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Festival celebrates 'Service Above Self'

ELLINWOOD - This year's After Harvest Festival Parade in downtown Ellinwood spanned several generations. It featured area youths as well as alumni and former teachers from Wheatland School, which closed 50 years ago. But the oldest entry was Duane Schwab's 102-year-old 1914 Model T Ford Touring Car.

July 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Players make a pitch for horseshoes

A friendly game of horseshoes can become serious business when there's a championship on the line. Ernesto Diaz and Darrell Keil were just having fun last Thursday at Great Bend's horseshoe pits in Brit Spaugh Park, but they planned to compete in a tournament Saturday at the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival.

July 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 online enrollment begins Monday

Parents with students returning to Great Bend USD 428 in August may enroll them online beginning Monday, July 18.

July 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Costly mandates

Complying with federal mandates probably costs Barton Community College $1-2 million a year, college officials learned recently.

July 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Color Day

One day of fun in the sun wasn't enough; Wednesday was Color Day outside the Great Bend Public Library.

July 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC takes steps to stop cheaters

Software that attempts to catch cheaters, and tests that determine college readiness, will have a negative effect on enrollment at Barton Community College, according to BCC administrators. The extent of the impact won't be immediately known.

July 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zamora up for parole hearing

A man convicted of aggravated kidnapping of a child and two counts of aggravated sodomy in Barton County is eligible for a parole hearing later this year, according to the Kansas Prisoner Review Board.

July 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pay raises, not tax raises, planned at BCC

Barton Community College's board of trustees is considering a budget that will pay for salary increases and a few new jobs, without raising the mill levy on local property taxes.

July 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Murder charges dropped

First-degree murder charges against three men were dismissed Thursday in Barton County District Court. Alejo Villegas, Juventino Villegas and Adam Suppes still face felony charges that include aggravated burglary, stemming from Nov. 15, 2015, when they allegedly broke into the home of Sterling Mills with Aron Villegas. Aron was shot by Mills and died.

July 07, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Introducing the newbies

There are some new faces at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Fair celebrates 25th year at Expo

A bigger-than-life silver cake reminds visitors to the Barton County Fair that the event is celebrating its 25th year at the Expo this year.

July 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Geraldine Marshall 1920 - 2016

Geraldine Marshall, 95, died July 4, 2016, at Brookdale Senior Living in Great Bend. Born Oct. 28, 1920, at Ulman, Mo., she was the daughter of Barney and Anna Dawson. In 1944, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri and later earned her Master's Degree from Webster College. On Aug. 24, 1947, she married James Marshall at St. Louis, Mo. He died March 26, 1967. She was a primary teacher for 26 years, with 17 of those as first grade teacher at Prairie School in Prairie Village. After raising her family and retiring ...

July 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Obituaries


Zoo curator comments on human behavior

Just days after a child wandered into a gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo, the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo had its own incident of unwanted human-animal contact. But in this case, it was the animals who were endangered.

July 04, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City Band plans patriotic concert

The Great Bend City Band's weekly concerts move indoors for the month of July. Free concerts will be offered Thursday, July 7 and Tuesday, July 12, at the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave. Both of the free concerts are open the public and start at 8:15 p.m.

July 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Concerns raised over Galatia water issue

GALATIA - Galatia Mayor Steve Wilhelm's decision earlier this year not to sell water to an area farmer has one city councilman concerned. David Strecker brought it up at last month's meeting, and more discussion is expected when the council meets at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the City Building.

July 03, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


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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