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Teaching coaches see positive results

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education has been learning about the district's shift to the Multi-Tier System of Supports, and on Thursday board members saw MTSS in action.

October 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Debt refinance saves $306,000 at BCC

Barton Community College has refinanced its debt on the Library renovation and the addition to the Technical Building, paid for in 2008 with certificates of participation. The BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday authorized a new lease-purchase agreement at lower interest rates.

October 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Help needed to serve Thanksgiving meal to Barton students

Community members are invited to help provide a traditional turkey-day dinner to Barton Community College students who can't go home on Wednesday, Nov. 25, said Marcia Dietz from Barton's Student Support Services.

October 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Two new grief support groups forming

Two support groups for people suffering the loss of a loved one are being formed in Barton County.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​First Christian Church to offer Trunk or Treat

First Christian Church, 5230 Broadway Ave., will be a place to pick up candy on Halloween. The church will hold its annual Trunk or Treat event from 4-6 p.m. in the parking lot.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Record turnout for Halloween costumes

The Kiwanis Club's fourth annual Halloween Costume Drive drew a record crowd last Saturday at the Great Bend Public Library, club member Barb Esfeld said.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Women recovering from pitbull attack

The prognosis wasn't great when doctors examined Shelly Leroy's mauled arm last August. On July 31, she was attacked at home by her own dog, a pit-bull named Sam that until that day had never shown aggression.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


All-Star Cheer Team continues Argonne Rebels tradition

The Argonne Rebels tradition lives on. Its latest incarnation is the Argonne Rebels All-Star Cheer Team, a program for youths 6-14 years old from Barton and Pawnee counties.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Rifleman'

The Ladies of the Grand Old Republic are helping to restore a GAR commissioned statue, "The Rifleman," in the Barton County Courthouse Square. But Beverly Komarek, executive director of the Barton County Historical Society, wonders who will step up next time.

October 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Restoration begins on 'The Rifleman'

"The Rifleman" stands on the north side of the Barton County Courthouse, vigilantly facing south to protect the Union. Before the sculpture of a Civil War soldier turns 100 years old in November it is getting a professional makeover.

October 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Report highlights BCC success

Barton Community College's 2015 "Community Report" is hot off the press, Barton President Dr. Carl Heilman told members of the Great Bend Kiwanis on Wednesday. The annual report to BCC stakeholders highlights the college's progress and its vision for the future.

October 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Small fire quickly extinguished

Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said a cigarette is the suspected cause of a small grass fire reported Sunday morning at 2545 Sunset Place. Firefighters were dispatched at 11:11 a.m. and arrived to find a small area of grass that had burnt near the back door of the residence. The resident said she had put a cigarette out near the back steps.

October 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Spider in car causes injury accident

A four-vehicle injury accident occurred Sunday afternoon when a motorist noticed a spider on her lap and lost control of a car on U.S. 56, a mile east of Great Bend.

October 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pumpkin sales help church missions

Buying a pumpkin for a jack o'lantern can be as simple as adding it to the family shopping list, or it can become an event.

October 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Early birds get T-shirts for GBFD run-walk

The Great Bend Fire Department's annual run-walk for MDA will add chipped timers this year, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said. The Nov. 7 event, which offers 10K, 5K and one-mile distances, also has a fun new name: The Stache Dash, and participants are encouraged to wear or grow mustaches. Additional awards will be given for the best real and fake mustaches.

October 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Hoisington EMS Barn holds open house

Kids could sit behind the steering wheel of a fire truck and explore the back of an ambulance on Thursday at the Hoisington EMS Barn.

May 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Former Quicksilver treasurer sentenced for forgeries

Quicksilver Softball team will receive $4,768 in restitution from its former treasurer, Christine A. Torres, who was recently sentenced in Barton County District Court ...

May 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wetlands Waterpark opens Saturday

Great Bend's Wetlands Waterpark at 2303 Main is scheduled to open Saturday, May 27. The aquatic center will be open from 12:30-5:30 ...

May 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Remember vets with poppies

Members of the Great Bend American Legion Unit 180 and Auxiliary invite the public to honor our nation's fallen warriors and contribute to the ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC names 3 VPs

Barton Community College now had three vice presidents instead of one, following an administrative structural change that was approved Tuesday by the college's board ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perfect Pedaling

Last week, as classes were wrapping up at Great Bend schools, 20 elementary students were given BMX-style bicycles as a reward for excellent attendance.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a ...

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Waste not

When they stop being useful, computers, cell phones and other electronic products become E-waste. Each year in the United States, homes, schools, government offices and ...

May 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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