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Dog days of summer meets Party in the Park

Great Bend's annual Party in the Park offered a full day of fun in the sun and shade. With a variety of attractions and contests, there was something for everyone in the family - including the family dog.

August 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: ​City seeking zookeeper, greeter

The City of Great Bend website has two job openings listed at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo - for a zookeeper and for a part-time helper at the main building, the Raptor Center. The positions were held by Zookeeper Stacie Hayes, who is moving to Texas, and Gabby Hildalgo, a greeter at the Raptor Center, who plans to become a stay-at-home mom.

August 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Money = Speech

This week a bipartisan congressional committee released its report on a two year investigation of the Internal Revenue Service. According to the Associated Press, the Senate Finance Committee report said management flaws at the IRS contributed to a "dysfunctional culture" that allowed agents to mistreat conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.

August 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Great Bend woman recovering after dog attack

One week after being attacked by the family dog, a Great Bend woman has undergone two surgeries and is recovering at a Wichita hospital. Shelly LeRoy expects to spend the next month or longer at Via Christi - St. Francis Hospital, according to her daughter, Rachel LeRoy.

August 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 parents make transition to online enrollment

The first day of walk-in enrollment for Great Bend High School saw shorter lines than previous years. Principal Tim Fries said many parents had already enrolled their students from home, online.

August 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Trumpeter Swan hatches at Great Bend zoo

There were two Trumpeter Swans at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo until recently. Now there are three.

August 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tax Break

The Barton Community College administration has saved taxpayers a bundle this year by recommending a budget that does not increase the mill levy. Because oil valuations dropped, a 33.124 mill levy – last year's tax rate – will bring in fewer dollars this year - a cut of nearly $900,000.

July 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Staff continues Great Bend Zoo Exodus

The celebration of National Zookeeper Appreciation Week came a week late, and "celebration" may not have been the best word, but the Great Bend Zoological Society treated zoo staff to lunch on Wednesday.

July 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Hearing postponed for man charged in motorcycle fatalities

A preliminary hearing on a Barton County case for two counts of involuntary manslaughter will be rescheduled, at the request of the defense attorney.

July 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC cuts its budget

Barton Community College trustees have proposed a budget that asks for about $900,000 less in local tax dollars for the next year - a move designed to hold the mill levy at the 2014 level.

July 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Guns, other items stolen

Both the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Great Bend Police Department are investigating reports of stolen weapons.

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Century Road Trip

The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating a century of American road trips by recreating a cross-country tour in a restored 1915 Model T Ford. The crew made an unscheduled stop in Great Bend on Friday to change a carburetor.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CF Walk honors childhood friend

Taylor Latham honored the memory of a friend and raised awareness of Cystic fibrosis on Saturday with her second annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Unusual butterfly species visit wetlands

Field guides and amateur lepidopterists were on the lookout for butterflies Saturday morning, but the first catch of the day was a 3-foot garter snake.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Memorial Day service, Great Bend 2017

Photos from Monday's Memorial Day service at Great Bend Cemetery.

May 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lest We Forget

Great Bend's Memorial Day services were held Monday at the Veterans Circle in the Great Bend Cemetery. This year's program was coordinated by ...

May 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington EMS Barn holds open house

Kids could sit behind the steering wheel of a fire truck and explore the back of an ambulance on Thursday at the Hoisington EMS Barn.

May 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Former Quicksilver treasurer sentenced for forgeries

Quicksilver Softball team will receive $4,768 in restitution from its former treasurer, Christine A. Torres, who was recently sentenced in Barton County District Court ...

May 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wetlands Waterpark opens Saturday

Great Bend's Wetlands Waterpark at 2303 Main is scheduled to open Saturday, May 27. The aquatic center will be open from 12:30-5:30 ...

May 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Remember vets with poppies

Members of the Great Bend American Legion Unit 180 and Auxiliary invite the public to honor our nation's fallen warriors and contribute to the ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC names 3 VPs

Barton Community College now had three vice presidents instead of one, following an administrative structural change that was approved Tuesday by the college's board ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perfect Pedaling

Last week, as classes were wrapping up at Great Bend schools, 20 elementary students were given BMX-style bicycles as a reward for excellent attendance.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a ...

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Waste not

When they stop being useful, computers, cell phones and other electronic products become E-waste. Each year in the United States, homes, schools, government offices and ...

May 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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