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​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


​LaVeta Miller jury to take up deliberations Monday

The jury in the trial of LaVeta D. Miller will begin deliberations when it reconvenes 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


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Competition dance members ‘Euphoric’ about Bravo

After months of practice and improving technique, dance competition season has arrived. Members of Euphoria Dance Center's competition team attended Bravo Regional Dance Competition at Maize High School Feb. 28 through March 1. Members with less than two years competition experience or less than two hours of weekly studio time competed in the "overture" class. Many of these students fall into the under 14-years-old categories, though there are some late comers who have shown a great deal of dedication to their art and are ready for competition. The dances included solos, trios, and small group numbers.

March 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Scenic overlook project advances

The Kansas Department of Transportation informed Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco that the bid letting for the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area scenic overlook tower will be in August.

March 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


POLICE RAID TWO HOMES

Two drug raids at two locations Monday resulted in four arrests on methamphetamine-related charges, the Great Bend Police Department announced Tuesday morning.

March 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Fire departments restricting some outdoor burning

With the warm, dry weather the region has experienced over the past few days, area fire departments are already experiencing an increase in grass burning incidents – some of which have threatened to get out of control, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

March 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


City to fill public lands director post

Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison Monday night named a selection committee for the long-vacant position of director of public lands. The committee will interview applicants for the job and make a recommendation to the full City Council.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


TAKING WING

Plans for the 2015 Great Bend Airfest are starting to take flight, the City Council learned Monday night.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Commission honors farmers, Ag Week

The Barton County Commission took time Monday morning to honor farmers by proclaiming this as National Ag Week and Wednesday as National Ag Day.

March 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Holmes, Edmonds weigh in on SB7

A proposal to eliminate the way Kansas currently decides how much funding a school district receives in favor of block grants was the main topic of conversation at a legislative coffee held in Hoisington Saturday morning.

March 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Dannebohm, Kirkman to Co-chair Heartland Farm Advisory Council

The Dominican Sisters of Peace announced Wednesday the election of J. Basil Dannebohm and Karla Kirkman as co-chairs of the Heartland Farm Advisory Council. The advisory council works with the sisters toward the wellbeing of the farm.

March 14, 2015 | | News


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