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Barton County ready for state tornado drill

Tornado sirens will be tested across the state on Tuesday, as Kansans prepare for severe weather season.

February 26, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Branson eligible for parole hearing

Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.

February 22, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Reality TV?

Watching for the latest bills in the Kansas Legislature is as entertaining as a reality TV show – think "Duck Dynasty." You just never know what will happen next.

February 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Churches speak out against 'relgious freedom' act

Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed HB 2453, described as an act "protecting religious freedom regarding marriage." Nationally, it was described as an "anti-gay marriage proposal." By Tuesday, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review the bill pronounced it dead.

February 20, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Rising country star sought for Party in the Park

The job of city administrator isn't all about pot holes and snow removal. On Monday, Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington joined Community Coordinator Christina Hayes as she talked to the city council about plans for Party in the Park on Aug. 16.

February 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


City approves plans to fix Vets Lake

Note: This story was updated on Feb. 18 to show the correct date for Party in the Park. The event is set for Saturday, Aug. 16.

February 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


City Council happy with snow removal efforts

Great Bend City Council members expressed satisfaction with snow removal efforts that occurred this month, saying the type of snowstorm that hit Barton County is rare.

February 17, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


​Neighborhood Crime Watch

Great Bend Community Theatre members are on the lookout for comedy this week as they present a red hot comedy, "Neighborhood Crime Watch."

February 15, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Brain meltdown

Members of the Kansas Legislature's House Energy and Environment Committee on Thursday considered a resolution to ignore science.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Honest Abe visits Great Bend Public Library

The featured speaker at the dedication of the National Cemetery of Gettysburg, Edward Everett, spoke for more than two hours on Nov. 19, 1863. Then President Abraham Lincoln rose and spoke for less than two minutes, delivering the "Gettysburg Address." It was 272 words long.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Sparks fly, interrupt dance class

Main Street was blocked off for a time on Thursday night as the Great Bend Fire Department responded to the Dance by Design dance school, where a buildup of ice apparently caused electrical wires to spark and start a small fire.

February 13, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Eisenhour returns to prison

Zachary Steven Eisenhour Sr., 29, returned to prison last week after violating his parole for child abuse and other crimes committed nearly seven years ago in Stafford County.

February 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Tai Chi attendance growing at GBRC

Winter classes are in full swing at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, and the staff is already getting ready for spring and summer, Executive Director Diann Henderson told the Board of Directors on Monday.

February 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Drifting snow hinders travel, deliveries

A motorist was taken to Great Bend Regional Hospital on Thursday after the car she was driving slid off of West Barton County Road, around 12:45 p.m.

February 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | News


Religious freedom?

A sign that can be found in some business establishment reads, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."

February 06, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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BCC lowers tuition for out-of-state students

Tuition for out-of-state students at Barton Community College will be the same as tuition for in-state students - a reduction of $31 per credit hour - starting ...

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Family Crisis Center gets van

As excited as JoAnn Wondra was about the Family Crisis Center receiving a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, she can't show the ...

March 28, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GB River Rats remove trash on Ark River

A group of all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts who enjoy riding four-wheelers along the Arkansas River spent a recent weekend picking up tons of trash.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


A gift from BOCK

Donita Wolf, manager of Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice, second from the left, accepts a $730 check from Rae Ann Brack, president of the Bikers ...

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Peterson eligible for parole hearing

A former Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility inmate now in prison at Lansing, Michael Douglas Peterson, is eligible for a parole hearing in June.

March 27, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


JCPenney closing after 90+ years in Great Bend

Great Bend will soon lose its JCPenney department store at 1500 Kansas Ave.

March 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Crime Stoppers is still anonymous

"We don't want your name, just your information."

March 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC student fees may increase

Administrators at Barton Community College plan to ask the BCC Board of Trustees to increase student fees by $4 per credit hour for the fall ...

March 15, 2017 | BY SUSAN THACKER | Local News


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