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​Capital projects include GBMS activity bus, GBHS roof

Activity buses cost less than coach buses and they're safer, but they are still more comfortable than traditional school buses, the Great Bend USD 428 school board learned Monday.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Attempted phone scams reported

Two Great Bend businesses last week reported receiving calls from scammers pretending to be representatives of Wheatland Electric Cooperative who were demanding money. No money was lost.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Victim OK after Highrise stabbing reported

A stabbing that reportedly occurred somewhere in the Highrise apartment building Saturday night was the result of a domestic altercation, according to the Great Bend Police Department.

January 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Judge hears Tribune request, issues gag order

An attorney representing the Great Bend Tribune appeared before Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty on Friday, explaining the newspaper's earlier request for the release of probable cause affidavits in the arrests of three men charged with first-degree murder. He did not immediately rule on the Tribune's, motion.

January 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bond reduced for Alejo Villegas

District Judge Ron Svaty further reduced the bond Friday for 20-year-old Alejo Villegas, one of three people facing first-degree murder charges in the Nov. 15, 2015, shooting death of Aron Villegas.

January 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Crime Stoppers seeks info on break-ins

Dave's Truck Repair, located at 604 East 10th St. in Great Bend, was burglarized for the third time in a month on Thursday. Now Crime Stoppers is asking anyone with information to help solve the crimes.

January 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Police suspect cannabis distribution near school

Great Bend Police officers arrested one individual who allegedly distributed cannabis within 1,000 feet of Jefferson Elementary School, Chief Clifton D. Couch said Friday.

January 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Moderation: New guidelines released

The government announced its latest dietary guidelines on Thursday, recommending limiting sugar and saturated fat, eating less salt and more vegetables and whole grains.

January 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Students request time for community service

Great Bend High School students will ask the school board Monday for a day off to do community service projects.

January 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A new year at Brit Spaugh Zoo

Wednesday was a quiet day at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, except for the occasional screeching of the newest resident, a colorful parrot cousin known as a sun conure.

January 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library collects more than 300 food items

Overdue books paid off for the Barton County Food Bank when the Great Bend Public Library offered to accept food donations in lieu of fines for the entire month of December. Patrons were invited to bring in one non-perishable food item for every $1 in fees owed to the library.

January 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drugs found in three Hoisington homes

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Police Department ended 2015 and started 2016 by executing search warrants for narcotics. Warrants served on three different residences resulted in multiple arrests over the last two weeks, and the seizure of suspected drugs and paraphernalia.

January 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 schools may add behavior lessons

Great Bend USD 428 students may be learning more than reading and writing in 2016. Assistant Superintendent John Popp said administrators plan to present a district-wide curriculum for social and emotional character development for the school board's approval in the coming months.

January 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Baker trial date set; civil case filed

William Howard Baker, 60, will stand trial for the August 2014 vehicular deaths of a Reno County couple in Great Bend. Shawn Schellenger, 27, and his wife Danielle Schellenger, 33, where riding a motorcycle on Aug. 16, 2014, when the trailer Baker was towing came loose from his pickup and crossed into their lane on West 10th Street in Great Bend. Both died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Murder cases continue in 2016

Four criminal cases filed in connection to two first-degree murder cases in 2015 will continue this year in Barton County District Court.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Reed: Proposal won't save money

Great Bend Superintendent Brad Reed said a proposal in the Kansas Legislature to consolidate more school districts would not save money but could hurt the ...

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas Day

Friday is Kansas Day, and the National Parks Foundation suggests a great way to celebrate the Sunflower State's 155th birthday is by visiting one ...

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Barton Welding Lab ribbon cutting photos

Jan. 28, 2016 at Barton Community College.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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