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Nite Owls present gold star quilts

For their latest community service project, members of the Nite Owls Quilt Guild have made patriotic quilts in honor of U.S. military personnel from Kansas who lost their lives in 2011. These red, white and blue quilts are being presented to gold star families through American Legion posts, said guild member Joyce Burnham.

March 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Bethell says he’s running; Barton County won’t be in District 113

Rep. Bob Bethell said he is running for reelection to the position of Representative of District 113, and that the Great Bend Tribune made a "gross misstatement" on Sunday when it reported otherwise.

March 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Historical Society adds school exhibit

A new display at the Barton County Historical Museum and Village celebrates schools and school districts of the past.

March 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Longoria jury selection starts Monday

Jury selection for the Adam Longoria capital murder trial will start at 9 a.m. Monday and is expected to take two to four days, according to Ron Keefover, the Judicial Administration's education-information officer.

March 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


EXUBERANT: Iola’s Wicoff wins third Sunflower Spelling Bee

The winner of the Great Bend Tribune's 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee is Clara Wicoff, an eighth grader from Iola. This is the third time for her to win the bee and advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

March 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County Women Making a Difference

March in Women's History Month, and the Barton County Historical Village and Museum has chosen this time to present a new exhibit: Women Making a Difference. All of the women in this exhibit lived in Barton County, with one notable exception, Museum Director Beverly Komarek said.

March 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Regional spellers face the heat

As the temperature rose about 80 degrees Saturday afternoon in Great Bend, things were even hotter inside the Barton Community College Fine Auditorium, site of the Great Bend Tribune's 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee.

March 17, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Tribune's Sunflower Spelling Bee is set for Saturday

Friday's issue of the Great Bend Tribune includes the official program of the 2012 Sunflower Spelling Bee, which takes place Saturday at the Barton Community College Fine Arts Auditorium.

March 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Auditor praises BCC stewardship

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees received more than a clean audit report Thursday from Doug Volkland. The certified public accountant with D. McMillin Chartered presented a positive financial statement as part of the 2010-2011 audit.

March 15, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Stolen truck, ATV, recovered by officers

A stolen pickup recovered Monday night by Barton County Sheriff's Office detectives was probably the same vehicle that led officers on a high-speed pursuit on Saturday, officials said.

March 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec board buys new equipment, approves director's pay raise

The Great Bend Recreation Commission will purchase a field groomer and attachments for use at the Veterans Park fields. The GBRC board met on Monday and approved the specification and then the quote for a Toro Sand Pro 3040 from Professional Turf Products, a Wichita firm. The base bid was $11,284, which GBRC Executive Director Diann Henderson said was below the $12,000 that has been budgeted for this piece of equipment, with money coming from the capital outlay fund. However, with two attachments the total price approved Monday was $15,666.29.

March 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Yoder promoted to captain at GBFD

Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano announced that Eric Yoder was promoted to the rank of captain on Dec. 25, 2011.

March 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Truck driver eludes officers

A motorist in a dark colored truck led law enforcement officers on a high speed pursuit Saturday night and eventually eduled them by driving in a river bed north of SE 40 Road and SE 60 Ave.

March 12, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


GBPD gets new patrol cars

The Great Bend Police Department recently purchased six new patrol cars, Lt. Bill Browne said. The Chevrolet Caprices will replace the oldest Dodge Chargers in the fleet.

March 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend Scouts ready to party in courthouse square

Next Monday marks the 100th birthday of the Girl Scouts organization. Great Bend Girl Scouts will wrap up their annual cookie sale on Sunday, and will celebrate the century milestone on Monday evening with a public event for all past and present Girl Scouts and leaders.

March 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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​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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