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Library treats kids to glow party

"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.

July 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman trial on hold pending mental evaluation

Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.

July 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


GBFD thankful for rain before Fourth of July

A fireman's dream is rain on the Fourth of July, said John Stettinger, battalion chief at the Great Bend Fire Department. The next best thing is the series of rains the Golden Belt has experienced leading into the explosive weekend.

July 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Freedom Founders: Celebrating July 4

The Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776, contained words that are astounding more than 200 years later.

July 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Charges filed after undercover beer sales

Three clerks from Great Bend convenience stores that allegedly sold beer to underage consumers on May 16 face misdemeanor charges in Barton County District Court.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Jack Hanna tickets sold out

Tickets for the Barton County appearance of Jack Hanna sold out during the Nex-Tech Zoo Fest in June. Tickets for the October show were offered to the general public for the first time during the event, said Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Community Theatre names new managers

Angela and Wes Meitner of Great Bend believe they have some big shoes to fill as the new managers of Great Bend Community Theatre.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Former foster parent builds A.R.K. for kids, community

Around Great Bend, young people have been spotted doing volunteer work and Acts of Random Kindness. In fact, these youths are part of John Zimmerman's A.R.K. Foundation, a program he created to build character, teach respect and make the world a bit better for everyone.

July 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Meth distribution suspect arrested

Another drug bust was made Friday night as the Barton County Sheriff's Office continues its ongoing efforts to curb methamphetamine trafficking in the county, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

June 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Estamos Aqui exhibit opens with fiesta

For the reception opening the latest Shafer Art Gallery exhibit, Estamos Aqui, the gallery held a fiesta, serving Mexican foods and providing live entertainment.

June 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


FREE WHEELING

There were free bicycles and helmets for children who attended Friday's Great Bend Bicycle Safety Rodeo at Brit Spaugh Park.

June 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Coaches volunteer for sports VBS at Foundry Methodist

This year's vacation Bible school at Foundry Methodist Church in Great Bend is a sports camp with lessons on baseball or softball, basketball, and rifle safety and target shooting. The class is available for children 8-13 years old and is free of charge.

June 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


BCC dorm nearly finished; tuition hike approved for spring

An Aug. 7 open house is being planned so the public can see the new student housing unit at Barton Community College.

June 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Public input sought on bike, pedestrian plan

Representatives of a national planning and design group want to hear from area people who are interested in improving biking or hiking options along the Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway.

June 21, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Worth it

It's hard to measure the value that Barton Community College has on the Golden Belt, but a study commissioned by the college attempts to do just that.

June 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Migration Rally taking late registrations

The conditions are ideal for next weekend's "Great Migration Rally," said Pam Martin at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Organizers have extended the registration ...

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grant County missing person investigation

GRANT COUNTY - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting Grant County law enforcement in its search for a man who went missing earlier this month ...

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Newest AA, NA listings added to Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Ag land values decrease slightly

Agricultural land values in 66 Kansas counties, including all of the Golden Belt, may decrease slightly from property valuations recently sent out, depending on the ...

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thomas to stand trial for murder

Freddie Alec Thomas will stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder for the Sept. 11, 2015, shooting death of Jeremy Alan Saldana outside a ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The Gift

Years ago, cities supposedly designated formal parks which were often named Lafayette Park in honor of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and Washington, D ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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


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