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​A vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Smith, Piper join Rec Commission

There were two new faces at Monday's Great Bend Recreation Commission board meeting. Sandy Smith joined the board of directors, filling the position previously held by Dr. Mary Misegadis, whose term of office expired Dec. 31, 2014.

January 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Woman who killed baby nephew in 1998 up for parole

Nearly 17 years after 5-month old Lance Jasper died as the result of shaken impact syndrome, his killer may be released on parole. The Prisoner Review board will hold a parole hearing in February for Lance's aunt, Crystal J. Jasper, now 36 years old.

January 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Thin ice

Recently, Great Bend Police officers were notified that someone was trying to skate on Veterans Memorial Lake. Bad idea.

January 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Man arrested after woman texts she was kidnapped

A rural Great Bend man was in custody Tuesday afternoon after a woman sent a text message that she'd been kidnapped. The 43-year-old man was stopped in Ellis County by the Kansas Highway Patrol and arrested on outstanding warrants. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the suspect had been transported back to the Barton County Jail and the county attorney's office was reviewing the case Wednesday afternoon to see if new charges should be filed stemming from Tuesday's incident.

January 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Imagination Playground

The cold weather on Wednesday made it the perfect day for an indoor activity. Great Bend Recreation Commission obliged by setting up its Imagination Playground inside the GBRC Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

January 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Legislators host coffee before heading to Topeka

ELLINWOOD - The 2015 session of the Kansas Legislature begins Monday, Jan. 12. Freshman Rep. J. Basil Dannebohm (R-Ellinwood) hosted an early Legislative Coffee on Tuesday at the new Gather Coffee House, located at 19 Main St. in Ellinwood. In addition to Dannebohm, Representative of the 113th District, Sen. Mitch Holmes, (R-St. John), spoke at the coffee.

January 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Firefighters kept busy by dryers

Great Bend Firefighters were dipatched three times Friday when people saw steam coming from dryer vents and thought it was smoke. Although these were all basically false alarms, at least one potential fire hazard was revealed, Chief Mike Napolitano said.

January 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Honor Flights: Korean War vets visit memorials

Mike VanCampen doesn't know how many World War II veterans are living in Kansas, but he continues to hear from them. As president of the Kansas Honor Flight program, VanCampen routinely schedules expense-paid trips so that veterans can see their war memorials in Washington, D.C.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


More gun show photos

The Gun and Knife Show continues Sunday at Expo I.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​New Year’s Tradition: Gun and Knife Show

Expo I was the scene Saturday for the fourth annual gun and knife show in Great Bend. Spokesman Anthony Lutz said the show sponsored by RK Shows Inc. will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo prepares for Spidey’s 50th birthday

Spidey, the spider monkey at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will turn 50 years old this month. Spidey is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


ENERGY OF LIFE

The tai chi classes Dee Krier teaches for the Great Bend Recreation Commission defy the conventional wisdom of American fitness gurus. While Westerners tend to "burn" energy and use phrases such as "No pain, no gain," Eastern philosophy sees energy as life giving. "You use it to create more energy," she said.

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo director proud of accomplishments

Five years ago, the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo was at a turning point. Scott Gregory was the new zoo director, charged with improving the facility's safety and moving toward accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Stolen trailer ditched after citizen follows thieves

CLAFLIN - A rural Barton County man who was on his way to work saw a suspicious pickup leaving the Claflin Lumber Yard around 6 a.m. Monday and decided he would follow. As a result, a stolen solar panel and a stolen trailer were recovered, according to Barton County Undersheriff Bruce Green.

December 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Thexton named USD 428 Superintendent

Khris Thexton will become the next superintendent of Great Bend USD 428, effective July 1. The school board met Thursday and voted unanimously to promote ...

March 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rain Dance

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Much-needed moisture saves crops

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rainfall totals

Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 maintains 10 weather stations throughout the district, which includes portions of Barton, Edwards, Kiowa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice ...

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Panther events rescheduled

Great Bend's baseball and softball games postponed by rain have been rescheduled.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Prep Sports


BCC lowers tuition for out-of-state students

Tuition for out-of-state students at Barton Community College will be the same as tuition for in-state students - a reduction of $31 per credit hour - starting ...

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Family Crisis Center gets van

As excited as JoAnn Wondra was about the Family Crisis Center receiving a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, she can't show the ...

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GB River Rats remove trash on Ark River

A group of all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts who enjoy riding four-wheelers along the Arkansas River spent a recent weekend picking up tons of trash.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A gift from BOCK

Donita Wolf, manager of Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, second from the left, accepts a $730 check from Rae Ann Brack, president of the Bikers ...

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Peterson eligible for parole hearing

A former Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility inmate now in prison at Lansing, Michael Douglas Peterson, is eligible for a parole hearing in June.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


JCPenney closing after 90+ years in Great Bend

Great Bend will soon lose its JCPenney department store at 1500 Kansas Ave.

March 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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