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​Burned pickup believed to be stolen

A 2004 Ford F-350 diesel pickup was destroyed by fire early Wednesday, along with about 10 acres of grass near the Cheyenne Creek in rural Ellinwood. Undersheriff Bruce Green said it appeared to be a vehicle that was stolen from Russell County sometime between last Friday evening and Monday morning.

March 11, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


THE GLOW REMAINS

It was a match struck a long time ago and yet it still burns brightly.

March 11, 2015 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Revised job numbers show improvement

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Labor's Division of Labor Market Information Services (LMIS) released last week benchmarked 2014 data along with the January 2015 Labor Report.

March 11, 2015 | | News


One District, One Book program

Many people carry into adulthood fond memories of being read to as a child and a program being promoted by USD 428 hopes to make memories for a whole new generation of children. "The purpose of the One District, One Book program is to create a culture of literature in every home," said Jennifer Schartz, USD 428 public information director. A well-read populace helps raise the level of the entire community. "Children who are read to learn to read more easily and become better readers," Schartz said. "Literacy skills provide the basis for a lifetime of learning and productivity. Parents ...

March 10, 2015 | | News


Vandals take heavy toll on county

Through the sign replacement program, Barton County Road and Bridge Department personnel responded to four emergency calls and replaced two vandalized signs in the past couple of weeks.

March 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


USD 428 Admin says 'No summer school'

When school lets out for summer break this May, Great Bend students that normally would have attended summer school will have many more hours of time on their hands. The USD 428 Board of Education learned that the administration, after conferring with K-8 principals, is moving towards elimination of the program that has ceased to be truly effective. High school students will continue to be able to work towards credit recovery over the summer however.

March 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Softball, baseball rules approved

The Great Bend Recreation Commission is preparing for spring and summer activities. On Monday, the GBRC board of directors approved youth baseball and softball rules. Sports Director Chris Umphres said they did not change this year.

March 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​LaVeta Miller found guilty of 2 counts theft by deception

LaVeta Diane Miller has been found guilty of two counts of theft by deception in amounts greater than $25,000 but less than $100,000. The jury in Barton County District Court began deliberations at 9 a.m. Monday, and reached a verdict shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sentencing was set for 1 p.m. on May 8. This will allow time for the state to conduct a pre-sentencing investigation (PSI) with review of any criminal history Miller may have. District Judge Ron Svaty ordered the PSI.

March 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Getting their ducts in a row

Deciding that there was no fair way to handle the current bids for the heating and air conditioning work at the Barton County Road and Bridge Department shop, the County Commission Monday morning voted to toss out all four proposals and rebid the project.

March 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission admits open meetings violation

Members of the Barton County Commission last Tuesday morning violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act when they visited the Road and Bridge Department shop, Commission Chairman Kenny Schremmer said Monday morning. Three of the five commissioners inadvertently met at the shop to learn about the controversial heating and air conditioning project.

March 09, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


The Cat in the Hat spotted — United Way shares gift of reading

That crazy cat, the Cat in the Hat, was spotted in Barton County Tuesday, celebrating his 111th birthday with students at Great Bend Children's Learning Center and Barton Community College's child development center.

March 08, 2015 | | News


Longoria conviction upheld

In a decision written by Justice Marla Luckert, the Kansas Supreme Court affirmed Adam J. Longoria's Barton County convictions of capital murder, vehicle burglary, and theft. Justice Lee Johnson concurred in the result, issuing a separate opinion.

March 07, 2015 | | News


Second case of pertussis confirmed at Great Bend High

In less than a week, two letters have been sent to Great Bend High School parents about confirmed cases of pertussis, or "whooping cough," at the school.

March 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Home fire started in dryer

Firefighters believe an overheated dryer caused a fire Wednesday at 2717 20th St.

March 07, 2015 | | News


Traffic stop leads to drug bust

A traffic stop at 12:08 a.m. Friday resulted in the driver being booked in the county jail on drug charges. Great Bend Police officers stopped a Dodge Ram driven by Michael Brown, 65, in the 1100 block of Main for alleged traffic infractions. According to a press release, Brown said he was traveling to Wichita from Hoisington.

March 07, 2015 | | News


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USD 428 saves Christmas

Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Candidate forum

Editor's Note: This is the first of three stories about the Candidate Forum. Candidates for Great Bend USD 428 school board and Great Bend City Council Ward 2 will be covered in the coming days.

March 25, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County falls in health rankings

Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.

March 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


FRESH FROM THE PAST

The Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village will host an orientation meeting, at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 2, for volunteer training and information for anyone interested in learning more about the museum.

March 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Fire destroys barn, threatens to spread

Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.

March 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


​Blowout causes injury accident

A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Former Great Bend banker pleads guilty to fraud

WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Fire under investigation

A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.

March 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


HUNTING SEASON

If you were a bad guy in Great Bend Monday, you may have had a very bad day.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Road work ahead

The Federal Highway Administration and the Kansas Department of Transportation recognize this as National Work Zone Awareness Week. As of Monday morning, it was being observed in Barton County as well after the County Commission approved a proclamation marking the occasion.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Traffic restricted on East Bt. Co. Road

Road construction on U.S. 56 between Great Bend and Ellinwood is expected to last a couple months. During that span, more and more motorists are anticipated to use the parallel East Barton County Road as a detour.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Lewis sworn into office

After receiving official notification last week from the Governor's office, Greg Lewis (R-St. John) was sworn into the Kansas House of Representatives this morning to represent the 113th District. The oath of office was administered by Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Lewis will complete the term of Basil Dannebohm who resigned from office last month.

March 23, 2015 | | News


Grant funds opportunity for teen interns at library

Three teenagers will have an opportunity to serve as interns this summer at the Great Bend Public Library, thanks to a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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