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The Magic of Science

Dan Dan the Magic Man can stretch a piece of chewing gum about 12 feet and make a live rabbit appear in an empty cage. But magician Dan Heath's greatest trick may be the way he can hold the attention of a young audience for the better part of an hour.

July 23, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Teen Towers

Teens continue to enjoy science-themed activities during the Great Bend Public Library's "Spark a Reaction" summer program. On Tuesday, two boys and two girls showed up at the library's Teen Spot for a building contest using spaghetti and miniature marshmallows.

July 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Guinea pigs

The bad news is, anyone who uses Facebook has probably been experimented on. The good news is, there's nothing new in that. We've all been guinea pigs for years.

July 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Library treats kids to glow party

"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.

July 16, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Chapman trial on hold pending mental evaluation

Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.

July 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


GBFD thankful for rain before Fourth of July

A fireman's dream is rain on the Fourth of July, said John Stettinger, battalion chief at the Great Bend Fire Department. The next best thing is the series of rains the Golden Belt has experienced leading into the explosive weekend.

July 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Freedom Founders: Celebrating July 4

The Declaration of Independence, signed on July 4, 1776, contained words that are astounding more than 200 years later.

July 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Charges filed after undercover beer sales

Three clerks from Great Bend convenience stores that allegedly sold beer to underage consumers on May 16 face misdemeanor charges in Barton County District Court.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo news: Jack Hanna tickets sold out

Tickets for the Barton County appearance of Jack Hanna sold out during the Nex-Tech Zoo Fest in June. Tickets for the October show were offered to the general public for the first time during the event, said Scott Gregory, director of Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Community Theatre names new managers

Angela and Wes Meitner of Great Bend believe they have some big shoes to fill as the new managers of Great Bend Community Theatre.

July 02, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Former foster parent builds A.R.K. for kids, community

Around Great Bend, young people have been spotted doing volunteer work and Acts of Random Kindness. In fact, these youths are part of John Zimmerman's A.R.K. Foundation, a program he created to build character, teach respect and make the world a bit better for everyone.

July 01, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Meth distribution suspect arrested

Another drug bust was made Friday night as the Barton County Sheriff's Office continues its ongoing efforts to curb methamphetamine trafficking in the county, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

June 30, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Estamos Aqui exhibit opens with fiesta

For the reception opening the latest Shafer Art Gallery exhibit, Estamos Aqui, the gallery held a fiesta, serving Mexican foods and providing live entertainment.

June 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


FREE WHEELING

There were free bicycles and helmets for children who attended Friday's Great Bend Bicycle Safety Rodeo at Brit Spaugh Park.

June 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Coaches volunteer for sports VBS at Foundry Methodist

This year's vacation Bible school at Foundry Methodist Church in Great Bend is a sports camp with lessons on baseball or softball, basketball, and rifle safety and target shooting. The class is available for children 8-13 years old and is free of charge.

June 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


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Memorial Day service, Great Bend 2017

Photos from Monday's Memorial Day service at Great Bend Cemetery.

May 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Lest We Forget

Great Bend's Memorial Day services were held Monday at the Veterans Circle in the Great Bend Cemetery. This year's program was coordinated by ...

May 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington EMS Barn holds open house

Kids could sit behind the steering wheel of a fire truck and explore the back of an ambulance on Thursday at the Hoisington EMS Barn.

May 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Former Quicksilver treasurer sentenced for forgeries

Quicksilver Softball team will receive $4,768 in restitution from its former treasurer, Christine A. Torres, who was recently sentenced in Barton County District Court ...

May 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Wetlands Waterpark opens Saturday

Great Bend's Wetlands Waterpark at 2303 Main is scheduled to open Saturday, May 27. The aquatic center will be open from 12:30-5:30 ...

May 25, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Remember vets with poppies

Members of the Great Bend American Legion Unit 180 and Auxiliary invite the public to honor our nation's fallen warriors and contribute to the ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC names 3 VPs

Barton Community College now had three vice presidents instead of one, following an administrative structural change that was approved Tuesday by the college's board ...

May 23, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Perfect Pedaling

Last week, as classes were wrapping up at Great Bend schools, 20 elementary students were given BMX-style bicycles as a reward for excellent attendance.

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Church sees recycling effort as good stewardship

A pile of old computers and monitors accumulated outside the St. Mark Lutheran Church on Saturday. Pastor Adam Wutka sat at the end of a ...

May 20, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Waste not

When they stop being useful, computers, cell phones and other electronic products become E-waste. Each year in the United States, homes, schools, government offices and ...

May 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


School's Out (almost)

Thursday is the last day of school in Great Bend, but kiddos and teachers have been celebrating all week.

May 17, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Homes destroyed, injuries reported

Barton County residents were warned Tuesday night to take shelter as a tornadic thunderstorm traveled from Pawnee Rock to Susank and Beaver.

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Pomp and Circumstance

Barton County Academy Director Becky Gillette compared her 13 new graduates to Christopher Columbus when she spoke at their commencement ceremony Tuesday evening. Columbus thought ...

May 16, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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