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Food for the holidays

Members of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club collect food boxes to deliver to families in need, Saturday morning at Dillons. The club bought 35 boxes, spending over $1,200, for deliveries to homes suggested by the Barton County Food Bank. It was a busy day for acts of kindness; club President Rob Bauer said his church, First United Methodist, also planned to deliver 105 food boxes that day.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Update on jury trial

Darrin Hirsh trial continues. Defense called its first witness shortly after 2 p.m. Friday. The jury was sent home for the weekend around 5:10 p.m. and will return at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21.

December 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Madrigal music

Choir members of the Great Bend High School Madrigals sing at the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club meeting, Wednesday at Perkins restaurant. They have been performing once or twice a day for most of this month, vocal instructor Susan Stambaugh said. Their final public appearance of the year was set for Thursday. The program featured seasonal music, including a dance number choreographed by the students. They ended with the Madrigals' signature song, "Reach out and Touch," performed with sign language.

December 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Oliver receives Great Bend Greater award

Once a year, the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club presents an award to someone who has made this community a better place. The 2015 Great Bend Greater recipient is Dale Oliver.

December 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Hirsh’s ex says: He put the gun next to my head

Darrin Hirsh's ex-wife Candice testified Wednesday that her husband held his Kansas Highway Patrol service pistol to her head and a pillow over her face the night of March 12, 2013, after a heated argument.

December 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS to offer new courses in 2016

Freshmen won't be enrolling in biology next fall at Great Bend High School. Instead, they'll be taking a one-semester introductory course in physics and chemistry, plus a semester of space and earth science. They'll still need to take biology to graduate, but the overall requirement of three science credits for graduation will not change, school administrators said.

December 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Trooper’s domestic violence trial underway

It took most of the day Tuesday to choose a jury for Darrin Hirsh, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper charged with aggravated assault and other counts of domestic violence in Barton County District Court. The jury is scheduled to hear opening statements at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when the trial resumes.

December 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School board extends Reed’s contract

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education voted Monday to extend Superintendent Brad Reed's contract for 2016-18.

December 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Historical Society holds volunteer appreciation

Anyone who has served as a volunteer at the Barton County Historical Society this year was invited Thursday to an appreciation reception and a sneak peek at the holiday exhibit. The public can view the exhibit free during the Ghosts of Christmas Past Open House from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum, south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend.

December 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Giving Tuesday raises more than $210,000

Area endowed funds received a total of $210,780 during the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Giving Tuesday event on Dec. 1. The event, also billed as "Give Where You Live," attracted more than 400 donors to organizations throughout Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties. The total includes a $50,000 match.

December 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Soup supper will benefit Quilts of Valor program

American Legion Auxiliary will hold a benefit soup supper from 5-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at the American Legion Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave. Members and guests are welcome.

December 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall Grammy nominated

MANHATTAN - K-State professor and Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall has been nominated with the Kansas City Chorale for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical in the 2016 Grammy Awards for the album, "Rachmaninoff: All Night Vespers."

December 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Museum preparing annual 'Ghosts of Christmas Past'

The Barton County Historical Society invites the public to revisit the joys of winter holidays through the years at its annual open house, "Ghosts of Christmas Past." It will run from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Historical Museum and Village, located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend.

December 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC approves agreement with GB

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved an interlocal agreement Tuesday with the City of Great Bend, adopting a new neighborhood revitalization plan. The plan allows the city to offer tax rebates on improvements that increase the value of the properties. The agreement will be in effect from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016, when it can be extended, modified or allowed to expire.

December 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Red Cross asks for blood donations this holiday season

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.

December 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Spray family donates $25K to Barton Athletics

Barton Community College's Athletic Department will receive another $25,000 donation from Kip and Kelly Spray, bringing their total giving in the past two ...

September 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


StoryWalk

Reading a children's book does not usually involve much physical activity, unless the book is part of a StoryWalk.

September 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend tackles drop in ACT scores

Great Bend High School has seen its ACT Scores creeping downward in the last five year years, Superintendent Khris Thexton told the school board this ...

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family plans donation to BCC

The Kip and Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center at Barton Community College is sure to bear that name until at least 2034, and another ...

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Maple Street

In the classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," (1960) the neighbors on "Maple Street U.S.A.," in an idyllic ...

September 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


USD 428 ready to extend Title I status

Great Bend USD 428's five elementary schools are part of Title 1 - a program that provides federal financial assistance to schools with high percentages ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Lemonade War'

The lemonade stand set up at Monday's school board meeting was a reminder that soon children throughout Great Bend soon will be reading "The ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 will ask state to revoke teacher's license

Special education teacher Alyson Burkhart's resignation was not accepted Monday by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education. Instead, the board will petition ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


First UMC Great Bend to participate in National Back to Church Sunday

"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend at ...

September 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Silver Haired Legislature supports senior issues

The Executive Board of the Silver Haired Legislature will take several issues to Topeka next month, said Janice Walker, Barton County's representative.

September 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local literacy programs abound

The kickoff for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Great Bend will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, during Story Time at ...

September 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Natural Disaster

Hurricane Harvey was a natural disaster, but the damage it has caused was made worse by climate change, some of which can certainly be attributed ...

September 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Lions and bears -- Oh boy!

Although the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is without a tiger, for now, the lions and bears are providing plenty of good news.

September 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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