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April 22, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Schools adopt technology literacy standards

Basic education in the 21st Century goes far beyond the ABC's. At the April school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 technology coaches presented technology literacy standards and the board adopted their recommendation.

April 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New Circles group forming

A new Circles of Central Kansas group is forming and those who missed the April 19 orientation will have another chance to attend on Thursday, April 26. This program aims to reduce poverty in Barton County by turning to the experts - those who live from paycheck to paycheck and crisis to crisis - and empowering them with a circle of allies, sponsors said.

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Argonne Forest re-dedication set

The Great Bend Tree Board will celebrate National Arbor Day and the 100th anniversary of the World War I Argonne Forest Battle in France with a centennial event Saturday, April 28, on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The celebration will start at 3 p.m. when the park's memorial Argonne Forest will be rededicated, said Tree Board member Lisa Whipple.

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


JobFest connects workers, companies

The 11th-annual Central Kansas JobFest brought a crowd to the Great Bend Events Center on Thursday, as businesses announced job openings and prospective employees gathered information, dropped off resumes or filled out applications.

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City term limits

The debate over whether or not to have term limits for Great Bend City Council members and the mayor has come up twice at recent city council meetings and has been rejected twice. The debate continues on Facebook, where people have discussed the pros and cons.

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Dear Dairy: Mobile dairy visits Eisenhower School

To teach children how cows' milk is collected, Callie Toews brought a dairy to Eisenhower Elementary School on Friday.

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Foreigner' returns

The title character of "The Foreigner" doesn't want to talk to anyone during his unwilling stay at a fishing lodge in Georgia. So he pretends to be a foreigner who doesn't speak English.

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School funding

If public schools across the nation were given report cards, they might come from the Education Week Research Center. Ed Week's Quality Counts 2018 report gives Kansas a C, with an overall grade of 73.3 percent. The national score is also a C, with a grade of 74.5 percent. Border states Nebraska and Colorado also earned C's although their grades were higher than Kansas at 76.3 and 73.9 percent, respectively. We scored higher than Missouri (C-) and Oklahoma (D+).

April 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Probable cause found in Kern DUI case

Lafe Kern told paramedic Tony Leeds that he'd taken a handful of Xanax prior to a two-vehicle collision south of Great Bend on Feb. 19, 2015. Leeds testified Wednesday in Barton County District Court at Kern's preliminary hearing on four counts of aggravated battery while driving under the influence of drugs. At the conclusion of the hearing, Magistrate Judge Richard E. Burgess Jr. found probable cause that the alleged crimes had occurred, and Kern's arraignment was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday.

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bellendir requests jury trial

The attorney representing Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir in a misdemeanor case has requested a jury trial and has also asked that the prosecutor be recused from the case. The trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. on April 26 in Barton County District Court, although defense attorney Jess Heome from Wichita has also requested a continuance.

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC monitoring Army deployments

Administrators at Barton Community College said upcoming deployments of U.S. soldiers at military bases where the college offers courses could have a negative effect on enrollment. Deployments affect the number of soldiers enrolled in Military OnSite Training (MOST) as well as regular college courses. It can also affect the number of military spouses who stay in the area and take classes offered by the college.

April 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Other schools look at GBHS's student-led conferences

Educators at Great Bend High School were used to parents playing hooky from parent-teacher conferences at least half the time. Participation used to be about 50 percent in the fall and as low as 20 percent in the spring, Assistant Principal Randy Wetzel said. That changed dramatically about five years ago when the high school switched to student-led conferences.

April 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Legislators commended for supporting education

During Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Khris Thexton noted the Kansas Legislature's passage of a school finance bill will add $522 million for K-12 funding over the next five years. The bill awaits the signature of Governor Jeff Colyer, who has already endorsed it publicly.

April 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Red Shoes & Bunco Too

The Family Crisis Center has special events planned for two nights this month in Great Bend. All proceeds will benefit the Family Crisis Center Inc. so it can continue to work with victims of domestic and sexual violence across western Kansas. For more information about signing up for these events contact staff at the Family Crisis Center office, 1924 Broadway Ave; call 620-793-9941; or visit the Family Crisis Center page on Facebook.

April 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Young Eagles take first flights

Area young people 8-17 years old had a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, May 12, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1134 ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teacher contracts ratified

Teachers at Great Bend USD 428 will receive a minimum pay raise of $1,700 for the 2018-2019 school year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said after ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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