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Rain or shine, the zoo is open

It's time for residents of central Kansas to adjust to colder weather, and that includes the birds and animals that reside at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo.

November 02, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library recruits 'Totally Awesome Group'

An increasingly popular after-school hangout is the Great Bend Public Library.

November 02, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Revenue Secretary touts state income tax cuts

Kansas Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan stopped in Great Bend Tuesday to talk about the "flatter, simpler and fairer" tax plan Gov. Sam Brownback says he wants for the state.

November 01, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Tricks or treats

By SUSAN THACKER

October 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Bow hunting on target for Camp Aldrich

Barton Community College trustees met Thursday and approved a plan to allow commercial bow hunting for deer at the Camp Aldrich facility.

October 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Judge hears motion to suppress Ney confession

The attorney for Shawn Ney is seeking to suppress a confession and other statements reportedly made by for the man charged with shooting his estranged wife and fatally shooting his brother-in-law on July 10, 2010.

October 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Spooky ‘Dead Hollow’ opens Friday

Starting Friday, area residents can enjoy being scared silly - for a good cause.

October 19, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


AQIP Portfolio paints portrait of BCC

A document that outlines the strengths and goals of Barton Community College is completed or near completion, and awaits final approval from the BCC Board of Trustees this week. The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Portfolio for 2011 will then be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission, the entity responsible for Barton's accreditation.

October 18, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Longoria attorneys seek controls on juror electronics

Attorneys for Adam Longoria want to ensure that jurors at his trial refrain from posting information on Facebook and other social media. They also want to keep jurors away from cell phones and other electronic devices to prevent texting, Tweeting and Googling.

October 17, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Subject of three-county chase arrested Saturday

At 2:24 p.m. Saturday, the Barton County Sheriff's Office received a request from Reno County to assist in pursuit of a white GMC Jimmy entering Barton County from Rice County. The units first responded to the southeast corner of Barton County, but the suspect vehicle was later seen in the northeast corner of the county. When the vehicle was seen in a tree line at 2:38 p.m. with the suspect on foot, the K-9 unit was requested. Kansas Highway Patrol and Wildlife and Parks also responded. The K-9 search ended unsuccessfully at 4:07 p ...

October 17, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Adams shares 30-year anniversary celebration with Cedar Park Place

When Cedar Park Place celebrated its 30th anniversary last week, one special guest was Mary Adams, a resident of the housing complex for 30 years.

October 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Celebrating 30 years: Cedar Park Place observes milestone

A faded photo taken 31 years ago shows Sister Rene Weeks standing in an alfalfa field west of the Dominican Sisters' motherhouse in Great Bend. Soon the sisters would begin an ambitious undertaking, building Cedar Park Place, a housing complex intended primarily for low income elderly and disabled occupants.

October 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Girl Scouts to sponsor Salina arts, crafts show Nov. 19

SALINA - Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will host the 45th Annual See 'N Sell Arts and Crafts show Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Salina Bicentennial Center. The doors will open at 8 a.m. and the show will run through 4 p.m. The first 100 ticket holders through the door will receive a free goody bag filled with items and See 'N Sell bucks that have a cash value at the vendors' booths. Advance tickets may be purchased at a reduced rate of $4 or at the door for $5.

October 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Area Briefs


Fall Gospel Sings Concerts feature 10 hours of music

The seventh annual Fall Gospel Sings Concerts start at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and continue on Saturday, Oct. 22, with live music from 1-9 p.m., all at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium, 245 NE 30 Road.

October 13, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


HANDS-ON AVIATION: Model association plans fly-in

Roger Brining was in the sixth grade the first time he saw a model airplane in flight. He was with his father, a pilot, and they were near Sterling.

October 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​A vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Smith, Piper join Rec Commission

There were two new faces at Monday's Great Bend Recreation Commission board meeting. Sandy Smith joined the board of directors, filling the position previously held by Dr. Mary Misegadis, whose term of office expired Dec. 31, 2014.

January 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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