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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


Jazz Festival will swing with big band tunes

Everybody can get in the mood and start to swing this Sunday afternoon at the Crest Theater, when the 22nd annual Great Bend Jazz Festival gets underway.

March 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​In plain sight?

The Great Bend Public Library is easy to find at 1409 Williams St., but the same building houses another business, the Central Kansas Library Sytem.

March 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Spring Break goes wild at Cheyenne Bottoms

CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - One of the wildest places to spend Spring Break just might be the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

March 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School handbooks include Chromebook rules

Great Bend schools will have new policies to reflect the "1-to-1 Chromebook Initiative" being implemented this fall at USD 428.

March 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board approves gifts and grant applications

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the following contributions and grant applications on Tuesday:

March 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 considers bus policy change

The Great Bend USD 428 school board had its first reading Tuesday of next year's handbooks for students, teachers, athletics and activities. The Athletic Handbook and the Activity Handbook include some new guidelines for school bus sponsor duties.

March 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New coach hired

Erin Beck was hired Tuesday as Great Bend High School's head football coach and to teach physical education.

March 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Hirsh seeks to reverse assault and battery conviction

The attorney for Darrin Hirsh has requested either a judgment of acquittal or a new trial for the former Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper who was found guilty of aggravated assault, criminal threat and domestic battery last year by a Barton County jury.

March 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Caucus photos

All photos were taken Saturday, March 5, 2016, at the Kansas caucuses.

March 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 Board to look at handbooks

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. The board's usual meeting date was changed because of a conflict.

March 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County GOP hears from Cruz, Kasich supporters

The Crest Theater's main floor seating was filling up Saturday and volunteers were considering opening the balcony as the Barton County Republican Caucus got underway. Several registered voters were ready to drop their ballots in the box and leave by 10 a.m., but County Chairman Richard Friedeman asked them wait until the end of a short party meeting.

March 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Democrats ‘Feel the Bern’

Democrats came from as far away as Scott City to vote Saturday in the party caucus at the Hoisington Activity Center. In the final tally, there were 130 votes for Bernie Sanders and 67 for Hillary Clinton. Southwest Kansas will now send three delegates to vote for Sanders and one to vote for Clinton at the National Convention.

March 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Alice in Wonderland

Great Bend High School's Theater Department will present "Alice in Wonderland" at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, at the GBHS Auditorium, 2027 Morton St.

March 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Battin leaving USD 428

The resignation of Great Bend High School instructor/coach Chris Battin is on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Blues HOF members coming to Macksville

MACKSVILLE - The seventh annual Macksville Bikes & Blues Rally will be held May 6-8 in the City Park at Macksville. There will be live music, food ...

April 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Earth Day at the Great Bend Zoo

Representatives from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change Friday, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, marking a major milestone on ...

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Migration Rally taking late registrations

The conditions are ideal for next weekend's "Great Migration Rally," said Pam Martin at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Organizers have extended the registration ...

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grant County missing person investigation

GRANT COUNTY - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting Grant County law enforcement in its search for a man who went missing earlier this month ...

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Newest AA, NA listings added to Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


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


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


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