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Former coach Kaiser formally charged

A criminal complaint charging former Great Bend High School track coach Todd Eric Kaiser with one count of sexual exploitation of a child was filed Thursday, Feb. 2, in Barton County District Court. The defendant was arrested June 6, 2016, and posted a $50,000 surety bond, which remains in effect.

February 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: A Bough for Bonnie the Black Bear

Bonnie, the Black Bear at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, received a new piece of furniture Monday when DJ's Tree Service delivered the remains of a huge maple tree. Because the City of Great Bend does not own a crane, Stone Sand Company donated use of the crane that lifted the hollow tree trunk over the fence and dropped it into the exhibit.

February 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BOE honors Patty Vratil

Thursday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting ended with a surprise for long-time employee Patty Vratil, who serves as clerk of the school board. She was given an "Award of Excellence" in honor of her 36 years of employment with the district.

January 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Love is all around

The death of actress Mary Tyler Moore this week had Americans remembering beloved TV characters and a woman with great talent. In the 1960s she played Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and in the '70s she was spunky Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

January 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Old dorms to become PE classrooms

Some of the oldest student housing units at Barton Community College will be converted into space for physical education classes such as dance, yoga, Zumba and karate. The BCC Board of Trustees met Tuesday and accepted the only bid submitted to replace the roof on "housing units 3 and 4" and tear out the interior of the facility.

January 24, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'Barton County's Got Flavor' tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for "Barton County's Got Flavor," a fundraiser for the area Habitat for Humanity.

January 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Silver Haired Legislature taking applications

The Kansas Silver Haired Legislature is seeking older Kansans with an interest in politics and public policy. Anyone who is at least 60 years old has until Feb. 10 to file for the next two-year term.

January 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton County seeks '100 Who Care'

Local residents hope to raise $10,000 for charity in one hour through a new group called "100 Who Care Barton County." The plan is to find at least 100 people willing to donate $100 to a worthy cause, and to repeat the process every quarter in 2017.

January 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


DARK ROAD

Great Bend High School's theater club will serve food for thought with the dinner theater production, "Dark Road."

January 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC offers first Junior Day

Barton Community College will help area high school juniors plan for their futures at Junior Day, starting at 9 a.m. Feb. 15, with a sign-up deadline of Feb. 1. Those interested can sign up at juniorday.bartonccc.edu.

January 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Seeking input

Last summer Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback asked for the public's input on how to fund education.

January 19, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Opinion


Survey seeks input on USD 428 facilities

Great Bend USD 428 officials are turning to the community for input on long-range facility needs.

January 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School fundraisers approved by BOE

Parents and others who support school fundraisers will have plenty of opportunities next year to buy everything from trash bags to cookie dough.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More cancellations announced as storm looms

When the National Weather Service office at Wichita issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook and Winter Storm Watch for most of central Kansas last Thursday, Barton County residents prepared for the worst. The Barton County Sheriff's Office urged caution and reported that the Road and Bridge Department was prepared for a major storm with up to 1 inch accumulation of ice Friday through Sunday.

January 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Police seize meth, marijuana ‘vape’ vials

Traffic stops led to more than one drug bust this past week in Great Bend, Police Chief Cliff Couch said. Two suspects were arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and methamphetamine, while another person had "vape" vials containing suspected marijuana oil.

January 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


See Kansas from a bike seat

Garnett native Lee Ann Simon and her husband Larry now live in Galveston, Texas, but she rediscovered her home state this month by joining Biking ...

June 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Entertainment


Teamwork

Baseball earned the title of the American Pastime more than a century ago, and the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity has been a tradition ...

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Hathcock named County Operations Director

Barton County no longer has a County Administrator but it does have an Operations Director. Solid Waste Director Phil Hathcock now holds two "director" titles.

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC's presence at Larned prison grows

Changes coming to the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility the summer will create opportunities for Barton Community College, the BCC Board of Trustees learned Tuesday.

June 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BUSY BEES: Story Time entertains children

Great Bend Public Library's "Miss Amy" had children listening, singing and playing on Tuesday during Story Time. This week's subject was Bees.

June 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Todd Leech sentenced to 14 years for child rape

A Great Bend couple arrested on rape and child abuse charges in 2016 have been sentenced in Barton County District Court.

June 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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