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Thexton named USD 428 Superintendent

Khris Thexton will become the next superintendent of Great Bend USD 428, effective July 1. The school board met Thursday and voted unanimously to promote the assistant superintendent to the key position.

March 30, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rain Dance

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Much-needed moisture saves crops

An inch or two of rain across the Golden Belt this week couldn't have come at a better time for agriculture producers.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rainfall totals

Big Bend Groundwater Management District No. 5 maintains 10 weather stations throughout the district, which includes portions of Barton, Edwards, Kiowa, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice and Stafford counties. Rainfall totals from the weather stations are shown below.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Panther events rescheduled

Great Bend's baseball and softball games postponed by rain have been rescheduled.

March 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Prep Sports


BCC lowers tuition for out-of-state students

Tuition for out-of-state students at Barton Community College will be the same as tuition for in-state students - a reduction of $31 per credit hour - starting in the fall of 2017. All students will see a $4 increase in fees at that time.

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Family Crisis Center gets van

As excited as JoAnn Wondra was about the Family Crisis Center receiving a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, she can't show the public the van that was purchased with the gift.

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GB River Rats remove trash on Ark River

A group of all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts who enjoy riding four-wheelers along the Arkansas River spent a recent weekend picking up tons of trash.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A gift from BOCK

Donita Wolf, manager of Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, second from the left, accepts a $730 check from Rae Ann Brack, president of the Bikers of Central Kansas. Others in the photo are GBHH&H staff and BOCK members. The money was raised during BOCK's recent Chili Challenge to benefit hospice patients.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Peterson eligible for parole hearing

A former Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility inmate now in prison at Lansing, Michael Douglas Peterson, is eligible for a parole hearing in June.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


JCPenney closing after 90+ years in Great Bend

Great Bend will soon lose its JCPenney department store at 1500 Kansas Ave.

March 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crime Stoppers is still anonymous

"We don't want your name, just your information."

March 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC student fees may increase

Administrators at Barton Community College plan to ask the BCC Board of Trustees to increase student fees by $4 per credit hour for the fall semester.

March 15, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Teachers offered used computers

Employees at Great Bend USD 428 can purchase used desktop and laptop computers as they are replaced with new ones. Prices range from $75 to $100 for five-year-old computers.

March 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GB schools gain state recognition

Great Bend school board members heard good news on Monday concerning USD 428's progress in the state's Multi-Tiered Support System program. Todd Wiedemann, assistant director of the State of Kansas MTSS Team, said Great Bend's leadership in the program has earned statewide recognition.

March 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Perez, Clark in court Friday

Former Barton County resident Sydney Anne Perez, 21, has been convicted of aiding and abetting battery, Barton County Attorney Amy Mellor said Tuesday.

July 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Partridge sentenced for burglary, drug convictions

Kerry Joe Partridge Jr. 27, Great Bend, has been sentenced to four years, nine months in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections, Barton County ...

July 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Brit Spaugh Zoo offers daily keeper talks this week

The animals may be the stars at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, but this week their keepers will be in the spotlight, said Sara ...

July 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 improves student preparation

Students at Great Bend High School now have more opportunities to learn about careers before they graduate, and they have more opportunities to prepare for ...

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Your move, students

As the cost of attending college after graduation from high school becomes more expensive, students need to consider what they can do to prepare for ...

July 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC aims for no mill levy increase

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees won't need a mill levy increase get more money from local taxpayers next year. At the board ...

July 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 proud of grads who performed CPR

Chris Umphres was elected president of the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education on Monday, and Lori Reneau was named vice president.

July 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HERE’S THE BEEF

BY SUSAN THACKER

July 08, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


Fair wraps up Sunday

Sunday is the final day of the Barton County Fair, not counting the all-day tear down, cleanup and storage that will take place Monday at ...

July 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Life lessons at the Barton County Fair

For Dylan Ferguson, the hardest thing about bringing last year's bucket calf back to the county fair in 2017 will be selling that animal ...

July 08, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County Fair photos, schedule

Friday July 6

July 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Thou shalt not

Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $3 million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi religious artifacts smuggled from the Middle East ...

July 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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