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Happy Bear teaches 'good touch, bad touch'

Even a preschooler knows the difference between a good touch and a bad touch. For those who don't, Happy Bear is there to explain.

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SHOW TIME: Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo opens

The seventh annual Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo got underway Wednesday. This huge trade show continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town.

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo

Opening day photos

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teachers receive poverty training

As the number of Great Bend children in low-income homes increases, educators are spending more time on poverty training. Jefferson Elementary School Principal Kim Wilson said that is one of the goals set by his Building Leadership Team last summer and the efforts will continue.

March 30, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teachers report 'light bulb' moments

A sixth grader at Jefferson Elementary School who was struggling with reading at the start of the school year got extra help, which has made a world of difference, English Language Arts coach Natalie DeForest told the school board Thursday. It was another example of how frequent testing and prompt interventions help teachers target what students need to work on.

March 29, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State Fair

On Monday the Kansas Legislature saw the introduction of House Bill 2790, "requiring the state fair board to issue a request for proposals from cities in Kansas to host the state fair."

March 29, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Harvesting fur

While farmers harvest grain, Calvin "Trapper" Calp harvests fur. The owner of Calp's Fur and Root in Hoisington has been a fur dealer for six decades after learning to trap at an early age.

March 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton tuition going up

For the third year in a row, Barton Community College students will see a tuition increase this fall. The BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $2 increase in tuition and a $2 increase in fees.

March 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Croslin arrested on drug charges

A Great Bend man was arrested Monday after a search warrant yielded suspected peyote mushrooms, heroin and other drugs, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pedro Garcia sentenced for rape of child

On Friday, March 23, Pedro Garcia of Great Bend, also known at Pedro Garcia Jr. or "Pete," was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison on a single count of rape. Court records show the victim was a girl who was 9 or 10 years old at the time of the crime one year ago.

March 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wildfire reported at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - A wildfire reported Thursday afternoon in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge scorched about 1,400 acres on the western edge of Stafford County and a bit of Rice County, according to Bill Waln, fire management officer at the refuge. Firefighters remained on scene into the night and were back Friday morning to make sure it didn't rekindle.

March 24, 2018 | AND VERONICA COONS | Local News


Wildfire reported at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - A wildfire reported Thursday afternoon in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge scorched about 1,400 acres on the western edge of Stafford County and a bit of Rice County, according to Bill Waln, fire management officer at the refuge. Firefighters remained on scene into the night and were back Friday morning to make sure it didn't rekindle.

March 24, 2018 | AND VERONICA COONS | Local News


Quivira wildfire reported Thursday

A wildfire occurred Thursday evening in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

March 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Court of Appeals upholds prison ruling

The Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled against a woman who admitted to violating her probation on a drug charge but who disagreed with Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty's decision to send her to prison for more than eight years.

March 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Preliminary hearing held for former CVB Director Cris Collier

Crystal Jo Collier, the former director of the Great Bend Convention and Visitor's Bureau, was bound over for trial on two felony charges filed against her in 2017. At a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Barton County District Court, Magistrate Judge Richard Burgess determined that probable cause was found on both counts and Collier's arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 25.

March 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Another perfect day

The great bicycle giveaway continued Wednesday, when Eisenhower Elementary celebrated its six students with perfect attendance for the year and 46 more with "near perfect ...

May 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Adults graduate from BC Academy

Fourteen adults earned high school diplomas from the Barton County Academy this year and were invited to celebrate at the BCA graduation ceremony, Tuesday at ...

May 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School sidewalks on summer project list

Sidewalks outside every school in Great Bend USD 428 will be replaced this summer, Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

May 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hats off to Class of 2018

updated on May 22, 2018

May 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Confiscated phone leads to arrest

A Great Bend man whose phone was confiscated by police after an incident in February has been charged with using a hidden device to view ...

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Turn the tassel

The Barton Community College graduation ceremony is behind us and Great Bend High School seniors will graduate on Sunday. Now is a good time to ...

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Vendors, talent sought for Juneteenth celebration

Members of the community are invited to join Myers Chapel in the celebration of Juneteenth, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June ...

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teachers can expect busy summer

Next Thursday will be the final day of classes at Great Bend schools, but teachers will stay busy for much of the summer.

May 16, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Community group studies schools

The community group that has been meeting with architects and looking at needs for Great Bend USD 428 is still months away from making a ...

May 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Young Eagles take first flights

Area young people 8-17 years old had a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, May 12, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1134 ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teacher contracts ratified

Teachers at Great Bend USD 428 will receive a minimum pay raise of $1,700 for the 2018-2019 school year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said after ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Planting redbuds

It's a spring tradition: Members of the Great Bend Noon Lions Club spent Saturday morning planting redbud trees in the islands on Broadway Ave.

May 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC revisits academic integrity

Today's college instructors don't just have to watch for plagiarized term papers. Issues with academic integrity include "professional cheating," Barton Community College Vice ...

May 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Professional Cheaters

Barton Community College and higher learning institutions across the nation continue to battle what Vice President of Instruction Elaine Simmons calls "professional cheaters."

May 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Teams celebrate as Walk Kansas wraps up

The 2018 Walk Kansas Fitness Challenge wraps up Sunday, but local K-State Research and Extension Agent Donna Krug said the walking doesn't need to ...

May 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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