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Perez, Clark in court Friday

Former Barton County resident Sydney Anne Perez, 21, has been convicted of aiding and abetting battery, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said Tuesday.

July 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge sentenced for burglary, drug convictions

Kerry Joe Partridge Jr. 27, Great Bend, has been sentenced to four years, nine months in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor announced.

July 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Brit Spaugh Zoo offers daily keeper talks this week

The animals may be the stars at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, but this week their keepers will be in the spotlight, said Sara Hamlin, curator and zoo supervisor. In honor of this being National Zoo Keepers Week, they will offer free programs at 2 p.m. daily Monday through Thursday, July 17-20.

July 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 improves student preparation

Students at Great Bend High School now have more opportunities to learn about careers before they graduate, and they have more opportunities to prepare for the ACT test if they plan to attend college.

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Your move, students

As the cost of attending college after graduation from high school becomes more expensive, students need to consider what they can do to prepare for the future.

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC aims for no mill levy increase

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't need a mill levy increase get more money from local taxpayers next year. At the board study session held Tuesday, Vice President of Administration Mark Dean explained that valuations are up, especially for oil. Last year's tax rate of 33.26 mills raised $8.03 million, but this year an estimated rate of 33.15 mills could raise $8.53 million.

July 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 proud of grads who performed CPR

Chris Umphres was elected president of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Monday, and Lori Reneau was named vice president.

July 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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BY SUSAN THACKER

July 08, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Fair wraps up Sunday

Sunday is the final day of the Barton County Fair, not counting the all-day tear down, cleanup and storage that will take place Monday at the Expo Complex. The commercial exhibits cleared out of Expo I Saturday evening, making room for the annual 4-H BBQ, opening Sunday morning at 11:30.

July 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life lessons at the Barton County Fair

For Dylan Ferguson, the hardest thing about bringing last year's bucket calf back to the county fair in 2017 will be selling that animal on Sunday. It's a lesson many young people learn as they raise market animals as 4-H projects.

July 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County Fair photos, schedule

Friday July 6

July 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thou shalt not

Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East. According to the Associated Press, federal prosecutors alleged the artifacts were intentionally mislabeled for import.

July 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Kestrel nest found in power pole

Spring showers and summer storms often blow young birds out of their nests - but sometimes the parents do the job.

July 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thursday's fair schedule

Photos were taken Monday evening during setup for the Barton County Fair.

July 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Strike it rich

The long-awaited opening of the 2017 Barton County Fair is upon us. Starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, people will begin checking in livestock and exhibits at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Soon the fun will start.

July 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Family Reunion: Camp Hope's 35th

The family reunion Saturday afternoon wasn't about shared genealogy - it was about a shared experience. The Camp Hope family consists of hundreds of children ...

September 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Signs show support for Dade Cannon

Some of the blue signs showing support for Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch are finding a new purpose - to welcome home 13-year-old Dade Cannon ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Young readers will help Harvey victims

Great Bend elementary students will have an opportunity help children in Texas schools hit by Hurricane Harvey. The community can participate by visiting the Great ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Literacy push

If you're reading this, you've probably read a book or two. Perhaps you've read the top stories in today's newspaper or ...

September 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Next (interim) city administrator visits Great Bend

Great Bend's next interim city administrator is looking forward to a "quiet and uneventful" transition when he steps into the position on Oct. 9.

September 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family donates $25K to Barton Athletics

Barton Community College's Athletic Department will receive another $25,000 donation from Kip and Kelly Spray, bringing their total giving in the past two ...

September 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


StoryWalk

Reading a children's book does not usually involve much physical activity, unless the book is part of a StoryWalk.

September 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend tackles drop in ACT scores

Great Bend High School has seen its ACT Scores creeping downward in the last five year years, Superintendent Khris Thexton told the school board this ...

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family plans donation to BCC

The Kip and Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center at Barton Community College is sure to bear that name until at least 2034, and another ...

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Maple Street

In the classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," (1960) the neighbors on "Maple Street U.S.A.," in an idyllic ...

September 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


USD 428 ready to extend Title I status

Great Bend USD 428's five elementary schools are part of Title 1 - a program that provides federal financial assistance to schools with high percentages ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Lemonade War'

The lemonade stand set up at Monday's school board meeting was a reminder that soon children throughout Great Bend soon will be reading "The ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 will ask state to revoke teacher's license

Special education teacher Alyson Burkhart's resignation was not accepted Monday by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education. Instead, the board will petition ...

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


First UMC Great Bend to participate in National Back to Church Sunday

"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend at ...

September 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Silver Haired Legislature supports senior issues

The Executive Board of the Silver Haired Legislature will take several issues to Topeka next month, said Janice Walker, Barton County's representative.

September 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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