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Lower-calorie cookie recipes

Before and after Thanksgiving, many of us find ourselves overindulging in treats. According to one news source, many people gain 6 pounds this time of year.

December 12, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Local auto dealerships get BCC bids

The Barton Community College board of trustees awarded auto bids to area dealerships on Thursday, continuing a tradition of choosing local over the lower state contract bid.

December 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Holy Family School asks, 'How do you spell love?'

Students at Holy Family School in Great Bend will present their annual Christmas program at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fine Arts Auditorium on the Barton Community College Campus. Doors open at 6 p.m.

December 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Student in custody after altercation on BCC campus

A Barton Community College student who was taken into custody after a "physical altercation" with a teacher on Tuesday was upset about a grade on a final exam, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

December 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


GBRC board says thanks to Mary Misegadis

The Great Bend Recreation Commission's board of directors thanked outgoing board member Dr. Mary Misegadis for eight years of service at its Monday meeting. Misegadis' term as an elected board member expires at the end of the year and is not eligible for another renewal at this time.

December 08, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Galileo's theory

In 1633, Galileo Galilei was put on trial at Inquisition headquarters in Rome. He had been controversial for years, because he presented a "theory" that the Sun, not the Earth, was the center of our universe and the Earth went around the Sun. Somehow the idea of this famous scientist had been allowed to stand, so long as it was presented as a hypothetical and not as reality.

December 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Farmers Bank's annual charity event draws crowd

The lobby of Farmers Bank and Trust's Great Bend branch at 1017 Harrison St. was filled Wednesday morning with representatives from charitable organizations. Close to $6,000 was given away, including gifts from the banks and from Farmers President W.R. (Bill) Robbins and his wife Yvonne, including three $500 gifts from the Robbins Family Donor Trust.

December 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo news: Give a bear a hug for Christmas

The holidays are approaching, and the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo has its Happy Holidays message up. Brit Spaugh Park features the Wild Lights portion of Great Bend's Trail of Lights.

December 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Community turns out for Giving Tuesday

After a day for giving thanks, and several days for getting shopping deals, came Giving Tuesday (also known as #GivingTuesday), a global day dedicated to giving back. The Golden Belt Community Foundation helped introduce this unofficial holiday to central Kansas this year by promising to enhance donations to its 30 endowed funds with a matching pool of $30,000.

December 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Police continue to look for robber

The Great Bend Police Department continues to investigate an armed robbery reported just after 11 p.m. last Saturday at the Cerv's convenience store at 10th and Main.

December 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Girl Scouts’ teamwork leads to winning float

Girl Scouts from three counties worked together to create a winning float in Saturday's Home for the Holidays Parade in Great Bend.

December 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


St. Rose donates items to Central Kansas Dream Center

Kimberly Becker and Randy Parr didn't hesitate to acknowledge that donated items from St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center are a "Godsend."

December 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Contest shows trees are part of the family

By SUSAN THACKER

November 29, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Take a second helping

Many of us spent Thanksgiving with family, enjoying a meal and recalling all of the reasons we have to give thanks (starting with family and an abundance of healthy food).

November 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC trustees approve audit, personnel

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees received and approved an unqualified audit for the year ending June 30, 2014, when it met Tuesday. Accountant Vickie Dreiling from Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball explained that a "clean" or "unqualified" audit is the highest opinion the auditor can give.

November 25, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


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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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