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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


​Veteran asks for strict sentencing in Miller case

A Kansas veteran is asking Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty to show no leniency when sentencing the woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds earmarked for honoring World War II veterans.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Stolen vehicles, other property recovered

Stolen property was recovered from All Seasons Mobile Home Park, 4 NW 30 Road, at Area 9, Lot 12, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence there last Wednesday, April 1.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


My computer needs an attitude adjustment

We have new time clocks here at the Great Bend Tribune.

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


County spellers prepare for ‘The Bee’

Barton County students have been consulting their dictionaries and studying lists of words in anticipation of the annual Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Great Bend ...

January 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Energy use at BCC discussed

Energy usage on the Barton Community College is down from 2000, even though there have been additions to the campus since then, BCC Vice President ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Christian Unity Service open to all

The Barton County Association of Churches will hold its annual Christian Unity Service at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Prince of Peace ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Nearsighted

In September 2010, the Kansas Board of Regents approved a 10-year strategic agenda for the state's public higher education system. Entitled Foresight 2020, the ...

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


New primate at Great Bend Zoo

The dream of a companion for Zito, the 23-year-old male Lar gibbon at Great Bend's zoo, has come true.

January 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kansas considers cutting hours needed for college degrees

Changes being discussed by the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Board of Education include reducing the number of credit hours needed for bachelor ...

January 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barbara Millard receives Great Bend Greater Award

It wasn't easy to schedule time with Barbara Millard so she could receive the Great Bend Greater Award.

January 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Riley’s Tanner Dahlke wins Kansas Horizon Award

Tanner Dahlke's hands-on, sometimes crazy approach to education at Riley Elementary School has earned him a state award after his first year as a ...

January 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 pursues share of $27M grant

New and retiring board of education members for Great Bend USD 428 received pies from Perkins at Monday's meeting.

January 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Monday's USD 428 Board of Education meeting

Monday's meeting at a glance

January 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life and death

A recent "prank call" to Wichita's 911 resulted in the death of an unarmed man whose only crime was opening the door to his ...

January 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


‘Flavor’ event will raise funds for Habitat for Humanity

The area Habitat for Humanity group will again sponsor Barton County's Got Flavor, a fun evening of food paired with dueling pianos. Tickets are ...

January 04, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo News: Meet Jessie and Gilbert

Two relative newcomers to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo are Jessie Sayre, who started as a zookeeper last October, and Gilbert, a Panther Chameleon ...

January 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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