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Second Circles group forming

A new Circles of Central Kansas group will start on Thursday, April 19. This program aims to reduce poverty in Barton County by turning to the experts - those who live from paycheck to paycheck and crisis to crisis - and empowering them with a circle of allies.

April 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

School board to consider teacher pay increase

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will consider a proposal for increasing the base salary of teachers when it meets at 5 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the District Education Center, 201 S. Patton Road. The agenda includes an executive session for discussion of this matter under the category of employer-employee negotiations.

April 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Separation of powers

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that the state's current education funding of more than $4 billion a year is not sufficient under the state constitution.

April 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Zoo news: Baby owl getting TLC at raptor center

A Great Horned Owl that is approximately 2 weeks old is being rehabilitated at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Happy Bear teaches 'good touch, bad touch'

Even a preschooler knows the difference between a good touch and a bad touch. For those who don't, Happy Bear is there to explain.

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

SHOW TIME: Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo opens

The seventh annual Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo got underway Wednesday. This huge trade show continues from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town.

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo

Opening day photos

April 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Teachers receive poverty training

As the number of Great Bend children in low-income homes increases, educators are spending more time on poverty training. Jefferson Elementary School Principal Kim Wilson said that is one of the goals set by his Building Leadership Team last summer and the efforts will continue.

March 30, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Teachers report 'light bulb' moments

A sixth grader at Jefferson Elementary School who was struggling with reading at the start of the school year got extra help, which has made a world of difference, English Language Arts coach Natalie DeForest told the school board Thursday. It was another example of how frequent testing and prompt interventions help teachers target what students need to work on.

March 29, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

State Fair

On Monday the Kansas Legislature saw the introduction of House Bill 2790, "requiring the state fair board to issue a request for proposals from cities in Kansas to host the state fair."

March 29, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Harvesting fur

While farmers harvest grain, Calvin "Trapper" Calp harvests fur. The owner of Calp's Fur and Root in Hoisington has been a fur dealer for six decades after learning to trap at an early age.

March 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton tuition going up

For the third year in a row, Barton Community College students will see a tuition increase this fall. The BCC Board of Trustees on Tuesday approved a $2 increase in tuition and a $2 increase in fees.

March 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Croslin arrested on drug charges

A Great Bend man was arrested Monday after a search warrant yielded suspected peyote mushrooms, heroin and other drugs, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Pedro Garcia sentenced for rape of child

On Friday, March 23, Pedro Garcia of Great Bend, also known at Pedro Garcia Jr. or "Pete," was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison on a single count of rape. Court records show the victim was a girl who was 9 or 10 years old at the time of the crime one year ago.

March 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Wildfire reported at Quivira

STAFFORD COUNTY - A wildfire reported Thursday afternoon in the northeast corner of Quivira National Wildlife Refuge scorched about 1,400 acres on the western edge of Stafford County and a bit of Rice County, according to Bill Waln, fire management officer at the refuge. Firefighters remained on scene into the night and were back Friday morning to make sure it didn't rekindle.

March 24, 2018 | AND VERONICA COONS | Local News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

Young Eagles take first flights

Area young people 8-17 years old had a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, May 12, as Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1134 ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Teacher contracts ratified

Teachers at Great Bend USD 428 will receive a minimum pay raise of $1,700 for the 2018-2019 school year, Superintendent Khris Thexton said after ...

May 14, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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