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​Tai Chi attendance growing at GBRC

Winter classes are in full swing at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, and the staff is already getting ready for spring and summer, Executive Director Diann Henderson told the Board of Directors on Monday.

February 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Drifting snow hinders travel, deliveries

A motorist was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Thursday after the car she was driving slid off of West Barton County Road, around 12:45 p.m.

February 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Religious freedom?

A sign that can be found in some business establishment reads, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."

February 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Winter storm hinders travel; no school Wednesday

With a Winter Weather Advisory in effect Tuesday morning, schools were closed and Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that Barton County was experiencing moderate to heavy snowfall, leading to treacherous road conditions.

February 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Four feared dead after plane from Great Bend crashes in Tennessee

A private airplane that flew out of the Great Bend Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon crashed and burned around 5 p.m. in a field near Nashville, Tenn. There were no survivors, according to Tennessee news sources such as NewsChannel5.com, which also reported that the Gulfstream 690C was registered to Mid-Kansas Agri-Co in Pawnee Rock.

February 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Lawmakers watching state issues develop

After passing a two-year budget in 2013, the Kansas Legislature is starting 2014 quietly, at least in the House of Representatives, Rep. John Edmonds (R-Great Bend) told constituents Saturday.

February 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Holy Family School honored for 5th time

Students at Holy Family School in Great Bend cheered for academics on Friday, when Principal Karen Moeder announced the school had won the prestigious Governor's Achievement Award for the fifth time. The award is based on the results of last year's math and reading assessment scores.

February 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Storm training offered at Crest Theater

A meteorologist from the National Weather Service will present severe weather training next month at the Crest Theater in Great Bend.

February 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Man arrested inside Second St. house

Thursday morning, Great Bend police were again summoned to 1411 1/2 Second St., the scene of recent multiple shootings. This time, the reporting party said an unknown subject was trespassing on his property. William Ellington was contacted inside the house and was arrested on an outstanding warrant. The jail log lists Ellington as a Great Bend resident and he was booked on a Stafford County warrant for probation violation. He is being held without bond.

February 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Support groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

January 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


Bands, fans enjoy central Kansas venue

Christian rock band Manic Drive returns to Great Bend on Sunday, Feb. 9, with two other musical acts, Consumed by Fire and Ryan Stevenson. All three acts will appear at the First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road, starting at 6 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m., said Erin Powers, local spokesman for the concert.

January 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Pinkall excited about Olympic ceremonies

The Opening Ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 is just days away, and Great Bend native Dr. Bryan Pinkall is hard at work to help stage in Sochi, Russia. The opening ceremony will start at 11:14 a.m., local time, on Friday, Feb. 7.

January 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC trustees go with local bids

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees met Thursday and passed on a chance to buy less expensive vehicles from eastern Kansas venders, and accepted local bids.

January 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Know the options

High school seniors owe it to themselves to sign up for the annual Barton Community College Senior Day on Feb. 8 – even if they already have plans to attend another college – or no college – after graduation.

January 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Christian rockers coming to Great Bend

Christian rock band Manic Drive will be the headliner at a concert set for Sunday, Feb. 9, at First Assembly of God Church, 601 Patton Road in Great Bend. Consumed by Fire and Ryan Stevenson will also perform. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first band is scheduled to perform at 6.

January 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


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Kansas Day

Friday is Kansas Day, and the National Parks Foundation suggests a great way to celebrate the Sunflower State's 155th birthday is by visiting one ...

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Barton Welding Lab ribbon cutting photos

Jan. 28, 2016 at Barton Community College.

January 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library will eliminate late fees

This spring, Great Bend Public Library plans to do away with late fees.

January 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New EduKan director adds transparency

A "significant deficiency" was found during the Fiscal Year 2015 audit for EduKan, the online education consortium that serves six western Kansas community colleges. However ...

January 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family gets naming rights to BCC weight room

The weight room at Barton Community College's Kirkman building has been refurbished and major equipment upgrades are taking place, thanks to the generosity of ...

January 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Kiwanis taking scholarship applications

The deadline for students across Kansas to apply for scholarships from the Kansas Kiwanis Foundation is fast approaching. Applications are due by Feb. 1, and ...

January 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Education


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