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Wetlands offers Bark at the Water Park

This Saturday is the last day for humans to take a dip in the city pool this summer, but on Sunday the Wetlands Aquatic Center will be open to canines. The Wetlands will host its annual Bark at the Water Park from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per dog, with proceeds going toward upkeep of the dog park within Veterans Memorial Park, according to Parks Director Terry Hoff.

August 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


​‘Oozefest’ planned for Party in the Park

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's contribution to next month's Party in the Park will be a mud volleyball tournament on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. GBRC Director Diann Henderson said the Rec Commission's new Imagination Station will also be featured at the event planned for Sept. 21.

August 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo’s black bear dies Sunday

Clyde, the male black bear at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, has died.

August 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Green Cards

We often hear of jobs in this country that only immigrant workers are willing to do, for the most part. There are also some jobs where there is a shortage of Americans who are qualified to do the work.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Mill levy unchanged in college budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved next year's budget, which calls for no increase in the mill levy.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


College growing online

The continued growth of online education has swelled enrollments at Barton Community College, school administrators report.

August 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Ignore 'The View'

ABC is putting the lives of children at risk by choosing model/actress Jenny McCarthy as a cohost for its morning television program, "The View." McCarthy has publicly touted her belief that vaccinations are dangerous and caused her son to develop autism. She's part of a vocal group spreading that dangerously misinformed word. By giving her the status of cohost on a national network program, more people will learn her opinion, and more will accept it as an option. Some will make the mistake of not immunizing their children.

August 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: Clyde the bear is on the mend

Just four weeks ago, things were not looking good for Clyde, the male black bear at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. He was in poor health at the time, but after a surgery performed by Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the zoo, Director Scott Gregory said he hopes Clyde will be with the zoo for many years.

July 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Immunizations needed before school starts

Kids may not be thinking about going back to school, but this is a good time to get caught up on required immunizations, according to officials at the Barton County Health Department.

July 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


LaVeta Miller trial postponed

The court-appointed attorney for the woman accused for stealing more than $100,000 in funds earmarked for trips for World War II veterans filed a motion to withdraw from the case, but on Monday agreed to continue representing LaVeta Dianne Miller.

July 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Suspect pleads to indecent liberties

A man charged with sex crimes involving a 14-year-old victim appeared in Barton County District Court Monday and entered a plea of "no contest" to one count of indecent liberties with a child. Randall Scott Daubert was found guilty of the charge after Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews offered an affidavit as evidence. He did not state the evidence, noting the sensitive nature of the case. District Judge Ron Svaty found Daubert guilty and ordered a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI).

July 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stomach Bug Scare

Kansas is one of 11 states, at last count, where nearly 300 people have been hit by a mysterious stomach bug that surprised the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These people have been diagnosed with a cyclospora infection, which comes from a parasite most often found in tropical or subtropical countries. According to the Associated Press, this type of infection has been linked to imported fresh produce in the past.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


College publishes budget; extends president contract

The 2013-14 budget for Barton Community College will include a 5 percent increase in the amount allocated for faculty salaries, and 2.5 percent more for staff, college officials said Thursday. It's expected to require the same tax rate as this year's budget – 32.713 mills.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Catastrophe coaching

Great Bend firefighters faced an unusual rescue situation Thursday when a car smashed into the back of a school bus. Even though it was a training scenario and not an actual catastrophe, the learning experience was authentic.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Koch named education coordinator at zoo

When Amber Koch is doing an animal program at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, she likes for audience members to "get their hands dirty."

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


​BCC mill levy could go up

Keeping the swimming pool in operation at Barton Community College is likely to require an increase in the mill levy, but it won't be the only reason for a possible increase, college trustees said Wednesday.

May 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees approve plan to maintain pool

A plan to maintain the Barton Community College swimming pool for the foreseeable future received unanimous support Wednesday from the BCC Board of Trustees.

May 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Good attendance gets wheels

The staff at Riley Elementary School had a dilemma; local donors were providing four bikes to give away for perfect attendance, but the school had five students who never missed a day of school, showed up late or left early. So, the staff pitched in and purchased a fifth bike.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC considers welding program

Barton Community College may add a basic welding program to its course lineup before the end of 2015.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Show support: Honor vets with better care

Memorial Day is a good time to honor our veterans, and not just those who are deceased.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Celebrating a century

SEWARD - The Most Rev. John Balthasar Brungardt, bishop of the diocese of Dodge City, will officiate the Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Bishop Brungardt will also install a first-class relic of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC: Pool could close without tax increase

Barton Community College trustees discussed the future of the college's swimming pool during their May study session on Thursday. Board Chairman Mike Johnson said they need to vote on the issue at the May 28 business meeting, but whatever the board decides is sure to make someone unhappy.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff talks about conceal carry law

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told a civic group Wednesday he has "concerns" about the state's new concealed carry legislation. Starting July 1, it will be legal for most people to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas, with or without a permit.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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