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Suspects told officers Aron Villegas wanted to fight

Law enforcement officers' testimony on Wednesday and Thursday suggests a motive for the events that led to the death of 23-year-old Aron Villegas on Nov. 15, 2015.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge asked to dismiss murder charges

Preliminary hearings for three men charged with first-degree murder and other felonies concluded Thursday morning in Barton County District Court, but Magistrate Judge Don Alvord won't make a ruling until later this month.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Dorothy Morrison’s legacy

The Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation has provided many generous gifts to Great Bend over the years. This year the community has been blessed more than once.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Burglary victim didn’t tell cops he shot Aron Villegas

Sterling Mills said he shot Aron Villegas in self defense the night Villegas and others broke into his Great Bend home at 1801 Eighth St. and beat him up. But when Mills called police about the burglary he didn't mention shooting anyone.

March 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Maker space: Children learn skills in library craft area

Each week, Great Bend Public Library offers children in grades 1-6 a chance to create something during Maker Space Monday. The hour-long program starts at 1 p.m. in the children's area known at the maker space.

March 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

March 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Population loss

The U.S. Census Bureau shows that Kansas's population increased by 2 percent from 2010-12015, but that isn't the case for most of the Golden Belt.

March 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Library sees utility savings with geothermal

The geothermal heating and air conditioning system installed in the Great Bend Public Library building at the end of 2014 may never pay for itself, but it has resulted in lower utility costs. At Monday's Library Board meeting, GBPL Director Harry Willems shared month-by-month fees for gas and electricity for both years, showing a net savings of $6,823.

March 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC tuition going up this fall

A $4 increase in tuition rates this fall looks a lot like last year's increase at Barton Community College.

March 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City accepts two major gifts for zoo

Bison are returning to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, and the bears are getting a larger home with its own swimming pool.

March 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Museum celebrates women, black history

The Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum was originally conceived as a tribute to "man on the plains," but the current exhibit pays tribute to women. There also an exhibit dedicated to African Americans with ties to Barton County.

March 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Incivility

In January of 2012 Jonathan Merritt, an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics, commented on "the most negative election in U.S. history."

March 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Area ​GOP caucus results county by county

Kansas Presidential caucuses were held on Saturday, March 5. Here are the area GOP caucus results county by county. Party officials reported Monday they are currently counting absentee and provisional ballots which will be added to the total.

March 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kudos given to Great Bend students

Jefferson Elementary Principal Art Baker introduced Jordan Brough to the USD 428 Board of Education on Tuesday, where he was recognized for winning this year's local spelling bee.

March 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Education


Park School Playground

It took 15 months and many, many hours of work, but the children at Park Elementary School in Great Bend are now enjoying brand new playground equipment.

March 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Ag land values decrease slightly

Agricultural land values in 66 Kansas counties, including all of the Golden Belt, may decrease slightly from property valuations recently sent out, depending on the ...

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thomas to stand trial for murder

Freddie Alec Thomas will stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder for the Sept. 11, 2015, shooting death of Jeremy Alan Saldana outside a ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The Gift

Years ago, cities supposedly designated formal parks which were often named Lafayette Park in honor of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and Washington, D ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A voice for ag in Washington

Each year, more than 150 farmers and ranchers from across Kansas participate in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


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


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