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Library treats kids to glow party

"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.

July 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Chapman trial on hold pending mental evaluation

Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.

July 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

GBFD thankful for rain before Fourth of July

A fireman's dream is rain on the Fourth of July, said John Stettinger, battalion chief at the Great Bend Fire Department. The next best thing is the series of rains the Golden Belt has experienced leading into the explosive weekend.

July 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Freedom Founders: Celebrating July 4

The Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776, contained words that are astounding more than 200 years later.

July 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Charges filed after undercover beer sales

Three clerks from Great Bend convenience stores that allegedly sold beer to underage consumers on May 16 face misdemeanor charges in Barton County District Court.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Zoo news: Jack Hanna tickets sold out

Tickets for the Barton County appearance of Jack Hanna sold out during the Nex-Tech Zoo Fest in June. Tickets for the October show were offered to the general public for the first time during the event, said Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Community Theatre names new managers

Angela and Wes Meitner of Great Bend believe they have some big shoes to fill as the new managers of Great Bend Community Theatre.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Former foster parent builds A.R.K. for kids, community

Around Great Bend, young people have been spotted doing volunteer work and Acts of Random Kindness. In fact, these youths are part of John Zimmerman's A.R.K. Foundation, a program he created to build character, teach respect and make the world a bit better for everyone.

July 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Meth distribution suspect arrested

Another drug bust was made Friday night as the Barton County Sheriff's Office continues its ongoing efforts to curb methamphetamine trafficking in the county, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

June 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

​Estamos Aqui exhibit opens with fiesta

For the reception opening the latest Shafer Art Gallery exhibit, Estamos Aqui, the gallery held a fiesta, serving Mexican foods and providing live entertainment.

June 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


There were free bicycles and helmets for children who attended Friday's Great Bend Bicycle Safety Rodeo at Brit Spaugh Park.

June 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Coaches volunteer for sports VBS at Foundry Methodist

This year's vacation Bible school at Foundry Methodist Church in Great Bend is a sports camp with lessons on baseball or softball, basketball, and rifle safety and target shooting. The class is available for children 8-13 years old and is free of charge.

June 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion

BCC dorm nearly finished; tuition hike approved for spring

An Aug. 7 open house is being planned so the public can see the new student housing unit at Barton Community College.

June 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Public input sought on bike, pedestrian plan

Representatives of a national planning and design group want to hear from area people who are interested in improving biking or hiking options along the Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway.

June 21, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News

Worth it

It's hard to measure the value that Barton Community College has on the Golden Belt, but a study commissioned by the college attempts to do just that.

June 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

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Holts part of proactive Larned community

Kevin Holt and his wife Kista (Haas) Holt grew up in Larned, but moved away.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County

Masonic Temple

Several historic buildings can be found on Broadway Street in Larned. The Masonic Temple was built in 1887. An old postcard shows how the building ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County

Progressive Profile: Celeste Dixon

Celeste Dixon, park ranger at the Fort Larned National Historical Site, is vice president of the Pawnee County Humane Society board of directors.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County

PCHS continues to help furry friends

From the outside, the Pawnee County Humane Society – 2 miles west of Larned on Eighth Street – could pass for a modern country home. Inside, the ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County

Fans saying ‘na na na’

Larned native Jonathan Tabler can currently be seen on an H&R Block television commercial. He's one of two cowboys who talk about filing ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County

Pawnee Annie observes small-town progress

"I am having such a good time with this opportunity to write."

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Pawnee County

CPA talks about avoiding tax identity theft

On Feb. 19, one of Barry Bowers's tax clients received a letter from the Internal Revenue Service. Someone else had attempted to use that ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Commerce & Finance

Add Social Security options to retirement financial planning

Financial Advisor Diane Sauber at Waddell & Reed knows that Social Security income is an important piece in many individuals' plans to retirement.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Commerce & Finance

Historical Society holds annual meeting

Some 3,000 people visited the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village in 2015, Executive Director Beverly Komarek reported at the annual meeting in ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Community

Club 1 Fitness plays to its strengths

The staff at Club 1 Fitness, 3806 Broadway, are here to help make 2016 the best year yet for health-minded members of the community.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Health & Wellness

New Sports Medicine courses open career pathways for GBHS students

Great Bend High School students interested in careers in health care or science can now enroll in Sports Medicine. Three Sports Medicine I classes and ...

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Health & Wellness

Herrera family opens A to Z store

Armando and Irma Herrera have opened the A to Z thrift store at 1209 Main, Great Bend. At the grand opening on Feb. 20, the ...

March 02, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Commerce & Finance

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