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Public invited to meet new animals at Zoo Society meeting

Brit Spaugh Zoo will introduce its newest animals, including two baby chinchillas, during the Great Bend Zoological Society's annual meeting, set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Zoo & Raptor Center, 2123 Main. There will also be refreshments and about 20 door prizes to give away – and you don't have to be a member to attend, said Joe Cannon, president of the Zoo Society.

September 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Coats ready for giveaway

After weeks of collecting coats, Trinity United Methodist Church is ready to conclude its Community Coat Redistribution project.

September 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Big Brother is Watching

Security cameras are everywhere. If you look for them, you can often see them – keeping an eye on places where people gather. Our banks, businesses, offices and schools – not to mention student housing – are under surveillance.

September 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Donors help with new BCC scoreboard

Barton Community College Cougar fans will see a new scoreboard in the BCC Gymnasium this fall, and none to soon, according to Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman.

September 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Windows broken in Great Bend

Great Bend residents awoke Saturday morning to find broken windows at various locations. In many cases, reports show vehicle windows were shot with BBs.

September 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Tree Board mulls Argonne Forest project

The trees are there, but most people don't see the forest on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. Now the Great Bend Tree Board is in the budding stages of a project to "rejuvenate, restore and refurbish" the area known as the Argonne Forest.

September 21, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Christian rock tour coming to Great Bend

Three Christian rock bands with the Small Town America Tour – along with one regional band – will perform Saturday at Great Bend's First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road.

September 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Cheerful giving

It's been said that God loves a cheerful giver, but there's nothing wrong with being a smart giver as well. One way to know that a donation is being used for the intended purpose is to give locally.

September 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Forging ahead

Telling the story of Barton County requires good information, and sharing information helps spread the word. Now the Barton County Historical Society and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center are working together to share information about Cheyenne Bottoms.

September 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Gray's Studio receives $75,000 restoration grant

ST. JOHN - Plans to restore the historic Gray's Photography Studio in St. John took a leap forward last week when the state arts commission awarded a $75,000 grant to the non-profit group in charge of the project.

September 18, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Artifacts come to light at historical society

The newest building at the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village won't be open to the public, but it makes room for more artifacts to be seen by visitors, Museum Director Beverly Komarek said.

September 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Summer Fun

Labor Day may be the unofficial end of summer, but in fact autumn is more than a week away.

September 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC working on new website

Barton County Community College will roll out a new website by the end of the year, according to the college's webmaster, Samantha Stueder.

September 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Det. Terry Millard goes 10-7

In police lingo, code 7-10 means "out of service." That's where Great Bend Detective Terry Millard will be after this week. Millard is retiring after 23 years with the Great Bend Police Department and more than 30 years in law enforcement.

September 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


GBRC promotes Stroller Walks with free T-shirts

Parents with young children and strollers can get fit and receive a free T-shirt by signing up for Stroller Walks and attending an orientation meeting this month, according to Megan Hammeke at the Great Bend Recreation Commission.

September 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Drug suspect arrested

Eugene Black, Great Bend, was arrested Wednesday morning at the Highland Hotel, 3017 10th St., on drug charges.

July 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Founding ideas - Quotes for the 4th of July

In honor of Independence Day, here are some quotes from our Founding Fathers - and one Founding Mother.

July 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Jamaican con artists calling area residents

Unless you know someone in Jamaica, there's probably no reason to answer a telephone call from the 876 area code.

July 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Controlled burns blow out of control

Blowing embers caused two controlled fires in burn pits to spread on Tuesday, requiring assistance from the Great Bend Fire Department, Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

July 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Several burglaries reported Tuesday

Purses and wallets were reportedly stolen from vehicles this week in Great Bend.

July 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: Fox babies here for short time

A skulk of foxes can be seen at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Riley, Park schools get Chromebooks

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.

June 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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


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