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BCC builds classroom with inmate help

Next week, Barton Community College officials will have a dedication and ribbon cutting for a new vocational education building at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. It will take place at the Larned Chamber of Commerce Coffee Hour at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the West Unit.

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Changes seen as positive at USD 428

School board members met three new instructional coaches during a luncheon meeting Thursday at Park Elementary School. Principal Phil Heeke introduced English Language Arts (ELA) coach Lacey Hofflinger, math coach Kelsey Perry and technology coach Brock Funke.

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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 Title 1 funding rather than stick with the program.

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 overlooks Cheyenne Bottoms, the largest inland marsh in the United States and a Ramsar-designated Wetland of International Importance.

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 the bonds, college trustees were told Tuesday.

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, 1217 Williams St.

September 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Library closing the gap on budget deficit

Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems told his board of directors Monday that efforts to reduce spending are paying off.

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Coat drive extended through Friday

Sponsors of an annual drive to collect coats for the community are extending the donation period through Friday, Sept. 25.

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Phone system bid on school board agenda

Bids for a new telephone system for Great Bend USD 428 will be opened Wednesday, and the school board will consider those bids during a meeting at noon Thursday, Sept. 24, at Park Elementary School, 1801 Williams St.

September 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


AirFest photos

Photos taken Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 at the Great Bend AirFest

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Butterflys move cross our nation

A "net brigade" of volunteer butterfly hunters captured, tagged and released 52 monarch butterflies Saturday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Fifty-two monarchs were captured and tagged earlier, for a total of 102, said Pam Martin, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks & Tourism educator at the KWEC.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Motocross numbers growing

Motocross racers from as far away as California and Florida competed in the third annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout, held Friday and Saturday at the GBMX Park in the Great Bend Expo Complex.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riding shotgun in the sky

Riding in a B-25 Mitchell bomber is something Jack Merten can now cross off his bucket list.

September 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBPD begins phasing out 'black and whites'

The first of three 2016 Ford Explorers at the Great Bend Police Department is sporting the department's new decals.

September 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Reality U

Great Bend Middle School's eighth graders had some tough choices to make Wednesday.

October 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Costume exchange

They entered the basement as ordinary children, but walked out as skeletons. Or ninja turtles, witches and clowns.

October 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


White Cane Safety Day raises awareness

A long white cane is more than an adaptive tool to help people who are blind walk on city sidewalks. Members of the Central Kansas ...

October 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Good Scouting

The announcement that Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to become Cub Scouts and eventually earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout is good ...

October 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Barton accreditation in good standing

Barton Community College has met all criteria for accreditation, Myrna Perkins told the BCC Board of Trustees Tuesday.

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board seeks architect

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is ready to create a master plan for future building projects and will hear presentations from architects ...

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fire chief: No explosions in house fire

Great Bend Fire Chief Luke McCormick said Tuesday there were no explosions in a house fire last Friday, even though that was part of the ...

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Superintendent wants to start new student group

Students at Great Bend High School may soon have a say in course offerings and other aspects of school life. Superintendent Khris Thexton plans to ...

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Cause of Friday's fire undetermined

A Friday afternoon fire at 2607 19th St. appeared suspicious at first, but a closer look found "nothing suspicious," according to Lt. Scott Bieberle at ...

October 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBMS bowling approved

Great Bend High School has taken bowling teams to state championships, and now volunteers will bring instructional bowling to Great Bend Middle School.

October 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Promise Garden flowers lead Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The petals of bright fabric flowers twirled in the breeze as people gathered in the courthouse square Saturday afternoon. Missy Pflughoeft, co-chairman of Barton County ...

October 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Duck Season

Zackery Krisyman leaned in for a closer look at a duck display at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The blue-winged teal male and female were ...

October 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBMS bowling, AED purchases on USD 428 agenda

A proposal for instructional bowling at Great Bend Middle School is on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting ...

October 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Asteroid flyby to test planetary defense

Scientists have known for some time that the house-sized asteroid known at "2012 TC4" won't hit the Earth, but it will come close. And ...

October 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life sentence

Sidney Gleason was in the news again this week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected his latest appeal of his death penalty sentence.

October 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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