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Crime Stoppers announces rewards, prizes

Most times, the people who receive money from Crime Stoppers remain anonymous - even to the people awarding the money. But this week, the board of directors of the nonprofit organization gave away $500, and were able to meet the recipients.

May 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Pioneer Day

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village held its annual Pioneer Day on Wednesday.

May 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Petition seeks more time for Memorial Day decorations

More than 250 people have signed a petition to change the City of Great Bend's policy on Memorial Day decorations, local attorney Brock McPherson told the city council on Monday.

May 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Prisoner Review Board accepting public comments

Two men serving prison sentences for crimes committee in Pawnee County are eligible for hearings before the Kansas Prisoner Review Board in June. Public comments are being accepted this month.

May 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County approves May proclamations

Physical and mental health were on the agenda at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting.

May 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo prepares for World Binturong Day

Poppy, the 6-month-old binturong at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, made an appearance at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said this Saturday, May 9, is World Binturong Day.

May 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Cinco de Mayo 2015 photo gallery

May 2, 2015, Great Bend, Kansas

May 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Cinco de Mayo offers taste of Mexico

In 1994, many Great Bend residents were unfamiliar with the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo – of Fifth of May. Now a spring tradition, the city's 22nd annual Cinco de Mayo Festival drew a crowd to Jack Kilby Square on Saturday.

May 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


National Day of Prayer observance planned

Great Bend Christians will come together for the 64th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7. One Hope Ministries is sponsoring an interdenominational program based on this year's theme, "Lord, Hear Our Cry," at 7 p.m. at the Crest Theater, 1908 Lakin Ave. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Center for Spirituality celebrates heroes

This week the public was invited to join the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Great Bend for tea and savory delights as the Heartland Center for Spirituality staff and advisory council celebrated the inaugural "Hero for Heartland" event on April 26.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


'The Mandate' challenges men to step up

Central Kansas men have a mandate to step up and be responsible fathers and leaders.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fair share: Undo the 2012 tax 'cuts'

Last week the Kansas League of Women Voters elected co-presidents Marge Arhens of Topeka and Carole Neal of Wichita to lead the nonpartisan organization. Citing a tax position based on League's 2013 tax study, the new co-presidents issued a statement calling for a balanced and fair three-pronged system of state taxation which returns the use of the income tax to the 2012 level.

April 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Attorney General visits Kiwanis

The top legal officer of the state of Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt, visited Great Bend on Wednesday. Schmidt was the guest speaker at the Kiwanis Club meeting, which drew as many guests as members for his luncheon program.

April 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Library starts May with 2 movies

Friday, May 1 is movie day at the Great Bend Public Library, according to Jennifer King, marketing and YA librarian.

April 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Report: BCC hits mark on Workforce Training

Barton Community College trustees heard good news this past week from the dean of Workforce Training & Community Education, Elaine Simmons.

June 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Vacation days: Take ‘em if you got ‘em

The June 1 cover story in Time magazine asks, "Who killed summer vacation?"

June 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Garrett hired as Barton VP

Dr. Robin Garrett was named vice president of instruction and student services Thursday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met. Dr. Garrett replaces Dr. Penny Quinn, who left to become president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill.

June 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camp Hope lives up to its name

Super Gummi Bears, Ninja Tiger Dogs and Jeff Goldblum's Dinosaur Dance Party are some of the names chosen by teams at the 2015 Camp Hope.

June 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers needed to visit long-term care homes

When LaRea Cravens became a volunteer ombudsman at an assisted-living facility in Barton County, her daughter asked her what that entailed.

June 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton VP candidate praises community colleges

Dr. Robin Garrett holds a Ph.D., but her higher education began with a course at a community college. The third of three candidates seeking the job of vice president of academics at Barton Community College visited the campus Tuesday for a public forum.

June 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Library submits 2016 budget to city

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has submitted a 2016 proposed budget totaling $739,600, requesting $640,000 from the City of Great Bend.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fact and fiction: Publicity raises awareness

The movie "Jurassic Park" and all of its sequels, including the new "Jurassic World," have provided a big boost to the advancement of paleontology, the study of fossils. Even though the franchise got so much wrong – starting with the title, which more accurately should have been "Cretaceous Park" – scientists in the field say the movies spark interest in a way that real fossils cannot.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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