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Great Bend honors veterans this weekend

This weekend several events are scheduled in Great Bend to honor veterans and observe Veterans Day Sunday, Nov. 11.

November 07, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


‘THAT’S A LOT OF TIRES’

One City of Great Bend employee looked at the mountains of black tires heaped on the backside of the city's compost site Wednesday afternoon.

November 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Bellendir survives write-in effort

Barton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Brian Bellendir will be the county's next sheriff, after fending off incumbent sheriff and write-in challenger Greg Armstrong in Tuesday's general election.

November 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


‘Rookie’ Edmonds wins again

Great Bend's John Edmonds will again be Representative of the state's 112th district, after pulling in 71 percent of the votes Tuesday night in Barton County. Unofficial final totals from the Barton County Clerk's Office showed the Republican with 6,528 votes. Democratic challenger Steve Muehleisen received 2,505 votes, or 27 percent. There were also 132 write-in votes. At the end of October, Great Bend Republican Frank McKinney announced he was running as a write-in candidate.

November 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


County voter turnout tops 70 percent

The Tuesday's general election is in the books. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and the Barton County Clerk's office started continually updating posted results throughout the evening.

November 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Bringing “Local Color” into focus

Six years ago, Karole Erikson and husband Jay Miller bought digital cameras and began photographing the landscape and inhabitants of both the Cheyenne Bottoms and their own backyard. For Miller, it was a chance to rekindle and interest born 30 years ago while studying art and photography at Barton Community College. For Erikson, it was a chance to delve into a creative realm far from her everyday work as a music teacher at BCC. On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Deines Center in Russell featured photography by each, spotlighting the talent of Kansans from Central Kansas in the "Local Color" exhibit ...

November 06, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Park Elementary students get taste of campaigning and voting

Sure, the ballot included Democratic President Barrack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. But, it also included a duckling, a wimpy kid and a hungry caterpillar.

November 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Chili cook off results

Chili lovers had the opportunity to try 19 different chili recipes Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Explore Great Bend Chili Cook Off, sponsored by Sunflower Diversified Services. Cook off coordinator Sarah Krom said 140 tasters bracelets were sold, and a $663 donation will be made to the Community Food Bank with the proceeds.

November 05, 2012 | Veronica Coons | 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.

November 05, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Center could be pricier than anticipated

When Great Bend City Council members first started discussing their vision of a refurbished Convention Center, they planned on spending about $1 million, and having the facility remodeled and up and running again by next August.

November 05, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Community turns out for turnips

HUDSON - Living it up with the lowly "poor man's vegetable," the city of Hudson celebrated the cruciferous white, purple turnip with older and young alike at the 4th annual Turnip Festival . Although the Kansas earth did not yield much fruit this year, turnips runneth over in the planted field with the addition of a little water.

November 05, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


County eyes statewide agenda

On Nov. 13-15, county officials will meet at the Kansas Association of Counties Annual Conference in Topeka. It's a time for local leaders to work with the KAC in developing its 2013 legislative platform, said Barton County Commissioner. Don Cates Monday morning.

November 05, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Chili cookoff a good "draw"

Brad Smalley and Ana Klecker, historical reenactors from the Longbranch Saloon museum in Dodge City, deputized several young lawpersons at high noon Saturday, Nov. 3 at P and S Security in Great Bend. It was part of the Explore Great Bend chili cookoff taking place along Mainstreet and at the Westgate Shopping Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For $5, tasters purchased a bracelet which gave them a chance to sample 18 different chilis around town, and one people's choice vote. Contestants offered a wide variety of recipes featuring beef, chicken, turkey, pork and venison, red ...

November 03, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Polling places listed

Tuesday is the general election and Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman has some last-minute reminders for residents heading to the polls.

November 03, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Pheasant and quail youth season this weekend

From sunrise to sunset, Saturday and Sunday, youth hunters have their shot at bagging pheasants or quail before adult hunters take to the fields Nov. 10. It's the annual Kansas youth pheasant and quail hunting season, Nov. 3 and 4, for youth age 16 and under. Youth under the age of 16, accompanied by an adult mentor, can hunt for free all over the state. Brian Hanzlick, Barton County conservation officer, said while there were no organized youth hunts locally, the youth season offers a great opportunity for parents to pass on their love of hunting to their children ...

November 02, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


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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


Residents asked to remove flowers from cemetery

The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.

March 03, 2015 | | News


Pawnee Rock Council ponders new fire truck

If all goes well, soon the City of Pawnee Rock will not need to depend on an antique fire truck to ensure the safety of its residents. The city council met Monday night and continued to wrestle with the details of acquiring instead a somewhat newer truck.

March 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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