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First day photos

Aug. 23, 2017, at GreatBend USD 428.

August 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SCHOOL STARTS

Wednesday was the first day of school for most students in Great Bend, although USD 428 kindergartners went home at noon. Today will also be a half-day for kindergarten, and it will be the first day of school for students in grades 8 and 10-12.

August 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board approves budget

The local tax for Great Bend USD 428 will be close to 45.931 mills next year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said at Tuesday's budget hearing. With an increase in local taxes for the supplemental general budget and a decrease in bonded indebtedness, the net result is "a wash." Last year's tax rate was 45.946 mills.

August 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC report: Community colleges swamped with reports

Two new admissions representatives at Barton Community College reflect the growing mountain of paperwork and reporting required of higher learning institutions, the BCC Board of Trustees heard Tuesday.

August 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The teachers are back

School doesn't start until Wednesday, but all of the employees at Great Bend USD 428 were on the job Monday for the annual Back to School Bash.

August 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


What a show!

Hundreds of Barton County residents watched the solar eclipse together on Monday, as crowds gathered early at the Great Bend Public Library, Barton Community College and the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.

August 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Back to School Bash slideshow

Photos taken Aug. 21, 2017, as teachers return to Great Bend USD 428.

August 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ellinwood's star shooter

Katelyn Reh wasn't sure she wanted to be in the shooting club when she joined the Ellinwood Energizers 4-H Club 10 years ago.

August 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


One Side

Not every Donald Trump supporter is a racist; they don't all think white supremacists and neo-Nazis and KKK members are united with "fine people" just trying to preserve our "beautiful statues and monuments."

August 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Events Calendar: Aug. 18-23

FRIDAY

August 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Best viewing times for eclipse

For the first time in 99 years, a total solar eclipse will occur across the entire continental United States, on Monday, Aug. 21.

August 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free eclipse glasses available

Note: The Great Bend Tribune no longer has eclipse viewing glasses.

August 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Budget hearing set for USD 428

A 4.3-mill increase in local property taxes for Great Bend USD 428's supplemental budget will be offset by a 4.3-mill decrease in local property taxes for the district's bonded indebtedness, Superintendent Khris Thexton said Thursday. The result will be "a wash," and the total tax rate virtually unchanged from last year at about 45.9 mills.

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Home Run

Great Bend's Bat Cats baseball team had a great first year, winning three of four games at the NBC World Series before losing to Cheney's Diamond Dawgs.

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Teaching the teachers

New teachers at Great Bend USD 428 met at the District Education Center on Thursday for training with Assistant Superintendent John Popp. This year there are 27 new teachers.

August 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Sign show support for Dade Cannon

Some of the blue signs showing support for Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch are finding a new purpose - to welcome home 13-year-old Dade Cannon ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Young readers will help Harvey victims

Great Bend elementary students will have an opportunity help children in Texas schools hit by Hurricane Harvey. The community can participate by visiting the Great ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Literacy push

If you're reading this, you've probably read a book or two. Perhaps you've read the top stories in today's newspaper or ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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


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