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Madrigal greetings

Dressed in red and black formal attire, the Madrigals from Great Bend High School sang at Wednesday's Kiwanis Club meeting, with a second performance planned in the evening. Vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said the choir has been singing once or twice a day of late.

December 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Exiting Supt. gets extra $90k

Brad Reed won't be charged a $10,000 liquidated damages fee allowed in his contract, according to the "Separation Agreement and Release" approved by the Great Bend USD 428 school board on Monday. Instead, the Superintendent will be paid the remainder of his 2016-2017 contact, including benefits, and an additional lump sum payment of $90,000 in January, subject to standard tax deductions and withholding.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vehicles bids go to local dealers

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of four vehicles on Tuesday, opting for the lowest bids submitted by from Barton County venders.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed granted leave of absence

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement doesn't go into effect until July 1, but he won't be working at the District Education Center from now on unless asked. Reed said he requested a leave of absence which the school board granted.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed resigns

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement/resignation was accepted by the school board on Monday. Although the retirement officially starts at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the board also named Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton as the interim superintendent, effectively immediately.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Building projected tabled

At the Nov. 14 school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed had an architect show the board two proposed building projects that could cost more than $2 million: A new bus barn/maintenance building constructed next to the District Education Center on Patton Road, and a remodeling of the Center itself. Payment for the projects would come from capital outlay funds and would be accomplished with no tax increases, he stressed.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Public invited to join Christmas Bird Count

The public is invited to participate in the national Christmas Bird Count events at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teacher helped choking student

Lincoln Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Karen Smith will receive a ROSE Award from the school board on Monday for helping a student who was choking.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chapman appeal on docket

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on a Barton County man's appeal of his first-degree murder conviction. Jeffrey Wade Chapman was convicted of murdering 25-year-old Damon Galyardt in 2011.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 personnel discussions continue

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education held a quick meeting Thursday evening to discuss personnel matters. It was the second special meeting this week and in both cases the board called for executive sessions that were closed to the public. The Kansas Open Meetings Act allows non-elected personnel to be discussed in executive session in order to protect the privacy of persons being discussed.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crisis to crisis

The Kansas Legislature will be less conservative in 2017 and perhaps some of Gov. Sam Brownback's initiatives can be scaled back a bit.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Christmas past

Live music, refreshments and a glimpse into rural life and holiday traditions from days gone by can be enjoyed this Sunday, Dec. 11 during the Barton County Historical Society's annual Ghosts of Christmas Past open house.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Holiday musical

Holy Family School's annual music program can be seen at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium. The program features songs from all classes, with the fifth and sixth graders presenting the musical, "Dr. Newheart's Christmas Cure."

December 07, 2016 | Public can attend early show | Local News


USD 428 board meets with attorney

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education met behind closed doors for more than two hours Monday evening at the District Education Center. A special meeting was announced Monday morning, set for 7:30 p.m. The board quickly moved into executive session for discussion of personnel.

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 BOE SPECIAL MEETING HELD

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education called a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening for discussion of personnel.

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


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


CPA talks about avoiding tax identity theft

On Feb. 19, one of Barry Bowers's tax clients received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service. Someone else had attempted to use that ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Commerce & Finance


Add Social Security options to retirement financial planning

Financial Advisor Diane Sauber at Waddell & Reed knows that Social Security income is an important piece in many individuals' plans to retirement.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Commerce & Finance


Historical Society holds annual meeting

Some 3,000 people visited the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village in 2015, Executive Director Beverly Komarek reported at the annual meeting in ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Community


Club 1 Fitness plays to its strengths

The staff at Club 1 Fitness, 3806 Broadway, are here to help make 2016 the best year yet for health-minded members of the community.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Health & Wellness


New Sports Medicine courses open career pathways for GBHS students

Great Bend High School students interested in careers in health care or science can now enroll in Sports Medicine. Three Sports Medicine I classes and ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Health & Wellness


Herrera family opens A to Z store

Armando and Irma Herrera have opened the A to Z thrift store at 1209 Main, Great Bend. At the grand opening on Feb. 20, the ...

March 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Commerce & Finance


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