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Who will kiss a farm animal?

People with some "loose change" are invited to place it in one of six jars at the Barton County Fair. The jars show the faces of members of the Fair Board, Fair Friends and 4-H. The one who gets the most money will kiss a farm animal.

July 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


New BCC trustee joins budget study

Leonard Bunselmeyer was sworn in Thursday as the newest member of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees. County Clerk Donna Zimmerman administered the oath of office for Bunselmeyer and re-elected trustees Don Learned and John Moshier at the beginning of a study session that included news about next year's budget.

July 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Fair sponsors add free fun for all

Berny Unruh was a shoe-in at the Red Shoe Kick, Wednesday at the Barton County Fair. The Barton County K-State Extension agent suggested the friendly game for the 4-H Youth Rally on the official opening day of the fair.

July 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Two dozen fire calls made in Great Bend on the Fourth of July

Great Bend Fire Department handled more than two dozen fire calls on the Fourth of July.

July 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


CrossPoint taking youths to Worlds of Fun

CrossPoint Church's youth group will travel to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo., at the conclusion of vacation Bible school, youth pastor Randy Mills said. In addition to that, a Christian rap singer will come to Great Bend.

July 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Religion


10 and Under Tennis comes to Great Bend

Dustin Weeler isn't out to create the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams, but he is introducing tennis to some very young players. During one of his recent sessions at Club 1 Fitness, the tennis instructor's students were all under 10 - and the youngest was 3 years old.

July 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Not a hate group?

Westboro Baptist Church is officially not a hate group, the Obamma Administration said this week.

July 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Burned duplex was a place of hope

When fire gutted a duplex at 8th and Hickory Street Monday afternoon, it destroyed more than a building.

July 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


J and D Raceway shut down by acts of vandalism

Someone broke into the building at J and D Raceway on Tuesday, set fire to paper towels and threw feces around in the bathroom. Great Bend Police are investigating the case as arson, estimating damage at $350.

July 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo news: Cleanup continues following thunderstorm

The effects of last week's thunderstorm can still be seen at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Homemade explosives lead to arrest

The Wichita Police Department's bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were called to the Highland Hotel after homemade explosive devices were found late Friday. A Great Bend man allegedly threw one at a man, but it didn't go off.

July 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Fires damage homes in Great Bend

A rental house and a duplex were damaged Monday in separate fires, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. No on was injured.

July 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County Historical Society completes sign project

Great Bend artist Chet Cale said he's thrilled that his latest work faces paintings by internationally famous Charles B. Rogers, who became known as "The Kansan." Cale's bas relief sculpture at the Barton County Historical Society is all about central Kansas.

June 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Still needed: Voting Rights Act isn't obsolete

The Supreme Court has voted 5-4 to strike down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, reasoning it is no longer needed in these more enlightened times. The law was created to prevent discrimination against racial minorities wanting to vote.

June 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


BCC trustees award bid for practice building

Brentwood construction company of Great Bend won the bid to build a practice building for Barton Community College for $362,990.

June 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


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


‚ÄčNo 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


BCC: Pool could close without tax increase

Barton Community College trustees discussed the future of the college's swimming pool during their May study session on Thursday. Board Chairman Mike Johnson said they need to vote on the issue at the May 28 business meeting, but whatever the board decides is sure to make someone unhappy.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff talks about conceal carry law

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir told a civic group Wednesday he has "concerns" about the state's new concealed carry legislation. Starting July 1, it will be legal for most people to carry a concealed weapon in Kansas, with or without a permit.

May 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Vandalism, graffiti an ongoing problem

Great Bend Police officers have talked to some juveniles who admitted involvement in recent graffiti incidents, Detective David Bailey said.

May 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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