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Simplify Christmas to beat 'holidaze'

Take a deep breath. Turn on some soothing music. Light an aromatic candle - that is, if candles don't stress you out.

December 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Car slides into ditch; driver injured

Patricia M. Halseth, 41, of Great Bend, was transported to Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington on Sunday after the car she was driving slid off U.S. 281 near NE 60 Road in Barton County.

December 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Area Briefs


New fees, rules approved for Burnside Room

New rules and fees for using the Great Bend Recreation Commission's Burnside Room and kitchen were approved Monday at the GBRC's board meeting. Director Diann Henderson said these were the first changes since 1981.

December 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


TOYS FOR TOTS

In 30 years, Luie Philbern has seen things that have made Santa cry.

December 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Murder suspect Shawn Ney dies in Barton County Jail

Hoisington resident Shawn Ney, awaiting trial for murder and attempted murder, died early Saturday at the Barton County Jail.

December 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Farmers Bank hands out holiday gifts to givers

Farmers Bank & Trust donated $5,400 to local nonprofit organizations this past week, at its 15th annual Charity Holiday Coffee.

December 09, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend man gets green light on Green card

Angel Armendariz-Galindo wasn't born in Great Bend; his family left Mexico when he was 10 months old. But, like Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby, he claimed Great Bend as his boyhood home, and graduated from high school here. Now, after wrangling with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nearly four years, the 23-year-old man is on the verge of getting his Green card.

December 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST

The Barton County Historical Museum and Village will be open for some old fashioned holiday fun this Sunday, when it hosts its annual "Ghosts of Christmas Past" open house.

December 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration planned

Prince of Peace Parish Catholic Church will celebrate a miracle when members observe the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 11, and Monday at the St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave. Religious dances known as "matachines," food and worship are scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday.

December 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


MYSTERY MUSICAL

This year's musical by students of Holy Family School adds some light-hearted twists to the story of the birth of Jesus, but the true meaning of Christmas is at the heart of "The Mystery of Simon Shepherd."

December 07, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Longtime local resident fights removal from US

Angel Armendariz-Galindo was in junior high school, thinking about getting his driver's license, when he first realized his family lived in the shadows.

December 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


College trustees plan trip to Topeka

Trustees at Barton Community College have changed the date of their December business meeting, and may move their January study session to Topeka, where they hope to repeat last year's visit to the Capitol.

December 05, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Defense requests court pay juror wages

In the state's latest pretrial motion for the capital murder case of Adam Longoria, prosecutors disagree with the defense's request for jurors to be compensated at their current wages and reimbursed for day-care costs.

December 04, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Protesters deserve to be heard

Those who would describe Occupy protests as a "hissy fit" by "a whole army of freeloaders" who "have no interest in just getting to work and doing their part" are missing the point.

December 02, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


BCC Student Union to undergo face-lift

Barton Community College will spend about $200,000 to update its Student Union, college trustees learned Thursday at their monthly study session.

December 01, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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​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


Dispatchers log path of storm

When a storm roared through Barton County Thursday night, dispatchers received reports of arcing power lines and blowing debris.

April 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Easter tradition continues at Pawnee Rock

PAWNEE ROCK - A sunrise pageant is planned for Easter morning at the Pawnee Rock State Historic Site, one-half mile north of U.S. 56 and the town of Pawnee Rock. The pageant starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 5.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Misfire:'Constitutional Carry' legislation not needed

On Thursday, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Senate Bill 45, the permitless concealed carry legislation, earning praise from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legal Action and criticism from Everytown for Gun Safety and a related group, the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Crisis City: GBFD sends 10 firefighters

SALINA - The training is intense at Crisis City, a hands-on All Hazards Emergency Response Training Center west of Salina. Great Bend Fire Department sent five firefighters for training on Tuesday, and five more on Wednesday, Capt. Travis Parmley said.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend sends firefighters to Crisis City

Participants from state, local and private organizations across Kansas took part in a two-day emergency response exercise at Crisis City, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1. Great Bend Fire Department sent several people.

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Stafford County fire spreads to Barton County

By SUSAN THACKER

April 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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