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Fond Farewell: Zoo director recalls Maggie the bear

If there are stars at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, Maggie the grizzly bear was one of them. Her early life in captivity, when she was known as Bear 60, could be described as tragic. But she was rescued in the early 1980s and brought to Great Bend, and in 1984 her photo appeared on the cover of Life magazine.

December 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


‘Tis the season for fire safety

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reminds residents to follow seasonal precautions to ensure a safe and happy holiday.

December 15, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


College sticks with local dealerships

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to buy from local car dealerships, even though a Topeka dealership submitted lower bids on replacement vehicles. The total cost will be $116,786.10 for one three-quarter ton 4 x4 Chevrolet truck and two Chevy Impalas from Dove Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, and three Ford Fusions from Marmie Ford.

December 13, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Simplify Christmas to beat 'holidaze'

Take a deep breath. Turn on some soothing music. Light an aromatic candle - that is, if candles don't stress you out.

December 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Car slides into ditch; driver injured

Patricia M. Halseth, 41, of Great Bend, was transported to Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington on Sunday after the car she was driving slid off U.S. 281 near NE 60 Road in Barton County.

December 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Area Briefs


New fees, rules approved for Burnside Room

New rules and fees for using the Great Bend Recreation Commission's Burnside Room and kitchen were approved Monday at the GBRC's board meeting. Director Diann Henderson said these were the first changes since 1981.

December 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


TOYS FOR TOTS

In 30 years, Luie Philbern has seen things that have made Santa cry.

December 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Murder suspect Shawn Ney dies in Barton County Jail

Hoisington resident Shawn Ney, awaiting trial for murder and attempted murder, died early Saturday at the Barton County Jail.

December 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Farmers Bank hands out holiday gifts to givers

Farmers Bank & Trust donated $5,400 to local nonprofit organizations this past week, at its 15th annual Charity Holiday Coffee.

December 09, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend man gets green light on Green card

Angel Armendariz-Galindo wasn't born in Great Bend; his family left Mexico when he was 10 months old. But, like Nobel Prize winner Jack Kilby, he claimed Great Bend as his boyhood home, and graduated from high school here. Now, after wrangling with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nearly four years, the 23-year-old man is on the verge of getting his Green card.

December 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST

The Barton County Historical Museum and Village will be open for some old fashioned holiday fun this Sunday, when it hosts its annual "Ghosts of Christmas Past" open house.

December 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration planned

Prince of Peace Parish Catholic Church will celebrate a miracle when members observe the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Sunday, Dec. 11, and Monday at the St. Rose Auditorium, 1412 Baker Ave. Religious dances known as "matachines," food and worship are scheduled from 4 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, and 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday.

December 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


MYSTERY MUSICAL

This year's musical by students of Holy Family School adds some light-hearted twists to the story of the birth of Jesus, but the true meaning of Christmas is at the heart of "The Mystery of Simon Shepherd."

December 07, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Longtime local resident fights removal from US

Angel Armendariz-Galindo was in junior high school, thinking about getting his driver's license, when he first realized his family lived in the shadows.

December 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


College trustees plan trip to Topeka

Trustees at Barton Community College have changed the date of their December business meeting, and may move their January study session to Topeka, where they hope to repeat last year's visit to the Capitol.

December 05, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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Articles By Author - Susan Thacker


Tax Break

The Barton Community College administration has saved taxpayers a bundle this year by recommending a budget that does not increase the mill levy. Because oil ...

July 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Staff continues Great Bend Zoo Exodus

The celebration of National Zookeeper Appreciation Week came a week late, and "celebration" may not have been the best word, but the Great Bend Zoological ...

July 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Hearing postponed for man charged in motorcycle fatalities

A preliminary hearing on a Barton County case for two counts of involuntary manslaughter will be rescheduled, at the request of the defense attorney.

July 29, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC cuts its budget

Barton Community College trustees have proposed a budget that asks for about $900,000 less in local tax dollars for the next year - a move ...

July 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Guns, other items stolen

Both the Barton County Sheriff's Office and the Great Bend Police Department are investigating reports of stolen weapons.

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

July 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Century Road Trip

The Historic Vehicle Association is celebrating a century of American road trips by recreating a cross-country tour in a restored 1915 Model T Ford. The ...

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


CF Walk honors childhood friend

Taylor Latham honored the memory of a friend and raised awareness of Cystic fibrosis on Saturday with her second annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Unusual butterfly species visit wetlands

Field guides and amateur lepidopterists were on the lookout for butterflies Saturday morning, but the first catch of the day was a 3-foot garter snake.

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 urging early enrollment

Parents enrolling their students in Great Bend schools next month may face long waits in line, but they don't have to, said Jan Frenzl ...

July 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Step Up: A chance to serve awaits

Recently, we applauded the men and women who serve on public boards. We neglected to mention that finding people who are willing to run for ...

July 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​Shot fired in altercation in Great Bend

A man told police he was grazed by a bullet during a confrontation in the 2000 block of 11th St. around 2:30 a.m ...

July 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Kanza Indian historian Ron Parks to speak at Historical Society

Kansas history expert Ron Parks from Manhattan will be the guest speaker at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 27, at the Barton County Historical ...

July 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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