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Great Bend tackles drop in ACT scores

Great Bend High School has seen its ACT Scores creeping downward in the last five year years, Superintendent Khris Thexton told the school board this past week. The average score is also below the state average.

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Spray family plans donation to BCC

The Kip and Kelly Spray Family Strength Training Center at Barton Community College is sure to bear that name until at least 2034, and another $25,000 gift from the Sprays may extend the "facilities naming contract" through 2037.

September 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Maple Street

In the classic Twilight Zone episode, "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," (1960) the neighbors on "Maple Street U.S.A.," in an idyllic American town, suddenly encounter unexplainable events and conclude they are the result of an alien invasion. (In a later remake, "The Monsters are on Maple Street," (2003) they suspect there has been a terrorist attack.) In the end, the neighbors turn on each other and innocent blood is shed. Even though they weren't exactly wrong about the aliens/terrorists, the real damage came from within.

September 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


USD 428 ready to extend Title I status

Great Bend USD 428's five elementary schools are part of Title 1 - a program that provides federal financial assistance to schools with high percentages of children from low-income families. Now the administration will pursue district-wide Title 1 status, extending the program to the middle school and the high school, Superintendent Khris Thexton said.

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Lemonade War'

The lemonade stand set up at Monday's school board meeting was a reminder that soon children throughout Great Bend soon will be reading "The Lemonade War," by Jacqueline Davies.

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 will ask state to revoke teacher's license

Special education teacher Alyson Burkhart's resignation was not accepted Monday by the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education. Instead, the board will petition the state to revoke her license for failing to fulfill her contract with the district.

September 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


First UMC Great Bend to participate in National Back to Church Sunday

"Back to Church Sunday," part of a national movement of churches across America, will be held at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 17, followed by a free picnic lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend.

September 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Silver Haired Legislature supports senior issues

The Executive Board of the Silver Haired Legislature will take several issues to Topeka next month, said Janice Walker, Barton County's representative.

September 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local literacy programs abound

The kickoff for Dolly Parton's Imagination Library in Great Bend will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, during Story Time at the Great Bend Public Library. People in the 67530 zip code will be able to register so their children will receive a free book in the mail each month from birth until they are 5 years old.

September 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Natural Disaster

Hurricane Harvey was a natural disaster, but the damage it has caused was made worse by climate change, some of which can certainly be attributed to human activity.

September 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Zoo News: Lions and bears -- Oh boy!

Although the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is without a tiger, for now, the lions and bears are providing plenty of good news.

September 06, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


As DACA ends, fate of ‘Dreamers’ left to Congress

On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced the end of a program that allowed some 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children to delay deportation. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, instituted by President Barack Obama in 2012, was rescinded, but President Trump and others - including Kansas lawmakers - urged Congress to enact laws to protect those hurt by the action.

September 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Stolen guns found in drug raid

Suspected methamphetamine and stolen guns were seized when the Barton County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant last Friday at 1434 17th St. in Great Bend, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Two suspects were arrested.

September 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


WORK ZONE: Hoisington celebrates labor

HOISINGTON - For a celebration of American Labor, the Superior Essex plant in Hoisington was a good starting place. The plant held an open house Saturday during Hoisington's annual Labor Day Weekend celebration.

September 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend woman visits Vietnam 40 years after leaving

Linh Reiter and her family recently returned from visiting Vietnam for the first time since she left in 1975.

September 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Driver in 2015 head-on collision faces felony charges

Heather Cash and her mother Candace Lampe, both critically injured in a head-on crash south of Great Bend in 2015, testified Friday in Barton County ...

January 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CHOCOLATE FOR CASA

The staff and volunteers at Central Kansas CASA say they aren't experts at throwing parties.

January 18, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free speech

Should the City of Great Bend's next Governing Body Handbook prohibit elected officials from voicing their opinions on social media?

January 18, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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


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