barton County District Court.

April 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hippity Hop: Easter basket workshop pleases kids

With Easter just two weeks away, the Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club coordinated a "Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop" for children on Saturday.

April 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Program aims for jobs after high school

A program that helps keep at-risk students in school now and helps them find jobs after graduation is coming to Great Bend USD 428 this fall.

March 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thexton named USD 428 Superintendent

Khris Thexton will become the next superintendent of Great Bend USD 428, effective July 1. The school board met Thursday and voted unanimously to promote the assistant superintendent to the key position.

March 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rain Dance

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Much-needed moisture saves crops

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rainfall totals

Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 maintains 10 weather stations throughout the district, which includes portions of Barton, Edwards, Kiowa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice and Stafford counties. Rainfall totals from the weather stations are shown below.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Panther events rescheduled

Great Bend's baseball and softball games postponed by rain have been rescheduled.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Prep Sports


BCC lowers tuition for out-of-state students

Tuition for out-of-state students at Barton Community College will be the same as tuition for in-state students - a reduction of $31 per credit hour - starting in the fall of 2017. All students will see a $4 increase in fees at that time.

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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KS Supreme Court denies appeal for Miller

The Kansas Supreme Court has denied LaVeta Miller's request for a review of her convictions for stealing money earmarked for Honor Flights for U ...

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge to plea to 2016 burglaries

In 2016, Kerry Partridge Jr. allegedly broke into several homes and sheds in Barton County, taking guns, tools and more.

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Poverty Simulation

Last October, Great Bend eighth graders took part in a simulation of adult life: caring for children, paying bills and dealing with unexpected emergencies at ...

April 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC report highlights administrative projects

Software purchases at Barton Community College used to represent major expenses requiring the approval of the Board of Trustees. Nowadays, the cost of software has ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow - photos

Some of the art on display at the Barton County Historical Society is shown here.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow

Great Bend children in grades K-8 can see their works of art on display this month at the Barton County Historical Society. The annual Watching ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Egg-less Easter candy hunts are Saturday

It's a Kodak Moment: Watching a toddler stoop to gather a brightly colored egg from a clump of grass and place it into a ...

April 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Estes wins easily in Pawnee, Stafford counties

Republican Ron Estes won a Kansas House seat in Tuesday's special election, the first congressional election since President Donald Trump's victory.

April 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


District searches for new teachers

The search is on for next year's teachers at Great Bend USD 428. When the school board met on Monday, Assistant Superintendent John Popp ...

April 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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