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Madrigal greetings

Dressed in red and black formal attire, the Madrigals from Great Bend High School sang at Wednesday's Kiwanis Club meeting, with a second performance planned in the evening. Vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said the choir has been singing once or twice a day of late.

December 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Exiting Supt. gets extra $90k

Brad Reed won't be charged a $10,000 liquidated damages fee allowed in his contract, according to the "Separation Agreement and Release" approved by the Great Bend USD 428 school board on Monday. Instead, the Superintendent will be paid the remainder of his 2016-2017 contact, including benefits, and an additional lump sum payment of $90,000 in January, subject to standard tax deductions and withholding.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vehicles bids go to local dealers

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved the purchase of four vehicles on Tuesday, opting for the lowest bids submitted by from Barton County venders.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Reed granted leave of absence

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement doesn't go into effect until July 1, but he won't be working at the District Education Center from now on unless asked. Reed said he requested a leave of absence which the school board granted.

December 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed resigns

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed's retirement/resignation was accepted by the school board on Monday. Although the retirement officially starts at the end of the 2016-2017 school year, the board also named Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton as the interim superintendent, effectively immediately.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Building projected tabled

At the Nov. 14 school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed had an architect show the board two proposed building projects that could cost more than $2 million: A new bus barn/maintenance building constructed next to the District Education Center on Patton Road, and a remodeling of the Center itself. Payment for the projects would come from capital outlay funds and would be accomplished with no tax increases, he stressed.

December 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Public invited to join Christmas Bird Count

The public is invited to participate in the national Christmas Bird Count events at Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teacher helped choking student

Lincoln Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Karen Smith will receive a ROSE Award from the school board on Monday for helping a student who was choking.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chapman appeal on docket

TOPEKA - The Kansas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week on a Barton County man's appeal of his first-degree murder conviction. Jeffrey Wade Chapman was convicted of murdering 25-year-old Damon Galyardt in 2011.

December 10, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 personnel discussions continue

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education held a quick meeting Thursday evening to discuss personnel matters. It was the second special meeting this week and in both cases the board called for executive sessions that were closed to the public. The Kansas Open Meetings Act allows non-elected personnel to be discussed in executive session in order to protect the privacy of persons being discussed.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crisis to crisis

The Kansas Legislature will be less conservative in 2017 and perhaps some of Gov. Sam Brownback's initiatives can be scaled back a bit.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Christmas past

Live music, refreshments and a glimpse into rural life and holiday traditions from days gone by can be enjoyed this Sunday, Dec. 11 during the Barton County Historical Society's annual Ghosts of Christmas Past open house.

December 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Holiday musical

Holy Family School's annual music program can be seen at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium. The program features songs from all classes, with the fifth and sixth graders presenting the musical, "Dr. Newheart's Christmas Cure."

December 07, 2016 | Public can attend early show | Local News


USD 428 board meets with attorney

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education met behind closed doors for more than two hours Monday evening at the District Education Center. A special meeting was announced Monday morning, set for 7:30 p.m. The board quickly moved into executive session for discussion of personnel.

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 BOE SPECIAL MEETING HELD

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education called a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday evening for discussion of personnel.

December 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


KS Supreme Court denies appeal for Miller

The Kansas Supreme Court has denied LaVeta Miller's request for a review of her convictions for stealing money earmarked for Honor Flights for U ...

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge to plea to 2016 burglaries

In 2016, Kerry Partridge Jr. allegedly broke into several homes and sheds in Barton County, taking guns, tools and more.

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Poverty Simulation

Last October, Great Bend eighth graders took part in a simulation of adult life: caring for children, paying bills and dealing with unexpected emergencies at ...

April 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC report highlights administrative projects

Software purchases at Barton Community College used to represent major expenses requiring the approval of the Board of Trustees. Nowadays, the cost of software has ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow - photos

Some of the art on display at the Barton County Historical Society is shown here.

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Watching Young Artists Grow

Great Bend children in grades K-8 can see their works of art on display this month at the Barton County Historical Society. The annual Watching ...

April 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Egg-less Easter candy hunts are Saturday

It's a Kodak Moment: Watching a toddler stoop to gather a brightly colored egg from a clump of grass and place it into a ...

April 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Estes wins easily in Pawnee, Stafford counties

Republican Ron Estes won a Kansas House seat in Tuesday's special election, the first congressional election since President Donald Trump's victory.

April 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


District searches for new teachers

The search is on for next year's teachers at Great Bend USD 428. When the school board met on Monday, Assistant Superintendent John Popp ...

April 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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