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GB schools gain state recognition

Great Bend school board members heard good news on Monday concerning USD 428's progress in the state's Multi-Tiered Support System program. Todd Wiedemann, assistant director of the State of Kansas MTSS Team, said Great Bend's leadership in the program has earned statewide recognition.

March 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camp Aldrich used most weekends

Barton Community College hasn't had any trouble booking its rural Camp Aldrich facility, at least on weekends, Dean of Administration Mark Dean said recently.

March 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Romeo & Juliet Seussified by GBHS drama

If Dr. Seuss had written "Romeo and Juliet," how might it sound? Both the Dr. and the Bard were famous for their couplets, but only a "Seussified" Romeo would say:

March 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ouchtown: GBHS Dodgeball Tournament a hit

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball," Coach Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn) tells members of the Average Joe's Gym team in the 2014 motion picture, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."

March 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


WIND AND FIRE

The Great Bend Fire Department battled small grass fires over the weekend, but the threat of a large wildfire was always there. Both Great Bend and Ellinwood sent fire trucks to Reno County on Saturday.

March 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Larned’s Sperry picks up sax for Jazz Festival

Music lovers who attend the Great Bend Jazz Festival on Saturday evening may see a familiar face in the 312th Army Jazz Band from Lawrence. Katie Sperry from Larned - make that Sgt. Katie Sperry from the U.S. Army Reserves, will play tenor saxophone.

March 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KS Supreme Ct. upholds ruling in school finance case

A decision was announced at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, in the school finance case, Kansas Supreme Court case No. 113,267: Luke Gannon, et al v. State of Kansas, et al.

March 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CIVICS LESSON

The Kansas Legislature has this week off, so Rep. Tory Marie Arnberger is using her time to visit all of the schools in Great Bend.

March 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Another African serval arrives

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo has a new female African serval named Sheba. The serval is a speckled wild cat that typically weighs 15-40 pounds and grows to a length of 23-36 inches.

March 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC hosts Career Fair for area schools

More than 400 students from area high schools and middle schools attended a Career Fair on Wednesday afternoon at Barton Community College. There were classroom and lab presentations on fields ranging from agriculture to medical to welding.

March 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'Safety first' is BOE's priority

Editor's note: This is the second of two stories about a school board meeting held Monday at Great Bend USD 428's District Education Center. It was the board's second work session this year on long-range planning.

February 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College hires swim coach

A contract for Jonathan Reeder to become the new head swim coach at Barton Community College was approved Tuesday by the BCC Board of Trustees.

February 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Search for superintendent moves forward

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is proceeding with plans to search for a new superintendent.

February 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley School may expand pre-K; 6th grade could move to middle school

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about ideas discussed Monday at a Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education work session on long-range planning. Part two will look at more ideas, including some that are already in the works.

February 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Scholars Bowl team buzzes in

Great Bend Middle School's Scholars Bowl team is getting ready for its fifth and final competition of the year, Tuesday at Pratt.

February 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Family Crisis Center gets van

As excited as JoAnn Wondra was about the Family Crisis Center receiving a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, she can't show the ...

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GB River Rats remove trash on Ark River

A group of all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts who enjoy riding four-wheelers along the Arkansas River spent a recent weekend picking up tons of trash.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A gift from BOCK

Donita Wolf, manager of Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, second from the left, accepts a $730 check from Rae Ann Brack, president of the Bikers ...

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Peterson eligible for parole hearing

A former Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility inmate now in prison at Lansing, Michael Douglas Peterson, is eligible for a parole hearing in June.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


JCPenney closing after 90+ years in Great Bend

Great Bend will soon lose its JCPenney department store at 1500 Kansas Ave.

March 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crime Stoppers is still anonymous

"We don't want your name, just your information."

March 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC student fees may increase

Administrators at Barton Community College plan to ask the BCC Board of Trustees to increase student fees by $4 per credit hour for the fall ...

March 15, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Teachers offered used computers

Employees at Great Bend USD 428 can purchase used desktop and laptop computers as they are replaced with new ones. Prices range from $75 to ...

March 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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