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Kansas tragedy

On June 2, 2007, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith was abducted in broad daylight from an Overland Park department store and murdered. The abduction was captured on the store's security camera leaving little doubt of the emergency nature of the circumstances. Four days after she disappeared, authorities were able to locate Kelsey's body after her wireless provider released the "ping" or "call location" information from her cell phone.

April 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Extension agents present Nutrition Banking to Walk KS

Walk Kansas fitness challenge participants were treated to lunch Wednesday at the Great Bend Recreation Center. However, as any calorie-conscious person knows there is no such thing as a free lunch.

April 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton teaches essential job skills

Students enrolled in career and technical education courses at Barton Community College are taught accountability and other aspects of professionalism that employers want, Dean of Workforce Training & Community Education Elaine Simmons told the BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday.

April 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Handbook, textbook adoptions approved by Great Bend school board

New handbooks that outline policies for Great Bend USD 428 students, teachers, athletics and activities were approved with little fanfare at Monday's Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Brad Reed noted that, in accordance with board policy, this was the second reading of the handbooks that were introduced at the March board meeting.

April 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees schedule meeting to discuss personnel

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room F-30 on the lower level of the Fine Arts Building. The purpose of the meeting will be to hold an executive session for discussion of personnel.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library offers Book Store sale

Great Bend Public Library's Book Store will observe National Library Week, April 10-16, with a two-for-one sale. This week, patrons can purchase two hardbacks for $3 or two paperbacks for $1.

April 09, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board set to approve handbooks

Handbooks for the next school year are on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting. It will start at 5 p.m. Monday at the District Education Center.

April 08, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS students invited to outdoor movie

Great Bend High School students will be able to watch a movie "under the stars," Saturday evening on the field behind the PAC. Gates will open at 7 p.m. and the movie "Now You See Me" will start at 8.

April 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sons of the American Revolution converge on Fort Scott

FORT SCOTT - Members of the Kansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution held their 124th Annual Conference of the KSSSAR March 19-20 in Fort Scott.

April 01, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Club News


Community supports FAST program

The Family and Schools Together (FAST) program in Great Bend brings families back to school for evening meetings that include meals, activities and prizes. On Thursday, the school board approved several contributions, including $1,400 so Park Elementary can purchase 10 tables.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chromebooks purchased for most students

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education approved two major purchases Thursday for its One-To-One technology initiative. These purchases will allow the district to issue a Chromebook mobile laptop computer to every student in grades 2-12 this fall.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Suspects told officers Aron Villegas wanted to fight

Law enforcement officers' testimony on Wednesday and Thursday suggests a motive for the events that led to the death of 23-year-old Aron Villegas on Nov. 15, 2015.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Judge asked to dismiss murder charges

Preliminary hearings for three men charged with first-degree murder and other felonies concluded Thursday morning in Barton County District Court, but Magistrate Judge Don Alvord won't make a ruling until later this month.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Dorothy Morrison’s legacy

The Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation has provided many generous gifts to Great Bend over the years. This year the community has been blessed more than once.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Burglary victim didn’t tell cops he shot Aron Villegas

Sterling Mills said he shot Aron Villegas in self defense the night Villegas and others broke into his Great Bend home at 1801 Eighth St. and beat him up. But when Mills called police about the burglary he didn't mention shooting anyone.

March 30, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Club 1 Fitness plays to its strengths

The staff at Club 1 Fitness, 3806 Broadway, are here to help make 2016 the best year yet for health-minded members of the community.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Health & Wellness


New Sports Medicine courses open career pathways for GBHS students

Great Bend High School students interested in careers in health care or science can now enroll in Sports Medicine. Three Sports Medicine I classes and ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Health & Wellness


Herrera family opens A to Z store

Armando and Irma Herrera have opened the A to Z thrift store at 1209 Main, Great Bend. At the grand opening on Feb. 20, the ...

March 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Commerce & Finance


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