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.
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.
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.
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.
Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano announced that Eric Yoder was promoted to the rank of captain on Dec. 25, 2011.
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.
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.
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.
Attorneys for Adam Longoria are still trying to get his upcoming jury trial moved to a location outside of Barton County. On Wednesday, defense attorneys in the capital murder case filed a supplement to a previous motion seeking a change of venue, noting, "media coverage of this case has continued since the defendant's (earlier) filings."
After losing more than half his body weight, the Season 8 winner of "The Biggest Loser" reality show on NBC is used to people asking for insights on dieting. Danny Cahill shared some of those tips last Saturday when he spoke at the Crest Theater in Great Bend.
Cris Collier at the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau views this time of year as a harvest time.
Replacing missing or damaged signs on county roads is a regular chore for the Barton County Road and Bridge Department. On Monday, county employees were busier than usual, Department Director Dale Phillips said.
Danny Cahill achieved fame when he lost 239 pounds in six and a half months to become the Season 8 winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Over 15 years, Cahill estimates he's lost at least half a ton - lost weight and regained it, that is. "In the long run, it would be better to lose the 'quit.'" he said. "Lose Your Quit" has become his message for success in weight loss or any other venture.
The prosecution will be allowed to use cell phone text messages as evidence during Adam Longoria's murder trial, Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts ruled Thursday.
A pretrial hearing for Adam Longoria wrapped up around 2:15 p.m. Thursday, with the courtroom remaining open to the public. Attorneys for the prosecution and defense indicated they are still trying to reach an agreement on certain issues without resorting to a closed hearing.
State Board of Education member Sally Cauble thought it was an April Fool's joke when Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis asked her to explain the purpose of postcards published by the board to "inform legislators and celebrate public education in Kansas." Dennis, who is in the Kansas Board of Education's Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, also wanted to know what the budget was for these items, and he wanted to make sure they weren't in violation of the law that prohibits state officers from lobbying in the state. He wasn't kidding.
A Kansas veteran is asking Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty to show no leniency when sentencing the woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds earmarked for honoring World War II veterans.
Stolen property was recovered from All Seasons Mobile Home Park, 4 NW 30 Road, at Area 9, Lot 12, Sheriff Brian Bellendir said. Deputies executed a search warrant at a residence there last Wednesday, April 1.
When a storm roared through Barton County Thursday night, dispatchers received reports of arcing power lines and blowing debris.
PAWNEE ROCK - A sunrise pageant is planned for Easter morning at the Pawnee Rock State Historic Site, one-half mile north of U.S. 56 and the town of Pawnee Rock. The pageant starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 5.
On Thursday, Governor Sam Brownback signed into law Senate Bill 45, the permitless concealed carry legislation, earning praise from the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legal Action and criticism from Everytown for Gun Safety and a related group, the Kansas chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
SALINA - The training is intense at Crisis City, a hands-on All Hazards Emergency Response Training Center west of Salina. Great Bend Fire Department sent five firefighters for training on Tuesday, and five more on Wednesday, Capt. Travis Parmley said.
Participants from state, local and private organizations across Kansas took part in a two-day emergency response exercise at Crisis City, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1. Great Bend Fire Department sent several people.
By SUSAN THACKER