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Library reopens with little fanfare

A handful of patrons were waiting Wednesday morning when circulation clerk Maggie McQuade unlocked the front doors of the Great Bend Public Library.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk KS teams celebrate midpoint of 'journey'

On March 15, hundreds of teams set off on journeys to "walk across Kansas," at least symbolically. Now half-way through the eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge, Barton County teams met Wednesday for a pep rally in the courthouse square.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budget cuts raise questions about BCC programs

Two instructors at Barton Community College who would normally expect to see their contracts renewed this month are facing the possibility of being "non-renewed," raising questions about the future of theater and journalism programs at the college.

April 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​GBRC Program Director reports

Megan Hammeke said bowling continues to be popular with the special needs clients, who participated 229 times in March. They also had a spring dance, craft classes and an Easy Cooking class on potatoes. This month's cooking ingredient is cheese.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec awarding fewer 'participant' medals

Monday's decision to award fewer 'participant' medals this summer wasn't about money, Great Bend Recreation Commission board members said. The consensus was that once kids are old enough to play on teams that keep score, they don't care much about non-championship medals.

April 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC raising rates at Child Development Center

The Child Development Center at Barton Community College will raise its day-care rates by $2 per child per day, effective July 1. That follows a $1 increase imposed on Feb. 1.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Walk Kansas Pep Rally planned

The Great Bend Recreation Commission and the Barton County Extension Office will host a Walk Kansas Pep Rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, at the band shell in the courthouse square.

April 10, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​BCC may cut staff this month

This story has been modified on April 12, 2015, removing references to contracts for Barton Community College instructors at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth. Additional comments from the college staff have been added to the "Related content" box.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Ag talk

Those who visited the Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo on Thursday could attend free programs by experts in the commodity markets. There was also a drawing for a $5,000 drone, complete with training, just for attending the KBUF Risk Management and Market Forum. Larry Brown from Scott City was the winner.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Victim says burglar came in through window

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating an aggravated burglary that was reported Wednesday night at All Seasons Mobile Home Park. Sheriff Brian Bellendir announced that two suspects were arrested.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman sentenced to 'Hard 25' for murder

Damon L. Galyardt, 25, had everything to live for – including the future birth of his daughter – when his life was cut short the night of Nov. 11, 2011. On Thursday Galyardt's killer, Jeffrey Wade Chapman, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years.

April 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Budding artists' works displayed

What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


State school board member decries ‘War on Public Education’

State Board of Education member Sally Cauble thought it was an April Fool's joke when Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis asked her to explain the purpose of postcards published by the board to "inform legislators and celebrate public education in Kansas." Dennis, who is in the Kansas Board of Education's Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, also wanted to know what the budget was for these items, and he wanted to make sure they weren't in violation of the law that prohibits state officers from lobbying in the state. He wasn't kidding.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Reality U

Great Bend Middle School's eighth graders had some tough choices to make Wednesday.

October 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Costume exchange

They entered the basement as ordinary children, but walked out as skeletons. Or ninja turtles, witches and clowns.

October 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


White Cane Safety Day raises awareness

A long white cane is more than an adaptive tool to help people who are blind walk on city sidewalks. Members of the Central Kansas ...

October 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Good Scouting

The announcement that Boy Scouts of America will allow girls to become Cub Scouts and eventually earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout is good ...

October 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Barton accreditation in good standing

Barton Community College has met all criteria for accreditation, Myrna Perkins told the BCC Board of Trustees Tuesday.

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board seeks architect

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is ready to create a master plan for future building projects and will hear presentations from architects ...

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fire chief: No explosions in house fire

Great Bend Fire Chief Luke McCormick said Tuesday there were no explosions in a house fire last Friday, even though that was part of the ...

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Superintendent wants to start new student group

Students at Great Bend High School may soon have a say in course offerings and other aspects of school life. Superintendent Khris Thexton plans to ...

October 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Cause of Friday's fire undetermined

A Friday afternoon fire at 2607 19th St. appeared suspicious at first, but a closer look found "nothing suspicious," according to Lt. Scott Bieberle at ...

October 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBMS bowling approved

Great Bend High School has taken bowling teams to state championships, and now volunteers will bring instructional bowling to Great Bend Middle School.

October 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Promise Garden flowers lead Walk to End Alzheimer’s

The petals of bright fabric flowers twirled in the breeze as people gathered in the courthouse square Saturday afternoon. Missy Pflughoeft, co-chairman of Barton County ...

October 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Duck Season

Zackery Krisyman leaned in for a closer look at a duck display at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. The blue-winged teal male and female were ...

October 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBMS bowling, AED purchases on USD 428 agenda

A proposal for instructional bowling at Great Bend Middle School is on the agenda for the next Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting ...

October 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Asteroid flyby to test planetary defense

Scientists have known for some time that the house-sized asteroid known at "2012 TC4" won't hit the Earth, but it will come close. And ...

October 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life sentence

Sidney Gleason was in the news again this week. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected his latest appeal of his death penalty sentence.

October 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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