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GBRC director shares playground ideas

This story was updated on May 13.

May 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Crime Stoppers boosts effort to find information on Rhiannon Young death

Nearly 6 months after the death of Rhiannon Marie Young, the police investigation seemed to have stalled. Now Crime Stoppers of Great Bend-Barton County is trying something new - reaching out to the public with posts on social media.

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


4 Pinocchios: Huelskamp's ACA whopper

Recent comments by Kansas 1st District Congressman Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act earned him a "Four Pinocchios" rating in a Washington Post feature called "The Fact Checker."

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC accepting Camp Aldrich cleanup bids

Bid requests for the job of cleaning up the site of the Camp Aldrich dining hall were sent Monday, Barton Community College officials learned Thursday. The college owns the conference center located between Claflin and Cheyenne Bottoms. The dining hall and its basement were destroyed by fire on April 12, and bids for demolition of are being accepted until May 22.

May 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Crime Stoppers awards cash, prizes

Often, board members of Barton County's Crime Stoppers don't know who is getting their money. That wasn't the case Tuesday night.

May 07, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Soprano enjoys operatic success at BCC

At the end of Jessica Perez's vocal recital last Friday at Barton Community College, following the last notes of Verdi's "Caro Nome," an appreciative audience gave the soprano a standing ovation - and then the audience sang to her. The song was "Happy Birthday," in honor of her 23rd birthday.

May 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire started in pickup

Editor's note: This story was updated on May 6 to clarify the victim's relationship with his ex-wife. She was at his house but does not live there.

May 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​College trustees to tour Planetarium, dorm

The trustees of Barton Community College will tour the remodeled Planetarium this week.

May 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Men In Red: High heel relay helps raise awareness

Once again, Great Bend men answered the question, "Are You Man Enough?" by putting on high heels and walking or running down Main Street to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


National Day of Prayer observed in Great Bend

The prayers of Great Bend Christians were joined with the faithful around the United States on Thursday, for the National Day of Prayer. About two dozen people met in the courthouse square at noon to offer prayers for the government, military, schools, media, businesses, churches and families in the community, state and nation. They concluded with a prayerful walk around the square.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Dancing in high heels

It's possible that everyone reading this knows a woman who's been the victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse.

May 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Animals are on the move

Two animals born at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo are headed to the National Zoo at Washington, D.C.

April 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC trustees vote to rebuild Camp Aldrich dining hall

Barton Community College intends to rebuild the Camp Aldrich Dining Facility that was destroyed by fire on April 12. The dining hall, including the basement, which served as a storm shelter, was a total loss.

April 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


'Wichita' to be shown at Crest Theater

"Wichita," a Western/thriller motion picture filmed in Kansas, will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, at the Crest Theater in Great Bend. Admission is $10 and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

April 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Cinco de Mayo celebration set for Saturday, May 3

This year's Cinco de Mayo celebration for Great Bend will take place Saturday, May 3, in the courthouse square. Once again, the celebration will start with an 11 a.m. parade that starts at Brit Spaugh Park and proceeds south on Main Street to the courthouse square.

April 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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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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