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Teens offer to ‘Tech the Rec’

The Future Business Leaders Association at Great Bend High School has offered to build a website for the Great Bend Recreation Commission in a program called "Tech the Rec."

November 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Murder suspected in Great Bend man’s death

The investigation continued Monday into the death of a 25-year-old Great Bend man whose body was discovered by hunters Saturday morning.

November 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War veterans came to Barton County

For years, a piece of Civil War history has, in effect, been hidden in plain sight in the Barton County courthouse square.

November 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Casagrande photos on exhibit

Photographs by Richard L. Casagrande, Ellinwood, are on display this month at the Barton County Arts Center, located at Forest and Main in Great Bend. The Arts Center is open weekday afternoons. The public can meet Casagrande during a reception from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Arts Center.

November 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


The Age of Aquarius

 

November 07, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Former teacher's sentencing set for Tuesday

A former Ellinwood teacher convicted of attempted electronic solicitation is scheduled to be sentenced this week in Barton County District Court, and another man convicted of sexting teenagers began his prison sentence last week.

November 07, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Area Briefs


BCC trustees issued iPads

Playing Angry Birds or learning how to download a song on iTunes may not make board meetings run more smoothly, but it can be a good introduction to 21st Century technology, Barton Community College President Dr. Carl Heilman said Thursday. Notebook computers are popping up all over the BCC campus, and now each of the six college trustees has been issued one.

November 03, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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


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​BCC trustees approve contracts and plans

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees approved several contract renewals on Wednesday, along with a contingency planning policy and a new strategic plan for the college.

May 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dive In: Keeping pool makes sense

Nobody wants to see their taxes go up, but Wednesday's decision by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees to keep the pool open will be worth the cost. We estimate it will be less than $9.50 on a $100,000 home next year, and less than $2.50 a year after that.*

May 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC mill levy could go up

Keeping the swimming pool in operation at Barton Community College is likely to require an increase in the mill levy, but it won't be the only reason for a possible increase, college trustees said Wednesday.

May 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees approve plan to maintain pool

A plan to maintain the Barton Community College swimming pool for the foreseeable future received unanimous support Wednesday from the BCC Board of Trustees.

May 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Good attendance gets wheels

The staff at Riley Elementary School had a dilemma; local donors were providing four bikes to give away for perfect attendance, but the school had five students who never missed a day of school, showed up late or left early. So, the staff pitched in and purchased a fifth bike.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC considers welding program

Barton Community College may add a basic welding program to its course lineup before the end of 2015.

May 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Show support: Honor vets with better care

Memorial Day is a good time to honor our veterans, and not just those who are deceased.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wetlands Waterpark opens this weekend

The Wetlands Waterpark at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Park could open Saturday, weather permitting, but the forecast is not promising.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas looks at new model for education

Officials from the Kansas State Department of Education visited the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday to get business leaders' perspective on what schools need to teach.

May 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Celebrating a century

SEWARD - The Most Rev. John Balthasar Brungardt, bishop of the diocese of Dodge City, will officiate the Mass on Memorial Day, May 25, at St. Xavier Catholic Church in Seward. Bishop Brungardt will also install a first-class relic of Blessed Jose Luis Sanchez del Rio.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​No easy answers for pool issue

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may vote to shut down the 45-year-old swimming pool in the next three years, or it may look for more ways to finance costly maintenance and repairs. The options were discussed last Thursday at a board study session, and could be on the agenda as action item at the May 28 meeting.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Questions arise on BCC board vacancy

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may not be able to appoint a replacement for trustee-elect Bob Mead, who died on May 4, as quickly as planned. Great Bend attorney Brock McPherson said that because he received the most votes after Mead in the April election, he should be the person who fills the post when it becomes vacant in July.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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