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Volunteers praised for helping schools

At the Feb. 13 Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, interim superintendent Khris Thexton noted that volunteers spend more than 120 hours a week at district schools, on average.

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Education


ROSE Award

Jody Messersmith received a ROSE award (Recognizing Outstanding Support of Education) from Great Bend USD 428 at the Feb. 13 board of education meeting.

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Education


LOVE, SEX and the IRS

A farce about dodging taxes and scamming the Internal Revenue Service will have audiences laughing at the next Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Love, Sex and the IRS," directed by Ken Harton.

February 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tribune brings Army Jazz Band to town

The 312th Army Jazz Band from Lawrence is coming to the Crest Theater to perform at the 23rd annual Great Bend Jazz Festival. This free concert sponsored by the Great Bend Tribune and the Great Bend Jazz Festival starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Crest, 1905 Lakin Ave.

February 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Program offers help with college, career planning

Before heading out on job interviews or seeking financial aid for education beyond high school, students at Barton County Academy – and anyone else who cares to attend – can explore future possibilities by attending two free programs next week.

February 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


PTRC open house Thursday

Great Bend USD 428's Parent Teacher Resource Center (PTRC) will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, to celebrate its 20th anniversary. No room fees will be charged Thursday. PTRC is a workroom available to educators and the community, located on the southwest side of the Washington Early Childhood Center (the former Washington Elementary School) at 2535 Lakin Ave. For easy entry park on Washington Street close to 12th Street and look for the PTRC sign.

February 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge's decision to help illegal immigrant reversed

The Kansas Court of Appeals has reversed Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty's decision to set aside the identity theft conviction of a woman from Mexico living illegally in Barton County.

February 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC revenue down, but oil values rise

Barton Community College's revenue in January 2017 was down about $6 million from the same time last year, although most of that was due to a date payment from the Barton County Treasure's Office, Dean of Administration Mark Dean told BCC trustees on Tuesday.

February 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School calendar adopted for 2017-18

"You're going to be debt-free. I think the district is in great financial shape." - Vickie Dreiling, Certified Public Accountant with Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball Chtd.

February 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


There is no 'delete' for digital content

National speaker Katie Koestner, director of the Take Back the Night Foundation, had some straight talk about digital citizenship, bystander intervention and her own inspiring story, Thursday at Barton Community College.

February 04, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Former coach Kaiser formally charged

A criminal complaint charging former Great Bend High School track coach Todd Eric Kaiser with one count of sexual exploitation of a child was filed Thursday, Feb. 2, in Barton County District Court. The defendant was arrested June 6, 2016, and posted a $50,000 surety bond, which remains in effect.

February 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: A Bough for Bonnie the Black Bear

Bonnie, the Black Bear at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, received a new piece of furniture Monday when DJ's Tree Service delivered the remains of a huge maple tree. Because the City of Great Bend does not own a crane, Stone Sand Company donated use of the crane that lifted the hollow tree trunk over the fence and dropped it into the exhibit.

February 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BOE honors Patty Vratil

Thursday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting ended with a surprise for long-time employee Patty Vratil, who serves as clerk of the school board. She was given an "Award of Excellence" in honor of her 36 years of employment with the district.

January 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Love is all around

The death of actress Mary Tyler Moore this week had Americans remembering beloved TV characters and a woman with great talent. In the 1960s she played Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and in the '70s she was spunky Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

January 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Old dorms to become PE classrooms

Some of the oldest student housing units at Barton Community College will be converted into space for physical education classes such as dance, yoga, Zumba and karate. The BCC Board of Trustees met Tuesday and accepted the only bid submitted to replace the roof on "housing units 3 and 4" and tear out the interior of the facility.

January 24, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


BCC addresses poor nursing scores

A report on how Barton Community College instills "Work Preparedness" in students shows only 44 percent of last year's nursing students passed the state ...

April 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KS Supreme Court denies appeal for Miller

The Kansas Supreme Court has denied LaVeta Miller's request for a review of her convictions for stealing money earmarked for Honor Flights for U ...

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge to plea to 2016 burglaries

In 2016, Kerry Partridge Jr. allegedly broke into several homes and sheds in Barton County, taking guns, tools and more.

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Poverty Simulation

Last October, Great Bend eighth graders took part in a simulation of adult life: caring for children, paying bills and dealing with unexpected emergencies at ...

April 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC report highlights administrative projects

Software purchases at Barton Community College used to represent major expenses requiring the approval of the Board of Trustees. Nowadays, the cost of software has ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow - photos

Some of the art on display at the Barton County Historical Society is shown here.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow

Great Bend children in grades K-8 can see their works of art on display this month at the Barton County Historical Society. The annual Watching ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Egg-less Easter candy hunts are Saturday

It's a Kodak Moment: Watching a toddler stoop to gather a brightly colored egg from a clump of grass and place it into a ...

April 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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