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New primate at Great Bend Zoo

The dream of a companion for Zito, the 23-year-old male Lar gibbon at Great Bend's zoo, has come true.

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas considers cutting hours needed for college degrees

Changes being discussed by the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Board of Education include reducing the number of credit hours needed for bachelor's and associate degrees, and coordinating the price of tuition for dual high school/college credits. Both could reduce the revenue at Barton Community College and other institutions.

January 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barbara Millard receives Great Bend Greater Award

It wasn't easy to schedule time with Barbara Millard so she could receive the Great Bend Greater Award.

January 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley’s Tanner Dahlke wins Kansas Horizon Award

Tanner Dahlke's hands-on, sometimes crazy approach to education at Riley Elementary School has earned him a state award after his first year as a teacher.

January 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 pursues share of $27M grant

New and retiring board of education members for Great Bend USD 428 received pies from Perkins at Monday's meeting.

January 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting

Monday's meeting at a glance

January 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life and death

A recent "prank call" to Wichita's 911 resulted in the death of an unarmed man whose only crime was opening the door to his home and allowing his hands to go toward his waist as a team of police officers trained their weapons on him.

January 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


‘Flavor’ event will raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

The area Habitat for Humanity group will again sponsor Barton County's Got Flavor, a fun evening of food paired with dueling pianos. Tickets are on sale for this fundraiser, set for the evening of Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Great Bend Events Center.

January 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: Meet Jessie and Gilbert

Two relative newcomers to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are Jessie Sayre, who started as a zookeeper last October, and Gilbert, a Panther Chameleon who was born last March.

January 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Top local stories of 2017

The top story of 2017 for Great Bend began when Police Chief Cliff Couch's dispute with City Administrator Howard Partington became public, followed by the City Council's suspension of the chief, and everything that was set in motion as a result. The "Stand With Chief Couch" movement included a Facebook page, blue support signs posted in front of homes throughout the city and hundreds of people attending city council meetings as the story unfolded.

December 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Court ordered to revisit 2015 murder charge

A 2015 murder case that was dismissed last year by Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty may be opened. The Kansas Court of Appeals recently reversed Svaty's 2016 ruling that Freddie Alec Thomas could not be tried for murder in the shooting death of Jeremy Alan Saldana in Great Bend.

December 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Giving the gift of time

You don't have to bake, knit or buy anything to make someone happy this Christmas. Put down the cellphone and the video game. One of the best gifts we can ever give is our time, and nothing illustrates that better than visiting senior citizens during the holidays.

December 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


St. John Church to host Christmas dinner

ST. JOHN - The First United Methodist Church in St. John invites the public to a ham and turkey dinner served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Christmas day. Monday's meal has been prepared from scratch and will be served at the church, located just off of U.S. 281 at 807 E. 1st in St. John.

December 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stand By Great Bend

A certain group on Facebook might want to change its name to "Stand By Great Bend." That is, "Stand By - Don't do anything until the next City Council is sworn in."

December 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Church offers active shooter training

With holiday wreaths and garlands in the background, Steve Billinger stood at the front of Community Christian Church in rural Great Bend last Saturday and showed members how to disarm a gun-wielding assailant. More than two dozen members attended the Barton County Sheriff's Office lieutenant's active shooter training.

December 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Schools adopt technology literacy standards

Basic education in the 21st Century goes far beyond the ABC's. At the April school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 technology coaches presented ...

April 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New Circles group forming

A new Circles of Central Kansas group is forming and those who missed the April 19 orientation will have another chance to attend on Thursday ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Argonne Forest re-dedication set

The Great Bend Tree Board will celebrate National Arbor Day and the 100th anniversary of the World War I Argonne Forest Battle in France with ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


JobFest connects workers, companies

The 11th-annual Central Kansas JobFest brought a crowd to the Great Bend Events Center on Thursday, as businesses announced job openings and prospective employees gathered ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City term limits

The debate over whether or not to have term limits for Great Bend City Council members and the mayor has come up twice at recent ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Dear Dairy: Mobile dairy visits Eisenhower School

To teach children how cows' milk is collected, Callie Toews brought a dairy to Eisenhower Elementary School on Friday.

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Foreigner' returns

The title character of "The Foreigner" doesn't want to talk to anyone during his unwilling stay at a fishing lodge in Georgia. So he ...

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School funding

If public schools across the nation were given report cards, they might come from the Education Week Research Center. Ed Week's Quality Counts 2018 ...

April 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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