The Kansas Department of Health and Environment continues to monitor waters for blue-green algae, including Veterans Memorial Lake in Great Bend.
Along with Boy Scouts of America nationwide, area Scouts will demonstrate their slogan "do a good turn daily" Saturday, Sept. 25, by taking part in the annual Scouting for Food program. They will be placing door hangers with the date on local door knobs this week as reminders.
A recorded jailhouse phone conversation between accused killer Adam Joseph Longoria and his attorney's Wichita office violated attorney-client privilege and is grounds to dismiss the charges against him or at least take the death penalty off the table, according to a motion filed Monday in Barton County District Court by Longoria's attorney Jeff Wicks.
As temperatures start to dip as autumn nears, there will be one thermometer Julie Bogner-Smith wants to see climb.
A while back, the Unified School District 428 School Board thought it prudent to come up with a policy governing memorials and memorial services following the death of students or personnel. The plan was to have the policy in place before it was needed.
A fight between an eighth and ninth grader at the Great Bend High School football game Sept. 3 prompted the Unified School District 428 School Board to discuss Monday night what to do with unruly Great Bend Middle School students who cause trouble at sporting events.
The next appearance in Barton County District Court for accused killer Adam Joseph Longoria will be a motions hearing at 10 a.m. Oct. 21, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six's office announced. His preliminary hearing has been set for 10 a.m. Nov. 18.
An entry in last Thursday's logs for the Barton County Jail indicates Adam Joseph Longoria was booked into the facility on an additional charge of falsely reporting a crime in McDowell County, N.C. The new charge comes as Longoria, a 36-year-old Great Bend man, is in custody for capital murder in the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt the weekend of Aug. 21 and vehicle theft stemming from his attempt to flee the following week.
There is good news as the flu season approaches, said Janel Rose, public health educator for the Barton County Health Department.
Now that Adam Joseph Longoria faces a capital murder charge, which carries a possible death penalty, in the killing of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt, questions have arisen locally about capital punishment in Kansas.
I have an old photo tacked to the bulletin board in my office. It is a black-and-white print showing the Great Bend Tribune newsroom I'm guessing, in the early 1990s.
Adam Joseph Longoria, the Great Bend man long eyed as a person of interest in the Alicia DeBolt killing, was charged Tuesday morning with capital murder in connection with the teen's death. He was also charged in Barton County District Court with criminal sodomy with a child.
It's not uncommon for the Kansas Attorney General's Office to handle cases at the county level, but it can only do so at the request of the local county or district attorney.
Weather permitting, work on the intersection of 24th and Main in Great Bend should begin this week, City Engineer Rob Winiecke said.
Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison and City Administrator Howard Partington met earlier this week with Capt. Brian Webb and Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Hammeke of the Kansas National Guard about the Guard's upcoming open house.
Great Bend city officials understand how important Veterans Memorial Lake is to the community and they want residents to understand what is happing with the popular recreational area.
The counties of Kansas are again finding themselves at odds with state lawmakers in Topeka as a bill that would eliminate the mortgage registration fee is winding its way through the Senate.
The venerable Moses Band Shell, a center piece of the Barton County Courthouse Square and the focus of civic celebrations year-round for nearly 90 years, may be in for face lift, the City Council decided Monday night.
Even with a fresh dusting of snow on the ground Monday morning, spring and the threat of turbulent lies weather ahead, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller. So, the Barton County Commission approved a proclamation marking this as Severe Weather Awareness Week in the county.
With all of our minds still thawing out after the recent winter storms, it may be tough to ponder the upcoming severe weather season. But, it will soon be upon us.
First Kansas Bank of Great Bend has agreed to acquire Bank of America branches in Great Bend and Hays, local bank officials announced Wednesday.
It was the Great Bend business community's opportunity to shine Saturday night. The forum was the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet.
In the past couple of weeks, Barton County has received a pair of $10,000 anonymous donations to help build the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial. The County Commission took time Monday morning to publicly thank those who stepped up to propel the project forward.
Blame it on the geese choking the lake, lawn-care chemical run-off from nearby homes or shear age, but Veterans Memorial Lake has a serious problem with toxic blue-green algae. This has made the popular recreational area murky for years, and the solution to the issue remains just as clouded.
Beginning next week, the law enforcement and safety agencies in Kansas will join forces to stop what has been an epidemic for the past several years – young drivers and passengers dying in car crashes after not using seat belts.
Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington Monday said a number of city staff members and Harms Trust trustees are working with PBA Architects of Wichita to come up with a proposal to present at the March 3 City Council meeting.
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