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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


2016: Happy New Year, baby

It's Jan. 1, 2016.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Miller, Chapman top trials in 2015

Barton County juries found LaVeta D. Miller guilty of two counts of theft by deception and Jeffery Wade Chapman guilty of first-degree murder in 2015. These were among the top local trials of the year.

December 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hangover relief for New Year’s Day

Could a product for babies be the world's best hangover cure?

December 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

December 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Barton Welding Lab ribbon cutting photos

Jan. 28, 2016 at Barton Community College.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library will eliminate late fees

This spring, Great Bend Public Library plans to do away with late fees.

January 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New EduKan director adds transparency

A "significant deficiency" was found during the Fiscal Year 2015 audit for EduKan, the online education consortium that serves six western Kansas community colleges. However ...

January 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family gets naming rights to BCC weight room

The weight room at Barton Community College's Kirkman building has been refurbished and major equipment upgrades are taking place, thanks to the generosity of ...

January 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Kiwanis taking scholarship applications

The deadline for students across Kansas to apply for scholarships from the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation is fast approaching. Applications are due by Feb. 1, and ...

January 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Education


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