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Survey seeks input on USD 428 facilities

Great Bend USD 428 officials are turning to the community for input on long-range facility needs.

January 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School fundraisers approved by BOE

Parents and others who support school fundraisers will have plenty of opportunities next year to buy everything from trash bags to cookie dough.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More cancellations announced as storm looms

When the National Weather Service office at Wichita issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Storm Watch for most of central Kansas last Thursday, Barton County residents prepared for the worst. The Barton County Sheriff's Office urged caution and reported that the Road and Bridge Department was prepared for a major storm with up to 1 inch accumulation of ice Friday through Sunday.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Police seize meth, marijuana ‘vape’ vials

Traffic stops led to more than one drug bust this past week in Great Bend, Police Chief Cliff Couch said. Two suspects were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, while another person had "vape" vials containing suspected marijuana oil.

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More events canceled

Several area events have been canceled or postponed due to the expected ice storm.

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Icy Sidewalks

When Great Bend merchants hold their annual Icy Sidewalk Sale in January, they always hope the sidewalks aren't really icy. We've had some days this month when a walk downtown would be pleasant enough, but Saturday isn't expected to be one of them.

January 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Reading, math skills improve with help

Reading and math tests taken by Great Bend students last month show positive progress when compared to test scores at the start of the school year, USD 428 Assistant Superintendent John Popp said.

January 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend High School students plan for fifth annual Community Service Day

Great Bend High School's Student Council got a green light Monday to organize the fifth annual all-day school-wide Community Service Day. Weather permitting, it will be held on April 26.

January 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teaching service

One item on next Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting agenda is to approve the fifth annual Community Service Day at Great Bend High School.

January 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Weather made for arctic foxes

It's January 5. Do you know where your alligators are?

January 04, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 looks at alternative student meals for accounts in arrears

Editor's note: This is the second of two stories about policy changes being considered by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education for 2017.

January 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Schools may easy policy on self-administered drugs

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about policy changes being considered by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education for 2017.

December 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Popping champagne corks can put out an eye

If you're popping open a bottle of bubbly for New Year's Eve, make sure no one is injured by a flying cork.

December 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A league of their own

The Barton County Commission's recent decision not to renew its membership in the League of Kansas Municipalities saved the county $1,200 in dues. Let's hope it doesn't cost more than that in lost information.

December 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC trustees concerned about WSU/WATC merger

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback plans to give the annual State of the State address at 5 p.m. on Jan. 10.

December 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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PTRC open house Thursday

Great Bend USD 428's Parent Teacher Resource Center (PTRC) will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb ...

February 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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