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Arctic fox arrives at zoo

With her white winter coat, the newest arrival at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo looks ready for Christmas. But it will be several weeks before Vixey, an arctic fox, will move to an enclosure that is open to public viewing, said Marge Bowen, zoo curator.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo News: Eagles treated at Raptor Center

One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.

December 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Adventist Christmas program has multicultural flair

Note: Content has been changed to correct the time of the program.

December 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Historical Society celebrates Ghosts of Christmas Past

The prototype for the Charlie Brown Christmas tree could have come from the Great Plains. Sometimes the "tree" was little more than a decorated branch, but it wouldn't do to let the holiday go by unobserved. Like the forlorn tree in the animated classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," some of the trees used by settlers in the nineteenth century were a bit sparse, but the intention was there, says Beverly Komarek, executive director of the Barton County Historical Village and Museum. Barton County Historical Society will celebrate "Ghosts of Christmas Past" with a free open house from 1-4 p ...

December 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Holy Family School to present Christmas musical Tuesday

They're baa-ck. The sheep get some of the best lines in "The Tale of the Drowsy Shepherd," this year's musical production by the fifth and sixth graders of Holy Family School.

December 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Area ministries unite for Christmas projects

Three ministries based in Barton County and one in Sabetha are working on two projects this Christmas. "Footprints of Faith" will provide shoes for families in Africa and Cambodia, when "Christmas for Families" will help people closer to home, said Dean Nuss from Pay it Forward with Christ Ministry.

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Spirit of Christmas in Two-Hawks

With his handmade flutes, John Two-Hawks has played the role of teacher and spiritual healer in previous visits to Great Bend. When he returns to the Crest Theater next Friday, the concert performer of Oglala Lakota Sioux lineage hopes to be an enchanter, taking his audience "into the space where the spirit of Christmas lives."

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Papers, please

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday there were no problems with the state's photo ID requirement to vote during the Nov. 6 general election.

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

​Fatal crash leads to arrest

A Great Bend man may face criminal charges for the vehicular death of a Prosser, Neb., man last April.

November 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Community invited to help soldiers, vets

The Great Bend American Legion Auxiliary is asking people to adopt a Fort Dodge soldier for Christmas. Meanwhile, the local Military Moms group is requesting donations for care packages that will be sent overseas to active military personnel.

November 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Injury accidents reported

Area law enforcement agencies responded to the following one-vehicle injury accidents in recent days:

November 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Bat involved in Walmart sale melee

The 10 p.m. Thanksgiving sale at Great Bend's Walmart got out of hand, with people being "knocked down and trampled," according to police reports. No one was sent to the hospital, but a woman did complain that her arm hurt after the scuffle, according to Sgt. James Buchar at the Great Bend Police Department.

November 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Black Friday: Don't forget Thanksgiving

It's Black Friday, the official opening of Shopping Season, perhaps the biggest day of the year for retail sales. The countdown to Christmas begins today, and for many people the spending scoreboard has begun to tick off the days while adding up the gifts.

November 22, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

​BCC listens to career advisors

Finding people who want jobs is easy. Finding people who are ready to work and have a basic knowledge of the business they come to is not. That's what business and industry leaders told the Barton Community College trustees this week.

November 22, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Light bulb starts attic fire

A 250 watt light bulb in a recessed fixture meant for a 75 watt bulb was the cause of a fire Tuesday night at 5210 10th St., Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

November 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

GBHS provides food for thought

Students in Family and Consumer Science classes at Great Bend High School provided all of the food and table decorations for Thursday's Great Bend ...

November 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo Society hears state of Brit Spaugh Zoo

Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler said the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be stepping back from its goal to earn national accreditation, but ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Help refugees

President Obama's press conference Monday in Turkey could not have been more inspiring, although apparently the governors of 31 states, including Kansas Gov. Sam ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

​BCC trustees look at campus security

In the coming months, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will look at ways to improve campus security.

November 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Just the FCS: It's more than cooking

Eating breakfast and searching the Internet may not be daily classroom assignments, but these activities have their place at Great Bend High School. The students ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC Trustees to meet Tuesday

Safety considerations on the Barton Community College campus are on the agenda for the BCC Board of Trustees study session, set for 4 p.m ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo Society annual meeting is Tuesday

The Great Bend Zoological Society will celebrate its volunteers, members and the accomplishments of the past year during its annual meeting, at 7 p.m ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Legend of 'The Rifleman' on display

Now that "The Rifleman" sculpture in the Barton County Courthouse Square has undergone a professional cleaning and waxing, the Barton County Historical Society is looking ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

‘Taste of the Town’ features local flavors

People who attend the Great Bend USD 428 Education Foundation's annual fall fundraiser will have a chance to bid on desserts prepared by GBHS ...

November 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The students at the University of Missouri got the nation's attention this past week and were successful in ousting the college president, Timothy Wolfe.

November 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Arsenic and Old Lace

The classic dark comedy, "Arsenic and Old Lace," is this year's all-school play at Great Bend High School.

November 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Boy Scouts will be ‘Scouting for Food’ Saturday

Members of the Boys Scouts of America organizations in Barton County will be "Scouting for Food" this Saturday, Nov. 14. The public is asked to ...

November 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Students show veterans respect

With 23 million U.S. veterans living today, and about 2.8 million active and reserved personnel in the Armed Forces, Veterans Day is an ...

November 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GBHS Veterans Day assembly photos

Photos taken Nov. 11, 2015, at Great Bend High School.

November 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Schools conduct 'security audits'

New security systems at entrances to Great Bend USD 428 elementary schools should be in place by the end of December, Superintendent Brad Reed said.

November 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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