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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 $25,000 gift from the Sprays may extend the "facilities naming contract" through 2037.

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 American town, suddenly encounter unexplainable events and conclude they are the result of an alien invasion. (In a later remake, "The Monsters are on Maple Street," (2003) they suspect there has been a terrorist attack.) In the end, the neighbors turn on each other and innocent blood is shed. Even though they weren't exactly wrong about the aliens/terrorists, the real damage came from within.

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 of children from low-income families. Now the administration will pursue district-wide Title 1 status, extending the program to the middle school and the high school, Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

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 Lemonade War," by Jacqueline Davies.

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 the state to revoke her license for failing to fulfill her contract with the district.

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 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17, followed by a free picnic lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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


Local literacy programs abound

The kickoff for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Great Bend will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, during Story Time at the Great Bend Public Library. People in the 67530 zip code will be able to register so their children will receive a free book in the mail each month from birth until they are 5 years old.

September 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Natural Disaster

Hurricane Harvey was a natural disaster, but the damage it has caused was made worse by climate change, some of which can certainly be attributed to human activity.

September 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Lions and bears -- Oh boy!

Although the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is without a tiger, for now, the lions and bears are providing plenty of good news.

September 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


As DACA ends, fate of ‘Dreamers’ left to Congress

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced the end of a program that allowed some 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children to delay deportation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, instituted by President Barack Obama in 2012, was rescinded, but President Trump and others - including Kansas lawmakers - urged Congress to enact laws to protect those hurt by the action.

September 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stolen guns found in drug raid

Suspected methamphetamine and stolen guns were seized when the Barton County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant last Friday at 1434 17th St. in Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Two suspects were arrested.

September 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


WORK ZONE: Hoisington celebrates labor

HOISINGTON - For a celebration of American Labor, the Superior Essex plant in Hoisington was a good starting place. The plant held an open house Saturday during Hoisington's annual Labor Day Weekend celebration.

September 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend woman visits Vietnam 40 years after leaving

Linh Reiter and her family recently returned from visiting Vietnam for the first time since she left in 1975.

September 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Living the American Dream

Linh Reiter, owner of the Classic Inn restaurant in Great Bend, believes in the American Dream.

September 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


THANKFUL

Thanksgiving has arrived; let the holiday begin.

November 22, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Giving Tuesday is Nov. 28

Thursday is Thanksgiving Day and next Tuesday is a day of giving, thanks.

November 21, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kilby Day

Students at Barton Community College have left for their Thanksgiving break, but the campus was a busy place on Monday as area high school students ...

November 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Families celebrate LIFE at Great Bend schools

Making silly hats to wear at a Mad Hatter Party was one of the favorite activities of at least one Eisenhower Elementary School family. While ...

November 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 video talks about MTSS

Parents of Great Bend USD 428 students can learn more about the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) by watching a seven and a half minute ...

November 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Software solves educators' headaches

It wasn't hard to convince school board members to subscribe to two new software purchases on Monday, once they heard what the technology will ...

November 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Track, PAC need attention

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton showed photos of cracks in the high school track and other areas of concern at Monday's school ...

November 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | News


School board hopes to expand JAG program

Great Bend High School student Cierra Wood is glad she didn't listen to friends who thought the new JAG class would be "boring" and ...

November 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


This week's calendar

SUNDAY Nov. 12

November 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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