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​Burned pickup believed to be stolen

A 2004 Ford F-350 diesel pickup was destroyed by fire early Wednesday, along with about 10 acres of grass near the Cheyenne Creek in rural Ellinwood. Undersheriff Bruce Green said it appeared to be a vehicle that was stolen from Russell County sometime between last Friday evening and Monday morning.

March 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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


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Schools adopt technology literacy standards

Basic education in the 21st Century goes far beyond the ABC's. At the April school board meeting, Great Bend USD 428 technology coaches presented ...

April 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


New Circles group forming

A new Circles of Central Kansas group is forming and those who missed the April 19 orientation will have another chance to attend on Thursday ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Argonne Forest re-dedication set

The Great Bend Tree Board will celebrate National Arbor Day and the 100th anniversary of the World War I Argonne Forest Battle in France with ...

April 20, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


JobFest connects workers, companies

The 11th-annual Central Kansas JobFest brought a crowd to the Great Bend Events Center on Thursday, as businesses announced job openings and prospective employees gathered ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


City term limits

The debate over whether or not to have term limits for Great Bend City Council members and the mayor has come up twice at recent ...

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Dear Dairy: Mobile dairy visits Eisenhower School

To teach children how cows' milk is collected, Callie Toews brought a dairy to Eisenhower Elementary School on Friday.

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


'The Foreigner' returns

The title character of "The Foreigner" doesn't want to talk to anyone during his unwilling stay at a fishing lodge in Georgia. So he ...

April 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School funding

If public schools across the nation were given report cards, they might come from the Education Week Research Center. Ed Week's Quality Counts 2018 ...

April 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Probable cause found in Kern DUI case

Lafe Kern told paramedic Tony Leeds that he'd taken a handful of Xanax prior to a two-vehicle collision south of Great Bend on Feb ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Bellendir requests jury trial

The attorney representing Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir in a misdemeanor case has requested a jury trial and has also asked that the prosecutor be ...

April 11, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC monitoring Army deployments

Administrators at Barton Community College said upcoming deployments of U.S. soldiers at military bases where the college offers courses could have a negative effect ...

April 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Other schools look at GBHS's student-led conferences

Educators at Great Bend High School were used to parents playing hooky from parent-teacher conferences at least half the time. Participation used to be about ...

April 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Legislators commended for supporting education

During Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Khris Thexton noted the Kansas Legislature's passage of a school finance bill ...

April 09, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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