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Reality TV?

Watching for the latest bills in the Kansas Legislature is as entertaining as a reality TV show – think "Duck Dynasty." You just never know what will happen next.

February 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Churches speak out against 'relgious freedom' act

Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed HB 2453, described as an act "protecting religious freedom regarding marriage." Nationally, it was described as an "anti-gay marriage proposal." By Tuesday, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review the bill pronounced it dead.

February 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Rising country star sought for Party in the Park

The job of city administrator isn't all about pot holes and snow removal. On Monday, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington joined Community Coordinator Christina Hayes as she talked to the city council about plans for Party in the Park on Aug. 16.

February 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


City approves plans to fix Vets Lake

Note: This story was updated on Feb. 18 to show the correct date for Party in the Park. The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 16.

February 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


City Council happy with snow removal efforts

Great Bend City Council members expressed satisfaction with snow removal efforts that occurred this month, saying the type of snowstorm that hit Barton County is rare.

February 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Neighborhood Crime Watch

Great Bend Community Theatre members are on the lookout for comedy this week as they present a red hot comedy, "Neighborhood Crime Watch."

February 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Brain meltdown

Members of the Kansas Legislature's House Energy and Environment Committee on Thursday considered a resolution to ignore science.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Honest Abe visits Great Bend Public Library

The featured speaker at the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg, Edward Everett, spoke for more than two hours on Nov. 19, 1863. Then President Abraham Lincoln rose and spoke for less than two minutes, delivering the "Gettysburg Address." It was 272 words long.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Sparks fly, interrupt dance class

Main Street was blocked off for a time on Thursday night as the Great Bend Fire Department responded to the Dance by Design dance school, where a buildup of ice apparently caused electrical wires to spark and start a small fire.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Eisenhour returns to prison

Zachary Steven Eisenhour Sr., 29, returned to prison last week after violating his parole for child abuse and other crimes committed nearly seven years ago in Stafford County.

February 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Tai Chi attendance growing at GBRC

Winter classes are in full swing at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, and the staff is already getting ready for spring and summer, Executive Director Diann Henderson told the Board of Directors on Monday.

February 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Drifting snow hinders travel, deliveries

A motorist was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Thursday after the car she was driving slid off of West Barton County Road, around 12:45 p.m.

February 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Religious freedom?

A sign that can be found in some business establishment reads, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."

February 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Winter storm hinders travel; no school Wednesday

With a Winter Weather Advisory in effect Tuesday morning, schools were closed and Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that Barton County was experiencing moderate to heavy snowfall, leading to treacherous road conditions.

February 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Four feared dead after plane from Great Bend crashes in Tennessee

A private airplane that flew out of the Great Bend Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon crashed and burned around 5 p.m. in a field near Nashville, Tenn. There were no survivors, according to Tennessee news sources such as NewsChannel5.com, which also reported that the Gulfstream 690C was registered to Mid-Kansas Agri-Co in Pawnee Rock.

February 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Bad bills

A bill that would remove gifted children from the realm of special education was introduced in the Kansas Legislature on Monday.

February 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Aldrich dining hall nearly completed

The new Dining and Events Center at Barton Community College's Camp Aldrich should be finished by the end of this month, Dean of Administration ...

February 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School board approves 2016-2017 calendar

Next year's calendar for Great Bend USD 428 schools will be similar to this year's, but the winter break will be two days ...

February 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


100 GBCT productions

Great Bend Community Theatre's first play was "Night Watch," which opened in November of 1982 at Roosevelt Junior High School.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘The Kitchen Witches’ is a wicked funny treat

Great Bend Community Theatre's 100th production is "The Kitchen Witches," winner of the 2005 Samuel French Canadian Playwrights contest.

February 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tell Them

If you think consolidating rural school districts down to one per county is a bad idea, be sure to let your Kansas legislators know.

February 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: 2 zookeeepers join Brit Spaugh team

Two new zookeepers joined the staff of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in January, filling two vacancies. Zoo Supervisor Sara Hamlin said she is ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Health Equipped

Barton Community College hosted an open house and reception Tuesday to showcase its new Adult Healthcare Simulation Lab in the Technical Building, room T-119. A ...

February 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC adds safety alerts

Barton Community College has purchased two mobile phone applications for improved campus safety.

February 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Spelling Bee set for Saturday

Barton County's annual spelling bee will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Great Bend High School Auditorium.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


County Attorney says office needs more space, attorneys

Barton County Attorney Doug Matthews said his office prosecuted close to 2,300 newly filed cases in 2015, for charges ranging "from murder to seat ...

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ike exhibit at Eisenhower School

Friday was Kansas Day, which was reason enough for Kansas native Amelia Earhart to visit Riley Elementary School. Calamity Jane, who also visited the school ...

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Ride Into History

There were two special visitors – or were there four? – Friday at Riley Elementary School.

January 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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