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A STEP UP: Barton unveils Fine Arts Auditorium

Barton Community College supporters sometimes call the Shafer Art Gallery the "Gem of the Campus," and now that gem has a proper setting, with the newly remodeled foyer and lobby in the Fine Arts Building. They also are connected to another campus jewel that had become somewhat tarnished over the decades; the Fine Arts Auditorium is sparkling once again. On Thursday, college officials held an open house for the auditorium, where the bulk of the renovation work was done.

March 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Win-win: Common-sense ways to help veterans

Sen. Jerry Moran recently introduced legislation to extend a federal program that allows veterans to receive health care in rural communities, including Great Bend, without traveling long distances to VA hospitals. Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) needs to continue beyond its three-year pilot that expires this September.

March 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Hundreds of pounds lost in 'Battle of the Bulge'

One man lost over 70 pounds during the eight-week Battle of the Bulge 2014, conducted by Club One Fitness.

March 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Healthy Living


Historical village welcomes volunteers for 2014 season

History buffs and potential volunteers can attend an orientation meeting next month at the Barton County Historical Museum and Village. This program is also open to people who just want to learn more about village, said volunteer coordinator Karen Naylor.

March 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Church bulletin

Upcoming events in Great Bend include:

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Hearts Aflame Women's Conference moves to Dream Center

The eighth annual Hearts Aflame Women's Conference will be held Saturday, March 29, at the Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway Ave., Great Bend. Admission is free. All proceeds collected from freewill offerings will go to the Dream Center, which offers faith-based community services.

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Buyer beware when choosing a preparer

When it comes to tax preparation, AARP reports that its trained volunteers have accuracy rates similar to commercial services. But when choosing a tax preparer, consumers are warned to do their homework.

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Volunteers swamped with tax returns

Since the end of January, four volunteers with AARP have spent Thursday mornings and afternoons preparing basic income tax returns at the Barton County Courthouse. Demand for this free service is growing, said Kathy Ahlvers, who leads the Great Bend team. But for every person who is served, several others must be turned away.

March 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Changing sides: Pre-election switches aren't evil (but they may be history)

A bill headed for Gov. Sam Brownback's desk would make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections. Supporters include Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a GOP conservative.

March 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Stewards of the stew

The recipe for the annual Irish Stew at First Presbyterian Church is more than 50 years in the making. A carefully guarded secret, it can be found in the "Stew Book," safely stored in the church office.

March 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Spring Forward: Rec Commission hosts spring style show at Senior Center

Overalls are back in style, according to Amanda Dreiling, emcee for the Great Bend Recreation Commission's annual Spring Style Show at the Senior Center.

March 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


New rules limit tournament pitching

Youth baseball and softball pitching limitations were adopted Monday by the Great Bend Recreation Commission. A pitcher may not pitch in more than five consecutive innings in one game, and no more than eight innings in any two consecutive games.

March 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Real estate

The City of Great Bend continues to take positive steps to encourage housing development.

March 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Zoo hoping for spring babies

The animal population at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has sometimes been described as "geriatric," but Zoo Director Scott Gregory is working to change that.

March 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo director gives update on lions, bears

Three grizzly bears at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo turned 1 year old in January, and have been good companions to Max, the older bear in the grizzly exhibit, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Monday.

March 05, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Farm Bureau sponsors free seminar

HOISINGTON - Earlier this month, Barton County Farm Bureau presented a free Ag Education Seminar at the Hoisington Activity Center.

March 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


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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