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Earth Day at the Great Bend Zoo

Representatives from 175 countries signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change Friday, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, marking a major milestone on Earth Day.

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Migration Rally taking late registrations

The conditions are ideal for next weekend's "Great Migration Rally," said Pam Martin at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Organizers have extended the registration deadline to the end of the day on Wednesday, April 27. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Education Center, Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich, and several other locations.

April 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Grant County missing person investigation

GRANT COUNTY - The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting Grant County law enforcement in its search for a man who went missing earlier this month. In response to media inquiries, the KBI issued a statement on Friday:

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record

Newest AA, NA listings added to Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | On the Record

Ag land values decrease slightly

Agricultural land values in 66 Kansas counties, including all of the Golden Belt, may decrease slightly from property valuations recently sent out, depending on the property's soil type.

April 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Thomas to stand trial for murder

Freddie Alec Thomas will stand trial on a charge of first-degree murder for the Sept. 11, 2015, shooting death of Jeremy Alan Saldana outside a Great Bend home.

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

The Gift

Years ago, cities supposedly designated formal parks which were often named Lafayette Park in honor of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and Washington, D.C.'s Lafayette Square.

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Find out what's happening at 'Squirrel Lake'

In a place called Squirrel Lake, you're bound to meet a nut or two. Great Bend Community Theatre's new production takes place at a family cabin on the shores of Squirrel Lake, Wisconsin, where a family gathers for the reading of their Mother's will. Not everyone is what they appear to be as we meet a nun and her insane brother, as well a psychic, supposedly sent by Mom from the great beyond.

April 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

County attorney’s office concedes murder charges

The Barton County Attorney's Office has conceded that current Kansas law does not support the first-degree murder charges that were filed against Adam Suppes, Alejo Villegas and Juventino Villegas.

April 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Judge denies Hirsh new trial based on jury misconduct/bias

Former Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Darrin Hirsh will not get a new trial based on potential juror misconduct or bias, District Judge Ron Svaty ruled Friday in Barton County District Court.

April 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

USD 428 bargaining move forward

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed said the first Interest-Based Bargaining meeting with teachers concerning next year's contracts went smoothly.

April 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Kansas tragedy

On June 2, 2007, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith was abducted in broad daylight from an Overland Park department store and murdered. The abduction was captured on the store's security camera leaving little doubt of the emergency nature of the circumstances. Four days after she disappeared, authorities were able to locate Kelsey's body after her wireless provider released the "ping" or "call location" information from her cell phone.

April 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Extension agents present Nutrition Banking to Walk KS

Walk Kansas fitness challenge participants were treated to lunch Wednesday at the Great Bend Recreation Center. However, as any calorie-conscious person knows there is no such thing as a free lunch.

April 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton teaches essential job skills

Students enrolled in career and technical education courses at Barton Community College are taught accountability and other aspects of professionalism that employers want, Dean of Workforce Training & Community Education Elaine Simmons told the BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

April 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Handbook, textbook adoptions approved by Great Bend school board

New handbooks that outline policies for Great Bend USD 428 students, teachers, athletics and activities were approved with little fanfare at Monday's Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Brad Reed noted that, in accordance with board policy, this was the second reading of the handbooks that were introduced at the March board meeting.

April 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

Dust Bowl program offered Sunday

Cottonwood District Extension Agent Alicia Boor will present a program on the Dust Bowl at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Barton County Historical Society ...

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


This week Natalie Beagley from the American Red Cross Blood Services office in Wichita called the Great Bend Tribune to report a heightened need for ...

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Girl Scouts brighten day for preschooler with heart disease

Great Bend Girl Scouts are wrapping up cookie sales but they took time recently to befriend a 4-year-old girl with a rare disease. Troop 11142 ...

March 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Architect reviews needs at USD 428

with mug of Terry Wiggers

March 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Salina crooner coming to Jazz Festival

The 24th Annual Great Bend Jazz Festival will feature vocalist Les Lankhorst from Salina, as well as the Prairie Winds Show Band and the GBHS ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Bunny Hunt

The Kansas Bowhunters Association's annual Bunny Hunt got underway Saturday at Cheyenne Bottoms. Between searches for cottontail, members enjoyed archery target shooting and the ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Legislative Coffee

The second of two Legislative Coffees was held Saturday at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce, with about 20 people coming to hear Sen. Mary ...

March 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Town Hall Topics: Health Care

The results of a recent online survey of community health services were reviewed Thursday during a town-hall meeting at the Holiday Inn Express. Mental health ...

March 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

School violence

It's been nearly 19 years since two teenagers went on a killing spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999 ...

March 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

GBHS absences doubled on March 7

The number of students absent from Great Bend High School on Wednesday was about double the usual, Great Bend USD 428 Director of Public Information ...

March 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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