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Gifts pour in on Giving Tuesday

Anyone who was tired of leftover turkey, excess shopping and icy sidewalks had plenty to be thankful for on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1. The Golden Belt Community Foundation received hundreds of donations for 66 local organizational endowment funds.

December 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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 have been working to clear ice from the sidewalks so they will be safe for visitors. The zoo is expected to reopen Tuesday. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and admission is free.

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 were wearing safety restraints.

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, and to an injury accident Thursday in Ness County. There was also an injury accident Friday in Russell County.

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 rescheduling the Christmas Lighting celebration to Tuesday, Dec. 8. The city lights will still be turning on tonight, but plan to come up to the Chamber and Santa House on Dec. 8 to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy cocoa and cookies and sign up for Chamber Gift Certificates and the 50/50 Winter raffle.

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. People can come to the Argonne Post 180, located at 1011 Kansas Ave., and adopt a veteran from the Angel Tree, said Brenda Krueger, project chairwoman.

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 the Golden Belt Community Foundation's second Giving Day on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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 after hearing from ABBB representatives Vicki Dreiling and Danielle Hollingshead.

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 USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

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 it won't reduce its standards for animal care and safety.

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 Brownback, were not moved.

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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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


Probable cause found in Kern DUI case

Lafe Kern told paramedic Tony Leeds that he'd taken a handful of Xanax prior to a two-vehicle collision south of Great Bend on Feb ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bellendir requests jury trial

The attorney representing Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir in a misdemeanor case has requested a jury trial and has also asked that the prosecutor be ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC monitoring Army deployments

Administrators at Barton Community College said upcoming deployments of U.S. soldiers at military bases where the college offers courses could have a negative effect ...

April 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Other schools look at GBHS's student-led conferences

Educators at Great Bend High School were used to parents playing hooky from parent-teacher conferences at least half the time. Participation used to be about ...

April 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Legislators commended for supporting education

During Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Khris Thexton noted the Kansas Legislature's passage of a school finance bill ...

April 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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 ...

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 ...

April 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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