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Recreation Commission board hears audit report

The Great Bend Recreation Commission ended its last fiscal year with more than $1 million in the bank, board members were told Monday. Curtis Kuhn with D. McMillen Chartered certified public accounting firm of Great Bend presented an audit report that showed no irregularities.

January 14, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Shootings prompt safety reviews at Barton Community College

The shootings at Newtown, Conn., and the possibility that Kansas may eventually allow people with permits to bring concealed weapons on campus, have prompted the trustees at Barton Community College to review security policies.

January 12, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Mending the net

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday that his administration will spend another $10 million on mental health care. His decision was reportedly prompted by the mass murders in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 26 students and teachers died.

January 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

BCC needs more space

Barton Community College has been running out of room at its Grandview Plaza location, and a larger site is needed soon, college administrators told the BCC Board of Trustees Thursday. The owner of the building BCC has leased for the last five years has agreed to build a new wing for a long-term rental commitment from the college.

January 10, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Great Bend goes mobile

The Great Bend Convention & Visitors Bureau is expanding its presence on the Internet with a mobile website and a page on Both were launched in December, said Cris Collier, president of the Visitors Bureau.

January 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

BEARING ARMS - Semiautomatics popular at gun show

Back for the third year, the Gun and Knife Show drew a crowd Saturday at the Great Bend Expo. Anthony Lutz, a promoter for event sponsor U.S. Weapons, based in Manchester, Iowa, said they've seen a spike in attendance at their shows in recent months.

January 05, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


While Congress was trying to ease the pain of the so-called fiscal cliff, Representatives were apparently throwing their constituents under the bus.

January 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

OTR for Jan. 4, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

January 03, 2013 | Susan Thacker | On the Record

OTR for Jan. 3, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

January 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | On the Record

Barton County Sheriff's Office works injury accidents

The Barton County Sheriff's Office responded to three minor injury accidents on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

January 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo News: Zoo director gives year-end report

Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo received eight new animals in 2012, not counting rehabilitation birds. The year-end report from Zoo Director Scott Gregory also notes that three agoutis were born at the zoo. An agouti is a burrowing rodent.

January 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Trees accepted at compost site

Great Bend residents looking for a place to dispose of Christmas trees can use the city compost site, but they need to remove all tinsel, hooks and decorations, said Street Superintendent Mike Crawford. If the tree is in a bag, the bag also needs to be removed.

December 31, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

New Year's Eve taxi available

Those who need a ride home after celebrating on New Year's Eve can call 620-639-TAXI (639-8294).

December 31, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Bill of Rights

In a novel by Umberto Eco, a character comments on the long list of rules imposed on the Knights Templar in the Middle Ages. "From prohibitions you can tell what people normally do. It's a way of drawing a picture of daily life."

December 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Critter Ministries expanding in 2013

ALBERT - The Rev. Arthur Crider doesn't have a congregation, but he and his wife Mindy do have an evangelical Christian ministry in Barton County. In January they plan to launch a series of public events that will let more people know about "Critter Ministries." The first one will be at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at the Best Western Angus Inn Courtyard at 2920 10th St. in Great Bend.

December 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion

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Zoo News: Wine in the Wild

The Nex-Tech Wine in the Wild event on Sept. 26 raised $7,248 for the Great Bend Zoological Society, according to sponsors.

September 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

New twists on Homecoming traditions

Great Bend High School's Homecoming Royalty will ride in style at Friday's parade.

September 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Bikes and pedestrians ready to hit the road

People who walk or ride bicycles on the streets of Great Bend told a consultant Tuesday that the city's streets and sidewalks can be ...

September 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Randy Stonehill singing at River of Life

Christian recording artists Randy Stonehill and Buck Storm will be at the River of Life Church in Great Bend on Monday, Sept. 28, to present ...

September 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

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