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Rec mulls rules for Sox, Midget leagues

Girls in Sox league softball games may be allowed to steal bases this summer. Rule changes were discussed Monday at the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board meeting, but won't be adopted until the April meeting.

March 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


God leads youth group to Great Bend

Members of a church youth group from Amarillo, Texas, spent the first day of their spring break in Great Bend, cleaning up a house that was heavily damaged by fire last month.

March 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Holmes votes for innovative schools coalition

Rep. John Edmonds shared his analysis of the governor's plan to reduce state income taxes, and Sen. Mitch Holmes discussed the Coalition of Innovative School Districts bill when they returned to Great Bend for a legislative coffee, Saturday at the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum.

March 11, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend Zoo's white tiger, 'Spirit,' dies

The white Bengal tiger at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has died.

March 08, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Kansas Prisoner Review Board taking comments

A man convicted of second degree murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter in 1987 in Russell County, and a man convicted of sex crimes in Pawnee and Barton County, are eligible for parole hearings in April. A total of 18 Kansas inmates are scheduled for possible parole in May. Prior to their parole hearings, the Prisoner Review Board will take public comments.

March 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Preliminary hearing of former Honor Flights director continued

The preliminary hearing for the woman charged with stealing more than $100,000 from Central Prairie Honor Flights got under way this week, but has been continued to April 10.

March 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Good Politics: Two sides come together

The oil industry and environmentalists – two groups seen as political opposites – managed to sit down together in recent months and form regulations that may become a model for the rest of the nation, the Associated Press reports. The issue is the drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." In Illinois, members of the oil and gas industry wanted to use the method with a minimum of red tape, while some environmentalists wanted to ban it altogether.

March 07, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


ZOO NEWS: Education coordinator is amateur paleontologist

Few people turned out for Danielle Ricklefs' recent program on being an amateur paleontologist, coming as it did after a series of snow days. But Ricklefs, the new education coordinator at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, promised she'll be repeating the program this spring. She also introduces paleontology, the study of fossils and the science of prehistoric life, to teach kids about extinction events, past and future.

March 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Local News


TEXT LESSONS: Students attend Farm Safety Awareness Day

Area high school students were all over the road Wednesday as they attempted to send text messages while driving – and there was no way they'd avoid the occasional pedestrian in the cross walk or deer crossing their paths.

March 06, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Pursuit ends in rollover

A pursuit of an Ellis County escapee that began Sunday morning in Hoisington ended when the suspect lost control of a stolen car at 31st and Washington Ave. in Great Bend. He was not injured and is back in custody.

March 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Educators, farmers share concerns with lawmakers

Editor's note: This is the second of two articles about last Saturday's Legislative Coffee at Hoisington.

March 04, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Edmonds concerned with tax increases

Editor's note: This is the first of two stories about Saturday's Legislative coffee in Hoisington. Today's article looks at the remarks of Sen. Mitch Holmes and Rep. John Edmonds. Part II will cover the question and answer period.

March 02, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Local firm wins BCC auditing contract

Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball has won the bid to handle Barton Community College's next three audits. At Thursday's BCC Board of Trustees meeting, the Great Bend firm won the contract because it submitted the low bid: $116,870 for three years.

February 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | News


Warm bodies

During the recent snow storms, some employees stayed home and baked cookies, some braved the elements and slid into work, and some stayed home but worked nonetheless. In the midst of all that, word got out that Marissa Mayer, the new chief executive officer of Yahoo!, plans to put an end to telecommuting at that company later this year.

February 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


OTR for March 1, 2013

Great Bend Fire Department

February 28, 2013 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


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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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