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Catastrophe coaching

Great Bend firefighters faced an unusual rescue situation Thursday when a car smashed into the back of a school bus. Even though it was a training scenario and not an actual catastrophe, the learning experience was authentic.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Koch named education coordinator at zoo

When Amber Koch is doing an animal program at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, she likes for audience members to "get their hands dirty."

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Playground equipment added at Brit Spaugh Zoo

New playground equipment is up at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. Although it needs some finishing touches, kids are already making use of the fort-style assembly of slides, ladders and swings.

July 25, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Koch named education coordinator

When Amber Koch is doing an animal program at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, she likes for audience members to "get their hands dirty."

July 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


CHANGE OF SCENERY

New playground equipment is up at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo. Although it needs some finishing touches, kids are already making use of the fort-style assembly of slides, ladders and swings.

July 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Police investigate rape, kidnapping report

A woman reports being held against her will for more than a day and sexually assaulted by several men, according to Great Bend Police Detective David Bailey.

July 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Area residents involved in injury accidents

Barton and Pawnee County residents were involved in several highway accidents over the weekend, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol crash logs. All of the people involved were wearing seat belts, with one exception.

July 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Officers have busy weekend

Maybe it was the nearly full moon, or the result of after harvest celebrations, but officers at the Barton County Sheriff's Office and Great Bend Police Department fielded several disturbance complaints this past weekend.

July 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


After Harvest: Ellinwood celebrates 'home' with annual parade

ELLINWOOD - This year's Ellinwood After Harvest Festival Parade lived up to its theme, "Home is Where Our Story Begins."

July 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Hudson preparing for summer events

HUDSON - The Chicken Run, Turkey Trot and Ham 'N Jam are all events taking place Aug. 3 and 4 in this Stafford County Community. As the names imply, food is involved.

July 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Ellinwood After Harvest Festival

Photos from Saturday's parade, and a couple from the classic car show. See anyone you know?

July 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC combats student loan fraud, defaults

Fraud and abuse of student financial aid is a rising nationwide epidemic, according to Myrna Perkins, Director of Financial Aid at Barton Community College. Her office has the challenge of spotting suspicious applications, as well as reducing the default rate on student loans.

July 18, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Bank fail: Regulations make sense

With Dems and Republicans seemingly at a stalemate in Washington, D.C., it's encouraging to see a bipartisan effort being proposed by Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), along with Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Angus King (I-Maine), and for something the country really needs. They have proposed the "21st Century Glass-Steagall Act," restoring some provisions that were stripped from the Banking Act of 1933 back in 1999.

July 18, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Child Advocacy Center announces 'Make a MOVEment'

Organizers of a fundraiser to support child victims of sexual abuse invite the community to "Make a MOVEment," from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 27, in Great Bend.

July 16, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec Board seeking tax hike

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is seeking to raise its taxing authority from 5 mills to 7 mills.

July 13, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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​BCC trustees approve contracts and plans

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved several contract renewals on Wednesday, along with a contingency planning policy and a new strategic plan for the college.

May 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dive In: Keeping pool makes sense

Nobody wants to see their taxes go up, but Wednesday's decision by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees to keep the pool open will be worth the cost. We estimate it will be less than $9.50 on a $100,000 home next year, and less than $2.50 a year after that.*

May 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC mill levy could go up

Keeping the swimming pool in operation at Barton Community College is likely to require an increase in the mill levy, but it won't be the only reason for a possible increase, college trustees said Wednesday.

May 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees approve plan to maintain pool

A plan to maintain the Barton Community College swimming pool for the foreseeable future received unanimous support Wednesday from the BCC Board of Trustees.

May 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Good attendance gets wheels

The staff at Riley Elementary School had a dilemma; local donors were providing four bikes to give away for perfect attendance, but the school had five students who never missed a day of school, showed up late or left early. So, the staff pitched in and purchased a fifth bike.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC considers welding program

Barton Community College may add a basic welding program to its course lineup before the end of 2015.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Show support: Honor vets with better care

Memorial Day is a good time to honor our veterans, and not just those who are deceased.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Celebrating a century

SEWARD - The Most Rev. John Balthasar Brungardt, bishop of the diocese of Dodge City, will officiate the Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Bishop Brungardt will also install a first-class relic of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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