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United We Stand

Protecting the integrity of America's elections is hardly a partisan issue. But the steps proposed to do so may be. While Kris Kobach and President Trump fret about potential voter fraud that is negligible, the attempts of Russian hackers to meddle with elections is a real threat.

July 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC to replace aging boiler

The two large steam boilers that provide heat to the eight main buildings on the Barton Community College campus are now 50 years old, Vice President of Administration Mark Dean told college trustees. On Tuesday, the board approved his recommendation to replace one boiler with three small, high-efficiency boilers.

July 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton trustees approve 2 percent raises

Next year's operational budget at Barton community college will include an additional 2 percent for salaries. The college's board of trustees approved the budget on Tuesday with a provision to review the financial situation in January to see if larger raises are possible.

July 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Falling behind

A recent study says Oklahoma is leading the U.S. in higher education cuts over the last five years. In seven states, including Kansas, the last five-year appropriations for education accounted for an overall decrease.

July 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Frey to speak on Climate Reality Project

ST. JOHN - A representative from the Climate Reality Project will speak at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, in the annex building of the Stafford County Courthouse in St. John.

July 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perez, Clark in court Friday

Former Barton County resident Sydney Anne Perez, 21, has been convicted of aiding and abetting battery, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said Tuesday.

July 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge sentenced for burglary, drug convictions

Kerry Joe Partridge Jr. 27, Great Bend, has been sentenced to four years, nine months in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor announced.

July 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Brit Spaugh Zoo offers daily keeper talks this week

The animals may be the stars at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, but this week their keepers will be in the spotlight, said Sara Hamlin, curator and zoo supervisor. In honor of this being National Zoo Keepers Week, they will offer free programs at 2 p.m. daily Monday through Thursday, July 17-20.

July 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 improves student preparation

Students at Great Bend High School now have more opportunities to learn about careers before they graduate, and they have more opportunities to prepare for the ACT test if they plan to attend college.

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Your move, students

As the cost of attending college after graduation from high school becomes more expensive, students need to consider what they can do to prepare for the future.

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC aims for no mill levy increase

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't need a mill levy increase get more money from local taxpayers next year. At the board study session held Tuesday, Vice President of Administration Mark Dean explained that valuations are up, especially for oil. Last year's tax rate of 33.26 mills raised $8.03 million, but this year an estimated rate of 33.15 mills could raise $8.53 million.

July 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 proud of grads who performed CPR

Chris Umphres was elected president of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Monday, and Lori Reneau was named vice president.

July 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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BY SUSAN THACKER

July 08, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Fair wraps up Sunday

Sunday is the final day of the Barton County Fair, not counting the all-day tear down, cleanup and storage that will take place Monday at the Expo Complex. The commercial exhibits cleared out of Expo I Saturday evening, making room for the annual 4-H BBQ, opening Sunday morning at 11:30.

July 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life lessons at the Barton County Fair

For Dylan Ferguson, the hardest thing about bringing last year's bucket calf back to the county fair in 2017 will be selling that animal on Sunday. It's a lesson many young people learn as they raise market animals as 4-H projects.

July 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Families celebrate LIFE at Great Bend schools

Making silly hats to wear at a Mad Hatter Party was one of the favorite activities of at least one Eisenhower Elementary School family. While ...

November 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 video talks about MTSS

Parents of Great Bend USD 428 students can learn more about the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) by watching a seven and a half minute ...

November 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Software solves educators' headaches

It wasn't hard to convince school board members to subscribe to two new software purchases on Monday, once they heard what the technology will ...

November 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Track, PAC need attention

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton showed photos of cracks in the high school track and other areas of concern at Monday's school ...

November 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | News


School board hopes to expand JAG program

Great Bend High School student Cierra Wood is glad she didn't listen to friends who thought the new JAG class would be "boring" and ...

November 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


This week's calendar

SUNDAY Nov. 12

November 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Window dressing

The City of Wichita will start the new year with a civilian oversight board for its police. Its purpose, according to the Wichita Eagle, is ...

November 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


New faces on Great Bend City Council

Dan Dan the Magic Man is now Dan the city councilman.

November 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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