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Camp Aldrich used most weekends

Barton Community College hasn't had any trouble booking its rural Camp Aldrich facility, at least on weekends, Dean of Administration Mark Dean said recently.

March 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Romeo & Juliet Seussified by GBHS drama

If Dr. Seuss had written "Romeo and Juliet," how might it sound? Both the Dr. and the Bard were famous for their couplets, but only a "Seussified" Romeo would say:

March 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ouchtown: GBHS Dodgeball Tournament a hit

"If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball," Coach Patches O'Houlihan (Rip Torn) tells members of the Average Joe's Gym team in the 2014 motion picture, "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story."

March 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


WIND AND FIRE

The Great Bend Fire Department battled small grass fires over the weekend, but the threat of a large wildfire was always there. Both Great Bend and Ellinwood sent fire trucks to Reno County on Saturday.

March 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Larned’s Sperry picks up sax for Jazz Festival

Music lovers who attend the Great Bend Jazz Festival on Saturday evening may see a familiar face in the 312th Army Jazz Band from Lawrence. Katie Sperry from Larned - make that Sgt. Katie Sperry from the U.S. Army Reserves, will play tenor saxophone.

March 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KS Supreme Ct. upholds ruling in school finance case

A decision was announced at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, in the school finance case, Kansas Supreme Court case No. 113,267: Luke Gannon, et al v. State of Kansas, et al.

March 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CIVICS LESSON

The Kansas Legislature has this week off, so Rep. Tory Marie Arnberger is using her time to visit all of the schools in Great Bend.

March 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Another African serval arrives

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo has a new female African serval named Sheba. The serval is a speckled wild cat that typically weighs 15-40 pounds and grows to a length of 23-36 inches.

March 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC hosts Career Fair for area schools

More than 400 students from area high schools and middle schools attended a Career Fair on Wednesday afternoon at Barton Community College. There were classroom and lab presentations on fields ranging from agriculture to medical to welding.

March 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'Safety first' is BOE's priority

Editor's note: This is the second of two stories about a school board meeting held Monday at Great Bend USD 428's District Education Center. It was the board's second work session this year on long-range planning.

February 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College hires swim coach

A contract for Jonathan Reeder to become the new head swim coach at Barton Community College was approved Tuesday by the BCC Board of Trustees.

February 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Search for superintendent moves forward

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is proceeding with plans to search for a new superintendent.

February 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley School may expand pre-K; 6th grade could move to middle school

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about ideas discussed Monday at a Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education work session on long-range planning. Part two will look at more ideas, including some that are already in the works.

February 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Scholars Bowl team buzzes in

Great Bend Middle School's Scholars Bowl team is getting ready for its fifth and final competition of the year, Tuesday at Pratt.

February 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board mulls long-range plans

The Great Bend USD 428 board of education continues to work on long-range planning and has compiled a list of possible projects, including safe rooms, more parking spaces, and playground equipment. A planning session has been scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road.

February 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Hundreds of drugs tossed at Rx Take Back

More than 150 area residents stopped outside the Barton County Courthouse on Saturday to dispose of unwanted pills, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

April 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Birders flock to Wings 'N' Wetlands Fest

At the 2017 Wings 'N' Wetlands Birding Festival, the emphasis Saturday was on WET. But rain and temperatures in the low 40s didn't stop ...

April 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bid awarded for Field House HVAC

A Garden City firm, Tantro Plumbing, was awarded the contract for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning renovation at the Great Bend High School Field ...

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College sees big savings with Canvas system

A new learning management system for online courses at Barton Community College will cost at least $300,000 less than the current system while providing ...

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees mull new weapons policy

Officials at Barton Community College are preparing for a change in Kansas law that will allow people to carry concealed handguns into buildings on campus ...

April 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC addresses poor nursing scores

A report on how Barton Community College instills "Work Preparedness" in students shows only 44 percent of last year's nursing students passed the state ...

April 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


KS Supreme Court denies appeal for Miller

The Kansas Supreme Court has denied LaVeta Miller's request for a review of her convictions for stealing money earmarked for Honor Flights for U ...

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge to plea to 2016 burglaries

In 2016, Kerry Partridge Jr. allegedly broke into several homes and sheds in Barton County, taking guns, tools and more.

April 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Poverty Simulation

Last October, Great Bend eighth graders took part in a simulation of adult life: caring for children, paying bills and dealing with unexpected emergencies at ...

April 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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