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Community turns out for Giving Tuesday

After a day for giving thanks, and several days for getting shopping deals, came Giving Tuesday (also known as #GivingTuesday), a global day dedicated to giving back. The Golden Belt Community Foundation helped introduce this unofficial holiday to central Kansas this year by promising to enhance donations to its 30 endowed funds with a matching pool of $30,000.

December 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Police continue to look for robber

The Great Bend Police Department continues to investigate an armed robbery reported just after 11 p.m. last Saturday at the Cerv's convenience store at 10th and Main.

December 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Girl Scouts’ teamwork leads to winning float

Girl Scouts from three counties worked together to create a winning float in Saturday's Home for the Holidays Parade in Great Bend.

December 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


St. Rose donates items to Central Kansas Dream Center

Kimberly Becker and Randy Parr didn't hesitate to acknowledge that donated items from St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center are a "Godsend."

December 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Contest shows trees are part of the family

By SUSAN THACKER

November 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Take a second helping

Many of us spent Thanksgiving with family, enjoying a meal and recalling all of the reasons we have to give thanks (starting with family and an abundance of healthy food).

November 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC trustees approve audit, personnel

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees received and approved an unqualified audit for the year ending June 30, 2014, when it met Tuesday. Accountant Vickie Dreiling from Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball explained that a "clean" or "unqualified" audit is the highest opinion the auditor can give.

November 25, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Walking is a fun, free holiday activity

Readers looking for a fun, free Thanksgiving activity may want to consider a family jog or walk - a Turkey Trot! Running, biking and walking are a good way to work up an appetite, or to help that wonderful meal digest. Some families make special T-shirts and follow designated routes, while others are more free-form.

November 25, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Mark and Krista Ball win Great Bend Greater Award

DeleteMark and Krista Ball were named the 2014 Great Bend Greater Award recipients during a rare evening meeting of the Noon Kiwanis Club, Thursday at Montana Mike's. In addition to recognizing the couple for their commitment to community service, the club gave away more than $1,500 to area organizations to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

November 21, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Looking ahead

Barton Community College officials voted on bids as quickly as they could, but there was no way to rebuild the dining hall at BCC's Camp Aldrcih before June 1, 2015. So, the popular venue for weddings, camps and other business or social gatherings will remain closed for another summer, due to the fire that destroyed the dining hall last April.

November 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Winged Aspirations

A Gus Shafer sculpture that was never completed will grace the space outside the gallery that bears his name in the future, said Dave Barnes, director of the Shafer Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College.

November 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo planning adult event

Area residents may be sipping wine for an adult-only evening next year in the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Director Scott Gregory.

November 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


GBRC mulls future playground layout

One task the Great Bend Recreation Commission will face in 2015 is planning the city's next public playground, which will be located outside of the Great Bend Activity Center at 2715 18th St.

November 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


'Beer for Breakfast"

Live theater choices abound this weekend in Barton County. Adults seeking to quench their thirst for laughter should save at least one night for the Great Bend Community Theatre production, "Beer for Breakfast."

November 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Shake it up

It was kind of exciting to post "I survived the Kansas earthquake of Nov. 12, 2014," on Facebook and Twitter, but it turns out earthquakes are becoming rather common in the Wheat State.

November 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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Temporary library outpost opens Monday

With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.

January 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HOMETOWN TEAMS

ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.

January 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​A vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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