Jury selection in Barton County starts with a list of driver license records from the Kansas Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, consisting of regular and commercial license holders in local zip codes. Mary Gaston, Clerk of the District Court of Barton County, explains this procedure is outlined by state law. Gaston's explanation of how juries are selected was released at the request of attorneys defending Adam Longoria. Motions and ...
One year after the death of Alicia DeBolt, family members are planning to honor the memory of the Great Bend teenager by releasing message-laden balloons. Sunday marks the anniversary of the night Alicia disappeared, just days before she was scheduled to start her freshman year at Great Bend High School. Her sister, Dawn DeBolt, has posted a message on the Great Bend Tribune's Facebook page, inviting the public to ...
Barton County may seem a lot tamer than the wilderness areas of the Rocky Mountains, but it still has recreation areas where people can get hurt and where it can be difficult for emergency personnel to reach, and that is why Great Bend city departments are seeking grant help to purchase equipment that will help in those instances.
Barton Community College employees will have the opportunity to walk a mile in the shoes of a professional artist at the opening reception for the BCC Faculty and Staff Exhibition at the Shafer Gallery from 1-3 p.m. Sunday. Musical ambience will be performed by Karole Erikson as a part of the Robert Keenan Memorial Music Series.
The hiring of Barton Community College's head women's basketball coach became official Thursday when the college's Board of Trustees approved new employees. Darin Spence has been on the job for several days, and BCC Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs acknowledged the appointment two weeks ago, "pending board approval on Aug. 18." It isn't unusual for new employees at the college to start getting organized before their contract is approved. Barton President ...
Due in part to the lingering economic downturn, the well-being of Kansas children dropped to its lowest level in seven years, placing the Sunflower State 19th in the nation, according to a national study released Wednesday.
Having a stuffed buffalo head auctioned off in their name might not seem like much of an honor to outsiders, but Roger and Mary Lou Murphy know the Old Bill Honorarium is just that. The Murphys couldn't be more proud to be associated with the quirky fundraising item at the Barton Community College Foundation's 33rd Annual Big Benefit Auction. The auction, set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Highland Hotel and Convention ...
What a difference a few days DON'T make. That is what public safety experts are finding during this summer of continuing record-breaking heat and drought. This week, the Barton County Commissioners agreed to drop the burn ban for the county, but they were clear that it is undoubtedly a temporary change, only. As is always the case, the final decision of exposed burning, including agriculture burning, is up to the local fire chief, it was ...
It's less than half a mile, but local officials are hoping that everyone can work together again to keep paving on the road to the local compost site.
An area created to attract songbirds to the courthouse square was added during construction of the Jack Kilby monument. Although birds have been using the habitat on the north side of the courthouse for several months, the "official opening" takes place Thursday. This small garden on the north of the courthouse will be dedicated with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., following the Great ...
WICHITA – A Federal Grand jury in Wichita Wednesday indicted Mark R. Wintholz, 44, and Tiffinie D. Moore, 26, both of Great Bend. They are charged with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
The potency of the Ringwald family's hard work and dedication to Barton Community College and the BCC Foundation in recent years has not gone unnoticed. Michel and Linda Ringwald, along with their three sons and families, Chad and Angie, Chris and Cari, and Justin, were named honorary co-chairs of the BCC Foundation's upcoming 33rd Annual Big Benefit Auction, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Highland Hotel ...
HOISINGTON - Made out of stainless steel and the I-beam from the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorials by B & B Metalarts were on display in Hoisington on Thursday.
Although the Barton County 2012 budget did not include an increase in the property tax mill levy, due to an increase in the county valuation - the amount that taxable property is worth - it will bring in more money next year.
Great Bend Street Department crews armed with rollers and large buckets of white paint have spent the past couple weeks preparing cross walks and parking places around school buildings for the start of public school classes today.
When Barton County Sheriff's Office deputies come upon an accident that looks like it was caused by inattentive driving, the first thing they do is grab the cell phone.
TOPEKA – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday announced Jackie McClaskey as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, succeeding Dale Rodman, who stepped down from the position Dec. 10.
ELLINWOOD -Kent Roth of Ellinwood announced today by social media Facebook post, Facebook:/kentrothesquire, the formation of an Exploratory Committee to test the waters for a race against incumbent Congressman Tim Huelskamp in the 2014 Republican primary election.
Barton Community College received an unqualified or "clean" audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, a representative from Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball accounting firm reported Tuesday. But after several years of working with a different auditor, the college did have some changes to make, BCC trustees learned. The management letter that accompanies the audit report noted two violations of state law: When contracting to build a new dormitory, the college entered the ...
The Bully Project, which involved the showing of an anti-bullying movie and other educational activities for local youth last month, seemed to be a success, organizers said.
Monday was Leonard Kaiser's final meeting as a board member of the Great Bend Recreation Commission, at least for now. The outgoing board member received a plaque for 17 years of service.
It should become easier to located offices in the Barton County Courthouse.
"It's so nice just to go hear live music," said Vern Fryberger, director of the Barton County Hilltop Singers. "This is kind of fun because it's mostly big band music but there's also some 50s and 60s and other more modern pieces."
ELLINWOOD - At one time, kindergarten was a place where students learned social skills, to sit still, and even to take a nap during their half day of school. No more.
Christmas came early for several local charities Wednesday morning as Farmers Bank and Trust held its 17th-annual Holiday Charity Coffee.
Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency and a Great Bend business.
Author Tammy Pugh.