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Dismissed DUI case back in court

A 2008 felony drunk driving case against Delbert Leroy Adams Jr. that was dismissed by a Barton County District Judge is back in the court system, following a ruling by the Kansas Court of Appeals.

April 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Cast in bronze

This time next year, Nobel Laureate Jack Kilby may be standing in Barton County's courthouse square.

April 26, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire burns garage, 1946 Dodge

A 1946 Dodge was a casualty of an early morning fire in a detached garage at 4612 Railroad Ave.

April 26, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Waiting for the Parade

Not all of the casualties of war are on the front. John Murrell's play, "Waiting for the Parade," is about five women struggling to cope during World War II while their men are away.

April 24, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend Fraternal Order of Police delivers Easter baskets

The Great Bend Fraternal Order of Police headed to Town & Country Super Market in Hoisington on Saturday to pick up 40 bags of groceries to provide Easter baskets for families in need. Detective Terry Millard said FOP members conducted a fundraiser earlier this spring and people from all over the county donated.

April 23, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC hires athletic director, coach

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees hired two employees for the athletics department on Thursday. Trevor Rolfs, who will take over at the new Athletic Director on July 1, and Patrick Hall, hired as the new women's volleyball coach, are both leaving positions at Pratt Community College to come to Barton.

April 21, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton dance stars coming to DVD

After Tuesday's "Dancing with the Barton Stars," where local celebrities raised over $23,000 for Barton Community College's fine arts programs, the audience was ready for more.

April 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo vet cures black bear's toothache

Bonnie the black bear paced around her outdoor exhibit area Wednesday at Great Bend's Brit-Spaugh Zoo, seeming to miss her mate, Clyde. The male bear was inside the cages with zoo staff, out of sight as it received a routine physical exam.

April 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton art lovers dance to stardom

Ten area celebrities showed their star power Tuesday night, raising $23,089 for Barton Community College through the "Dancing with the Barton Stars" competition.

April 19, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Burglars grab money for boy's surgery

SEWARD - Donations that were intended for an 8-year-old boy's expensive medical procedure were stolen, and the area Crime Stoppers organization is seeking information about who took it.

April 19, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Former teacher charged with soliciting teens

A former Ellinwood High School teacher, now living in Topeka, has been charged in Barton County District Court with two felony counts of electronic sexual solicitation of a minor between the age of 14 and 16 years.

April 19, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Injured passenger flown to Wichita; driver arrested for DUI

A Great Bend man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol was arrested after an injury accident Sunday night.

April 18, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Edwards County collisions send three to hospital

Two injury accidents that occurred Tuesday in Edwards County resulted in area men being flown to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, according to Kansas Highway Patrol's online crash logs.

April 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Visual aid: Support group helps sight impaired

Sometimes, Paul Berscheidt considers himself lucky.

April 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Walkers encouraged to make it personal

The eight-week Walk Kansas fitness challenge hit the mid-way point this week, leaving four weeks for teams to reach their goal. Some six-person teams are collectively walking 423 miles - the length of Kansas - while others are walking 1,200 miles - the perimeter of the state.

April 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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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


​Evening Lions offer vision screening at Ham & Bean Supper

The Great Bend Evening Lions Club will be serving more than a hearty meal at this year's Ham & Bean Supper next Thursday, Feb. 26.

February 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Presumed innocent

Recently, during Jeffrey Chapman's two-week trial on first-degree murder charges, the Great Bend Tribune showed photos of Chapman walking to the Barton County Courthouse in the presence of Barton County Sheriff's Officers. Because he was wearing modern constraints not visible to the naked eye, some people assumed he posed a flight risk and wondered what law enforcement officers were thinking.

February 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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