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Venture president unhappy with BCC bidding

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees approved a local firm's low bids on two concrete parking lot projects on Thursday, but not before another local contractor voiced displeasure over not being asked for a bid.

April 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend Regional Hospital gained 15 beds Thursday afternoon, after volunteers set up a portable "field hospital" on a north parking lot. It will be needed today when a couple of dozen injuries are recorded for a training exercise.

April 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Celebration to honor Doyle and Carol Smith

First Southern Baptist Church of Great Bend is hosting a weekend celebration for Pastor Doyle Smith and his wife Carol. The public is invited to a reception honoring them at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in the church annex at 3301 19th St. A short program will follow at 8 p.m.

April 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion

Renewable energy

This Sunday is Earth Day - an annual, international celebration of environmental awareness. It began in 1970 in the era of hippies and "flower power," and some consider it the "birthday" of modern environmentalism.

April 19, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Opinion

Hicks found guilty of robbery and six other charges

A Great Bend man who said he was just trying to get his money back after being stiffed on a drug deal has been found guilty of aggravated robbery and other charges.

April 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Wade, others eligible for parole hearings

A man convicted of second degree murder in Pawnee County is eligible for a parole hearing before the state Prisoner Review Board in May, for possible release in June.

April 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Farm & Ranch Expo reports 22,000 attendance

The inaugural Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo had an attendance of 22,000, Manager Darren Dale said Saturday. The show ran last Wednesday through Friday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend.

April 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Storms surround central Kansas

The severe weather that was expected Saturday arrived on cue, with the National Weather Service prompting people to take shelter whenever tornados were spotted.

April 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Say 'amen' to laughter: 'Messiah on the Frigidaire' keeps it fresh

Great Bend Community Theatre wraps up its 2011-12 season with a small miracle: a satire about the lower-class residents of the south – rednecks – that avoids stale cliches and somehow locks in freshness. In "Messiah on the Frigidaire," a series of comic events takes place in Elroy, S.C., at the trailer of Dwayne and Lou Ann Hightower.

April 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Talk vs. evidence

It seems the nation is rushing to judgment on the guilt or innocence of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of young Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Some are also rushing to judgment on whether or not Zimmerman is a racist, and/or whether police were wrong or perhaps corrupt when they did not immediately arrest him, in light of Florida's 2011 statute on "justifiable use of force."

April 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

BCC expanding options in medical programs

Barton Community College will implement changes to its Medical Assistant and Medical Coding programs starting in the fall of 2012, administrators said recently. The staff will follow statewide "alignment" of course content that was approved last year by the Kansas Board of Regents. The college plans to allow students in either program to work toward a certificate, requiring a minimum 45 credit hours, or a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree, requiring 63 or more credit hours.

April 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


The first Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo was barely under way Wednesday but organizers were calling the huge trade show a success.

April 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Cinco de Mayo Princess candidates named

Five girls will vie for the title of Cinco de Mayo Princess at the 2012 celebration of Hispanic culture on Saturday, May 5. The candidates met with sponsors on Tuesday to learn more about the opportunities and responsibilities that come with the title.

April 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

Play Ball: GBRC board tours GB Sports Complex

Great Bend Recreation Commission Board members took a tour of the new Great Bend Sports Complex on Monday. The ball diamonds and facilities are in use now, with a May 8 grand opening planned by the city.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

​Man reports being pulled from car, kidnapped; car set on fire

A Great Bend man told police he pulled from a car, beaten, and then driven into the country late Saturday. At 5 a.m. Sunday, the car he was driving was found burning on an oil lease road north of Great Bend. The Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff's Office and State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating.

April 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News

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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker

Randy Stonehill singing at River of Life

Christian recording artists Randy Stonehill and Buck Storm will be at the River of Life Church in Great Bend on Monday, Sept. 28, to present ...

September 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

​New group helps survivors of suicide loss

A new support group is forming for people who have lost a loved one to suicide.

September 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

‘Humphrey’ puts everyone on same page

Friday's scene may have been a first at Great Bend schools: Elementary students all over town attended pep rallies to celebrate reading a book.

September 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

BCC builds classroom with inmate help

Next week, Barton Community College officials will have a dedication and ribbon cutting for a new vocational education building at the Larned Correctional Mental Health ...

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Changes seen as positive at USD 428

School board members met three new instructional coaches during a luncheon meeting Thursday at Park Elementary School. Principal Phil Heeke introduced English Language Arts (ELA ...

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News

Testing, testing

It was 2002 when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into Law. By 2005, some states were willing to give up federal ...

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

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