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Red Shoes & Bunco Too

The Family Crisis Center has special events planned for two nights this month in Great Bend. All proceeds will benefit the Family Crisis Center Inc. so it can continue to work with victims of domestic and sexual violence across western Kansas. For more information about signing up for these events contact staff at the Family Crisis Center office, 1924 Broadway Ave; call 620-793-9941; or visit the Family Crisis Center page on Facebook.

April 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


‘Best camp in the world’

Harrison Sellers gives Camp Hope two thumbs up. Harrison, who prefers to be called "Harry," is almost 10 years old and is attending the annual ...

June 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


This is US

President Trump's apparent change of heart over children being separated from their parents at our southern border is a good thing.

June 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Hope is back

CAMP ALDRICH - Nine-year-old Bailey Thompson from Mulvane caught four little fish Tuesday morning before landing a "whopper," with the help of a Camp Hope volunteer.

June 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jose Luis Chavez, 1957-2018

GREAT BEND -- Jose Luis Chavez, 60, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Wichita.

June 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Obituaries


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