The prosecution will be allowed to use cell phone text messages as evidence during Adam Longoria's murder trial, Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts ruled Thursday.
A pretrial hearing for Adam Longoria wrapped up around 2:15 p.m. Thursday, with the courtroom remaining open to the public. Attorneys for the prosecution and defense indicated they are still trying to reach an agreement on certain issues without resorting to a closed hearing.
The water level of the ponds in Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is down this month, and not by accident. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said the ponds are being dredged and cleaned, with new side walls built to stop erosion.
Defense attorneys for Adam Longoria are asking Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts to conduct part of Thursday's pretrial hearing away from public view.
A program that helps low- and moderate-income families move away from government and social service assistance is expanding its services into Barton County.
Donnie Lang was driving home with his wife Saturday night when the windshield on their Dodge truck seemed to explode.
Ticket sales for the 54th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day are under way, with members reporting nearly 1,800 of the $3 tickets sold in the first week, according to Paul Maneth, cochairman of the annual fundraiser. Pancakes will be served from 4-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at the Expo I Building west of Great Bend.
Young criminal offenders at the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility and its alternative school, Westside School, are earning high school diplomas, attending college and earning certificates in marketable job skills, thanks to a partnership with Barton Community College.
Adam Longoria will return to Great Bend at least once more before his capital murder trial, which is scheduled to start March 26. A hearing to deal with pretrial motions has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 1 in Barton County District Court.
Administrators from the Great Bend Recreation Commission received statewide recognition at the Kansas Recreation & Park Association's annual conference, held Jan. 24-27 at Topeka. Program Coordinator Garet Fitzpatrick received the Distinguished Recreation Programmer award, and Executive Director Diann Henderson received the Distinguished Professional Award. GBRC Program Coordinator Chris Umphres presented the award to Henderson.
Barton County District Court Judge Hannelore Kitts on Monday denied a motion seeking a change of venue for the trial of Adam Longoria. The trial, currently scheduled to begin on March 26, will remain in Barton County.
Bob Martin can only see his classic Corvette Stingray in dreams, since selling it to former race car driver Rick Hendrick. But Martin isn't crying after parting with the rare car that was once owned by singer Roy Orbison.
Great Bend firefighters extinguished two fires and made a timely carbon monoxide check this past weekend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.
Jeffery Wade Chapman, 30, was arrested Monday for the alleged murder of 25-year-old Damon Galyardt, the Barton County Sheriff's Office announced.
The judge who ordered a mental competency evaluation for first-degree murder suspect Jeffrey Wade Chapman now wants to hear why the evaluation at Larned State Security Hospital took less than a day.
The jury trial for the Great Bend woman accused of stealing more than $100,000 in money earmarked to honor World War II veterans was scheduled to start this week, but is on hold, with no date scheduled as of Tuesday. LaVeta D. Miller's court-appointed attorney has requested the trial be rescheduled to November or December if possible.
Photos taken Sept. 13, 2014 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center
Most Kansas festival planners are at the mercy of Mother Nature to some degree, especially when nature is the featured attraction. Saturday's weather, an early taste of fall, was perfect for most humans attending the Kansas Wetlands Education Center's annual fall Butterfly Festival. Those who wished they'd brought a jacket could sip coffee or hot chocolate indoors before heading outdoors in the 55-degree weather.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen praised Barton Community College staff Thursday for creating a program that will allow LSH employees to advance in their careers and better serve patients. A program for a Mental Health Technician certificate is expected to begin by the fall of 2015, college trustees were told at their monthly study session.
Gold Girls Club, a ministry of teenage girls, is sponsoring "A Reflection of Christ," a conference for women and teenage girls, featuring author Kris Goertzen from Hutchinson. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the Perkins Party Room, 2920 10th St., Great Bend.
A youth sporting event turned into a brawl, this past Monday in Wichita. According to reports, a parent complained that his son wasn't getting enough playing time; then six men surrounded the coach and started hitting him. Police said one of the men had brass knuckles and one had a gun. Then the coach's wife pulled out a gun of her own and fired it into the air. The coach headed to his car to retrieve a gun, too.
TOPEKA - Kansas Supreme Court justices on Wednesday heard oral arguments in appeals to Adam Longoria's capital murder conviction. No decisions were made as the case was taken under advisement.
The iron lung exhibit from the Barton County Historical Society Museum is featured this week at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
Larned State Hospital Superintendent Dr. Tom Kinlen will attend Thursday's study session with the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, set for 4 p.m. in the Seminar Room, F-30 on the lower level of the BCC Fine Arts Building. This is billed as a "linkage" meeting between the trustees and LSH. Other guests from Larned will be Holly Hertel, former director of nursing; and Julie Belt, interim director of nursing.
A Great Bend man was booked on charges that included kidnapping following an incident that occurred south of Great Bend last Friday. The alleged victim was also arrested on outstanding warrants.
M & N Screen Printing in Great Bend was awarded the contract to print T-shirts for the Great Bend Recreation Commission for the next year.
As a reminder that God hasn't been expelled from public schools, students plan to gather around school flagpoles later this month for prayer. But first, One Hope ministries in Great Bend will host a kick-off rally for See You At The Pole 2014. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Great Bend High School auditorium. Doors will open at 6 p.m.