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Giving Tuesday raises more than $210,000

Area endowed funds received a total of $210,780 during the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Giving Tuesday event on Dec. 1. The event, also billed as "Give Where You Live," attracted more than 400 donors to organizations throughout Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties. The total includes a $50,000 match.

December 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Soup supper will benefit Quilts of Valor program

American Legion Auxiliary will hold a benefit soup supper from 5-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at the American Legion Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave. Members and guests are welcome.

December 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall Grammy nominated

MANHATTAN - K-State professor and Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall has been nominated with the Kansas City Chorale for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical in the 2016 Grammy Awards for the album, "Rachmaninoff: All Night Vespers."

December 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Museum preparing annual 'Ghosts of Christmas Past'

The Barton County Historical Society invites the public to revisit the joys of winter holidays through the years at its annual open house, "Ghosts of Christmas Past." It will run from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Historical Museum and Village, located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend.

December 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC approves agreement with GB

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved an interlocal agreement Tuesday with the City of Great Bend, adopting a new neighborhood revitalization plan. The plan allows the city to offer tax rebates on improvements that increase the value of the properties. The agreement will be in effect from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016, when it can be extended, modified or allowed to expire.

December 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Red Cross asks for blood donations this holiday season

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.

December 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Prohibition repealed

The Barton County Commission has passed a resolution that will allow Sunday beer sales in the unincorporated areas of the county.

December 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news photos

Susan Thacker's photos were taken Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

December 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: New porcupine coming soon

The crested porcupine at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be going on a diet, Zoo Supervisor/Curator Sara Hamlin said Wednesday. "He is kind of a chunky monkey."

December 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Larned attorney shares Civil War research

Larned attorney Ron Smith is proud to tell people his law office "physically sits in the ruts of the old Santa Fe Trail." However, his passions are Territorial Kansas history and the era right after the Civil War.

December 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Giving Tuesday photos

Taken Dec. 1 in Great Bend during Giving Tuesday.

December 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Gifts pour in on Giving Tuesday

Anyone who was tired of leftover turkey, excess shopping and icy sidewalks had plenty to be thankful for on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Golden Belt Community Foundation received hundreds of donations for 66 local organizational endowment funds.

December 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo expected to reopen Tuesday

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo has been closed since ice coated the sidewalks last Thursday. According to Scott Keeler, director of public lands, employees have been working to clear ice from the sidewalks so they will be safe for visitors. The zoo is expected to reopen Tuesday. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.

November 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Ice causes injuries on Ellsworth County roads

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to several injury accidents on icy roads in Ellsworth County over the extended holiday weekend. All of the people involved were wearing safety restraints.

November 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KHP reports injury accidents, one fatal

Icy roads contributed to injury accidents in central Kansas, including a fatal rollover Thanksgiving Day in Hodgeman County. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to that accident, and to an injury accident Thursday in Ness County. There was also an injury accident Friday in Russell County.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Bad bills

A bill that would remove gifted children from the realm of special education was introduced in the Kansas Legislature on Monday.

February 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Aldrich dining hall nearly completed

The new Dining and Events Center at Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich should be finished by the end of this month, Dean of Administration ...

February 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School board approves 2016-2017 calendar

Next year's calendar for Great Bend USD 428 schools will be similar to this year's, but the winter break will be two days ...

February 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


100 GBCT productions

Great Bend Community Theatre's first play was "Night Watch," which opened in November of 1982 at Roosevelt Junior High School.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘The Kitchen Witches’ is a wicked funny treat

Great Bend Community Theatre's 100th production is "The Kitchen Witches," winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights contest.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tell Them

If you think consolidating rural school districts down to one per county is a bad idea, be sure to let your Kansas legislators know.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Health Equipped

Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC adds safety alerts

Barton Community College has purchased two mobile phone applications for improved campus safety.

February 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Spelling Bee set for Saturday

Barton County's annual spelling bee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Great Bend High School Auditorium.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Attorney says office needs more space, attorneys

Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said his office prosecuted close to 2,300 newly filed cases in 2015, for charges ranging "from murder to seat ...

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ike exhibit at Eisenhower School

Friday was Kansas Day, which was reason enough for Kansas native Amelia Earhart to visit Riley Elementary School. Calamity Jane, who also visited the school ...

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ride Into History

There were two special visitors – or were there four? – Friday at Riley Elementary School.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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