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Court orders Longoria DNA swab

Attorneys for Adam Longoria agreed Tuesday to the collection of his DNA sample for the KBI databank. Longoria is charged with capital murder and criminal sodomy in connection with last year's killing of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt. He appeared in Barton County District Court for about 15 minutes Tuesday, as attorneys discussed pre-trial motions with District Judge Hannelore Kitts.

March 22, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Slain Houston hero had local ties

A good Samaritan who lost his life defending a Houston woman from an armed robber last November has been recognized by Congressional Medal of Honor recipients.

March 19, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Judge to hear motions in Longoria case Tuesday

Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts is scheduled to hear and/or rule on pre-trial motions in the case of Adam Joseph Longoria on Tuesday. Longoria, 36, is charged with capital murder in connection with the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt of Great Bend last year.

March 18, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Locals get break on BCC tuiton hike

Tuition at Barton Community College will increase by $3 per credit hour this fall, but Barton County residents will receive a $3 per credit scholarship to offset the increase.

March 17, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Jazz Festival puts spotlight on youth


March 16, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

KU players coming to Great Bend

University of Kansas basketball players will meet the public and play a game with local all stars at the annual KU Barnstorming Tour, Sunday, April 17 in the gym of the Barton Community College Kirkman Center.

March 14, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Three flown to Wichita after head-on collision

Three people were seriously injured in a head-on collision Friday night in Barton County.

March 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News


Allen County spelling champion Clara Wicoff correctly spelled "geriatrician" Saturday to win the Great Bend Tribune's 2011 Sunflower Spelling Bee.

March 12, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Crime Stoppers seeks info on home invasion

Crime Stoppers is seeking information about an altercation that occurred Feb. 28 at 1305 MacArthur Road. Although they arrested Travis Myers, the adult son of Great Bend City Councilman Randy Myers, on suspicion of domestic battery of his brother Nathan, authorities said Thursday that they'd like to hear from anyone who may have seen people entering the house early that morning.

March 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

One more day until Tribune's Sunflower Spelling Bee

Saturday's Sunflower Spelling Bee will be a battle of champions, with the winners receiving medals, scholarships and other prizes, including the grand prize of a trip to the week-long national bee in Washington, D.C.

March 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Fire departments respond to vehicle fires

Fire departments from Ellinwood and Great Bend responded to two separate vehicle fires on Tuesday and early Wednesday. Both caused major damage but no serious injuries.

March 10, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Prevention specialist comments on 'Skins'

A local community prevention specialist warns parents that MTV's new TV series "Skins" depicts teens who display unsafe behavior without consequences. Christina Hayes with the Northwest Kansas Regional Prevention Center said parents should be aware of the show and talk to their teenagers about real life vs. MTV.

March 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Zoo Society gets wild

Membership has its privileges, at least for those who join the Great Bend Zoological Society.

March 08, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Stiles to join self-defense, empowerment event for girls

Former professional basketball player and Claflin native Jackie Stiles will help present an afternoon and evening of empowering activities for young girls.

March 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

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Barton showcases campus on Senior Day

In colloquial terms, "senioritis" is defined as an ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as they move closer to graduation. The opposite might be dubbed "senior excite-is," a condition in evidence Saturday at Senior Day on the Barton Community College campus.

January 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

Emotional recharge

Who doesn't like to see Kansas ranking near the top of a positive poll? This week we learned that Kansas is ranked the No. 4 Most Emotionally Recharged state for 2015, according to the Lantern Emotional Balance Index.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

BCC sets new teacher credential standards

Barton Community College will change its polices on faculty credentials to comply with changes in Kansas Board of Regents regulations, BCC Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn told the college's board of trustees on Thursday. Now, off-campus instructors will need to have the same minimum credentials as full-time faculty.

January 22, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

The Amazing Spidey

Most spider monkeys live to be about 25 years old, so the 50th birthday of Great Bend's Spidey is amazing. In fact, the staff at Brit Spaugh Zoo believe he's the second oldest spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

Spidey's birthday photos

Photos taken Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, in celebration of Spidey's 50th birthday. Spidey, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, is believed to be the second-oldest living spider monkey in the world.

January 17, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

Christian Unity Service moves beyond denominations

The Barton County Association of Churches is moving to an ecumenical chapel this year for its annual Christian Unity Service. People of all denominations - as well as those without a church home - are invited to attend the service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Central Kansas Dream Center Chapel, 2100 Broadway Ave. They should use the west entrance.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

​A vote for status quo

Sen. Mitch Holmes, R-St. John, recently told constituents that the Legislature hasn't given up on the idea of doing away with April elections. The idea is to add city and school board races to November ballots and perhaps boost election turnout. There has also been talk of making them partisan races.

January 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Smith, Piper join Rec Commission

There were two new faces at Monday's Great Bend Recreation Commission board meeting. Sandy Smith joined the board of directors, filling the position previously held by Dr. Mary Misegadis, whose term of office expired Dec. 31, 2014.

January 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


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