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​BCC hires coaches, names practice court

Phil Shoemaker may be "retiring" from coaching NCAA volleyball, but his work is only beginning at Barton Community College. The board of trustees approved his appointment as the college's new head volleyball coach at Tuesday's meeting.

December 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


GBRC board extends Henderson’s contract

The Great Bend Recreation Commission board on Monday extended GBRC Director Diann Henderson's contract by three years, to June 30, 2019.

December 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Pearl Harbor

Seventy-one years ago today, a surprise military attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, rocked our world. Twenty-four hundred people lost their lives. Americans who had resisted entering World War II were now taking the global strife personally.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Arctic fox arrives at zoo

With her white winter coat, the newest arrival at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo looks ready for Christmas. But it will be several weeks before Vixey, an arctic fox, will move to an enclosure that is open to public viewing, said Marge Bowen, zoo curator.

December 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo News: Eagles treated at Raptor Center

One section of Brit Spaugh Zoo that is seldom seen by the public is currently housing several birds of prey. The zoo is headquarters for the Great Bend Raptor Center, where injured birds are rehabilitated. This week the center is treating a Golden Eagle and a Bald Eagle, both suffering from gunshot wounds. Zookeeper Stacie Hayes said one of the eagles was shot in central Kansas, and one came from western Kansas. Shooting these birds is a crime and is being investigated by Fish and Wildlife officials.

December 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Adventist Christmas program has multicultural flair

Note: Content has been changed to correct the time of the program.

December 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Historical Society celebrates Ghosts of Christmas Past

The prototype for the Charlie Brown Christmas tree could have come from the Great Plains. Sometimes the "tree" was little more than a decorated branch, but it wouldn't do to let the holiday go by unobserved. Like the forlorn tree in the animated classic, "A Charlie Brown Christmas," some of the trees used by settlers in the nineteenth century were a bit sparse, but the intention was there, says Beverly Komarek, executive director of the Barton County Historical Village and Museum. Barton County Historical Society will celebrate "Ghosts of Christmas Past" with a free open house from 1-4 p ...

December 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Holy Family School to present Christmas musical Tuesday

They're baa-ck. The sheep get some of the best lines in "The Tale of the Drowsy Shepherd," this year's musical production by the fifth and sixth graders of Holy Family School.

December 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Area ministries unite for Christmas projects

Three ministries based in Barton County and one in Sabetha are working on two projects this Christmas. "Footprints of Faith" will provide shoes for families in Africa and Cambodia, when "Christmas for Families" will help people closer to home, said Dean Nuss from Pay it Forward with Christ Ministry.

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Spirit of Christmas in Two-Hawks

With his handmade flutes, John Two-Hawks has played the role of teacher and spiritual healer in previous visits to Great Bend. When he returns to the Crest Theater next Friday, the concert performer of Oglala Lakota Sioux lineage hopes to be an enchanter, taking his audience "into the space where the spirit of Christmas lives."

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Papers, please

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday there were no problems with the state's photo ID requirement to vote during the Nov. 6 general election.

November 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Fatal crash leads to arrest

A Great Bend man may face criminal charges for the vehicular death of a Prosser, Neb., man last April.

November 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Community invited to help soldiers, vets

The Great Bend American Legion Auxiliary is asking people to adopt a Fort Dodge soldier for Christmas. Meanwhile, the local Military Moms group is requesting donations for care packages that will be sent overseas to active military personnel.

November 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Injury accidents reported

Area law enforcement agencies responded to the following one-vehicle injury accidents in recent days:

November 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bat involved in Walmart sale melee

The 10 p.m. Thanksgiving sale at Great Bend's Walmart got out of hand, with people being "knocked down and trampled," according to police reports. No one was sent to the hospital, but a woman did complain that her arm hurt after the scuffle, according to Sgt. James Buchar at the Great Bend Police Department.

November 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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Ag talk

Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Victim says burglar came in through window

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman sentenced to 'Hard 25' for murder

Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budding artists' works displayed

What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


State school board member decries ‘War on Public Education’

State Board of Education member Sally Cauble thought it was an April Fool's joke when Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis asked her to explain the purpose of postcards published by the board to "inform legislators and celebrate public education in Kansas." Dennis, who is in the Kansas Board of Education's Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, also wanted to know what the budget was for these items, and he wanted to make sure they weren't in violation of the law that prohibits state officers from lobbying in the state. He wasn't kidding.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Veteran asks for strict sentencing in Miller case

A Kansas veteran is asking Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty to show no leniency when sentencing the woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds earmarked for honoring World War II veterans.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Stolen vehicles, other property recovered

Stolen property was recovered from All Seasons Mobile Home Park, 4 NW 30 Road, at Area 9, Lot 12, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence there last Wednesday, April 1.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Dispatchers log path of storm

When a storm roared through Barton County Thursday night, dispatchers received reports of arcing power lines and blowing debris.

April 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Easter tradition continues at Pawnee Rock

PAWNEE ROCK - A sunrise pageant is planned for Easter morning at the Pawnee Rock State Historic Site, one-half mile north of U.S. 56 and the town of Pawnee Rock. The pageant starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 5.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Misfire:'Constitutional Carry' legislation not needed

On Thursday, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Senate Bill 45, the permitless concealed carry legislation, earning praise from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legal Action and criticism from Everytown for Gun Safety and a related group, the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Crisis City: GBFD sends 10 firefighters

SALINA - The training is intense at Crisis City, a hands-on All Hazards Emergency Response Training Center west of Salina. Great Bend Fire Department sent five firefighters for training on Tuesday, and five more on Wednesday, Capt. Travis Parmley said.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend sends firefighters to Crisis City

Participants from state, local and private organizations across Kansas took part in a two-day emergency response exercise at Crisis City, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1. Great Bend Fire Department sent several people.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Stafford County fire spreads to Barton County

By SUSAN THACKER

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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