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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


County approves tax help after tornado

Barton County residents who lost their homes or saw major home damage from last month's tornado may get a break on their property taxes this year, thanks to a resolution passed Monday by the County Commission.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Road & Bridge director to retire soon

Barton County Road and Bridge/Memorial Parks Director Dale Phillips announced Monday he will retire at the end of this month, concluding a 44-year career with the county.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Caution: Road work ahread

Great Bend Street Department employees remove a section of pavement at the southwest corner of Broadway and McKinley, Monday afternoon. Traffic is reduced to two lanes and will be for the rest of the month, according to Street Superintendent Mike Crawford.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend schools get wireless devices for K-12

Great Bend USD 428's One to One Technology Initiative will encompass grades K-12 this fall, Superintendent Khris Thexton said Monday. The school board voted to buy 250 iPads for kindergartners and first-graders, and 250 Chromebooks for second- and third-graders, at a cost of $181,248.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Kaiser sentenced on sexting case

Todd Eric Kaiser, the former Great Bend High School track coach convicted of sexual exploitation of a child, has been placed on three years of probation with an underlying sentence of 32 months of confinement.

June 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Teacher contracts on USD 428 agenda

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education is set to ratify next year's contracts for licensed employees. The Great Bend-National Education Association announced that teachers ratified the agreement on Thursday.

June 10, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


West Nile virus arrives early in Barton County

The first reported Kansas case of West Nile virus this summer is a person in Barton County, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment announced Friday.

June 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCSO seizes 1,146 marijuana plants

More than 1,100 cultivated marijuana plants were seized Thursday at a grow operation near Galatia, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Arthur Kronenberg, 32, of Olmitz, was arrested at the scene.

June 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


MAD SCIENCE!!

Erik the Engineer may be billed as a Mad Scientist, but he stressed "safety first" on Thursday when he encouraged kids to conduct their own experiments. The educational entertainer from Kansas City's MadSciene.org shared cool, hands-on science experiments with more than 100 children at the Great Bend Public Library.

June 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Breakfast Briefing, June 2-10, 2017

FRIDAY, June 2

June 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zumbathon to raise money for Prince of Peace

Local licensed Zumba instructors hope to get people dancing and smiling at a Zumbathon planned for the evening of July 8 at St. Rose Auditorium.

June 02, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Band shell concert photos

The Great Bend Municipal Band performed June 1, 2017, for the 90th-anniversary celebration and rededication of the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band Shell, with the new Thelma Faye Harms Stage.

June 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City Band: Crowd turns out for band shell dedication

Hundreds of people came downtown Thursday evening for the Great Bend Municipal Band's first concert of 2017. It was the 90th anniversary celebration and rededication of the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band Shell, located on the south side of the Barton County Courthouse Square. It was also the dedication of the latest improvement to the band shell, the Thelma Faye Harms Stage.

June 01, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Summer readers invited to build a better world

Great Bend Public Library's Summer Reading Program encourages participants to "Build a Better World." Kids and adults can sign up any time starting Thursday, June 1.

May 31, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Families celebrate LIFE at Great Bend schools

Making silly hats to wear at a Mad Hatter Party was one of the favorite activities of at least one Eisenhower Elementary School family. While ...

November 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 video talks about MTSS

Parents of Great Bend USD 428 students can learn more about the Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) by watching a seven and a half minute ...

November 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Software solves educators' headaches

It wasn't hard to convince school board members to subscribe to two new software purchases on Monday, once they heard what the technology will ...

November 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Track, PAC need attention

Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Khris Thexton showed photos of cracks in the high school track and other areas of concern at Monday's school ...

November 14, 2017 | Susan Thacker | News


School board hopes to expand JAG program

Great Bend High School student Cierra Wood is glad she didn't listen to friends who thought the new JAG class would be "boring" and ...

November 13, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


This week's calendar

SUNDAY Nov. 12

November 11, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Window dressing

The City of Wichita will start the new year with a civilian oversight board for its police. Its purpose, according to the Wichita Eagle, is ...

November 09, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


New faces on Great Bend City Council

Dan Dan the Magic Man is now Dan the city councilman.

November 07, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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