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Barton will add wrestling next year

Barton Community College will add wrestling to its list of sports in 2015-2016, a decision made official at Thursday's Board of Trustees meeting. Board members also learned that Barton has landed a five-year contract with the Kansas Department of Agriculture – Weights and Measurements Division to offer training for scales technicians.

October 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Tree Board makes Argonne Forest a priority

The Great Bend Tree Board recently added 10 trees to the Argonne Forest on the north edge of Veterans Memorial Park, with plans to plant more in the spring, according to Charles Waknitz, chairman of the organization.

October 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Virus scare

Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider was scheduled to speak at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis, but had to cancel when a patient with the Ebola virus died in Texas. While Schneider sat in on a national preparedness teleconference with the White House and Centers for Disease Control, Melissa Hagerman, immunization nurse at the county health department, took her place at the Kiwanis meeting.

October 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Local churches celebrate fall with family fun

Family friendly Halloween costumes and treats can be found at area churches. Others have announced fall festivals.

October 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Judgement House

Sometimes, the decisions we make have eternal consequences. That is the premise behind Judgement House, a walk-through gospel presentation with an edge. Once again, First Church of the Nazarene in Great Bend is offering Judgement House as an alternative to Halloween haunted houses.

October 21, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Ag profits, losses affect local economy

Editor's note: With the increased use of railroad transportation for other purposes, there could be fewer train cars available to haul farm crops from area grain elevators to their final destinations. This potential shortage comes at a bad time for Kansas farmers who are in the midst of multiple fall harvests, including milo, corn and soybeans. In this four-part series, the Great Bend Tribune will explore the potential impact of this looming problem. Part two considers the economic impact of agriculture on the local economy.

October 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Halloween season starts Saturday

It's official: Great Bend has extended Halloween from a single night to two weekends of costuming and candy.

October 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Setting the scene

The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.

October 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Kilby was here

When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.

October 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


No sale

Paying property taxes has something in common with baseball.

October 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Thursday through Sunday

THURSDAY, Oct. 16

October 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Breakfast Briefing


Job Search: Employers mentor prospects for a day

More than three dozen area residents spent Wednesday learning about job opportunities first-hand. The event was Disability Mentoring Day, but participants focused on their abilities as they spent time with employers throughout the community.

October 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


BCSO thwarts another burglary in progress

Three arrests were made Saturday night after someone reported a burglary in progress at the Rand Mobile Home Park, 5540 Second St., south of Great Bend.

October 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Rosewood Riders show their ability

The 10th Rosewood Rodeo drew a crowd to Expo III on Saturday, showcasing the riding abilities of more than 40 riders with developmental disabilities.

October 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Rolling Sculputure

For those who love the artistic lines of a classic car or truck, vintage vehicles are nothing short of rolling sculptures. With that in mind, the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village held an open house Saturday, and invited car buffs to display their collections.

October 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Come together

This spring an article three years in the making appeared in The Atlantic magazine. James Fallows wrote that while most Americans believe we are headed ...

June 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Baseball expert to speak in Great Bend, McCracken

McCRACKEN - Baseball historian Phil Dixon will speak at the McCracken Community Building at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26. The public is invited to ...

June 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton fends off dark web attacks

Barton Community College has faced its share of cyber-threats, including an attack last November that cost more than $30,000 to clean up, Dean of ...

June 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton: Check from county is late

Barton Community College's Dean of Administration Mark Dean said Tuesday that a tax payment of "a couple million" dollars from the Barton County Treasurer ...

June 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A voice for ag in Washington

Each year, more than 150 farmers and ranchers from across Kansas participate in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


PCHS continues to help furry friends

From the outside, the Pawnee County Humane Society – 2 miles west of Larned on Eighth Street – could pass for a modern country home. Inside, the ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Fans saying ‘na na na’

Larned native Jonathan Tabler can currently be seen on an H&R Block television commercial. He's one of two cowboys who talk about filing ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Pawnee Annie observes small-town progress

"I am having such a good time with this opportunity to write."

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


CPA talks about avoiding tax identity theft

On Feb. 19, one of Barry Bowers's tax clients received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service. Someone else had attempted to use that ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Commerce & Finance


Add Social Security options to retirement financial planning

Financial Advisor Diane Sauber at Waddell & Reed knows that Social Security income is an important piece in many individuals' plans to retirement.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Commerce & Finance


Historical Society holds annual meeting

Some 3,000 people visited the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village in 2015, Executive Director Beverly Komarek reported at the annual meeting in ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Community


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