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Think Small: Little Free Libraries boost reading and sharing

August 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Think Small: Little Free Libraries boost reading and sharing

At first glance, the wooden boxes popping up in Barton County might be mistaken for a new version of Great Bend's big, decorative "bird houses." But these structures have something inside - books - all free for the taking.

August 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dream Center changing lives

Great Bend's Central Kansas Dream Center, located in the former Roosevelt School at 2100 Broadway Ave., is all about "reaching hurting people, restoring families (and) realizing dreams." Director Kimberly Becker recently spoke at a Noon Kiwanis meeting and described the ministries at the site, along with plans for growth.

July 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Hate crimes

Great Bend residents routinely call the police to report that their cars or garages have been splattered with eggs or paint balls, and usually they're advised to wash everything off and call back if there was any actual damage. Sadly, vandals took it up a notch this week by writing racial slurs on the vehicles of a black family.

July 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Police continue probe after shots fired at car

The .40 caliber bullet holes in Chrystal Wilson's 2002 Ford Taurus are proof that shots were fired. The Great Bend Police Department is still sorting out what actually happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 1318 Macarthur Road.

July 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Three fake $100s turned in to police

Great Bend's Burger King is out $300 and the Great Bend Police Department received three counterfeit $100 bills this week.

July 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Akings, Lebbin spend most money on primary

Dean Akings has outspent incumbent Jennifer Schartz in the Republican primary election for Barton County Commissioner representing District 5. In District 4's Republican primary, incumbent Ken Lebbin has outspent the challenger, Alicia D. (Schartz) Straub.

July 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Gunfire leads to two arrests

Two Great Bend men were taken to jail early Sunday after shots were fired at 1318 Macarthur Road. Dennis Morrison was initially booked on a charge of attempted first-degree murder and Jacob Keenan was booked on charges of aggravated burglary and criminal threat, although further investigation led to lesser charges for both men.

July 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Hudson Chicken Ride part of annual celebration

HUDSON - The Hudson community in Stafford County will hold its annual Chicken Ride, Turkey Trot or Not, and Ham & Jam this Saturday, Aug. 2.

July 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Library holds huge food fight

The spaghetti was flying - as was the ketchup, mustard, whipped cream and Hawaiian Punch - Friday afternoon on the lawn of the Great Bend Public Library.

July 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Courthouse will be open Saturday, Aug. 2

The Barton County Courthouse will be open Saturday for anyone wishing to vote in the primary election, County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said. The courthouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including over the noon hour.

July 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Trustees publish FY-15 budget

Even with a cut in state aid expected, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't ask local property owners for more tax money in Fiscal Year 2015, Barton's Dean of Administration Mark Dean said Thursday.

July 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Breaking Ground: Expanding health centers a plus

The announcement that the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend will be redesigned and expanded is welcome news.

July 24, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


The Magic of Science

Dan Dan the Magic Man can stretch a piece of chewing gum about 12 feet and make a live rabbit appear in an empty cage. But magician Dan Heath's greatest trick may be the way he can hold the attention of a young audience for the better part of an hour.

July 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Teen Towers

Teens continue to enjoy science-themed activities during the Great Bend Public Library's "Spark a Reaction" summer program. On Tuesday, two boys and two girls showed up at the library's Teen Spot for a building contest using spaghetti and miniature marshmallows.

July 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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USD 428 online enrollment begins Monday

Parents with students returning to Great Bend USD 428 in August may enroll them online beginning Monday, July 18.

July 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Costly mandates

Complying with federal mandates probably costs Barton Community College $1-2 million a year, college officials learned recently.

July 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Color Day

One day of fun in the sun wasn't enough; Wednesday was Color Day outside the Great Bend Public Library.

July 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC takes steps to stop cheaters

Software that attempts to catch cheaters, and tests that determine college readiness, will have a negative effect on enrollment at Barton Community College, according to ...

July 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zamora up for parole hearing

A man convicted of aggravated kidnapping of a child and two counts of aggravated sodomy in Barton County is eligible for a parole hearing later ...

July 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pay raises, not tax raises, planned at BCC

Barton Community College's board of trustees is considering a budget that will pay for salary increases and a few new jobs, without raising the ...

July 12, 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


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