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'Sno problem: We can handle this

Snow that fell Wednesday across the Golden Belt was the start of a storm that could affect 80 million people by the weekend. There are reports that Washington, D.C., could see 2 feet of snow.

January 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Truck fire still under investigation

The cause of a fire in a gin pole truck stolen Sunday night from Duke Drilling, 620 Hubbard St., continues to be under investigation, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said Thursday. A mobile home fire earlier that day at 5501 Ninth St. has been ruled accidental.

January 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College receiving $4.9 million tax distribution

Barton Community College waited weeks for its October tax distribution from the Barton County Treasurer's Office, but by the first of the year the payments were caught up. Dean of Administration Mark Dean said the Oct. 31 and Dec. 18 distributions were combined as one payment of $956,603.

January 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Trailer, gin pole truck burn in Sunday fires

Weekend fires in Great Bend included a mobile home at 5501 Ninth St. and a vehicle fire at Fifth and Hubbard. The Great Bend Police Department is investigating the vehicle fire, involving a truck that was reportedly stolen.

January 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


After 'Humphrey,' ODOB moving forward

Superintendent Brad Reed plans to share the success of Great Bend's literacy program, One District, One Book, at a national conference.

January 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teachers examine next texts

Superintendent Brad Reed told the school board Monday he's received positive feedback on plans to add lessons in good behavior to the Great Bend USD 428 curriculum.

January 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Eisenhower memorabilia sought

Eisenhower Elementary School, 1212 Garfield St., is planning a special day on Jan. 28 celebrating the 125th birthday of the school's namesake, President Dwight. D. Eisenhower. The school will also observe its 62nd birthday on that day with a come-and-go celebration from 8:30-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m.

January 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pilot offers alternative to remedial math class

Students who graduate from area high schools aren't always ready for College Algebra, but a new program aims to change that.

January 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Panther Boosters donate $10,000 to athletic department

Ten gifts/grants ranging from $25 to $10,000 were accepted at Monday's Great Bend USD 428 school board meeting.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Community Service Day set for April 27

Here is a summary of other action/information from Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting:

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Capital projects include GBMS activity bus, GBHS roof

Activity buses cost less than coach buses and they're safer, but they are still more comfortable than traditional school buses, the Great Bend USD 428 school board learned Monday.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Attempted phone scams reported

Two Great Bend businesses last week reported receiving calls from scammers pretending to be representatives of Wheatland Electric Cooperative who were demanding money. No money was lost.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Victim OK after Highrise stabbing reported

A stabbing that reportedly occurred somewhere in the Highrise apartment building Saturday night was the result of a domestic altercation, according to the Great Bend Police Department.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Judge hears Tribune request, issues gag order

An attorney representing the Great Bend Tribune appeared before Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty on Friday, explaining the newspaper's earlier request for the release of probable cause affidavits in the arrests of three men charged with first-degree murder. He did not immediately rule on the Tribune's, motion.

January 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bond reduced for Alejo Villegas

District Judge Ron Svaty further reduced the bond Friday for 20-year-old Alejo Villegas, one of three people facing first-degree murder charges in the Nov. 15, 2015, shooting death of Aron Villegas.

January 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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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.

February 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Business


​School volunteers recognized

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed recently voiced his thanks for the "scores of volunteers" who donate time to USD 428 learning centers every year.

February 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bad bills

A bill that would remove gifted children from the realm of special education was introduced in the Kansas Legislature on Monday.

February 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Aldrich dining hall nearly completed

The new Dining and Events Center at Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich should be finished by the end of this month, Dean of Administration ...

February 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School board approves 2016-2017 calendar

Next year's calendar for Great Bend USD 428 schools will be similar to this year's, but the winter break will be two days ...

February 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


100 GBCT productions

Great Bend Community Theatre's first play was "Night Watch," which opened in November of 1982 at Roosevelt Junior High School.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘The Kitchen Witches’ is a wicked funny treat

Great Bend Community Theatre's 100th production is "The Kitchen Witches," winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights contest.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tell Them

If you think consolidating rural school districts down to one per county is a bad idea, be sure to let your Kansas legislators know.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Health Equipped

Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC adds safety alerts

Barton Community College has purchased two mobile phone applications for improved campus safety.

February 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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