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Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

November 19, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Students graduate from DARE at Eisenhower School

After 12 weeks of lessons, 46 Eisenhower 5th graders graduated from Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE classes on Monday. All 5th graders in Great Bend attend DARE and the Lincoln ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 and at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 at Jefferson.

November 19, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Hedging their bets

After approving the gas agreement with Seminole Energy at its last meeting, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved hedging on a portion of its natural gas purchases for the upcoming winter.

November 19, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


GBHS Hall of FAME

The 2012 Great Bend High School GBHS Hall of Fame inductees have been announced. Honored will be longtime teacher and school administrator Karla (Bender) Leibham and civic leader Bill McKown, who refuses to let paralysis keep him from being active in the community.

November 17, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


43.6 Million to travel for Thanksgiving

The number of Americans going over the river and through the woods to grandmothers house and elsewhere over Thanksgiving is on the rebound, the American Auto Mobile Association reported this week.

November 16, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Building a playground

November 16, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


We’ve Got The Power

Math. For many, the word can induce a cold sweat as recollections of struggling to understand lessons, humiliation from failing at board work and feeling too embarrassed to ask questions come to mind.

November 16, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Child Advocacy Center a reality

Four years ago, a place where children could be interviewed and comforted in a non-threatening environment was only a dream for Family Crisis Center Executive Director Laura Patzner and her staff.

November 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


St. Rose and St. Catherine to join Centura Health

Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo., voted Wednesday to integrate St. Catherine Hospital, Garden City, and St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center, Great Bend, into Denver-based Centura Health, Colorado's largest health care network. The decision follows a unanimous recommendation from the St. Catherine, St. Rose and Centura Health boards of directors, and final approval from CHI.

November 15, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Uplifting Generosity

Last month, Xi Delta Upsilon sorority in Barton County kicked off their first Bras for a Cause bra drive, uncertain how well it would be received. As it turns out, their cups overfloweth.

November 15, 2012 | | News


Offering hope: Life Giving Center is 'gift to the community'

For the past five years, the Daniel R. Trickey Memorial Life Giving Center has been quietly offering single homeless women, many with children, a place where they can turn their lives around.

November 14, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Gas prices may have hit bottom

For now, at least, the average retail gasoline prices in Kansas are falling, dropping 4.3 cents per gallon in the past week with an average of $3.21 per gallon as of Sunday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.46, according to gasoline price website KansasGasPrices.com.

November 14, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Bird, hunter numbers down

Pheasant and quail hunting seasons opened this past Saturday, events that usually lure throngs of camouflage- and blaze orange-clad hunters to Great Bend seeking to bag birds.

November 14, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Great Bend firm sends help to Sandy victims

Three Great Bend residents who flew to New York last Thursday are scheduled to return home at the end of the week, after helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.

November 13, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


HOT ITEMS: City fire department gets new vehicles

Great Bend Fire Department has purchased a new fire truck and ambulance in recent weeks, Chief Mike Napolitano said.

November 13, 2012 | 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


Spring fever

GasBuddy, a community-based price comparison app that helps users find cheap gas, shares the best last-minute spring break road trip destinations whether travelers are looking for sunshine or ski slopes, all while not breaking the bank.

March 06, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Jurors meet LaVeta Miller

Since testimony began Tuesday, the jury in the trial of LaVeta Miller has heard from several witnesses and Barton County Douglas Mathews has introduced more than 100 pieces of evidence. Defense attorney Robert Anderson has introduced more than 40 pieces of evidence, and cross-examined each witness.

March 05, 2015 | Jim Misunas | 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


CLAFLIN’S GEM

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Jackie Stiles, the high school basketball legend from Claflin, who is the leading scorer in NCAA women's basketball history is among 12 individuals selected for the 2015 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.

March 05, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Detective saved by local teamwork

Great Bend Police Detective Scott Bieberle, 44, was recovering at Hays Medical Center, after collapsing Wednesday, city officials announced in a news release Thursday afternoon.

March 05, 2015 | | News


USD 431 calls for bond election

At the Monday, March 2 meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education meeting, members approved a resolution calling for a bond election in hopes of gain approval to issue a General Obligation Bond to fund the building of a new school building for Lincoln Elementary School and to upgrade security and other systems at the district's other three buildings.

March 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Farm expo contract extended

The fourth-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is set for April 8-10 at the Great Bend Expo Complex, but the real news is that the show will be in Great Bend at least another five years.

March 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

March 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


storm spotters

So far, Barton County and Kansas has been fortunate. Reports of severe weather have been minimal in 2015.

March 04, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


​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


Pertussis case confirmed at GBHS

Wednesday afternoon, USD 428 sent an email letter to parents informing them that a chase of Pertussis (whooping cough) had been confirmed at the high school. The letter warned of the symptoms and what parents need to do if they suspect their child is infected.

March 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


County backs effort to recognize historic routes

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved offering a letter of support for an effort by Ellinwood residents to make the historic Chisholm and Great Western Trail a national historic trail.

March 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | 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


OTR for March 4, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 03, 2015 | | News


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