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Watchdog group to attend burglar's sentencing

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.

July 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


BCC trustees evaluate the ‘Barton experience’

The administrators of Barton Community College say that surveys show students have a positive rating of their "Barton Experience."

July 27, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


GBCT announces ‘family friendly’ season

 

July 26, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Longoria loses phone privileges after call to TV station

Telephone and personal visitation privileges for capital murder suspect Adam Joseph Longoria have been severed, except for arranged visits from immediate family.

July 23, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


College ready to cut mil levy, raise wages

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.

July 21, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


New preliminary hearing granted for Longoria

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.

July 21, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Carrier eligible for parole for 1970 murder

After 40 years in prison, a man convicted of first degree murder in Russell County may be eligible for parole on Oct. 1.

July 20, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Hueslkamp leads charge for balanced budget amendment

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.

July 19, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Old-time baseball reenactors coming to historical society

 

July 19, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Longoria seeks preliminary hearing on new charge

Attorneys for Adam Joseph Longoria have requested a new preliminary hearing if the state amends charges in his capital murder case.

July 18, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Attorneys seek hearing on photos in Longoria 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.

July 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Rykiel formally charged with three felonies

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.

July 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Prosecution says Longoria was 'obsessed' with DeBolt

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.

July 11, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


GBRC announces 2011-2012 budget

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.

July 11, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Final Day

Today is the last day to take in the 2011 Barton County Fair, which opened last Wednesday.

July 09, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


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His Hands Puppets coming to Hoisington

HOISINGTON - The public is invited to a free puppet show, "Garbage In Garbage Out," at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at Country Place Senior Living, 259 West Sixth St. in Hoisington. The program is sponsored by Country Place.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Religion


Respect the office

When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


BCC to see fall tuition increase

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase this fall by $3 per credit hour. The BCC Board of Trustees approved the increase Thursday as recommended by the administration.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Great Bend City Council sees race in Ward 2

Editor's note: This is the second of three stories about Wednesday's Candidate Forum, sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters. The third installment will feature candidates for the Great Bend USD 428 school board.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | 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


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 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


Saturday in the park

Hundreds of people spent part of the day Saturday at Brit Spaugh Park and Zoo.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local 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


Sheriff diagnosed with cancer; promotes screening

Three months after being diagnosed with colon cancer, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir is joining efforts to bring awareness to the disease.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


TOT SPOT

Two groups rasing money for toddler-appropriate playground equipment in Brit Spaugh Park hope to have the "Tot Spot" ordered by May 1, said Rachel Mawhirter from the Barton County Young Professionals.

March 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


It's not mandatory

President Obama told an audience this week that mandatory voting might not be a bad idea. "It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything," he said Wednesday at a town hall-style event in Cleveland, Ohio.

March 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Wetlands center prepares for spring

There were still snow geese at Cheyenne Bottoms this past week, but Curtis Wolf, site manager of Fort Hays State University's Kansas Wetlands Education Center, said they will be heading out any day.

March 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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