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Great Bend man arrested for federal indictment

A Great Bend man has been charged in U.S. District Court with one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.

June 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Cool at the pool

Diving boards are out, slides are 10 minutes ago, and climbing walls are the next big thing at Great Bend's Wetlands Aquatic Facility.

June 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Rec Commission upgrades its technology

BY SUSAN THACKER

June 13, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Library announces summer reading programs

So many books, so little time.

June 11, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Schinstock eligible for parole hearing

Terrill L. Schinstock, 47, will be eligible for a parole hearing in July, the Kansas Parole Board announced.

June 11, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Tourists naturally drawn to Great Bend

When Linda DiMario set to work on a marketing plan for Great Bend, her best ideas came naturally.

June 11, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


BCSO uncovers lab, stolen property

The Barton County Sheriff's Office discovered a suspected methamphetamine lab on Wednesday afternoon, in a large shop building at 395 North U.S. 281. Property that was previously reported stolen was also recovered, Detective David Paden said.

June 09, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


ON THE JOB

It was show-and-tell time for city employees on Wednesday.

June 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


HOME ON THE RANGE

The bison were removed from Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo on Tuesday, and shipped to a 30,000-acre preserve in Nebraska.

June 07, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Parents warned about new tobacco products

Kansas health officials are warning the public that a new product known as tobacco sticks poses some of the same health risks as other tobacco products. Parents especially need to be aware of the products, according to Janel Rose at the Barton County Health Department.

June 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Zoo Fest

June 04, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Mark Bitter receives Great Bend Greater Award

Local businessman Mark Bitter thought he'd been invited to the Noon Kiwanis meeting last Wednesday to talk about the MyTown Project. Actually, the invitation was also extended so the club could surprise Bitter, the recipient of the Great Bend Greater Award.

June 04, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local News


College trustees ask for Camp Aldrich committee

Editor's note: This is the final story in a series about the Camp Aldrich Feasibility Study commissioned by Barton Community College.

June 02, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Dean: BCC wages falling behind

Barton Community College's top number cruncher is recommending raises for college employees in the next fiscal year.

June 02, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Nex-Tech Zoo Fest set for Saturday

The seventh annual Nex-Tech Zoo Fest will take place Saturday afternoon at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo.

June 01, 2011 | Susan Thacker | Local 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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