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Phone system may be next school improvement

When Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed needs to talk Great Bend High School Principal Tim Fries on the phone, it's not a direct call. The easiest way to get through is to call an outside line.

August 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College makes good on $900,000 budget cut

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees held a public budget hearing Tuesday, and approved the budget that was published in the Great Bend Tribune at the end of July.

August 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Parent Summit seeks local input on child welfare

Two nonprofit agencies are hosting a Parent Summit this Saturday so parents can share what they think about the child welfare system in Kansas.

August 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Bake sale planned for Shelly LeRoy

Friends and family of Shelly LeRoy will hold a bake sale in front of the Walmart Supercenter, 3503 10th St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 15. LeRoy was mauled by her pit bull on July 31 in her own backyard. The Great Bend woman continues her recovery at Via Christi's St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.

August 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Just Married

This horse-drawn stagecoach was seen around 7 p.m. Monday, turning onto Broadway Ave. from Patton Road. The sign says, "Just Married; Forever starts today, August 10, 2015; Hunter & Anissa."

August 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


OOZEFEST/BARK in PARK photos

Photos take Saturday morning, Aug. 8, at Party in the Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Great Bend.

August 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dog days of summer meets Party in the Park

Great Bend's annual Party in the Park offered a full day of fun in the sun and shade. With a variety of attractions and contests, there was something for everyone in the family - including the family dog.

August 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: ​City seeking zookeeper, greeter

The City of Great Bend website has two job openings listed at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo - for a zookeeper and for a part-time helper at the main building, the Raptor Center. The positions were held by Zookeeper Stacie Hayes, who is moving to Texas, and Gabby Hildalgo, a greeter at the Raptor Center, who plans to become a stay-at-home mom.

August 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Money = Speech

This week a bipartisan congressional committee released its report on a two year investigation of the Internal Revenue Service. According to the Associated Press, the Senate Finance Committee report said management flaws at the IRS contributed to a "dysfunctional culture" that allowed agents to mistreat conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.

August 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Great Bend woman recovering after dog attack

One week after being attacked by the family dog, a Great Bend woman has undergone two surgeries and is recovering at a Wichita hospital. Shelly LeRoy expects to spend the next month or longer at Via Christi - St. Francis Hospital, according to her daughter, Rachel LeRoy.

August 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 parents make transition to online enrollment

The first day of walk-in enrollment for Great Bend High School saw shorter lines than previous years. Principal Tim Fries said many parents had already enrolled their students from home, online.

August 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Trumpeter Swan hatches at Great Bend zoo

There were two Trumpeter Swans at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo until recently. Now there are three.

August 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tax Break

The Barton Community College administration has saved taxpayers a bundle this year by recommending a budget that does not increase the mill levy. Because oil valuations dropped, a 33.124 mill levy – last year's tax rate – will bring in fewer dollars this year - a cut of nearly $900,000.

July 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Staff continues Great Bend Zoo Exodus

The celebration of National Zookeeper Appreciation Week came a week late, and "celebration" may not have been the best word, but the Great Bend Zoological Society treated zoo staff to lunch on Wednesday.

July 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Hearing postponed for man charged in motorcycle fatalities

A preliminary hearing on a Barton County case for two counts of involuntary manslaughter will be rescheduled, at the request of the defense attorney.

July 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


'The Foreigner' returns

The title character of "The Foreigner" doesn't want to talk to anyone during his unwilling stay at a fishing lodge in Georgia. So he ...

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School funding

If public schools across the nation were given report cards, they might come from the Education Week Research Center. Ed Week's Quality Counts 2018 ...

April 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Probable cause found in Kern DUI case

Lafe Kern told paramedic Tony Leeds that he'd taken a handful of Xanax prior to a two-vehicle collision south of Great Bend on Feb ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bellendir requests jury trial

The attorney representing Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir in a misdemeanor case has requested a jury trial and has also asked that the prosecutor be ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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