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Partridge sentenced for burglary, drug convictions

Kerry Joe Partridge Jr. 27, Great Bend, has been sentenced to four years, nine months in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor announced.

July 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Brit Spaugh Zoo offers daily keeper talks this week

The animals may be the stars at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, but this week their keepers will be in the spotlight, said Sara Hamlin, curator and zoo supervisor. In honor of this being National Zoo Keepers Week, they will offer free programs at 2 p.m. daily Monday through Thursday, July 17-20.

July 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 improves student preparation

Students at Great Bend High School now have more opportunities to learn about careers before they graduate, and they have more opportunities to prepare for the ACT test if they plan to attend college.

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Your move, students

As the cost of attending college after graduation from high school becomes more expensive, students need to consider what they can do to prepare for the future.

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC aims for no mill levy increase

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't need a mill levy increase get more money from local taxpayers next year. At the board study session held Tuesday, Vice President of Administration Mark Dean explained that valuations are up, especially for oil. Last year's tax rate of 33.26 mills raised $8.03 million, but this year an estimated rate of 33.15 mills could raise $8.53 million.

July 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 proud of grads who performed CPR

Chris Umphres was elected president of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Monday, and Lori Reneau was named vice president.

July 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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July 08, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Fair wraps up Sunday

Sunday is the final day of the Barton County Fair, not counting the all-day tear down, cleanup and storage that will take place Monday at the Expo Complex. The commercial exhibits cleared out of Expo I Saturday evening, making room for the annual 4-H BBQ, opening Sunday morning at 11:30.

July 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life lessons at the Barton County Fair

For Dylan Ferguson, the hardest thing about bringing last year's bucket calf back to the county fair in 2017 will be selling that animal on Sunday. It's a lesson many young people learn as they raise market animals as 4-H projects.

July 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County Fair photos, schedule

Friday July 6

July 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thou shalt not

Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East. According to the Associated Press, federal prosecutors alleged the artifacts were intentionally mislabeled for import.

July 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Kestrel nest found in power pole

Spring showers and summer storms often blow young birds out of their nests - but sometimes the parents do the job.

July 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thursday's fair schedule

Photos were taken Monday evening during setup for the Barton County Fair.

July 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Strike it rich

The long-awaited opening of the 2017 Barton County Fair is upon us. Starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, people will begin checking in livestock and exhibits at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Soon the fun will start.

July 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 ends Fiscal Year

Thursday morning was Khris Thexton's final Board of Education meeting as interim superintendent of Great Bend USD 428. His appointment to the superintendent's position became official on Saturday.

July 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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USD 428 ready for new year

With the start of school less than two weeks away, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton is excited.

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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