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School board to consider teacher pay increase

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will consider a proposal for increasing the base salary of teachers when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. The agenda includes an executive session for discussion of this matter under the category of employer-employee negotiations.

April 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Separation of powers

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that the state's current education funding of more than $4 billion a year is not sufficient under the state constitution.

April 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: Baby owl getting TLC at raptor center

A Great Horned Owl that is approximately 2 weeks old is being rehabilitated at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Happy Bear teaches 'good touch, bad touch'

Even a preschooler knows the difference between a good touch and a bad touch. For those who don't, Happy Bear is there to explain.

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SHOW TIME: Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo opens

The seventh annual Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo got underway Wednesday. This huge trade show continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town.

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo

Opening day photos

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teachers receive poverty training

As the number of Great Bend children in low-income homes increases, educators are spending more time on poverty training. Jefferson Elementary School Principal Kim Wilson said that is one of the goals set by his Building Leadership Team last summer and the efforts will continue.

March 30, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teachers report 'light bulb' moments

A sixth grader at Jefferson Elementary School who was struggling with reading at the start of the school year got extra help, which has made a world of difference, English Language Arts coach Natalie DeForest told the school board Thursday. It was another example of how frequent testing and prompt interventions help teachers target what students need to work on.

March 29, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State Fair

On Monday the Kansas Legislature saw the introduction of House Bill 2790, "requiring the state fair board to issue a request for proposals from cities in Kansas to host the state fair."

March 29, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Harvesting fur

While farmers harvest grain, Calvin "Trapper" Calp harvests fur. The owner of Calp's Fur and Root in Hoisington has been a fur dealer for six decades after learning to trap at an early age.

March 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton tuition going up

For the third year in a row, Barton Community College students will see a tuition increase this fall. The BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $2 increase in tuition and a $2 increase in fees.

March 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Croslin arrested on drug charges

A Great Bend man was arrested Monday after a search warrant yielded suspected peyote mushrooms, heroin and other drugs, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pedro Garcia sentenced for rape of child

On Friday, March 23, Pedro Garcia of Great Bend, also known at Pedro Garcia Jr. or "Pete," was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison on a single count of rape. Court records show the victim was a girl who was 9 or 10 years old at the time of the crime one year ago.

March 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wildfire reported at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - A wildfire reported Thursday afternoon in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge scorched about 1,400 acres on the western edge of Stafford County and a bit of Rice County, according to Bill Waln, fire management officer at the refuge. Firefighters remained on scene into the night and were back Friday morning to make sure it didn't rekindle.

March 24, 2018 | AND VERONICA COONS | Local News


Wildfire reported at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - A wildfire reported Thursday afternoon in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge scorched about 1,400 acres on the western edge of Stafford County and a bit of Rice County, according to Bill Waln, fire management officer at the refuge. Firefighters remained on scene into the night and were back Friday morning to make sure it didn't rekindle.

March 24, 2018 | AND VERONICA COONS | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


JobFest connects workers, companies

The 11th-annual Central Kansas JobFest brought a crowd to the Great Bend Events Center on Thursday, as businesses announced job openings and prospective employees gathered ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City term limits

The debate over whether or not to have term limits for Great Bend City Council members and the mayor has come up twice at recent ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Dear Dairy: Mobile dairy visits Eisenhower School

To teach children how cows' milk is collected, Callie Toews brought a dairy to Eisenhower Elementary School on Friday.

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Foreigner' returns

The title character of "The Foreigner" doesn't want to talk to anyone during his unwilling stay at a fishing lodge in Georgia. So he ...

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School funding

If public schools across the nation were given report cards, they might come from the Education Week Research Center. Ed Week's Quality Counts 2018 ...

April 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Probable cause found in Kern DUI case

Lafe Kern told paramedic Tony Leeds that he'd taken a handful of Xanax prior to a two-vehicle collision south of Great Bend on Feb ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bellendir requests jury trial

The attorney representing Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir in a misdemeanor case has requested a jury trial and has also asked that the prosecutor be ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC monitoring Army deployments

Administrators at Barton Community College said upcoming deployments of U.S. soldiers at military bases where the college offers courses could have a negative effect ...

April 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Other schools look at GBHS's student-led conferences

Educators at Great Bend High School were used to parents playing hooky from parent-teacher conferences at least half the time. Participation used to be about ...

April 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Legislators commended for supporting education

During Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Khris Thexton noted the Kansas Legislature's passage of a school finance bill ...

April 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Red Shoes & Bunco Too

The Family Crisis Center has special events planned for two nights this month in Great Bend. All proceeds will benefit the Family Crisis Center Inc ...

April 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Second Circles group forming

A new Circles of Central Kansas group will start on Thursday, April 19. This program aims to reduce poverty in Barton County by turning to ...

April 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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