The sheriff's office and police depart each received reports Thursday from residents who said they were contacted by fake grandsons.
The Citizens Watchdog Association, created in response to a rash of burglaries in Great Bend, is urging its members to attend a burglar's sentencing in Barton County District Court - whenever it may be.
The administrators of Barton Community College say that surveys show students have a positive rating of their "Barton Experience."
Telephone and personal visitation privileges for capital murder suspect Adam Joseph Longoria have been severed, except for arranged visits from immediate family.
Barton Community College plans to spend 5 percent more on salaries and cut the local tax rate by half a mil, with a proposed budget approved Thursday.
Prosecutors are ready to drop the charge that Adam Joseph Longoria had oral sex with Great Bend teenager Alicia DeBolt before she was murdered last August, in light of evidence that the male DNA found in her mouth was not the defendant's. Assistant Attorney General Victor Braden said the State is still seeking the death penalty, but wants to amend the reason for its capital murder charge from first-degree murder committed after the act of criminal sodomy to first-degree murder committed after attempted rape.
After 40 years in prison, a man convicted of first degree murder in Russell County may be eligible for parole on Oct. 1.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas) expressed confidence Tuesday morning that the House would pass the "Cut, Cap, Balance" bill before the end of the day. The measure cuts $111 billion from next year's budget and provides for a debt ceiling increase only if a Balanced Budget Amendment passes Congress and is sent to the states for ratification.
Attorneys for Adam Joseph Longoria have requested a new preliminary hearing if the state amends charges in his capital murder case.
Defense attorneys for Adam Joseph Longoria have asked for a pre-trial hearing to determine what photos will be admitted at his capital murder trial. His attorneys also want a hearing in October or November, in addition to the one scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 21, to deal with pre-trial motions.
The man arrested after 15-year-old Jessica Cheyanne Shearer died on July 4 has been formally charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child, criminal sodomy with a child 14-16 years old and aggravated endangering a child.
Adam Joseph Longoria was obsessed with Alica DeBolt and the two exchanged dozen of text messages, according to the motions filed by Deputy Attorney General Victor Braden in Longoria's capital murder case.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission is proposing a maximum general fund budget of $1,649,900 for fiscal year 2011-12, with $485,990 earmarked for personnel. An additional $164,720 not included in the $1.6 million is budgeted for the employee benefit fund, GBRC Director Diann Henderson said Monday as her board of directors held its public budget hearing.
Editor's note: With the increased use of railroad transportation for other purposes, there could be fewer train cars available to haul farm crops from area grain elevators to their final destinations. This potential shortage comes at a bad time for Kansas farmers who are in the midst of multiple fall harvests, including milo, corn and soybeans. In this four-part series, the Great Bend Tribune will explore the potential impact of this looming problem. Part two considers the economic impact of agriculture on the local economy.
It's official: Great Bend has extended Halloween from a single night to two weekends of costuming and candy.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
Paying property taxes has something in common with baseball.
THURSDAY, Oct. 16
More than three dozen area residents spent Wednesday learning about job opportunities first-hand. The event was Disability Mentoring Day, but participants focused on their abilities as they spent time with employers throughout the community.
Three arrests were made Saturday night after someone reported a burglary in progress at the Rand Mobile Home Park, 5540 Second St., south of Great Bend.
The 10th Rosewood Rodeo drew a crowd to Expo III on Saturday, showcasing the riding abilities of more than 40 riders with developmental disabilities.
For those who love the artistic lines of a classic car or truck, vintage vehicles are nothing short of rolling sculptures. With that in mind, the Barton County Historical Society Museum and Village held an open house Saturday, and invited car buffs to display their collections.
Great Bend will be the site for the Kansas State High School Activities Association's 2A-1A State Baseball Tournament again in 2015. Diann Henderson, executive director of the Great Bend Recreation Center, shared the news Friday morning at the monthly GBRC board meeting.
A monarch butterflies enjoys the Butterfly House at the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, Wednesday afternoon. Zoo Director Scott Gregory said summer is the best time for viewing butterflies, but there was no shortage of monarchs this week.
At this year's Big Benefit Auction for the Barton Community College Foundation, Great Bend residents Gary and Anna Burke submitted the winning bid on a unique item - naming rights to two cougar cubs recently acquired by the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo. They named the cougars after their grandchildren, Tanner Ford and Tommie Lankerd.
Eight Southern Gospel acts are slated to perform at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18.