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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


Woman who killed baby nephew in 1998 up for parole

Nearly 17 years after 5-month old Lance Jasper died as the result of shaken impact syndrome, his killer may be released on parole. The Prisoner Review board will hold a parole hearing in February for Lance's aunt, Crystal J. Jasper, now 36 years old.

January 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Thin ice

Recently, Great Bend Police officers were notified that someone was trying to skate on Veterans Memorial Lake. Bad idea.

January 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Man arrested after woman texts she was kidnapped

A rural Great Bend man was in custody Tuesday afternoon after a woman sent a text message that she'd been kidnapped. The 43-year-old man was stopped in Ellis County by the Kansas Highway Patrol and arrested on outstanding warrants. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said the suspect had been transported back to the Barton County Jail and the county attorney's office was reviewing the case Wednesday afternoon to see if new charges should be filed stemming from Tuesday's incident.

January 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Imagination Playground

The cold weather on Wednesday made it the perfect day for an indoor activity. Great Bend Recreation Commission obliged by setting up its Imagination Playground inside the GBRC Activity Center, 2715 18th St.

January 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Legislators host coffee before heading to Topeka

ELLINWOOD - The 2015 session of the Kansas Legislature begins Monday, Jan. 12. Freshman Rep. J. Basil Dannebohm (R-Ellinwood) hosted an early Legislative Coffee on Tuesday at the new Gather Coffee House, located at 19 Main St. in Ellinwood. In addition to Dannebohm, Representative of the 113th District, Sen. Mitch Holmes, (R-St. John), spoke at the coffee.

January 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Firefighters kept busy by dryers

Great Bend Firefighters were dipatched three times Friday when people saw steam coming from dryer vents and thought it was smoke. Although these were all basically false alarms, at least one potential fire hazard was revealed, Chief Mike Napolitano said.

January 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Honor Flights: Korean War vets visit memorials

Mike VanCampen doesn't know how many World War II veterans are living in Kansas, but he continues to hear from them. As president of the Kansas Honor Flight program, VanCampen routinely schedules expense-paid trips so that veterans can see their war memorials in Washington, D.C.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


More gun show photos

The Gun and Knife Show continues Sunday at Expo I.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​New Year’s Tradition: Gun and Knife Show

Expo I was the scene Saturday for the fourth annual gun and knife show in Great Bend. Spokesman Anthony Lutz said the show sponsored by RK Shows Inc. will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

January 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo prepares for Spidey’s 50th birthday

Spidey, the spider monkey at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, will turn 50 years old this month. Spidey is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


ENERGY OF LIFE

The tai chi classes Dee Krier teaches for the Great Bend Recreation Commission defy the conventional wisdom of American fitness gurus. While Westerners tend to "burn" energy and use phrases such as "No pain, no gain," Eastern philosophy sees energy as life giving. "You use it to create more energy," she said.

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo director proud of accomplishments

Five years ago, the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo was at a turning point. Scott Gregory was the new zoo director, charged with improving the facility's safety and moving toward accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

December 31, 2014 | Susan Thacker | 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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