Great Bend USD 428 students may be learning more than reading and writing in 2016. Assistant Superintendent John Popp said administrators plan to present a district-wide curriculum for social and emotional character development for the school board's approval in the coming months.
William Howard Baker, 60, will stand trial for the August 2014 vehicular deaths of a Reno County couple in Great Bend. Shawn Schellenger, 27, and his wife Danielle Schellenger, 33, where riding a motorcycle on Aug. 16, 2014, when the trailer Baker was towing came loose from his pickup and crossed into their lane on West 10th Street in Great Bend. Both died as a result of injuries sustained in the accident.
Barton County juries found LaVeta D. Miller guilty of two counts of theft by deception and Jeffery Wade Chapman guilty of first-degree murder in 2015. These were among the top local trials of the year.
Thanks to a $327,405 grant from the Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation, Great Bend USD 428 is preparing to buy hundreds of Chromebooks and iPad tablets in 2016. The district's technology director, Ryan Axman, said the grant has advanced the timetable for the technology program by three to four years.
Auditions for the second show in Great Bend Community Theatre's 2015-2016 season, "The Kitchen Witches," will be held Sunday, Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. in the Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave.
Darrin Hirsh was taken to the Barton County Jail on Tuesday afternoon, after being found guilty of one count of aggravated assault, two counts of criminal threat and one count of domestic battery, all involving an altercation on March 12, 2013, with Candice Hirsh, who was his wife at the time. The jurors also ruled that each of these crimes was an act of domestic violence.
Members of the jury in the trial of Darrin Hirsh went home Monday evening without reaching a verdict. They left around 5:40 p.m. after two and a half hours of deliberations and are expected to resume Tuesday morning around 8:30 a.m.
Darrin Hirsh's former supervisor testified Friday that Candice Hirsh told him she "fabricated" a story about her husband threatening her with a gun. But prosecutors maintain Darrin asked her to say that so he wouldn't lose his job as a Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper.