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Man captured after pursuit

An Ellinwood man was able to temporarily elude law enforcement officers after a motorcycle pursuit Wednesday evening in Barton County. At one point in the pursuit, suspect Nicholas Curtice, 29, laid the Honda motorcycle over and a female passenger rolled away from it, but refused medical treatment and was released at the scene.

May 10, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Job Fest comes amid modest recovery

With a backdrop of sluggish job growth statewide, the sixth-annual Central Kansas Job Fest unfolds May 17.

May 10, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Pioneer Day

Third graders from Great Bend's public schools got a glimpse of Kansas history on Wednesday when they traveled to the Barton County Historical Museum and Village for Pioneer Day. Barton County Historical Society members, some dressed in old-time apparel, guided 241 students from Jefferson, Lincoln, Eisenhower, Park and Riley elementary schools through nine stations.

May 09, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


County can handle most vehicle requests

When asked if the new motor vehicle computer system was up and running after the recent computer upgrade, Barton County Treasurer Kevin Wondra gave a mixed response.

May 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Splashes of paint

Armed with long-handled rollers, Great Bend Park Department employees applied a fresh coat of white paint to the floor of the Wetlands Aquatic Center pool Wednesday afternoon.

May 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Fire destroys boat, damages marina

The investigation into an explosion and fire at Lake Wilson Marina Monday continues, authorities said Wednesday.

May 09, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Giant tornado strikes hard

Rebuild.

May 08, 2012 | Special to the Tribune | News


BCC Child Development Center releases annual report

Barton Community College's Child Development Center has increased revenue while cutting expenses, although it still operates in the red, according to the annual report compiled by CDC Director Larissa Graham.

May 08, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Angry bird

Dr. Mike Malone, veterinarian to the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, examines the zoo's bald eagle, last Wednesday at the zoo. The eagle was dusted with powder, which deter mites, while zookeepers were busy adding new tree branches to its enclosure. Although the bird was none too happy, it was safely back in its enclosure a short time later.

May 08, 2012 | | News


This town’s a great place

Great Bend Chamber of Commerce President Jan Peters told the City Council Monday night Great Bend is indeed a great place.

May 08, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


BCC trustees review bidding process

Barton Community College's Board of Trustees looked at bidding procedures during its study session last Thursday.

May 07, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Barton County part of 911 back-up center

It's a facility that no one ever wants to have to use, but Barton County Communications Director Doug Hubbard told the County Commission Monday morning it's nice to know it exists.

May 07, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Claflin to celebrate 125th anniversary

CLAFLIN - The city of Claflin will be celebrating its 125th anniversary as a community from May 25-27 with a full range of activities.

May 07, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


SRS changes domestic violence prevention funding

There are changes in the works for how Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services will fund the state's 20-some community domestic violence centers. The change was not greeted well in all corners.

May 05, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


FIESTA

Mayor Mike Allison was on hand Saturday to proclaim May 5 as "Cinco de Mayo" in Great Bend, kicking off the 19th annual Hispanic cultural festival.

May 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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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


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


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