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​Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month

This January, during National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross encourages people to roll up their sleeves to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients.

December 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend schools prepare for tech initiative

Thanks to a $327,405 grant from the Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation, Great Bend USD 428 is preparing to buy hundreds of Chromebooks and iPad tablets in 2016. The district's technology director, Ryan Axman, said the grant has advanced the timetable for the technology program by three to four years.

December 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Auditions set for 100th GBCT production

Auditions for the second show in Great Bend Community Theatre's 2015-2016 season, "The Kitchen Witches," will be held Sunday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave.

December 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jasper eligble for parole hearing

A woman convicted of killing her infant nephew in 1998 in Great Bend is eligible for a parole hearing in February.

December 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hirsh found guilty of assault and battery

Darrin Hirsh was taken to the Barton County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, after being found guilty of one count of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal threat and one count of domestic battery, all involving an altercation on March 12, 2013, with Candice Hirsh, who was his wife at the time. The jurors also ruled that each of these crimes was an act of domestic violence.

December 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free skate use ends Sunday

This is the final week that free skate rental will be available at the artificial ice in the Barton County Courthouse Square.

December 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Jury still deliberating in Hirsh trial

Members of the jury in the trial of Darrin Hirsh went home Monday evening without reaching a verdict. They left around 5:40 p.m. after two and a half hours of deliberations and are expected to resume Tuesday morning around 8:30 a.m.

December 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Witness: Victim said she fabricated story

Darrin Hirsh's former supervisor testified Friday that Candice Hirsh told him she "fabricated" a story about her husband threatening her with a gun. But prosecutors maintain Darrin asked her to say that so he wouldn't lose his job as a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 audit approved

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education received a clean audit on its financial reports for 2014-2015, although there was a "non-compliance issue," according to an auditor.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State assessment data released

Kansas State Board of Education state assessments for 2014-2015 were released this month.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers man Ident-a-kid

Five-year-old Tyler McHenry said "it felt kind of weird" having images of his fingerprints saved. It was a "left-righty" feeling, he explained.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Food for the holidays

Members of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club collect food boxes to deliver to families in need, Saturday morning at Dillons. The club bought 35 boxes, spending over $1,200, for deliveries to homes suggested by the Barton County Food Bank. It was a busy day for acts of kindness; club President Rob Bauer said his church, First United Methodist, also planned to deliver 105 food boxes that day.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Update on jury trial

Darrin Hirsh trial continues. Defense called its first witness shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. The jury was sent home for the weekend around 5:10 p.m. and will return at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

December 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Madrigal music

Choir members of the Great Bend High School Madrigals sing at the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club meeting, Wednesday at Perkins restaurant. They have been performing once or twice a day for most of this month, vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said. Their final public appearance of the year was set for Thursday. The program featured seasonal music, including a dance number choreographed by the students. They ended with the Madrigals' signature song, "Reach out and Touch," performed with sign language.

December 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Oliver receives Great Bend Greater award

Once a year, the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club presents an award to someone who has made this community a better place. The 2015 Great Bend Greater recipient is Dale Oliver.

December 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Barton Welding Lab ribbon cutting photos

Jan. 28, 2016 at Barton Community College.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library will eliminate late fees

This spring, Great Bend Public Library plans to do away with late fees.

January 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New EduKan director adds transparency

A "significant deficiency" was found during the Fiscal Year 2015 audit for EduKan, the online education consortium that serves six western Kansas community colleges. However ...

January 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family gets naming rights to BCC weight room

The weight room at Barton Community College's Kirkman building has been refurbished and major equipment upgrades are taking place, thanks to the generosity of ...

January 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Kiwanis taking scholarship applications

The deadline for students across Kansas to apply for scholarships from the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation is fast approaching. Applications are due by Feb. 1, and ...

January 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Education


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