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Businesses to compete in cookie contest

Great Bend's downtown businesses will tempt shoppers with cookies during the Home for the Holidays festivities on Saturday, Nov. 30.

November 16, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC revamps networking programs

Networking Specialist programs at Barton Community College were revised Thursday by the BCC Board of Trustees. Jane Howard and others involved in the programs explained that the certificate and specialist degree programs differed between the Barton County campus and the Fort Riley campus.

November 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Obama Reversal: Un-canceling easier said than done

President Barack Obama announced Thursday that health insurance polices that have been canceled because they don't meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act can be kept for a year.

November 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Library’s Children’s Department gets makeover

The Children's Department at the Great Bend Public Library has a new look, thanks to several grants and gifts received in 2013.

November 13, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo members get sneak peek

Vixey the arctic fox has a new playmate. The male fox, named Tod (both names come from Disney's "Fox and the Hound"), arrived at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo at the end of last month and he's just been moved to a public viewing area.

November 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Hofeling returning to rec board

Last December, the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board presented a plaque to Bruce Hofeling, whose second four-year term as a board member was about to end. After a one-year absence, Hofeling will return as a board member at large on Jan. 1, 2014.

November 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Families attend Riley Reading Night

Riley School's motto is "The School that Reads," and last Thursday students invited their parents to come to their classrooms and see what they're learning.

November 09, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

News judgment

The first news item about a cat's body being found in the bushes of a Great Bend neighborhood appeared as an item in the Tribune's "On the Record" in October. It became a front-page story this week when the Humane Society of the United States offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

November 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Zoo News: New animals arriving daily

New animals are arriving on schedule this month at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

November 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Investigation continues in hit-and-run fatality

It's been nearly a month since 33-year-old Rhiannon Young died after being hit by a motorist who then drove away on the U.S. 281 Bypass. The Great Bend Police Department continues to investigate, Detective David Bailey said.

November 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Beautiful Beginnings, Barristers win Charity Chili Cook-off

Beautiful Beginnings won the Tasters Choice Award at the 2013 Charity Chili Cook-off, Saturday in downtown Great Bend. Those who bought a $5 taster bracelet were allowed to sample the chili from 11 entrants, and to vote for their favorite. The entrants donated the chili, and proceeds will go to the Barton County Food Bank, said Sarah Krom with Sunflower Diversified Services, event organizer.

November 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Bus donation helps Prodigal Ministries

Prodigal Ministries, a local endeavor that helps homeless men get a fresh start, recently received a 12-passenger bus from the Great Bend campus of CrossPoint Church.

November 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Advanced Therapy & Sports Medicine helps food banks

Advanced Therapy and Sports Medicine celebrated National Physical Therapy Month in October by organizing its third annual community food drive. As the Give Back Community Food Drive concluded Thursday, employees at the Great Bend location, 3715 10th St., filled the back of a jeep with non-perishable food items people had donated during the month.

November 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Business

Pro-choice: Roberts defends school vouchers

Last week, Senator Pat Roberts joined 29 other Senators in "calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to explain why his Justice Department is suing to force 570 needy children to remain in failing public schools based solely on their skin color."

October 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Dream Center welcomes Phoenix visionaries

A nonprofit organization with the motto "Reaching Hurting People, Restoring Families, Realizing Dreams" quietly got underway in Great Bend last August. Now the Central Kansas Dream Center, located at 2100 Broadway Ave., will host some guests from Phoenix, Ariz., to train local program leaders and help others better understand the vision for central Kansas.

October 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

KWEC Education Day photos

Photos taken Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's annual education day for area second graders.

September 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Kids explore Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Area children didn't have to travel far on Wednesday for a field trip to a national treasure. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center on K-156 ...

September 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Refinancing should save BCC $100,000

Refinancing debt on 2008 certificates of participation at a lower interest rate should save Barton Community College more than $100,000 over the life of ...

September 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​City to hold annual auction

The City of Great Bend will hold its annual public auction at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, outside the Great Bend Police Department ...

September 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Library closing the gap on budget deficit

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems told his board of directors Monday that efforts to reduce spending are paying off.

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Coat drive extended through Friday

Sponsors of an annual drive to collect coats for the community are extending the donation period through Friday, Sept. 25.

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Phone system bid on school board agenda

Bids for a new telephone system for Great Bend USD 428 will be opened Wednesday, and the school board will consider those bids during a ...

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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