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Chromebooks purchased for most students

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education approved two major purchases Thursday for its One-To-One technology initiative. These purchases will allow the district to issue a Chromebook mobile laptop computer to every student in grades 2-12 this fall.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Suspects told officers Aron Villegas wanted to fight

Law enforcement officers' testimony on Wednesday and Thursday suggests a motive for the events that led to the death of 23-year-old Aron Villegas on Nov. 15, 2015.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge asked to dismiss murder charges

Preliminary hearings for three men charged with first-degree murder and other felonies concluded Thursday morning in Barton County District Court, but Magistrate Judge Don Alvord won't make a ruling until later this month.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Dorothy Morrison’s legacy

The Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation has provided many generous gifts to Great Bend over the years. This year the community has been blessed more than once.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Burglary victim didn’t tell cops he shot Aron Villegas

Sterling Mills said he shot Aron Villegas in self defense the night Villegas and others broke into his Great Bend home at 1801 Eighth St. and beat him up. But when Mills called police about the burglary he didn't mention shooting anyone.

March 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Maker space: Children learn skills in library craft area

Each week, Great Bend Public Library offers children in grades 1-6 a chance to create something during Maker Space Monday. The hour-long program starts at 1 p.m. in the children's area known at the maker space.

March 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

March 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Population loss

The U.S. Census Bureau shows that Kansas's population increased by 2 percent from 2010-12015, but that isn't the case for most of the Golden Belt.

March 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Library sees utility savings with geothermal

The geothermal heating and air conditioning system installed in the Great Bend Public Library building at the end of 2014 may never pay for itself, but it has resulted in lower utility costs. At Monday's Library Board meeting, GBPL Director Harry Willems shared month-by-month fees for gas and electricity for both years, showing a net savings of $6,823.

March 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC tuition going up this fall

A $4 increase in tuition rates this fall looks a lot like last year's increase at Barton Community College.

March 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City accepts two major gifts for zoo

Bison are returning to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, and the bears are getting a larger home with its own swimming pool.

March 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Museum celebrates women, black history

The Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum was originally conceived as a tribute to "man on the plains," but the current exhibit pays tribute to women. There also an exhibit dedicated to African Americans with ties to Barton County.

March 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Incivility

In January of 2012 Jonathan Merritt, an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics, commented on "the most negative election in U.S. history."

March 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Area ​GOP caucus results county by county

Kansas Presidential caucuses were held on Saturday, March 5. Here are the area GOP caucus results county by county. Party officials reported Monday they are currently counting absentee and provisional ballots which will be added to the total.

March 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kudos given to Great Bend students

Jefferson Elementary Principal Art Baker introduced Jordan Brough to the USD 428 Board of Education on Tuesday, where he was recognized for winning this year's local spelling bee.

March 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Education


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Jose Luis Chavez, 1957-2018

GREAT BEND -- Jose Luis Chavez, 60, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Wichita.

June 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Obituaries


Prairie Godmothers announce community service event

The Prairie Godmothers will help Catholic Charities restock its "dry goods" panty at its Great Bend location, 2201 16th St. Current Prairie Godmothers and those ...

June 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton rolls out new online schedule

Barton Community College hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday morning, June 7, to celebrate its new online course schedule.

June 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


No Cake Walk

A divided Supreme Court on Monday absolved a Colorado baker of discrimination for refusing to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple, ruling ...

June 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Neighborhood Tiger

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe is alive and well at the Public Broadcasting System, now as an animated children's program called "Daniel Tiger's ...

June 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Swans disappear from Vets Lake

Three of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo's young swans are missing from Veterans Memorial Park. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin is asking anyone with ...

June 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge: ‘No smoking gun’ in emails

Judge dismisses motion to recuse prosecutor

June 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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