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State: Text message leads to tragic conclusion

Evidence proves Adam Longoria is guilty of stalking, sexually assaulting and, ultimately, killing 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt, then fleeing Great Bend in a stolen vehicle, prosecuting attorney Kevin O'Connor of the Kansas Attorney General's Office told jurors Friday morning during his closing arguments in Longoria's capital murder trial.

April 06, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Historical Society showing ham radios used by Kilby

Years before Jack Kilby invented the integrated circuit, the future Nobel Prize winner was learning about electronics at a Radio Shack at 12th and Monroe in Great Bend. Now the Barton County Historical Village and Museum is displaying some of the objects that sparked young Kilby's interest in science.

April 06, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


On the Record for April 8, 2012

Great Bend Fire Department

April 06, 2012 | | News


Closing arguments in Longoria trial should start today

The murder trial for accused killer Adam Longoria will resume Friday morning in Barton County District Court with closing arguments after both sides rested their cases Thursday.

April 05, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Youth art on display; new contest announced

The Barton County Arts Center is currently displaying its annual Watching Young Artists Grow exhibit, and is announcing another opportunity for students to have their artwork on display.

April 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Finances strong, BCC looks at major improvements

Barton Community College administrators delivered a rosy financial report to college trustees Thursday, with enrollment income up and some projects coming in under budget.

April 05, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


STATE, DEFENSE REST

The murder trial for accused killer Adam Longoria will resume this morning in Barton County District Court with closing arguments after both sides rested their cases Thursday.

April 05, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Farm show taking shape

The new, first-ever Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show is only a week away and promoter Darren Dale can hardly wait.

April 05, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Longoria prosecution rests case

The murder trial for Adam Longoria opened Thursday morning with the Kansas Attorney General's Office attorney's resting the prosecution's case.

April 05, 2012 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Local teachers tapped for state honors

USD 428 is celebrating the recognition of two new Kansas Teacher of the Year nominees.

April 04, 2012 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News


Officer Davis settling in at School Liaison post

One month after being promoted to school liaison and youth coordinator at the Great Bend Police Department, Officer Jefferson Davis says the department's partnership with local schools is as strong as ever.

April 04, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Jury reads cellphone texts

With a cellphone text that read "wake up sleeping beauty," a Kansas man whom prosecutors say was obsessed with a 14-year-old cheerleader launched a torrent of messages in July 2010 that ended after the girl's death the following month, according to evidence at his trial Wednesday.

April 04, 2012 | BY THE ASSOCITATED PRESS and SUSAN THACKER/Great Bend Tribune | News


Final voting numbers shown

The story in the Great Bend Tribune reported in Wednesday's paper showed only the advanced voting numbers and not the full vote. The Tribune regrets the error. The full vote results are listed below.

April 04, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Judge denies Rykiel’s plea for leniency

Joseph Rykiel, the man convicted in the death of 15-year-old Jessica Cheyanne Shearer after he injected her with morphine on July 4, 2011, was sentenced on Monday to four years and nine months in prison. Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty approved the standard sentence for someone with Rykiel's criminal history, even though the defendant's court-appoint attorney filed a motion seeking a reduced sentence.

April 03, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


STATE MAKES CASE

Adam Longoria started flirting with Alicia DeBolt the first time he met her on July 7, 2010, according to the testimony of Rolando Molina, who recalled that meeting.

April 03, 2012 | By SUSAN THACKER and DALE HOGG | News


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Spring fever

GasBuddy, a community-based price comparison app that helps users find cheap gas, shares the best last-minute spring break road trip destinations whether travelers are looking for sunshine or ski slopes, all while not breaking the bank.

March 06, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News


Jurors meet LaVeta Miller

Since testimony began Tuesday, the jury in the trial of LaVeta Miller has heard from several witnesses and Barton County Douglas Mathews has introduced more than 100 pieces of evidence. Defense attorney Robert Anderson has introduced more than 40 pieces of evidence, and cross-examined each witness.

March 05, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Miller takes the witness stand

After the state presented its final witness Thursday in Barton County District Court, defendant LaVeta Miller stepped to the witness stand to testify. Charged with two counts of theft by deception, the Great Bend woman began to explain her work as former director of Central Prairie RC&D and its most prominent program, Central Prairie Honor Flights.

March 05, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


CLAFLIN’S GEM

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Jackie Stiles, the high school basketball legend from Claflin, who is the leading scorer in NCAA women's basketball history is among 12 individuals selected for the 2015 class of the National High School Hall of Fame.

March 05, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Detective saved by local teamwork

Great Bend Police Detective Scott Bieberle, 44, was recovering at Hays Medical Center, after collapsing Wednesday, city officials announced in a news release Thursday afternoon.

March 05, 2015 | | News


USD 431 calls for bond election

At the Monday, March 2 meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education meeting, members approved a resolution calling for a bond election in hopes of gain approval to issue a General Obligation Bond to fund the building of a new school building for Lincoln Elementary School and to upgrade security and other systems at the district's other three buildings.

March 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Farm expo contract extended

The fourth-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo is set for April 8-10 at the Great Bend Expo Complex, but the real news is that the show will be in Great Bend at least another five years.

March 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

March 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


storm spotters

So far, Barton County and Kansas has been fortunate. Reports of severe weather have been minimal in 2015.

March 04, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


​KBI agent testifies Miller deposited checks for fictitious invoices

Kansas Bureau of Investigation Agent Clint Hawkins said checks that Central Prairie Honor Flights members thought were written to businesses wound up instead in the banking account of the nonprofit organization's director, LaVeta Miller. Hawkins testified Wednesday in Barton County District Court, where Miller is on trial for two counts of theft by deception, each greater than $25,000 but less than $100,000.

March 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Pertussis case confirmed at GBHS

Wednesday afternoon, USD 428 sent an email letter to parents informing them that a chase of Pertussis (whooping cough) had been confirmed at the high school. The letter warned of the symptoms and what parents need to do if they suspect their child is infected.

March 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


County backs effort to recognize historic routes

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved offering a letter of support for an effort by Ellinwood residents to make the historic Chisholm and Great Western Trail a national historic trail.

March 04, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Former Honor Flight secretary reviews checks

The former treasurer of Central Prairie Honor Flights spent nearly four hours on the witness stand Tuesday, reviewing dozens of checks - including some deposited into the personal checking account of LaVeta Miller.

March 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


OTR for March 4, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

March 03, 2015 | | News


Residents asked to remove flowers from cemetery

The Great Bend Cemetery staff is preparing for spring clean-up and is asking residents to remove fall flowers by Suday. On Monday staff will have them all collected and either trash them or donate what's usable to the church group that rebuilds them.

March 03, 2015 | | News


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