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Man arrested after multi-county pursuit

A 32-year-old Hoisington man was arrested in Pratt County on Sunday after leading law enforcement on a pursuit through three counties.

January 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Suspect arrested in New Year’s beating

A suspect was arrested Friday morning in connection with the severe beating of a 22-year-old Great Bend man on New Year's Day.

January 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Wetlands & Wildife byway on new Rand McNally blog

The Kansas Wetlands & Wildlife National Scenic Byway has been chosen to be the first of America's Byways featured on a new website created by Rand McNally.

January 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Ready to play ball

Pending a ruling on the bylaws, the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis Club is ready to commit $12,000 toward the purchase of a color LED sign for the new Great Bend Sports Complex.

January 11, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Morning and Noon Basketball players introduce Hall of Fame

The Great Bend version of the NBA - the Noon Basketball Association - started more than 35 years ago, when a few businessmen began to meet at the Great Bend Municipal Auditorium gym over the noon hour to play basketball.

January 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Morning, noon basketball to get wall of fame

For more than 30 years, some Great Bend men have started their mornings or spent their noon hours at the Municipal Auditorium, enjoying a game of pickup basketball in the gym. Now participants from the Great Bend Recreation Commission's morning and noon basketball programs want to give something back – and establish a hall of fame, local attorney Chuck Pike said.

January 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


KBI: Cocaine seized in drug raid

Officers seized approximately half a pound of cocaine, with a street value around $14,000, during a drug raid Wednesday in Great Bend, according to a statement from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Search warrants were issued as a result of a six-month joint investigation by the KBI, Great Bend Police Department, Barton County Sheriff's Office and Ellinwood Police Department.

January 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo News: Wednesdays are vet days at Brit Spaugh Zoo

People took advantage of this week's warmer weather by spending time at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo.

January 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Zoo gets 2 parrots

Two Eclectus parrots arrived at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo on Tuesday - a green male named Jazz and a red female named Ruby. The birds were a gift from Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas.

January 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Man hospitalized after New Year’s assault

Great Bend Police continue to investigate an aggravated battery that left a 22-year-old man in critical condition early on New Year's Day.

January 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


State responds to accusation of placing Longoria in danger

Assistant Attorney General Andrew Bauch's latest motion in the Adam Longoria case defends the State's earlier motions, including one that defense attorneys claim placed their client in danger.

December 31, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Attorneys trade pretrial barbs in Longoria case

The end of 2011 saw attorneys on both sides of the capital murder case of Adam Joseph Longoria preparing for next year's jury trial, sometimes using colorful language from the Bible and Star Trek as they sparred in pretrial motions.

December 29, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Life's incredible for Brent and Dan

This time last year, we wrote about Brent Tiede, a 1991 Great Bend High School graduate who had just received a new heart. The successful transplant was done at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

December 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Columnists


New Year's Taxi available

Those who ring in the new year with alcohol can catch a ride home with Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings or Sgt. Gary Davis. Or they can drive and possibly catch a ride to jail with another officer.

December 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Maintain a fire-safe home this winter

Whether using traditional home heating methods or cost-saving alternatives, it's a good idea to use caution and maintain a fire-safe home. Now that winter is upon us, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano and Building Inspector Lee Schneider have some seasonal fire safety tips for wood stoves and fireplaces, fixed and portable space heaters, furnace heating, and heating with generators.

December 27, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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​Jury to take up deliberations Monday

The jury in the trial of LaVeta D. Miller has gone home for the weekend. It will reconvene 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


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


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