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Russian pastors visit Great Bend

A Lutheran minister and a lay pastor from Russia are visiting Kansas this month, and will speak Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend.

June 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


It's not persecution

The Military District of Washington issued a statement concerning Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army Band.

June 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Hot cars quickly become deadly for children, pets

It doesn't take triple-digit temperatures outside for unattended vehicles to reach oven temperatures inside. But as summer weather returns to the Golden Belt, safety experts remind people to never leave a child or pet alone in a vehicle.

June 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Summer reading off to magical start

The yellow hard hats seen Monday at Great Bend Public Library weren't for construction work. Staff wore the hats to celebrate the theme for this year's summer reading program: "Dig Into Reading."

June 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


​SDS axes contract with Rec Commission

Last month the Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors approved a new contract to provide day services to Sunflower Diversified Services, but on Monday GBRC's Executive Director Diann Henderson said Sunflower won't approve a contract for the coming year.

June 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Inmate in custody after walking away from Barton County Jail

This story has been updated.

June 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Summer reading programs start Monday

The Great Bend Public Library has a new look going into the summer reading programs. The front desk has moved and the Children's Department has been refurnished.

June 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Tax Troubles: Deep Cuts Hurt Most of Us

Enjoy your tax cut, Kansans.

June 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Cale sculpture going up at Historical Society

The history of Barton County, from unbroken grassland to modern wind turbines, is the latest subject for Great Bend artist Chet Cale.

June 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Nex-Tech Zoo Fest is Saturday

The annual Nex-Tech Zoo Fest runs from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. There will be free food and live entertainment for the whole family.

June 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas SpeedWeek cruisers return

The weather at the first of May was decidedly un-springlike, forcing several outdoor events to reschedule. The last day of May was more to everyone's liking, and the Kansas SpeedWeek Cruise Night brought dozens of classic cars and racers to Great Bend's Jack Kilby Square.

June 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Teen's inspiring song goes global

A Minnesota teenager who died May 20 from a rare form of bone cancer has become a global role model for others battling serious illness. Zach Sobiech's song "Clouds" is a viral hit, reaching Number One on at least one digital music chart, but it made a bittersweet debut this week on Billboard's Hot 100.

May 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Building hope

Habitat for Humanity doesn't give anything away. The nonprofit organization that builds affordable homes for people with lower incomes requires prospective home owners to put some "sweat equity" into the project. In other words, if Habitat volunteers are building a home for someone, the recipient is expected to help with the work.

May 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Court of Appeals overturns dismissal in suit against city

A lawsuit filed after an on-duty Great Bend Police officer was involved in an automobile accident in 2005 recently came before the Kansas Court of Appeals.

May 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Mom, son walk across Kansas for a cause

A mother and son walking across Kansas find plenty of ways to pass the time between towns. There are friendly people to meet and historic markers to read, amazing sunrises/sunsets, and an occasional game of "tumbleweed toss" – where walking sticks are used like hockey sticks to pass tumbleweeds back and forth.

May 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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USD 428 online enrollment begins Monday

Parents with students returning to Great Bend USD 428 in August may enroll them online beginning Monday, July 18.

July 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Costly mandates

Complying with federal mandates probably costs Barton Community College $1-2 million a year, college officials learned recently.

July 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Color Day

One day of fun in the sun wasn't enough; Wednesday was Color Day outside the Great Bend Public Library.

July 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC takes steps to stop cheaters

Software that attempts to catch cheaters, and tests that determine college readiness, will have a negative effect on enrollment at Barton Community College, according to ...

July 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zamora up for parole hearing

A man convicted of aggravated kidnapping of a child and two counts of aggravated sodomy in Barton County is eligible for a parole hearing later ...

July 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pay raises, not tax raises, planned at BCC

Barton Community College's board of trustees is considering a budget that will pay for salary increases and a few new jobs, without raising the ...

July 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A voice for ag in Washington

Each year, more than 150 farmers and ranchers from across Kansas participate in Kansas Farm Bureau's County Presidents Trip to Washington, D.C.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


PCHS continues to help furry friends

From the outside, the Pawnee County Humane Society – 2 miles west of Larned on Eighth Street – could pass for a modern country home. Inside, the ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Fans saying ‘na na na’

Larned native Jonathan Tabler can currently be seen on an H&R Block television commercial. He's one of two cowboys who talk about filing ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


Pawnee Annie observes small-town progress

"I am having such a good time with this opportunity to write."

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County


CPA talks about avoiding tax identity theft

On Feb. 19, one of Barry Bowers's tax clients received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service. Someone else had attempted to use that ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Commerce & Finance


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