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Belpre woman seriously injured in rollover

A Belpre woman was injured Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle rollover accident in the 600 block of Patton Road, Great Bend.

March 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


​Holy Family School halts test to see new pope

Fifth graders at Holy Family School were taking state assessments Wednesday afternoon when word came that white smoke was coming from the Vatican.

March 13, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Spring programs continue at GBRC

The number of programs offered by the Great Bend Recreation Commission has remained steady or slightly ahead of last year, Director Diann Henderson reports. But with no American Red Cross office in town, the commission hasn't been able to offer a spring course for baby-sitter training.

March 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec mulls rules for Sox, Midget leagues

Girls in Sox league softball games may be allowed to steal bases this summer. Rule changes were discussed Monday at the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting, but won't be adopted until the April meeting.

March 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


God leads youth group to Great Bend

Members of a church youth group from Amarillo, Texas, spent the first day of their spring break in Great Bend, cleaning up a house that was heavily damaged by fire last month.

March 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Holmes votes for innovative schools coalition

Rep. John Edmonds shared his analysis of the governor's plan to reduce state income taxes, and Sen. Mitch Holmes discussed the Coalition of Innovative School Districts bill when they returned to Great Bend for a legislative coffee, Saturday at the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum.

March 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend Zoo's white tiger, 'Spirit,' dies

The white Bengal tiger at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has died.

March 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas Prisoner Review Board taking comments

A man convicted of second degree murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter in 1987 in Russell County, and a man convicted of sex crimes in Pawnee and Barton County, are eligible for parole hearings in April. A total of 18 Kansas inmates are scheduled for possible parole in May. Prior to their parole hearings, the Prisoner Review Board will take public comments.

March 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Preliminary hearing of former Honor Flights director continued

The preliminary hearing for the woman charged with stealing more than $100,000 from Central Prairie Honor Flights got under way this week, but has been continued to April 10.

March 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Good Politics: Two sides come together

The oil industry and environmentalists – two groups seen as political opposites – managed to sit down together in recent months and form regulations that may become a model for the rest of the nation, the Associated Press reports. The issue is the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." In Illinois, members of the oil and gas industry wanted to use the method with a minimum of red tape, while some environmentalists wanted to ban it altogether.

March 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


ZOO NEWS: Education coordinator is amateur paleontologist

Few people turned out for Danielle Ricklefs' recent program on being an amateur paleontologist, coming as it did after a series of snow days. But Ricklefs, the new education coordinator at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, promised she'll be repeating the program this spring. She also introduces paleontology, the study of fossils and the science of prehistoric life, to teach kids about extinction events, past and future.

March 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


TEXT LESSONS: Students attend Farm Safety Awareness Day

Area high school students were all over the road Wednesday as they attempted to send text messages while driving – and there was no way they'd avoid the occasional pedestrian in the cross walk or deer crossing their paths.

March 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Pursuit ends in rollover

A pursuit of an Ellis County escapee that began Sunday morning in Hoisington ended when the suspect lost control of a stolen car at 31st and Washington Ave. in Great Bend. He was not injured and is back in custody.

March 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Educators, farmers share concerns with lawmakers

Editor's note: This is the second of two articles about last Saturday's Legislative Coffee at Hoisington.

March 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Edmonds concerned with tax increases

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about Saturday's Legislative coffee in Hoisington. Today's article looks at the remarks of Sen. Mitch Holmes and Rep. John Edmonds. Part II will cover the question and answer period.

March 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


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Zoo construction

The big cats at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo this week include Bobcats and other earth movers as City of Great Bend employees work on the former wolf exhibit. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said the exhibit is being worked on and will hold coyotes in the future. "Coyotes are more agile than wolves," she said, so the fence will be raised. They also like to dig, so the pen will be lined with chain link to prevent escape.

March 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tiny railroads featured at swap meet

Years in the making, a miniature world is housed in the basement of Great Bend's First United Methodist Church. That's where the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association meets and stores a display all of the members have worked on, vice president Rich Fox said.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Seven candidates seek USD 428 school board positions

Editor's note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday's Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


His Hands Puppets coming to Hoisington

HOISINGTON - The public is invited to a free puppet show, "Garbage In Garbage Out," at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Country Place Senior Living, 259 West Sixth St. in Hoisington. The program is sponsored by Country Place.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Respect the office

When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

March 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Saturday in the park

Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grant funds opportunity for teen interns at library

Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff diagnosed with cancer; promotes screening

Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


TOT SPOT

Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the "Tot Spot" ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


It's not mandatory

President Obama told an audience this week that mandatory voting might not be a bad idea. "It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything," he said Wednesday at a town hall-style event in Cleveland, Ohio.

March 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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