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USD 428 pursues share of $27M grant

New and retiring board of education members for Great Bend USD 428 received pies from Perkins at Monday's meeting.

January 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting

Monday's meeting at a glance

January 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Life and death

A recent "prank call" to Wichita's 911 resulted in the death of an unarmed man whose only crime was opening the door to his home and allowing his hands to go toward his waist as a team of police officers trained their weapons on him.

January 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

‘Flavor’ event will raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

The area Habitat for Humanity group will again sponsor Barton County's Got Flavor, a fun evening of food paired with dueling pianos. Tickets are on sale for this fundraiser, set for the evening of Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Great Bend Events Center.

January 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo News: Meet Jessie and Gilbert

Two relative newcomers to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are Jessie Sayre, who started as a zookeeper last October, and Gilbert, a Panther Chameleon who was born last March.

January 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Top local stories of 2017

The top story of 2017 for Great Bend began when Police Chief Cliff Couch's dispute with City Administrator Howard Partington became public, followed by the City Council's suspension of the chief, and everything that was set in motion as a result. The "Stand With Chief Couch" movement included a Facebook page, blue support signs posted in front of homes throughout the city and hundreds of people attending city council meetings as the story unfolded.

December 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Court ordered to revisit 2015 murder charge

A 2015 murder case that was dismissed last year by Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty may be opened. The Kansas Court of Appeals recently reversed Svaty's 2016 ruling that Freddie Alec Thomas could not be tried for murder in the shooting death of Jeremy Alan Saldana in Great Bend.

December 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Giving the gift of time

You don't have to bake, knit or buy anything to make someone happy this Christmas. Put down the cellphone and the video game. One of the best gifts we can ever give is our time, and nothing illustrates that better than visiting senior citizens during the holidays.

December 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

St. John Church to host Christmas dinner

ST. JOHN - The First United Methodist Church in St. John invites the public to a ham and turkey dinner served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas day. Monday's meal has been prepared from scratch and will be served at the church, located just off of U.S. 281 at 807 E. 1st in St. John.

December 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Stand By Great Bend

A certain group on Facebook might want to change its name to "Stand By Great Bend." That is, "Stand By - Don't do anything until the next City Council is sworn in."

December 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Church offers active shooter training

With holiday wreaths and garlands in the background, Steve Billinger stood at the front of Community Christian Church in rural Great Bend last Saturday and showed members how to disarm a gun-wielding assailant. More than two dozen members attended the Barton County Sheriff's Office lieutenant's active shooter training.

December 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

The Santa Express

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village is ready for Christmas, with festive displays throughout the museum.

December 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News



December 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local Sports

Musical traditions: GBHS Madrigals

The Great Bend High School Madrigal Singers are wrapping up their 2017 performances and presenting their musical packages of song and dance as gifts to the community.

December 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


It was 30 years ago today that the Great Bend Senior Center served its first meal.

December 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

Dust Bowl program offered Sunday

Cottonwood District Extension Agent Alicia Boor will present a program on the Dust Bowl at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Barton County Historical Society ...

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


This week Natalie Beagley from the American Red Cross Blood Services office in Wichita called the Great Bend Tribune to report a heightened need for ...

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Girl Scouts brighten day for preschooler with heart disease

Great Bend Girl Scouts are wrapping up cookie sales but they took time recently to befriend a 4-year-old girl with a rare disease. Troop 11142 ...

March 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Architect reviews needs at USD 428

with mug of Terry Wiggers

March 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Salina crooner coming to Jazz Festival

The 24th Annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will feature vocalist Les Lankhorst from Salina, as well as the Prairie Winds Show Band and the GBHS ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Bunny Hunt

The Kansas Bowhunters Association's annual Bunny Hunt got underway Saturday at Cheyenne Bottoms. Between searches for cottontail, members enjoyed archery target shooting and the ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Legislative Coffee

The second of two Legislative Coffees was held Saturday at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, with about 20 people coming to hear Sen. Mary ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Town Hall Topics: Health Care

The results of a recent online survey of community health services were reviewed Thursday during a town-hall meeting at the Holiday Inn Express. Mental health ...

March 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

School violence

It's been nearly 19 years since two teenagers went on a killing spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999 ...

March 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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