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Softball, baseball rules approved

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is preparing for spring and summer activities. On Monday, the GBRC board of directors approved youth baseball and softball rules. Sports Director Chris Umphres said they did not change this year.

March 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​LaVeta Miller found guilty of 2 counts theft by deception

LaVeta Diane Miller has been found guilty of two counts of theft by deception in amounts greater than $25,000 but less than $100,000. The jury in Barton County District Court began deliberations at 9 a.m. Monday, and reached a verdict shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sentencing was set for 1 p.m. on May 8. This will allow time for the state to conduct a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI) with review of any criminal history Miller may have. District Judge Ron Svaty ordered the PSI.

March 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo News: Arctic foxes pose for national magazine

Note: A version of this story that appeared inthe March 5 Great Bend Tribune had the wrong name for the acting director of the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo. Nicole Benz is the zoo curator and acting director.

March 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​LaVeta Miller jury to take up deliberations Monday

The jury in the trial of LaVeta D. Miller will begin deliberations when it reconvenes at 8:45 a.m. on Monday.

March 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Miller takes the witness stand

After the state presented its final witness Thursday in Barton County District Court, defendant LaVeta Miller stepped to the witness stand to testify. Charged with two counts of theft by deception, the Great Bend woman began to explain her work as former director of Central Prairie RC&D and its most prominent program, Central Prairie Honor Flights.

March 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Good call

A judge went above federal guidelines last Friday to give a Kansas City, Kansas, man nine years in prison to protect the elderly people he preyed upon, the Associated Press reported.

March 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​KBI agent testifies Miller deposited checks for fictitious invoices

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Agent Clint Hawkins said checks that Central Prairie Honor Flights members thought were written to businesses wound up instead in the banking account of the nonprofit organization's director, LaVeta Miller. Hawkins testified Wednesday in Barton County District Court, where Miller is on trial for two counts of theft by deception, each greater than $25,000 but less than $100,000.

March 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Former Honor Flight secretary reviews checks

The former treasurer of Central Prairie Honor Flights spent nearly four hours on the witness stand Tuesday, reviewing dozens of checks - including some deposited into the personal checking account of LaVeta Miller.

March 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Jury selected for LaVeta Miller trial

A jury was selected Monday for LaVeta D. Miller's trial in Barton County District Court. Miller has entered a plea of not guilty to two counts of theft by deception.

March 02, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Colleges facing new Title IX responsibilities

Most people who have heard of Title IX associate the term with gender equality in school athletics, but the federal act is much more than that. Angie Maddy, dean of Student Services at Barton Community College, recently provided college trustees with a status report on BCC compliance.

February 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mars One candidate misses final cut

A local man won't be one of the first colonists on Mars. Grady Bolding, 27, of Great Bend, was one of more than 200,000 people who applied to become an astronaut with Mars One, a Netherlands-based company that intends to begin sending people to Mars by 2024. All of those applicants knew it would be a one-way trip.

February 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Page Turner

News that the Great Bend Public Library was spending more than $762,012.92 on a geothermal heating and air conditioning system shocked the city council members, who wrote the check earlier this month. It was probably out of frustration that city councilman Dana Dawson asked whether the library will even be needed in the future.

February 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Thank A Farmer

When Jerry Esfeld prepared for an agricultural program at Riley School, ice cream was part of her lesson plan.

February 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Arson reported on Plum Street

The house at 207 Plum St. was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, for the second time in two years. After investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, police were asked to take an arson case.

February 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fort Zarah Club celebrates 86 years

Pauline Schneider considers herself a life-time member of the The Fort Zarah Club. The former Home Demonstration Unit was organized on Feb. 11, 1929, at the home of Hazel McDonald, Schneider's mother.

February 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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Voicing support for Larned State Hospital

LARNED - Tim Keck, secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, discussed the future of Larned State Hospital during a public meeting Wednesday ...

August 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Move request: DMV seeks higher ground

Staff at the Kansas Driver's License office on the second floor of the courthouse would like to move to another room in the building.

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Mull estate supports Shafer Gallery

Staff at Barton Community College's Shafer Art Gallery will visit area schools, thanks to a gift from the Glenn and Elaine Mull Family Advised ...

August 23, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


UWCK thanks county for setting the pace

Earlier this year, Barton County was named a Pacesetter contributor by the United Way of Central Kansas. On Monday morning, the County Commission was thanked ...

August 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dena Popp appointed 911 director

Dena Popp was named director of Barton County 911/Communications at Monday's county commission meeting. It was an appointment at least one commissioner said ...

August 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC trustees meet Tuesday

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Room F-30, on the lower level of the ...

August 22, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Welcome aboard: Great Bend introduces new teachers

Filling virtually every vacant teaching spot before the first day of school is no easy task, but Great Bend USD 428 was able to do ...

August 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Education


‘Wild Places’ close to home

George Frazier says his new book, "The Last Wild Places of Kansas," isn't a guide, but it may lead readers to explore some places ...

August 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Taking stock

Were Great Bend kids excited about starting a new school year this week? The teachers and staff sure were.

August 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Salvation Army distributes 200 backpacks

The Salvation Army helped more than 200 children return to school this week with new backpacks filled with school supplies.

August 17, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


More Back to School Bash photos

Teachers and staff reported for duty and a Back to School Bash Monday morning in Great Bend.

August 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


SCHOOL PRIDE

School board president Joyce Carter said Great Bend USD 428 has always been a good school district, and her goal is for it to become ...

August 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Court roundup: Baker trial postponed

Jury trials for several Barton County cases are scheduled to take place later this year and into 2017. Here is a recap of recent events ...

August 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


State upholds LaVeta Miller conviction

The Kansas Court of Appeals announced Friday its decision to uphold the 2015 conviction of LaVeta Miller, the local women who stole money earmarked for ...

August 12, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


GBHS marching band to welcome teachers, staff

When employees of Great Bend USD 428 attend their Back to School Celebration next Monday, nearly 100 students should already be there.

August 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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