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Garrett hired as Barton VP

Dr. Robin Garrett was named vice president of instruction and student services Thursday when the Barton Community College Board of Trustees met. Dr. Garrett replaces Dr. Penny Quinn, who left to become president of Kaskaskia College in Centralia, Ill.

June 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Camp Hope lives up to its name

Super Gummi Bears, Ninja Tiger Dogs and Jeff Goldblum's Dinosaur Dance Party are some of the names chosen by teams at the 2015 Camp Hope.

June 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Volunteers needed to visit long-term care homes

When LaRea Cravens became a volunteer ombudsman at an assisted-living facility in Barton County, her daughter asked her what that entailed.

June 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton VP candidate praises community colleges

Dr. Robin Garrett holds a Ph.D., but her higher education began with a course at a community college. The third of three candidates seeking the job of vice president of academics at Barton Community College visited the campus Tuesday for a public forum.

June 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Library submits 2016 budget to city

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has submitted a 2016 proposed budget totaling $739,600, requesting $640,000 from the City of Great Bend.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fact and fiction: Publicity raises awareness

The movie "Jurassic Park" and all of its sequels, including the new "Jurassic World," have provided a big boost to the advancement of paleontology, the study of fossils. Even though the franchise got so much wrong – starting with the title, which more accurately should have been "Cretaceous Park" – scientists in the field say the movies spark interest in a way that real fossils cannot.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Code enforcer promotes property maintenance

The City of Great Bend is raising the standard for property maintenance, Code Enforcement Officer Stuart Baker told a civic group this week. He expects new ordinances with "more teeth" to be enacted this summer.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Community funds created for youth swimming

The Golden Belt Community Foundation has established endowment and grant funds to support youth swim programs in the future, Foundation Director Christy Tustin said. Community donations are encouraged, and the first $100,000 will be matched by a group of anonymous donors.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The Boys in the Bank

The Kansas Legislature's latest attempt to pass a budget seemed doomed from the start.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC trustees fill four positions

A six-month search for Barton Community College's next executive director of institutional advancement ended Thursday when the board of trustees hired Nancy Wiebe of Wichita.

June 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 approves pool lease with BCC

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved a memorandum of understanding Monday with Barton Community College. Superintendent Brad Reed said the agreement, in effect, guarantees the school district can continue to use the college's indoor pool for the next 12 years with a $10,000 a year lease.

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​New teachers hired for fall

A summary of items approved Monday by the USD 428 school board:

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Suspect found with stolen boat and motors

A stolen boat was recovered Saturday and a suspect was arrested, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

June 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Youth Academy takes teens behind the scenes

Great Bend youths spent most of the day Friday learning what makes the City of Great Bend tick. For the 41st Youth Academy, they visited areas seldom seen, such as the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and places they thought they knew, such as the zoo.

June 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Nex-Tech TV crew visits Great Bend Zoo

Nex-Tech's cable TV show "What's Happening Now" has been highlighting events and attractions in Hays and other parts of western Kansas for several episodes. This past week, host Jenny Leiker and crew visited the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, an attraction Leiker said she has loved since moving to this area. A full 30-minute segment will be dedicated to the zoo.

June 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Jordan found guilty

A Barton County jury has found Steven Terry "Dewey" Jordan, 46, guilty of rape, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. District Judge Ron Svaty ...

September 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Homework: Daily reading

If you're reading this, there's a good chance your gray cells are active this morning (or afternoon or evening).

September 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Jordan takes the stand; trial continues

The prosecution's final witness in the trial of Steven Terry Jordan was a 911 dispatcher who presented a recording of a call make around ...

September 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jordan trial continues with witness testimony

Barton County Attorney Douglas Matthews called about half a dozen witnesses Tuesday in the trial of Steven Terry Jordan. The Great Bend man is charged ...

September 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend Police recover gun, brass knuckles

The Great Bend Police Department responded to a report at 12:27 a.m. Monday, after a male was seen rummaging through vehicles on Aspen ...

August 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Two fires reported Saturday

The Great Bend Fire Department responded to two fire calls last Saturday, Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

August 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Late night traffic stops lead to arrests

Traffic stops made late Friday and early Saturday by Great Bend police officers led at least four arrests.

August 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jury to hear evidence in rape, burglary case

A jury heard opening arguments Monday in the trial of a Great Bend man accused of rape, aggravated burglary and criminal damage to property. Steven ...

August 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Big Benefit Auction photos

Mel and Darnell Holopirek were the Old Bill Honorees at the Barton Community College Foundation's Big Benefit Auction, Saturday, Aug. 22. The event, "A ...

August 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tot Spot to open Saturday

The grand opening of Great Bend's newest playground area, The Tot Spot, is set for 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motto Musing

The Barton County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office has added "In God We Trust" decals to its vehicles, and posted a photo on its Facebook page.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Welding Lab bid goes to Great Bend firm

The Welding Certificate program at Barton Community College started this fall, and on Tuesday the BCC Board of Trustees approved the purchase of 10 complete ...

August 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend, Hoisington battle grass fire

A spark from a power line is the suspected cause of a Sunday afternoon fire that scorched grass and trees northeast of Great Bend. The ...

August 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Scukesters celebrate Hawaiian Statehood Day

The musical group The Scukesters had just finished a set at P Lee's Antiques & Memories in Pawnee Rock on Friday afternoon and was headed ...

August 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Inmates scheduled for parole hearings

Three Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties will be considered for parole this fall. The Prisoner Review Board will hold parole ...

August 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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