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School budget ready for approval

The mill levy collected from property owners in Great Bend USD 428 shouldn't change much at all for 2016-2017, school administrators said Wednesday. The actual tax rate for 2015-2016 was 45.866 mills, and the estimated tax rate for the proposed budget is 45.834 mills.

August 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Taylor wins primary for Kansas Senate Dist. 33 nomination

Mary Jo Taylor was the winner Tuesday in the race to become the Republican nominee in November for the 33rd Senate District of Kansas. At 11:20 p.m., with 185 of 190 precincts reporting their final unofficial results to the Kansas Secretary of State's Office, she had 7,115 votes, compared to 6,521 for Larry Salmans, giving her 52 percent of that total.

August 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fort Larned carpenter recalls restoration

LARNED - When visitors step onto the grounds of the Fort Larned National Historic State today, they see it as it appeared in the 1860s during the Indian Wars. Mildon Yeager – a retired carpenter who worked at the site for 20 years – also sees years of restoration that took place in the 20th century, and continues to this day.

July 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Keep cool

High summer temperatures pose a health risk, but not everyone has a place to cool off. RSVP/Volunteers in Action has organized a network of local "cooling stations" to help people without fans or air conditioning get out of the heat.

July 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Guided hunting banned on public land

One June 23 the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission voted to ban commercial guiding on property and water managed by the department.

July 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC pool updates reviewed

Barton Community College Trustees learned Tuesday that additional improvements totaling about $5,000 were approved for the college's swimming pool in the past year.

July 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees approve raises

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved next year's operational budget and a 2016-2017 budget for publication Tuesday. The operational budget includes a 4 percent increase in the money budgeted for most salaries. The published budget makes the same mill levy request as last year and the year before, based on the latest information on valuations.

July 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Unopposed candidates eager to serve

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final story in a series of four, recounting the candidates' forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Great Bend on Tuesday night at the Crest Theater. Today's article covers candidates for Barton County offices who are unopposed.

July 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Senate candidates introduce themselves

All three candidates for senator of Kansas District 33 supplied information about themselves for a handout distributed at the League of Women Voters Candidates Forum.

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State Senate candidates weigh in

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the third in a series of stories on the League of Women Voters of Great Bend Public Forum Tuesday night at the Crest Theater. This part covers the Kansas Senate race for District 33. The series will conclude Sunday with candidates for several Barton County offices who are unopposed.

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Godmothers help women of all ages

The Prairie Godmothers group is known for its motto of "Women Helping Women," and that means women of all ages. To help make it known that senior citizens are included, members were invited to create gift bags for older women Thursday at a Build-A-Bag Beach Party.

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer projects underway at USD 428

Before windows were replaced at the Washington Early Education Center this summer, it was possible to look into a classroom through a crack under the window, Assistant Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Informed voters

This week the Great Bend League of Women Voters hosted a local candidates forum and as usual they put a lot of work into it. Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives were also invited but were busy attending another forum with KWCH television.

July 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Candidates seek House seats

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the second in a series of stories on the League of Women Voters of Great Bend Public Forum Tuesday night at the Crest Theater in Great Bend. This part covers the Kansas House of Representatives Dist. 113 race, and the unopposed candidate for the Dist. 112.

July 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


MAKING AN IMPRESSION

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of stories on the League of Women Voters of Great Bend Public Forum Tuesday night at the Crest Theater in Great Bend. This part covers the Barton County Commission District 2 race.

July 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Holidays are here

"For the blessings we enjoy - for the happiness that is ours, we ought to be grateful. Our hearts should blossom with thankfulness." - Robert Ingersoll

November 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GIVE. MATCH. VOTE.

There should be a name for the six-day period that starts on the fourth Thursday of November. After all, five of the days are already ...

November 24, 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


Add Social Security options to retirement financial planning

Financial Advisor Diane Sauber at Waddell & Reed knows that Social Security income is an important piece in many individuals' plans to retirement.

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


Historical Society holds annual meeting

Some 3,000 people visited the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village in 2015, Executive Director Beverly Komarek reported at the annual meeting in ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Community


Club 1 Fitness plays to its strengths

The staff at Club 1 Fitness, 3806 Broadway, are here to help make 2016 the best year yet for health-minded members of the community.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Health & Wellness


New Sports Medicine courses open career pathways for GBHS students

Great Bend High School students interested in careers in health care or science can now enroll in Sports Medicine. Three Sports Medicine I classes and ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Health & Wellness


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