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Baker trial date set; civil case filed

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.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Murder cases continue in 2016

Four criminal cases filed in connection to two first-degree murder cases in 2015 will continue this year in Barton County District Court.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


2016: Happy New Year, baby

It's Jan. 1, 2016.

December 31, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Miller, Chapman top trials in 2015

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.

December 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hangover relief for New Year’s Day

Could a product for babies be the world's best hangover cure?

December 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous

December 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | On the Record


​Resolve to give blood in January for National Blood Donor Month

This January, during National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross encourages people to roll up their sleeves to give blood to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients.

December 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Great Bend schools prepare for tech initiative

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.

December 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Auditions set for 100th GBCT production

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.

December 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Jasper eligble for parole hearing

A woman convicted of killing her infant nephew in 1998 in Great Bend is eligible for a parole hearing in February.

December 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hirsh found guilty of assault and battery

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.

December 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Free skate use ends Sunday

This is the final week that free skate rental will be available at the artificial ice in the Barton County Courthouse Square.

December 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​Jury still deliberating in Hirsh trial

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.

December 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Witness: Victim said she fabricated story

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.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


USD 428 audit approved

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education received a clean audit on its financial reports for 2014-2015, although there was a "non-compliance issue," according to an auditor.

December 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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Senior judge assigned to Bellendir case

Senior Judge Edward Bouker from Hays has been assigned to preside over the misdemeanor case against Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, which is pending in ...

February 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Barton nursing program sees renewed success

The 2015-2016 academic year was a turning point for the nursing program at Barton Community College. Gary Burke recalls being a fairly new college trustee ...

February 13, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


School board approves summer wrestling tournament

Great Bend High School Head Wrestling Coach Nathan Broeckelman has plans for a summer wrestling tournament at Memorial Stadium, with some night matches "under the ...

February 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Dark Web

Like the tip of an iceberg, the portion of the interest that you and Google can see is a small portion of a larger structure ...

February 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Laura Daniel named America’s U.S. Miss Kansas

Great Bend Middle School student Laura Daniel was crowned America's U.S. Miss Kansas this past weekend in Dallas. She will advance to the ...

February 06, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Rankin pleads guilty to sexual exploitation

A jury trial for Jeffrey Allen Rankin of Great Bend was set to begin Monday but was canceled Friday afternoon after he entered guilty pleas ...

February 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Roses for Rozie

Thirty dozen roses were delivered to the Great Bend Senior Center on Friday - a surprise for Site Manager Rozena Tomlin on her birthday. It was ...

February 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Local News


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