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Zoo News: Animals adapt to colder weather

After 13.5 inches of snow fell on Great Bend in late December, the temperatures plunged and so did attendance at the Brit Spaugh Zoo.

January 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Carving a niche

Gerard Holinde never considered himself artistic, but with some encouragement from members of the local woodcarving club the Great Bend man has become an award-winning craftsman in just three years. In November he entered several pieces in the 33rd annual Kaw Valley Woodcarving Show at Topeka and came back with seven ribbons: two for first-place, two for second place, one for third place and two honorable mentions.

January 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

New options for New Year’s taxi service

This year more than ever, there's no excuse for drinking and driving on New Year's Eve.

December 27, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

‘Light to Unite’ night trek planned

Local event organizers have come up with a new way to view part of the Trail of Lights before the lights are turned off for another year. The first "Light to Unite" glow run/bike/walk will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, at three parks in Great Bend.

December 26, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

South Hoisington stories preserved

A project to preserve the history of South Hoisington started with a mini-grant from the Kansas Humanities Council but grew into a major undertaking for the Barton County Historical Society. The historical society has until Jan. 31 to fulfill the terms of the grant, but research on the community will continue, said Beverly Komarek, executive director of the historical society's museum.

December 24, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Slide-offs result in minor injuries

As the snow fell Saturday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office warned motorists to stay off the roads if possible, and the Emergency Accident Reporting System went into effect. Motorists did not have to immediately report non-injury accidents if no alcohol was involved and the roadway was not blocked, but were advised to report accidents as soon as possible after the storm had cleared.

December 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC prepares for new season of GED students

Nationwide changes are coming in 2014 for General Educational Development exams and how they are administered. Barton Community College's Center for Adult Education will soon be starting its 9-week GED Preparation Class.

December 23, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

‘Miss Amanda’ heads Children’s Department at library

The new head librarian in the Children's Department at Great Bend Public Library is no stranger to children who visit the area regularly. Amanda Moran-Jones joined the staff two years ago as the assistant children's librarian and was promoted to the head children's librarian with the departure of Eric Coulbourne.

December 20, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Saving the past

On Wednesday morning, a chunk fell off of the building at the corner of Williams St. and Forest Ave.

December 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Injury accidents reported

Three rollover accidents were reported Monday in Barton County, and a Sterling couple was injured Tuesday in Reno County.

December 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Marijuana found in Broadway bust

Editor's note: This story has been updated from a version originally published on the website which listed an address on Holland St. This clarifies the arrest was not at the residence.

December 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Roger Fry to introduce ‘Tip of the Spear’ at book signing

Local writer Roger Fry has created an American action hero for his novel, "The Chronicles of John Grant - Volume One: Tip of the Spear." The public can hear him read from his new work at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams St.

December 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC trustees plan Topeka trip

Some of the trustees of Barton Community College will join President Dr. Carl Heilman when he travels to Topeka next month at the start of the next Legislative session. Gov. Sam Brownback will give his State of the State address on Jan. 15, and Heilman is encouraging trustees to come to Topeka for two or three days.

December 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

DeBolt family protests killers’ web appearance

Friends and family of Alicia DeBolt were shocked last week when it appeared that the man who murdered the 14-year-old girl from Great Bend might be seeking pen pals on Internet site Write A Prisoner.

December 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Seniors often targets of scams, aggressive marketing

Scam artists are always finding new ways to prey on senior citizens, or new twists on old cons. But seniors also have to be aware of aggressive marketing ploys that may be perfectly legal, a representative for senior services said.

December 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

Zoo expected to reopen Tuesday

The Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo has been closed since ice coated the sidewalks last Thursday. According to Scott Keeler, director of public lands, employees ...

November 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Ice causes injuries on Ellsworth County roads

The Kansas Highway Patrol responded to several injury accidents on icy roads in Ellsworth County over the extended holiday weekend. All of the people involved ...

November 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

KHP reports injury accidents, one fatal

Icy roads contributed to injury accidents in central Kansas, including a fatal rollover Thanksgiving Day in Hodgeman County. Kansas Highway Patrol responded to that accident ...

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record

Photography contest winners show their fall colors

Five winners have been announced in the Great Bend Tree Board's annual Trick or Tree photography contest.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Hoisington reschedules tonight’s events

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce staff agree, tonight is not a great night for be out and about. So, they are ...

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

This is a test

This is a test.

November 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Barton Co. Briefs

American Legion adopts Fort Dodge soldiers

The Great Bend American Legion Auxiliary is inviting the public to help bring holiday cheer to veterans at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge ...

November 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Many will benefit from Giving Tuesday

A gift to your favorite charity with be worth even more during the next few days. More than 60 area nonprofit organizations are participating in ...

November 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​Clean audit for BCC

Barton Community College has received another "clean" or "unqualified" audit from Certified Public Accountants at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball. College trustees approved the audit Tuesday ...

November 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

GBHS provides food for thought

Students in Family and Consumer Science classes at Great Bend High School provided all of the food and table decorations for Thursday's Great Bend ...

November 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo Society hears state of Brit Spaugh Zoo

Director of Public Lands Scott Keeler said the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be stepping back from its goal to earn national accreditation, but ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Help refugees

President Obama's press conference Monday in Turkey could not have been more inspiring, although apparently the governors of 31 states, including Kansas Gov. Sam ...

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

​BCC trustees look at campus security

In the coming months, the Barton Community College Board of Trustees will look at ways to improve campus security.

November 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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