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BCC trustees review bidding process

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees looked at bidding procedures during its study session last Thursday.

May 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


FIESTA

Mayor Mike Allison was on hand Saturday to proclaim May 5 as "Cinco de Mayo" in Great Bend, kicking off the 19th annual Hispanic cultural festival.

May 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Viva Mexico

This Saturday Great Bend will hold its 19th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival.

May 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC aims for OSHA plum

Barton Community College administrators are hoping the college can become the official provider of Occupational Safety and Health Administration training in the state of Kansas.

May 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


CAUTION:

Things did not go well Wednesday for guys named Ed. As hundreds of fifth graders looked on in Veterans Memorial Park, ED – short for Electrical Dummy – touched a live power line and was zapped by electricity. Flames burst from the lines, cooking the hot dog that served as the plastic and wire figure's heart.

May 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo News: Two chameleons added to Reptile House

Two chameleons are the newest occupants of the Reptile House at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Curator Marge Bowen.

May 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Library announces summer hours, programs

Summer programs at the Great Bend Public Library include story time for young children and a free magic show to kick of the 2012 Summer Reading Club.

May 01, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Case closed on Pawnee Rock fire

PAWNEE ROCK - The cause of a fire that destroyed a trailer house at 408 Cunife St. last Friday night has been ruled "undetermined," Pawnee Rock Volunteer Fire Chief Dustin Chambers said Monday.

April 30, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Boley receives Kiwanis' Great Bend Greater Award

It took a fellow musician to surprise Joe Boley when the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis presented the 2012 Great Bend Greater Award last Wednesday at Montana Mike's. The club's award to an outstanding citizen doesn't necessarily go to a fellow Kiwanian, but Boley has been a member since March 6, 1997. As club secretary, he thought he knew who the award was going to.

April 27, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Club News


CrossPoint youth superheroes fight hunger

It takes a cool costume to be a superhero, but all it takes to become a community hero is a can of corn.

April 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Dealing with bullies

This week an award-winning national speaker visited Great Bend to talk about the problem of bullying.

April 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


​BCC workforce relationships get top rating

Barton Community College has received a report on its strengths and "opportunities for improvement" in more than 100 areas.

April 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Students vow to stand against bullying

When Mark Brown asked 100 Great Bend fourth and fifth graders to stand if they know someone who is being bullied, teased or excluded in their schools, about 90 of them rose to their feet.

April 24, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Kids turn recycled objects into art

Young people from Barton County turned used objects into works of art for the Recycling Rocks!!! contest at the Barton County Arts Center, located at 1401 Main in Great Bend. The entries can be seen there weekday afternoons, through the end of the month.

April 24, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Colorblocking: Senior Center holds spring fashion show

Colorblocking and other fashion trends were displayed Monday when the Great Bend Senior Center hosted its spring fashion show.

April 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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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


​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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