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The Boys in the Bank

The Kansas Legislature's latest attempt to pass a budget seemed doomed from the start.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC trustees fill four positions

A six-month search for Barton Community College's next executive director of institutional advancement ended Thursday when the board of trustees hired Nancy Wiebe of Wichita.

June 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 approves pool lease with BCC

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with Barton Community College. Superintendent Brad Reed said the agreement, in effect, guarantees the school district can continue to use the college's indoor pool for the next 12 years with a $10,000 a year lease.

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​New teachers hired for fall

A summary of items approved Monday by the USD 428 school board:

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Suspect found with stolen boat and motors

A stolen boat was recovered Saturday and a suspect was arrested, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Youth Academy takes teens behind the scenes

Great Bend youths spent most of the day Friday learning what makes the City of Great Bend tick. For the 41st Youth Academy, they visited areas seldom seen, such as the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and places they thought they knew, such as the zoo.

June 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Nex-Tech TV crew visits Great Bend Zoo

Nex-Tech's cable TV show "What's Happening Now" has been highlighting events and attractions in Hays and other parts of western Kansas for several episodes. This past week, host Jenny Leiker and crew visited the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, an attraction Leiker said she has loved since moving to this area. A full 30-minute segment will be dedicated to the zoo.

June 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City Band gives nod to Kansas weather

Steven Lueth knows that the Great Bend City Band's summer concert season is at the mercy of fickle Kansas weather. When the band kicked off its 2015 series a week ago, the concert had to move across the street and indoors, to the comfort of the Crest Theater. This Thursday, music lovers were able to listen outdoors, with the performance in the Moses Band Shell south of the Barton County Courthouse.

June 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Furlough? Legislature need to pass a budget today

The Kansas Legislature, as of Thursday evening, has not passed a 2016 budget. If the situation doesn't change soon, many state employees will go on mandatory, unpaid furloughs at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

June 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Local officers, athletes, carry torch

Local law enforcement officers and members of The Storm Special Olympics team met in front of the Wetlands Waterpark on Wednesday to continue a tradition. They carried the "Flame of Hope," a torch that will light the fire Friday at the 2015 Special Olympics Summer Games at Wichita State University.

June 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Arctic foxes born at zoo

Eight new animals arrived at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo on May 24, surprising even the zookeepers. Arctic fox couple Todd and Vixie have given birth to their first litter.

June 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: Keeper Chats

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, 2123 Main, is staying open longer this summer, and offering daily Keeper Chats, where the public can learn more about the animals. The zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but staying open until 7 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As always, admission is free.

June 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Charges in motorcycle fatalities allege improper safety equipment

The trailer that broke free from a pickup and hit a motorcycle on Great Bend's 10th Street last August, causing the deaths of a Hutchinson couple, did not have an adequate safety chain, according to the criminal complaint filed this week in Barton County District Court. The complaint also alleges the load was not securely fastened.

June 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fourth kidnapping suspect arrested

The fourth suspect in a kidnapping investigation was arrested Monday in Ellinwood, authorities confirmed.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Charges filed in fatal 2014 accident

A Great Bend man has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, in connection with an accident that claimed the lives of a husband and wife riding a motorcycle through Great Bend last August.

June 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Big Benefit Auction photos

Mel and Darnell Holopirek were the Old Bill Honorees at the Barton Community College Foundation's Big Benefit Auction, Saturday, Aug. 22. The event, "A ...

August 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tot Spot to open Saturday

The grand opening of Great Bend's newest playground area, The Tot Spot, is set for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motto Musing

The Barton County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office has added "In God We Trust" decals to its vehicles, and posted a photo on its Facebook page.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Welding Lab bid goes to Great Bend firm

The Welding Certificate program at Barton Community College started this fall, and on Tuesday the BCC Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 10 complete ...

August 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend, Hoisington battle grass fire

A spark from a power line is the suspected cause of a Sunday afternoon fire that scorched grass and trees northeast of Great Bend. The ...

August 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Scukesters celebrate Hawaiian Statehood Day

The musical group The Scukesters had just finished a set at P Lee's Antiques & Memories in Pawnee Rock on Friday afternoon and was headed ...

August 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Inmates scheduled for parole hearings

Three Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties will be considered for parole this fall. The Prisoner Review Board will hold parole ...

August 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New apartments open with all units leased

A project years in the making was realized Thursday with the ribbon cutting on a new apartment complex, The Reserves at Trail Ridge.

August 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New apartments cause for celebration

The fact that 24 new apartments were all leased by the time they became available shows how badly Great Bend needed something like The Reserves ...

August 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Stuff the Bus

Donita Wolf from Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice takes another shopping cart of donated items to a waiting bus, Wednesday afternoon in front of the ...

August 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC Theater: All the drama stays on stage

Barton Community College Theater Director Erin Renard welcomed students to campus Wednesday with an open house in the renovated Fine Arts Auditorium.

August 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Gary Burke chosen as next BCC Trustee

Gary Burke of Great Bend was chosen Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the Barton Community College Board of Trustees.

August 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 celebrates a year of accomplishments

Great Bend USD 428 held a Back-To-School Celebration for its employees last Thursday. Superintendent Brad Reed told them that Kansas educators – and especially those in ...

August 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Excursions offered at biking/walking master plan kickoff

A kickoff presentation is planned for the Barton County Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, 592 NE ...

August 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC Board to choose trustee

There will be a special meeting Tuesday to fill a vacancy on the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. The meeting will start at 4 ...

August 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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