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Chapman pleads not guilty to first degree murder

Jeffrey Wade Chapman entered a plea of "not guilty" to first degree murder, during his arraignment Friday in Barton County District Court. Chapman, 31, of Pawnee Rock, is charged with the intentional, premeditated murder of Damon Galyardt on Nov. 11 or early Nov. 12, 2011.

November 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

DOUBLE FEATURE: Two community plays open Thursday

Theater lovers have their choice of two comedy productions this week in Great Bend. Students in the theater department at Barton Community College have produced "Harry's Hotter at Twilight," and Great Bend Community Theater is presenting "Drinking Habits." The curtains on both plays go up Thursday.

November 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The first time someone threw a baseball into the metal door at Barton Community College's Kirkman Center, it may have been an accident. But today, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs has dozens of photos of damaged walls, heavy vinyl curtains, and the aforementioned door, all of them pocked or broken from the hundreds of baseballs, softballs and soccer balls that have been hurled without a thought or care about the damage being done.

November 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Trustees discuss Kirkman use

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees discussed "several personnel matters" during a special meeting held Thursday afternoon, board chairman Mike Johnson said.

November 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Children’s author visits Great Bend

A published children's author with ties to Great Bend is in town this week, visiting relatives and reading to children.

November 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

‘Rookie’ Edmonds wins again

Great Bend's John Edmonds will again be Representative of the state's 112th district, after pulling in 71 percent of the votes Tuesday night in Barton County. Unofficial final totals from the Barton County Clerk's Office showed the Republican with 6,528 votes. Democratic challenger Steve Muehleisen received 2,505 votes, or 27 percent. There were also 132 write-in votes. At the end of October, Great Bend Republican Frank McKinney announced he was running as a write-in candidate.

November 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Church closes its doors for day to honor persecuted Christians

A video on YouTube shows a crime scene tape across the front door of Great Bend's Grace Community Church, and its pastors, including the Rev. Jay Beuoy, being locked up in jail cells.

November 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Great Bend natives taste success

Two Great Bend High School graduates now living in Chicago, Ill., can be seen next week on cable television's Travel Channel.

November 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Good job

Great Bend loves holidays.

November 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Three local candidates miss deadline

Three candidates for county office missed Monday's deadline to file reports of their pre-general election receipts and expenditures reports at the Barton County Clerk's Office. But they'll all get a second chance.

October 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

State candidates release spending records

The Democratic candidate for Representative of the state's 112th District listed exactly five donations on his last campaign finance report.

October 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

McKinney annoucnes write-in bid for Legislature

Great Bend resident Frank McKinney on Monday declared himself a write-in candidate for the 112th District Kansas House of Representatives. Republican John Edmonds and Democrat Steve Muehleisen, both from Great Bend, are on the ballot. McKinney said he is a moderate Republican who represents a choice, especially within his own party.

October 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Candidates file finance reports

In recent weeks Barton County Sheriff candidate Brian Bellendir has outspent Sheriff Gregory Armstrong, who is running as a write-in candidate, but Armstrong has collected more campaign contributions.

October 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Election Day

Election Day is Nov. 6, but a good number of Americans have already cast their ballots. On Thursday, Barack Obama became the first sitting president to take advantage of early voting. His wife voted earlier in the month.

October 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Police: $100,00 stolen from RC&D; director arrested

The director of Central Prairie RC&D was arrested Thursday on a warrant for two counts of theft by deception. LaVeta Miller was booked into the Barton County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 cash or surety bond.

October 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

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Changes seen as positive at USD 428

School board members met three new instructional coaches during a luncheon meeting Thursday at Park Elementary School. Principal Phil Heeke introduced English Language Arts (ELA ...

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Testing, testing

It was 2002 when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into Law. By 2005, some states were willing to give up federal ...

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

KWEC Education Day photos

Photos taken Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's annual education day for area second graders.

September 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Kids explore Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Area children didn't have to travel far on Wednesday for a field trip to a national treasure. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center on K-156 ...

September 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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