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Flying high

The 2017 Fly Kansas Air Tour gets underway Thursday morning in Wellington. Great Bend Municipal Airport isn't one of the stops on the three-day tour, but that doesn't mean good things aren't happening here.

September 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BartOnline launches ADA approved website

A new version of Barton Community College's "BartOnline.org" website was created with the Americans with Disabilities Act in mind. The site, which is more accessible for people with vision impairments, is scheduled to launch Wednesday.

September 26, 2017 | BartOnline launches ADA approved website | Local News


Family Reunion: Camp Hope's 35th

The family reunion Saturday afternoon wasn't about shared genealogy - it was about a shared experience. The Camp Hope family consists of hundreds of children and volunteers spanning 35 years.

September 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Signs 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 and to encourage him as he continues his battle with cancer.

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 Bend Reading Initiative's lemonade stand, which will be in front of the courthouse during the GBHS Homecoming Parade at 3 p.m. next Friday, Sept. 29.

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 read about how your team is faring (Go Chiefs!). Speaking of newspapers, George Burns famously said, "I get up every morning and read the obituary column. If my name's not there, I eat breakfast."

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 years above $125,000, administrators said Tuesday. The BCC Board of Trustees voted to extend a contract for naming rights by three years, making sure the weight room at the Kirkman Building will be known as the Kip & Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center through the end of 2037.

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 past week. The average score is also below the state average.

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 $25,000 gift from the Sprays may extend the "facilities naming contract" through 2037.

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 American town, suddenly encounter unexplainable events and conclude they are the result of an alien invasion. (In a later remake, "The Monsters are on Maple Street," (2003) they suspect there has been a terrorist attack.) In the end, the neighbors turn on each other and innocent blood is shed. Even though they weren't exactly wrong about the aliens/terrorists, the real damage came from within.

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 of children from low-income families. Now the administration will pursue district-wide Title 1 status, extending the program to the middle school and the high school, Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

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 Lemonade War," by Jacqueline Davies.

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 the state to revoke her license for failing to fulfill her contract with the district.

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Architect agreement moves forward

Great Bend USD 428 will spend nearly $65,000 to repair the track around Memorial Stadium and to add new life to the artificial turf ...

December 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting

Monday's meeting at a glance

December 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Vespers Concert is Sunday

The A Cappella Choir will be 65 voices strong when students take the stage Sunday at the Great Bend High School Auditorium. But the choir ...

December 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Easy does it

"City street lights,

December 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news: Cool gator ready for winter

Alvin the alligator did not want to be caught recently when workers at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo attempted to move him to warmer ...

December 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Building relationships improves schools

The system for monitoring children's reading and math skills can also apply to their behavior, Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education members were ...

November 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘Good audit’ for Barton with one correction

Their schedules showed the students should have been in class when their federal work-study timecards showed they were on the job. That discrepancy caught the ...

November 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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