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​Library closing the gap on budget deficit

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems told his board of directors Monday that efforts to reduce spending are paying off.

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Coat drive extended through Friday

Sponsors of an annual drive to collect coats for the community are extending the donation period through Friday, Sept. 25.

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Phone system bid on school board agenda

Bids for a new telephone system for Great Bend USD 428 will be opened Wednesday, and the school board will consider those bids during a meeting at noon Thursday, Sept. 24, at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams St.

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


AirFest photos

Photos taken Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at the Great Bend AirFest

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Butterflys move cross our nation

A "net brigade" of volunteer butterfly hunters captured, tagged and released 52 monarch butterflies Saturday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Fifty-two monarchs were captured and tagged earlier, for a total of 102, said Pam Martin, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism educator at the KWEC.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motocross numbers growing

Motocross racers from as far away as California and Florida competed in the third annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout, held Friday and Saturday at the GBMX Park in the Great Bend Expo Complex.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riding shotgun in the sky

Riding in a B-25 Mitchell bomber is something Jack Merten can now cross off his bucket list.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPD begins phasing out 'black and whites'

The first of three 2016 Ford Explorers at the Great Bend Police Department is sporting the department's new decals.

September 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Annual Fall Fun Festival helps Kans for Kids

The 10th Annual Fall Fun Festival for Kans for Kids, hosted by the Kyle Kasselman family, is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1-5 p.m. at the Kasselman Farm. To get to the Kasselman Farm, drive 3 miles west of Claflin to the Camp Aldrich Blacktop, 1 mile south and 1/4 mile east.

September 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Fifi photos

Fifi flew into town this afternoon.

September 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


READY TO FLY

Fifi, the only B-29 Superfortress still flying, arrived at the Great Bend Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon. The crew from the Commemorative Air Force will be selling rides in this World War II warbird during the Great Bend AirFest, going on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

September 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fun improvements planned

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington told a civic group Wednesday that improving recreational areas and events is a priority for the coming year. These include major changes at the Events Center.

September 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


District enrollment down

Great Bend has started the fall semester with about 60 fewer students than last year, Superintendent Brad Reed said.

September 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 receives grants, donations

The school board officially accepted several gifts and a grant application when it met Monday.

September 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School board reviews storm damage

Last Thursday's storm that damaged the roof on Lincoln Elementary School was discussed at Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

September 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Sign show support for Dade Cannon

Some of the blue signs showing support for Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch are finding a new purpose - to welcome home 13-year-old Dade Cannon ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Young readers will help Harvey victims

Great Bend elementary students will have an opportunity help children in Texas schools hit by Hurricane Harvey. The community can participate by visiting the Great ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Literacy push

If you're reading this, you've probably read a book or two. Perhaps you've read the top stories in today's newspaper or ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Next (interim) city administrator visits Great Bend

Great Bend's next interim city administrator is looking forward to a "quiet and uneventful" transition when he steps into the position on Oct. 9.

September 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family donates $25K to Barton Athletics

Barton Community College's Athletic Department will receive another $25,000 donation from Kip and Kelly Spray, bringing their total giving in the past two ...

September 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


StoryWalk

Reading a children's book does not usually involve much physical activity, unless the book is part of a StoryWalk.

September 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend tackles drop in ACT scores

Great Bend High School has seen its ACT Scores creeping downward in the last five year years, Superintendent Khris Thexton told the school board this ...

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family plans donation to BCC

The Kip and Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center at Barton Community College is sure to bear that name until at least 2034, and another ...

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Maple Street

In the classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," (1960) the neighbors on "Maple Street U.S.A.," in an idyllic ...

September 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


USD 428 ready to extend Title I status

Great Bend USD 428's five elementary schools are part of Title 1 - a program that provides federal financial assistance to schools with high percentages ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Lemonade War'

The lemonade stand set up at Monday's school board meeting was a reminder that soon children throughout Great Bend soon will be reading "The ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 will ask state to revoke teacher's license

Special education teacher Alyson Burkhart's resignation was not accepted Monday by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education. Instead, the board will petition ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


First UMC Great Bend to participate in National Back to Church Sunday

"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend at ...

September 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Silver Haired Legislature supports senior issues

The Executive Board of the Silver Haired Legislature will take several issues to Topeka next month, said Janice Walker, Barton County's representative.

September 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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