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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


BCC ready to be graded

Most students at Barton Community College still have several weeks before they have to turn in their final papers, but the college has until Nov. 1 to submit its AQIP Portfolio to the Higher Learning Commission. This document, which will be used in the college's re-accreditation process, was recently completed and the final draft will go to the board of trustees next week for approval.

October 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Hammeke joins GBRC staff

Megan Hammeke is the Great Bend Recreation Commission's newest recreation coordinator, in charge of programs for senior citizens and people with special needs, as well as the summer aquatics program. GBRC Director Diann Henderson introduced Hammeke to the recreation commission's board of directors when it met Monday.

October 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Sisters of Peace host Open Farm Day

A half inch of rain may have kept their solar oven from working Saturday, but it couldn't dampen the spirits of the hosts of Heartland Farm's Open Farm Day.

October 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Police returning burglary evidence to victims

The Great Bend Police Department has some stolen items and would like to see them returned to their rightful owners, Detective Terry Millard said.

October 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State not seeking death penalty in Longoria case

Prosecutors in the capital murder case against Adam Joseph Longoria announced Thursday that they won't seek the death penalty if he is convicted.

October 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC may open Camp Aldrich to bow hunting

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may consider a plan to allow limited bow hunting at the college's Camp Aldrich.

October 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Longoria hearing continues today

When text messages were exchanged between Adam Longoria's and Alicia DeBolt's cell phones, Nex-Tech Wireless towers were collecting the data. That was the source of much of the testimony on Wednesday, as Longoria's second preliminary hearing in connection with the Great Bend teenager's murder got under way.

October 05, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Don't Talk to the Actors

Great Bend Community Theatre kicks off its 2011-12 season this week with a comedy about the crew of a Broadway-bound play.

October 03, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Attorneys prepare for next Longoria hearing

Attorneys for Adam Longoria have filed a new motion seeking to have his case thrown out of court, saying the Kansas Attorney General's Office has prejudiced potential jurors through the media. At the same time, defense attorneys are asking the court to reinstate some of the privileges Longoria lost after making statements to reporters this past summer.

October 03, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Zoo construction

The big cats at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo this week include Bobcats and other earth movers as City of Great Bend employees work on the former wolf exhibit. Zoo Director Nicole Benz said the exhibit is being worked on and will hold coyotes in the future. "Coyotes are more agile than wolves," she said, so the fence will be raised. They also like to dig, so the pen will be lined with chain link to prevent escape.

March 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Tiny railroads featured at swap meet

Years in the making, a miniature world is housed in the basement of Great Bend's First United Methodist Church. That's where the Golden Belt Model Railroad Association meets and stores a display all of the members have worked on, vice president Rich Fox said.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Seven candidates seek USD 428 school board positions

Editor's note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday's Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.

March 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


His Hands Puppets coming to Hoisington

HOISINGTON - The public is invited to a free puppet show, "Garbage In Garbage Out," at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Country Place Senior Living, 259 West Sixth St. in Hoisington. The program is sponsored by Country Place.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Respect the office

When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

March 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Saturday in the park

Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Grant funds opportunity for teen interns at library

Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Sheriff diagnosed with cancer; promotes screening

Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


TOT SPOT

Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the "Tot Spot" ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


It's not mandatory

President Obama told an audience this week that mandatory voting might not be a bad idea. "It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything," he said Wednesday at a town hall-style event in Cleveland, Ohio.

March 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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