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Watching Young Artists Grow - photos

Some of the art on display at the Barton County Historical Society is shown here.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow

Great Bend children in grades K-8 can see their works of art on display this month at the Barton County Historical Society. The annual Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit features selected drawings, paintings, clay sculptures and ceramics created under the guidance of art instructors Melissa Watson, Shannon Wedel and Alyssa Bliven.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Egg-less Easter candy hunts are Saturday

It's a Kodak Moment: Watching a toddler stoop to gather a brightly colored egg from a clump of grass and place it into a basket. We call these events Easter Egg Hunts, but that term is becoming as archaic as "Kodak Moment."

April 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Estes wins easily in Pawnee, Stafford counties

Republican Ron Estes won a Kansas House seat in Tuesday's special election, the first congressional election since President Donald Trump's victory.

April 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


District searches for new teachers

The search is on for next year's teachers at Great Bend USD 428. When the school board met on Monday, Assistant Superintendent John Popp said he and other district representatives spent the last week in Michigan, recruiting educators.

April 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local schools ready for new K-12 English standards

The Kansas State Department of Education is proposing revisions to the current College and Career Ready Standards in English Language Arts. Area residents are invited to learn more and offer feedback at a public meeting next month in Great Bend.

April 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The Passion & the Resurrection

Hoisington artist Mary "Monne'" Nicholson's Easter-themed paintings are on display at the Great Bend Public Library. Nicholson said the works are from two exhibits, "The Passion of Christ" and "He is Risen." The paintings will be up until April 17.

April 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: How to see Zito this week

Members of the Great Bend Zoological Society will be able to view Zito, the newest resident at the Brit Spaugh Zoo, this Saturday, April 8, from 2-3 p.m.

April 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Payless Shoesource to close in Great Bend

Another retailer will be leaving Great Bend, shoppers learned Wednesday. The Payless Shoesource at 3511 10th St. is on the list of nearly 400 Payless shoe stores that will close as part of a company-wide reorganization.

April 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Scenic Byway group asked to ‘step up’

ELLINWOOD - Area volunteers are stepping up to compete for a share of state and federal grants to enhance the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. The byway committee met Tuesday at the Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood and discussed KDOT's Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program.

April 04, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC halts assessment change for BartOnline

Barton Community College will take a step back from a new procedure for how online students are assessed for college readiness.

April 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Baker trial on hold, civil suit settled

The jury trial for the man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2014 deaths of Shawn and Danielle Schellenger has been delayed. Meanwhile, a civil suit against the defendant, Great Bend landscaper William Howard Baker, has been settled, according to records in Barton County District Court.

April 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hippity Hop: Easter basket workshop pleases kids

With Easter just two weeks away, the Rosewood Miracle Workers Aktion Club coordinated a "Hippity Hop Easter Basket Workshop" for children on Saturday.

April 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Program aims for jobs after high school

A program that helps keep at-risk students in school now and helps them find jobs after graduation is coming to Great Bend USD 428 this fall.

March 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thexton named USD 428 Superintendent

Khris Thexton will become the next superintendent of Great Bend USD 428, effective July 1. The school board met Thursday and voted unanimously to promote the assistant superintendent to the key position.

March 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Remember vets with poppies

Members of the Great Bend American Legion Unit 180 and Auxiliary invite the public to honor our nation's fallen warriors and contribute to the ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC names 3 VPs

Barton Community College now had three vice presidents instead of one, following an administrative structural change that was approved Tuesday by the college's board ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perfect Pedaling

Last week, as classes were wrapping up at Great Bend schools, 20 elementary students were given BMX-style bicycles as a reward for excellent attendance.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a ...

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Waste not

When they stop being useful, computers, cell phones and other electronic products become E-waste. Each year in the United States, homes, schools, government offices and ...

May 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS seeks Attendance Counselor

Attendance problems are on the rise at Great Bend High School, which is why the school board last week approved a new position for an ...

May 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Garrison Commander to address BCC grads

Colonel John Lawrence, Garrison Commander at Fort Riley, will give the commencement address at Barton Community College. BCC's 47th commencement is set for 7 ...

May 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees review contracts, insurance

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees reviewed the list of contracts for head coaches, management staff and administrators during a study session this week ...

May 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dennis Shaw eligible for parole hearing

A man convicted of rape in Pawnee County is eligible for a parole hearing before the Kansas Prisoner Review Board in June.

May 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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