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Fair sponsors add free fun for all

Berny Unruh was a shoe-in at the Red Shoe Kick, Wednesday at the Barton County Fair. The Barton County K-State Extension agent suggested the friendly game for the 4-H Youth Rally on the official opening day of the fair.

July 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Two dozen fire calls made in Great Bend on the Fourth of July

Great Bend Fire Department handled more than two dozen fire calls on the Fourth of July.

July 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


CrossPoint taking youths to Worlds of Fun

CrossPoint Church's youth group will travel to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo., at the conclusion of vacation Bible school, youth pastor Randy Mills said. In addition to that, a Christian rap singer will come to Great Bend.

July 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Religion


10 and Under Tennis comes to Great Bend

Dustin Weeler isn't out to create the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams, but he is introducing tennis to some very young players. During one of his recent sessions at Club 1 Fitness, the tennis instructor's students were all under 10 - and the youngest was 3 years old.

July 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Not a hate group?

Westboro Baptist Church is officially not a hate group, the Obamma Administration said this week.

July 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Burned duplex was a place of hope

When fire gutted a duplex at 8th and Hickory Street Monday afternoon, it destroyed more than a building.

July 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


J and D Raceway shut down by acts of vandalism

Someone broke into the building at J and D Raceway on Tuesday, set fire to paper towels and threw feces around in the bathroom. Great Bend Police are investigating the case as arson, estimating damage at $350.

July 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo news: Cleanup continues following thunderstorm

The effects of last week's thunderstorm can still be seen at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Homemade explosives lead to arrest

The Wichita Police Department's bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were called to the Highland Hotel after homemade explosive devices were found late Friday. A Great Bend man allegedly threw one at a man, but it didn't go off.

July 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Fires damage homes in Great Bend

A rental house and a duplex were damaged Monday in separate fires, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. No on was injured.

July 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County Historical Society completes sign project

Great Bend artist Chet Cale said he's thrilled that his latest work faces paintings by internationally famous Charles B. Rogers, who became known as "The Kansan." Cale's bas relief sculpture at the Barton County Historical Society is all about central Kansas.

June 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Still needed: Voting Rights Act isn't obsolete

The Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to strike down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, reasoning it is no longer needed in these more enlightened times. The law was created to prevent discrimination against racial minorities wanting to vote.

June 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


BCC trustees award bid for practice building

Brentwood construction company of Great Bend won the bid to build a practice building for Barton Community College for $362,990.

June 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Library hosts outdoor water fun

The Great Bend Public Library was no place for reading Wednesday afternoon, at least not outside where water games were going on. The children's department offered outdoor water games, starting with a water balloon toss.

June 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Arts Council returning to its roots

Anyone who wants a voice in the future of art in Barton County is invited to attend the Barton County Arts Council's annual meeting, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at the Arts Center, located at 1401 Main in Great Bend. It's free and open to the public.

June 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Club 1 Fitness plays to its strengths

The staff at Club 1 Fitness, 3806 Broadway, are here to help make 2016 the best year yet for health-minded members of the community.

February 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Business


​School volunteers recognized

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed recently voiced his thanks for the "scores of volunteers" who donate time to USD 428 learning centers every year.

February 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bad bills

A bill that would remove gifted children from the realm of special education was introduced in the Kansas Legislature on Monday.

February 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Aldrich dining hall nearly completed

The new Dining and Events Center at Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich should be finished by the end of this month, Dean of Administration ...

February 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School board approves 2016-2017 calendar

Next year's calendar for Great Bend USD 428 schools will be similar to this year's, but the winter break will be two days ...

February 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


100 GBCT productions

Great Bend Community Theatre's first play was "Night Watch," which opened in November of 1982 at Roosevelt Junior High School.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘The Kitchen Witches’ is a wicked funny treat

Great Bend Community Theatre's 100th production is "The Kitchen Witches," winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights contest.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tell Them

If you think consolidating rural school districts down to one per county is a bad idea, be sure to let your Kansas legislators know.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Health Equipped

Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC adds safety alerts

Barton Community College has purchased two mobile phone applications for improved campus safety.

February 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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