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HOT ITEMS: City fire department gets new vehicles

Great Bend Fire Department has purchased a new fire truck and ambulance in recent weeks, Chief Mike Napolitano said.

November 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


GBRC seeking longest tail feather

Now that pheasant hunting season has begun, the Great Bend Recreation Commission is again holding its Longest Tail Feather contest, program director Garet Fitzpatrick said.

November 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Election Notes: Finance reports filed; question approved

The three Barton County candidates who missed the Oct. 29 deadline to file reports of their pre-general election receipts and expenditures have now filed those reports, Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman said. The reports show campaign contributions received and money spent between July 27 and Oct. 25.

November 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chapman pleads not guilty to first degree murder

Jeffrey Wade Chapman entered a plea of "not guilty" to first degree murder, during his arraignment Friday in Barton County District Court. Chapman, 31, of Pawnee Rock, is charged with the intentional, premeditated murder of Damon Galyardt on Nov. 11 or early Nov. 12, 2011.

November 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


DOUBLE FEATURE: Two community plays open Thursday

Theater lovers have their choice of two comedy productions this week in Great Bend. Students in the theater department at Barton Community College have produced "Harry's Hotter at Twilight," and Great Bend Community Theater is presenting "Drinking Habits." The curtains on both plays go up Thursday.

November 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stewardship

The first time someone threw a baseball into the metal door at Barton Community College's Kirkman Center, it may have been an accident. But today, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs has dozens of photos of damaged walls, heavy vinyl curtains, and the aforementioned door, all of them pocked or broken from the hundreds of baseballs, softballs and soccer balls that have been hurled without a thought or care about the damage being done.

November 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Trustees discuss Kirkman use

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees discussed "several personnel matters" during a special meeting held Thursday afternoon, board chairman Mike Johnson said.

November 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Children’s author visits Great Bend

A published children's author with ties to Great Bend is in town this week, visiting relatives and reading to children.

November 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


‘Rookie’ Edmonds wins again

Great Bend's John Edmonds will again be Representative of the state's 112th district, after pulling in 71 percent of the votes Tuesday night in Barton County. Unofficial final totals from the Barton County Clerk's Office showed the Republican with 6,528 votes. Democratic challenger Steve Muehleisen received 2,505 votes, or 27 percent. There were also 132 write-in votes. At the end of October, Great Bend Republican Frank McKinney announced he was running as a write-in candidate.

November 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Church closes its doors for day to honor persecuted Christians

A video on YouTube shows a crime scene tape across the front door of Great Bend's Grace Community Church, and its pastors, including the Rev. Jay Beuoy, being locked up in jail cells.

November 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend natives taste success

Two Great Bend High School graduates now living in Chicago, Ill., can be seen next week on cable television's Travel Channel.

November 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Good job

Great Bend loves holidays.

November 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Three local candidates miss deadline

Three candidates for county office missed Monday's deadline to file reports of their pre-general election receipts and expenditures reports at the Barton County Clerk's Office. But they'll all get a second chance.

October 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


State candidates release spending records

The Democratic candidate for Representative of the state's 112th District listed exactly five donations on his last campaign finance report.

October 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


McKinney annoucnes write-in bid for Legislature

Great Bend resident Frank McKinney on Monday declared himself a write-in candidate for the 112th District Kansas House of Representatives. Republican John Edmonds and Democrat Steve Muehleisen, both from Great Bend, are on the ballot. McKinney said he is a moderate Republican who represents a choice, especially within his own party.

October 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​A vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Smith, Piper join Rec Commission

There were two new faces at Monday's Great Bend Recreation Commission board meeting. Sandy Smith joined the board of directors, filling the position previously held by Dr. Mary Misegadis, whose term of office expired Dec. 31, 2014.

January 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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