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GBFD to hold annual 5K-10K Run/Walk

The temperature may top 90 degrees this Saturday, but during the cool morning hours people will be running for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

June 01, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Study: BCC's Camp Aldrich lacks focus

Editor's note: This is the second story in a series about the Camp Aldrich Feasibility Study commissioned by Barton Community College, which owns the facility.

June 01, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Officers to carry Special Olympics torch

Area law enforcement officers will carry the "Flame of Hope" from Pawnee County to Great Bend today, as the torch makes its way to the Special Olympics Summer Games in Wichita on Friday. Detective Heather Smith with the Great Bend Police Department invites the public to cheer for local athletes and officers, or come walk with them, around noon today.

May 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Camp Aldrich study shows issues, options

Editor's note: Barton Community College has hired an outside agency to evaluate the issues and potential future uses for its Camp Aldrich camp/conference center, located between Claflin and Cheyenne Bottoms. This three-part series will look at some of the suggested upgrades and their costs, as well as possible solutions and recommendations of the consultant, and the reaction of college trustees.

May 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


District Court shortens public hours due to hiring freeze

Barton County District Court will be closing to the public one hour early, at 4 p.m. daily, starting Monday, June 6.

May 26, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Seat belt crackdown leads to other arrests

The annual crackdown on motorists not wearing their seat belts can sometimes lead to other things, Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong said. This week, one of his deputies stopped an unbuckled motorist and wound up arresting that person for driving with a suspended license.

May 25, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State questions value of program

In recent years, Kansas Board of Regents has been working on a process called "alignment," to standardize vocational and technical education courses across the state to fit the needs of employers. The Technical Education Authority makes recommendations on this statewide coordination.

May 24, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Officers praise BCC training

After a body was discovered in rural Barton County last year, Sheriff Greg Armstrong's staff had a large area to search for evidence and needed to do it quickly. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation was there to help, and so were students from Barton Community College's Criminal Justice program.

May 24, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Seniors get last word at GBHS commencement

Great Bend High School seniors celebrated their graduation Sunday at the 2011 commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium.

May 23, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Painter, storyteller join forces for exhibit

The printed word and painted canvas complement each other in the latest featured exhibit at the Barton County Arts Center.

May 21, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton extends president’s contract

Dr. Carl Heilman's contract as president of Barton Community College was extended by one year, to June of 2014, at Thursday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting.

May 19, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


RSVP, Shafer Gallery, apply for grants

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program has applied for a grant that could help with its transportation costs, and the Shafer Gallery is seeking its annual funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. Since both RSVP and Shafer Gallery are overseen by Barton Community College, it falls to the college president to approve their grant applications.

May 17, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


SPRING FASHION: Tropical colors return with warmer weather

Great Bend clothing stores brought their spring styles to the Senior Center on Monday, for the annual fashion show.

May 16, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


THANKING OUR VETS

Students of Great Bend High School English instructor Crystal Cross rallied residents to support U.S. troops, by organizing a bicycle/walking fundraiser Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park.

May 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


TURNING THE TASSEL

Graduates of Barton Community College know as well as anyone, many of life's lessons aren't learned in a classroom. As they attended Barton's commencement ceremonies Thursday in the BCC Gymnasium, students were reminded to use what they've learned and to remain lifelong learners.

May 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Temporary library outpost opens Monday

With renovation at the Great Bend Public Library underway, staff are busy moving books and other essentials to the temporary outpost at 3407 10th St.

January 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HOMETOWN TEAMS

ELLINWOOD - Twenty-one crates from the Smithsonian Institution arrived at the Ellinwood School/Community Library on Monday. Inside those crates was an American story: the story of athletes, coaches and the fans who cheer them on. The traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shaped America," will open officially at 10 a.m. Saturday at the library, located at 210 N. Schiller Ave., but those who attend the Chamber of Commerce Coffee at 10 a.m. on Friday can get a sneak peek at the artifacts and over 200 photographs from the Smithsonian's collection highlighting Americans and their love for sports.

January 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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


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