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Oliver receives Great Bend Greater award

Once a year, the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club presents an award to someone who has made this community a better place. The 2015 Great Bend Greater recipient is Dale Oliver.

December 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Hirsh’s ex says: He put the gun next to my head

Darrin Hirsh's ex-wife Candice testified Wednesday that her husband held his Kansas Highway Patrol service pistol to her head and a pillow over her face the night of March 12, 2013, after a heated argument.

December 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS to offer new courses in 2016

Freshmen won't be enrolling in biology next fall at Great Bend High School. Instead, they'll be taking a one-semester introductory course in physics and chemistry, plus a semester of space and earth science. They'll still need to take biology to graduate, but the overall requirement of three science credits for graduation will not change, school administrators said.

December 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Trooper’s domestic violence trial underway

It took most of the day Tuesday to choose a jury for Darrin Hirsh, a Kansas Highway Patrol trooper charged with aggravated assault and other counts of domestic violence in Barton County District Court. The jury is scheduled to hear opening statements at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday when the trial resumes.

December 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School board extends Reed’s contract

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education voted Monday to extend Superintendent Brad Reed's contract for 2016-18.

December 14, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Historical Society holds volunteer appreciation

Anyone who has served as a volunteer at the Barton County Historical Society this year was invited Thursday to an appreciation reception and a sneak peek at the holiday exhibit. The public can view the exhibit free during the Ghosts of Christmas Past Open House from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Barton County Historical Society Village and Museum, south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend.

December 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Giving Tuesday raises more than $210,000

Area endowed funds received a total of $210,780 during the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Giving Tuesday event on Dec. 1. The event, also billed as "Give Where You Live," attracted more than 400 donors to organizations throughout Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties. The total includes a $50,000 match.

December 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Soup supper will benefit Quilts of Valor program

American Legion Auxiliary will hold a benefit soup supper from 5-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, at the American Legion Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave. Members and guests are welcome.

December 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall Grammy nominated

MANHATTAN - K-State professor and Great Bend native Bryan Pinkall has been nominated with the Kansas City Chorale for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical in the 2016 Grammy Awards for the album, "Rachmaninoff: All Night Vespers."

December 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Museum preparing annual 'Ghosts of Christmas Past'

The Barton County Historical Society invites the public to revisit the joys of winter holidays through the years at its annual open house, "Ghosts of Christmas Past." It will run from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Historical Museum and Village, located just south of the Arkansas River bridge on U.S. 281 in Great Bend.

December 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC approves agreement with GB

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved an interlocal agreement Tuesday with the City of Great Bend, adopting a new neighborhood revitalization plan. The plan allows the city to offer tax rebates on improvements that increase the value of the properties. The agreement will be in effect from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2016, when it can be extended, modified or allowed to expire.

December 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Red Cross asks for blood donations this holiday season

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to end the year with real meaning by donating blood for hospital patients in need.

December 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Prohibition repealed

The Barton County Commission has passed a resolution that will allow Sunday beer sales in the unincorporated areas of the county.

December 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo news photos

Susan Thacker's photos were taken Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

December 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: New porcupine coming soon

The crested porcupine at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo may be going on a diet, Zoo Supervisor/Curator Sara Hamlin said Wednesday. "He is kind of a chunky monkey."

December 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Scenes from Camp Hope

Camp Hope 2018 wrapped up Saturday, after a week of activities in Barton County. Camp Hope Media Coordinator Barb Keltner, Eudora, reports there were 72 ...

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Going Buggy

Dancing slugs and butterflies from the StoneLion Puppet Theatre interacted with audience members Saturday at Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery. The gallery and ...

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Baker to stand trial for death of cyclists

The man accused of accidentally causing the deaths of two people riding a motorcycle through Great Bend on Aug. 16, 2014, may face a jury ...

June 23, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


‘Best camp in the world’

Harrison Sellers gives Camp Hope two thumbs up. Harrison, who prefers to be called "Harry," is almost 10 years old and is attending the annual ...

June 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


This is US

President Trump's apparent change of heart over children being separated from their parents at our southern border is a good thing.

June 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Camp Hope is back

CAMP ALDRICH - Nine-year-old Bailey Thompson from Mulvane caught four little fish Tuesday morning before landing a "whopper," with the help of a Camp Hope volunteer.

June 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jose Luis Chavez, 1957-2018

GREAT BEND -- Jose Luis Chavez, 60, passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Wichita.

June 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Obituaries


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