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Great Bend Community Theatre's next production, the murder-suspense drama "Deathtrap," opens Thursday at the Crest Theater.

February 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Senior judge assigned to Bellendir case

Senior Judge Edward Bouker from Hays has been assigned to preside over the misdemeanor case against Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, which is pending in Barton County District Court.

February 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Barton nursing program sees renewed success

The 2015-2016 academic year was a turning point for the nursing program at Barton Community College. Gary Burke recalls being a fairly new college trustee the year a report showed only 44 percent that year's nursing students passed the state exam on the first attempt. Dr. Kathy Kottas, Barton's executive director of Nursing and Healthcare Education, said she wasn't happy with the pass rates either.

February 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

School board approves summer wrestling tournament

Great Bend High School Head Wrestling Coach Nathan Broeckelman has plans for a summer wrestling tournament at Memorial Stadium, with some night matches "under the lights." He received a green light Monday from the USD 428 Board of Education.

February 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Dark Web

Like the tip of an iceberg, the portion of the interest that you and Google can see is a small portion of a larger structure. Experts estimate that the general public can see around 1 to 4 percent of the internet, according to Charles Perkins, Barton Community College's expert on cyber attacks.

February 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Laura Daniel named America’s U.S. Miss Kansas

Great Bend Middle School student Laura Daniel was crowned America's U.S. Miss Kansas this past weekend in Dallas. She will advance to the America's U.S. Miss Scholarship program finals July 5-9 in Orlando, Fla.

February 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Rankin pleads guilty to sexual exploitation

A jury trial for Jeffrey Allen Rankin of Great Bend was set to begin Monday but was canceled Friday afternoon after he entered guilty pleas to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, in Barton County District Court.

February 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Roses for Rozie

Thirty dozen roses were delivered to the Great Bend Senior Center on Friday - a surprise for Site Manager Rozena Tomlin on her birthday. It was also her 30th anniversary of working at the center.

February 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Abilene splits with Great Bend 7th-graders

ABILENE - Traveling to Abilene to take on the Longhorns, the Great Bend Middle School 7th grade boys basketball team knew they were in for a competitive matchup. Abilene held off the Panthers 41-36.

February 02, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Prep Sports

Zoo news: Happy birthday lion cubs

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo invites the public to a first birthday party for its two lions, Amana and Sauda, on Saturday, Feb. 17.

January 31, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

KBOR president weighs in on concurrent enrollment

A proposal to provide five college courses concurrent with high school classes is gaining support in Topeka. Blake Flanders, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents, talked about the plan Friday during a visit to the Barton Community College campus.

January 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Branson eligible for parole hearing

Robin Lee Branson, the man convicted of two murders committed during Great Bend liquor store robberies in 1982, is eligible for a parole hearing in May for possible parole in June.

January 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Holy Family School celebrates kindness

The theme this year at Holy Family Catholic School is "Be Kind," and what better time to share that theme than during National Catholic Schools Week?

January 27, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Education

Funds sought for Riley Elementary sign

Riley School is $1,000 closer to its goal of having an electronic sign on 10th Street.

January 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Kansas may consider more tuition-free courses

The Kansas Legislature is looking at a plan for colleges and high schools to provide concurrent credit in five classes with no tuition charge to the students.

January 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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Planting redbuds

It's a spring tradition: Members of the Great Bend Noon Lions Club spent Saturday morning planting redbud trees in the islands on Broadway Ave.

May 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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