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BCC helps Larned offer model juvenile justice service

Young criminal offenders at the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility and its alternative school, Westside School, are earning high school diplomas, attending college and earning certificates in marketable job skills, thanks to a partnership with Barton Community College.

February 18, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Next hearing scheduled in Longoria trial

Adam Longoria will return to Great Bend at least once more before his capital murder trial, which is scheduled to start March 26. A hearing to deal with pretrial motions has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 1 in Barton County District Court.

February 16, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend Rec earns state kudos

Administrators from the Great Bend Recreation Commission received statewide recognition at the Kansas Recreation & Park Association's annual conference, held Jan. 24-27 at Topeka. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick received the Distinguished Recreation Programmer award, and Executive Director Diann Henderson received the Distinguished Professional Award. GBRC Program Coordinator Chris Umphres presented the award to Henderson.

February 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Change of venue denied

Barton County District Court Judge Hannelore Kitts on Monday denied a motion seeking a change of venue for the trial of Adam Longoria. The trial, currently scheduled to begin on March 26, will remain in Barton County.

February 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Great Bend collector sells Roy Orbison Corvette

Bob Martin can only see his classic Corvette Stingray in dreams, since selling it to former race car driver Rick Hendrick. But Martin isn't crying after parting with the rare car that was once owned by singer Roy Orbison.

February 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Firefighters battle blazes, CO

Great Bend firefighters extinguished two fires and made a timely carbon monoxide check this past weekend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

February 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Chapman arrested in Galyardt murder

Jeffery Wade Chapman, 30, was arrested Monday for the alleged murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt, the Barton County Sheriff's Office announced.

February 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Judge to announce Longoria venue Monday

The decision of whether or not to move Adam Longoria's capital murder trial away from Barton County won't be announced until Monday, District Judge Hannelore Kitts said.

February 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Police identify alleged attacker

The Great Bend Police Department has released the name of a Great Bend man suspected of beating his ex-girlfriend and cutting her with a knife multiple times on Sunday. They are looking for 30-year-old Tad Tylor Heath Hall, Detective David Bailey said.

February 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Mute swan's death linked to bird's age

A mute swan that died recently at Veterans Memorial Lake apparently died of health problems related to old age, according to Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo Director Scott Gregory.

February 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Teen Court seeks friends who don't use tobacco

The social network is being used locally for a anti-tobacco promotion aimed primarily at teens.

February 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Court to look at pending motions in Longoria case Wednesday

Adam Longoria is scheduled to appear in Barton County District Court on Wednesday morning for a pretrial hearing on pending motions. Longoria is charged with capital murder in the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt on or about Aug. 20, 2010. His jury trial is scheduled to start March 26.

February 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


State could add $8 million for tech education

Kansas community colleges and technical schools could receive an additional $8 million next year, all for technical education, Barton Community College Dean of Administration Mark Dean told the BCC Board of Trustees on Monday, at the monthly study session.

February 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Woman reports being cut, held against her will

Great Bend police are searching for a man who allegedly attacked a 22-year-old woman Sunday night at her residence. The woman knew and identified the suspect, whose name has not been released.

February 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Myers found not guilty of battery change

Travis R. Myers was found not guilty on the charge of misdemeanor battery, during a bench trial Wednesday in Barton County District Court.

February 04, 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


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