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Bark at Water Park

Great Bend's Wetlands aquatic park closed for the season on Saturday, but lifeguards returned on Sunday for one last event – the annual Bark at the Water Park for dogs.

August 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Scouts meet at zoo for fall kickoff

Boy Scouts and Scout leaders from nine counties were invited to attend Scout Day, Sunday afternoon at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

August 19, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

"Polka Days" last waltz plays Sunday

After a run of 27 years, Great Bend's Polka Days is coming to a close. But not without more than six hours of continuous live music on Sunday at the Great Bend Convention Center.

August 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Teen plans fundraiser for Humane Society

A Great Bend teenager plans to raise money for the Golden Belt Humane Society as he works to earn his Eagle Scout status.

August 17, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Time to act

Our Congressional representatives from Kansas need to get behind the Military Justice Improvement Act, a proposal to combat sexual assault in the military. It started with a Democratic Senator, Kristen Gillibrand of New York, but has already become a bipartisan effort. Republicans who have lent their support so far include Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, who remarked this week, "I try not to look at issues from a partisan point of view. I'm sure I do sometimes, but I try not to. As a physician, I look at problems and try ...

August 15, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Wetlands offers Bark at the Water Park

This Saturday is the last day for humans to take a dip in the city pool this summer, but on Sunday the Wetlands Aquatic Center will be open to canines. The Wetlands will host its annual Bark at the Water Park from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per dog, with proceeds going toward upkeep of the dog park within Veterans Memorial Park, according to Parks Director Terry Hoff.

August 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

​‘Oozefest’ planned for Party in the Park

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's contribution to next month's Party in the Park will be a mud volleyball tournament on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. GBRC Director Diann Henderson said the Rec Commission's new Imagination Station will also be featured at the event planned for Sept. 21.

August 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo’s black bear dies Sunday

Clyde, the male black bear at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, has died.

August 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Green Cards

We often hear of jobs in this country that only immigrant workers are willing to do, for the most part. There are also some jobs where there is a shortage of Americans who are qualified to do the work.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Mill levy unchanged in college budget

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees on Thursday approved next year's budget, which calls for no increase in the mill levy.

August 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

College growing online

The continued growth of online education has swelled enrollments at Barton Community College, school administrators report.

August 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Ignore 'The View'

ABC is putting the lives of children at risk by choosing model/actress Jenny McCarthy as a cohost for its morning television program, "The View." McCarthy has publicly touted her belief that vaccinations are dangerous and caused her son to develop autism. She's part of a vocal group spreading that dangerously misinformed word. By giving her the status of cohost on a national network program, more people will learn her opinion, and more will accept it as an option. Some will make the mistake of not immunizing their children.

August 01, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Zoo news: Clyde the bear is on the mend

Just four weeks ago, things were not looking good for Clyde, the male black bear at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. He was in poor health at the time, but after a surgery performed by Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the zoo, Director Scott Gregory said he hopes Clyde will be with the zoo for many years.

July 31, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Immunizations needed before school starts

Kids may not be thinking about going back to school, but this is a good time to get caught up on required immunizations, according to officials at the Barton County Health Department.

July 30, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

LaVeta Miller trial postponed

The court-appointed attorney for the woman accused for stealing more than $100,000 in funds earmarked for trips for World War II veterans filed a motion to withdraw from the case, but on Monday agreed to continue representing LaVeta Dianne Miller.

July 29, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

Testing, testing

It was 2002 when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into Law. By 2005, some states were willing to give up federal ...

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

KWEC Education Day photos

Photos taken Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's annual education day for area second graders.

September 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Kids explore Kansas Wetlands Education Center

Area children didn't have to travel far on Wednesday for a field trip to a national treasure. The Kansas Wetlands Education Center on K-156 ...

September 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Refinancing should save BCC $100,000

Refinancing debt on 2008 certificates of participation at a lower interest rate should save Barton Community College more than $100,000 over the life of ...

September 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​City to hold annual auction

The City of Great Bend will hold its annual public auction at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, outside the Great Bend Police Department ...

September 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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