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City working to restore lost trees

The number of trees in Great Bend is nearly half what it was 40 years, according to a "tree census" taken in 2012 by the city's Tree Board. City Administrator Howard Partington has asked the board to implement an accelerated tree planting program.

December 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Driver arrested after collision in Barton County

Two vehicles collided at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday in Barton County. Injuries were minor but one driver, Cindy Aracely Esquivel-Dominguez, was arrested for driving without a license, a traffic infraction and no insurance.

December 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Giving Tuesday pays off with $127K for charity

When the Golden Belt Community Foundation introduced central Kansas to Giving Tuesday, the result was $127,245 raised for area communities, said Christy Tustin, director of the foundation.

December 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


GBPD car cam in use

A video record

December 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


GBPD buys body cameras

After a Ferguson, Mo., police officer fatally shot Michael Brown on Aug. 9, and the subsequent rioting, the Obama administration suggested more body cameras for police officers. As it turns out, law enforcement agencies throughout the nation were already headed in that direction.

December 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Cheap oil may cost taxpayers

Some Kansas homeowners could see their property taxes go up next year, to make up for an expected reduction in tax revenue from oil.

December 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Lower-calorie cookie recipes

Before and after Thanksgiving, many of us find ourselves overindulging in treats. According to one news source, many people gain 6 pounds this time of year.

December 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local auto dealerships get BCC bids

The Barton Community College board of trustees awarded auto bids to area dealerships on Thursday, continuing a tradition of choosing local over the lower state contract bid.

December 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Holy Family School asks, 'How do you spell love?'

Students at Holy Family School in Great Bend will present their annual Christmas program at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Barton Community College Campus. Doors open at 6 p.m.

December 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Student in custody after altercation on BCC campus

A Barton Community College student who was taken into custody after a "physical altercation" with a teacher on Tuesday was upset about a grade on a final exam, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

December 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


GBRC board says thanks to Mary Misegadis

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors thanked outgoing board member Dr. Mary Misegadis for eight years of service at its Monday meeting. Misegadis' term as an elected board member expires at the end of the year and is not eligible for another renewal at this time.

December 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Galileo's theory

In 1633, Galileo Galilei was put on trial at Inquisition headquarters in Rome. He had been controversial for years, because he presented a "theory" that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our universe and the Earth went around the Sun. Somehow the idea of this famous scientist had been allowed to stand, so long as it was presented as a hypothetical and not as reality.

December 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Farmers Bank's annual charity event draws crowd

The lobby of Farmers Bank and Trust's Great Bend branch at 1017 Harrison St. was filled Wednesday morning with representatives from charitable organizations. Close to $6,000 was given away, including gifts from the banks and from Farmers President W.R. (Bill) Robbins and his wife Yvonne, including three $500 gifts from the Robbins Family Donor Trust.

December 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo news: Give a bear a hug for Christmas

The holidays are approaching, and the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo has its Happy Holidays message up. Brit Spaugh Park features the Wild Lights portion of Great Bend's Trail of Lights.

December 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Community turns out for Giving Tuesday

After a day for giving thanks, and several days for getting shopping deals, came Giving Tuesday (also known as #GivingTuesday), a global day dedicated to giving back. The Golden Belt Community Foundation helped introduce this unofficial holiday to central Kansas this year by promising to enhance donations to its 30 endowed funds with a matching pool of $30,000.

December 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​A vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Smith, Piper join Rec Commission

There were two new faces at Monday's Great Bend Recreation Commission board meeting. Sandy Smith joined the board of directors, filling the position previously held by Dr. Mary Misegadis, whose term of office expired Dec. 31, 2014.

January 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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