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Walk Kansas celebrates success

Walk Kansas participants headed into the final days of the 2017 fitness challenge this week with a rally at the Great Bend Activity Center.

May 03, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hundreds of drugs tossed at Rx Take Back

More than 150 area residents stopped outside the Barton County Courthouse on Saturday to dispose of unwanted pills, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

April 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Birders flock to Wings 'N' Wetlands Fest

At the 2017 Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival, the emphasis Saturday was on WET. But rain and temperatures in the low 40s didn't stop birdwatchers from across the nation from touring central Kansas this past weekend.

April 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bid awarded for Field House HVAC

A Garden City firm, Tantro Plumbing, was awarded the contract for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning renovation at the Great Bend High School Field House. The school board met Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School and approved Tantro's low bid of $321,967.

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College sees big savings with Canvas system

A new learning management system for online courses at Barton Community College will cost at least $300,000 less than the current system while providing a better product, college trustees were told Tuesday. After hearing a detailed report on the Canvas services, the board approved a one-year contract for $82,954.

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees mull new weapons policy

Officials at Barton Community College are preparing for a change in Kansas law that will allow people to carry concealed handguns into buildings on campus. When the BCC Board of Trustees met Tuesday, a draft of a possible weapons policy was reviewed.

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC addresses poor nursing scores

A report on how Barton Community College instills "Work Preparedness" in students shows only 44 percent of last year's nursing students passed the state exam on the first attempt. Acting Vice President Elaine Simmons presented a mostly positive report to college trustees on Tuesday, but acknowledged the "elephant in the room."

April 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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.S. veterans. The Court has also denied a review of Calvin Jackson Hinz's sentences, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor announced Wednesday.

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 "Reality U." On Monday, it was the teachers' turn to experience the world of at-risk students during the "Poverty Simulation" presented by Southwest Plains Regional Education Center.

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 come down, but implementation can be time-consuming and expensive, said Charles Perkins, dean of institutional effectiveness.

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 Young Artists Grow exhibit features selected drawings, paintings, clay sculptures and ceramics created under the guidance of art instructors Melissa Watson, Shannon Wedel and Alyssa Bliven.

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 basket. We call these events Easter Egg Hunts, but that term is becoming as archaic as "Kodak Moment."

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


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Next (interim) city administrator visits Great Bend

Great Bend's next interim city administrator is looking forward to a "quiet and uneventful" transition when he steps into the position on Oct. 9.

September 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family donates $25K to Barton Athletics

Barton Community College's Athletic Department will receive another $25,000 donation from Kip and Kelly Spray, bringing their total giving in the past two ...

September 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


StoryWalk

Reading a children's book does not usually involve much physical activity, unless the book is part of a StoryWalk.

September 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend tackles drop in ACT scores

Great Bend High School has seen its ACT Scores creeping downward in the last five year years, Superintendent Khris Thexton told the school board this ...

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family plans donation to BCC

The Kip and Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center at Barton Community College is sure to bear that name until at least 2034, and another ...

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Maple Street

In the classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," (1960) the neighbors on "Maple Street U.S.A.," in an idyllic ...

September 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


USD 428 ready to extend Title I status

Great Bend USD 428's five elementary schools are part of Title 1 - a program that provides federal financial assistance to schools with high percentages ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Lemonade War'

The lemonade stand set up at Monday's school board meeting was a reminder that soon children throughout Great Bend soon will be reading "The ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 will ask state to revoke teacher's license

Special education teacher Alyson Burkhart's resignation was not accepted Monday by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education. Instead, the board will petition ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


First UMC Great Bend to participate in National Back to Church Sunday

"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend at ...

September 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Silver Haired Legislature supports senior issues

The Executive Board of the Silver Haired Legislature will take several issues to Topeka next month, said Janice Walker, Barton County's representative.

September 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local literacy programs abound

The kickoff for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Great Bend will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, during Story Time at ...

September 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Natural Disaster

Hurricane Harvey was a natural disaster, but the damage it has caused was made worse by climate change, some of which can certainly be attributed ...

September 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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