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Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC raising rates at Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk Kansas Pep Rally planned

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC may cut staff this month

This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Ag talk

Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Victim says burglar came in through window

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman sentenced to 'Hard 25' for murder

Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budding artists' works displayed

What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


State school board member decries ‘War on Public Education’

State Board of Education member Sally Cauble thought it was an April Fool's joke when Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis asked her to explain the purpose of postcards published by the board to "inform legislators and celebrate public education in Kansas." Dennis, who is in the Kansas Board of Education's Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, also wanted to know what the budget was for these items, and he wanted to make sure they weren't in violation of the law that prohibits state officers from lobbying in the state. He wasn't kidding.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Veteran asks for strict sentencing in Miller case

A Kansas veteran is asking Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty to show no leniency when sentencing the woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds earmarked for honoring World War II veterans.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Stolen vehicles, other property recovered

Stolen property was recovered from All Seasons Mobile Home Park, 4 NW 30 Road, at Area 9, Lot 12, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence there last Wednesday, April 1.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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Zoo News: Fox babies here for short time

A skulk of foxes can be seen at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Riley, Park schools get Chromebooks

The Great Bend USD 428 school board approved the purchase of Chromebook computers and software for two elementary schools when it met Tuesday. The board also accepted a donation for future playground equipment at Park School.

June 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Report: BCC hits mark on Workforce Training

Barton Community College trustees heard good news this past week from the dean of Workforce Training & Community Education, Elaine Simmons.

June 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Vacation days: Take ‘em if you got ‘em

The June 1 cover story in Time magazine asks, "Who killed summer vacation?"

June 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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


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