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.
HOLYROOD - These days it seems easier to tear down old buildings than to repair and save them. One Holyrood businessman decided that was not going to happen to a two-story lime stone building on Holyrood's Main Street.
Just in case anyone didn't believe the drought and heat were serious, the government continues to react to this crisis that just seems to have no end in sight.
After 40 years in prison, a man convicted of first degree murder in Russell County may be eligible for parole on Oct. 1.
RUSSELL – The history of Russell now sprawls across the huge building way facing Cecil Bricker Park at Main and Eighth streets. Victoria artist Rick Rupp has installed his latest masterpiece, consisting of 60 5x10-foot panels depicting scenes from Russell's historic past.
Year 'round walkers and Christmas gawkers will both benefit this year from the benevolence of a late Great Bend woman. And hers is a gift that will keep on giving, at least for the next few years, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night.
With its air conditioner out of service, the Barton County Arts Center has curtailed its hours for the rest of the week, Executive Director Karen Neuforth announced Tuesday. The Arts Center, normally open weekday afternoons, will be open from 12:30-2 p.m. this week. Starting Monday, it will be open from 9 a.m. to noon.
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.
WICHITA – Due in part to the on-going economic slow down, the American Red Cross announced Tuesday it will close its office in Great Bend as of Sept. 2 as part of an agency-wide streamlining effort.
"Exceptional drought" is creeping closer to Barton County every day that it continues to be over 100 degrees and no rain.
A new program that will pair adult volunteers with older adults on the Medicaid Frail Elderly waiver will be explained during a program at 1 p.m. Friday at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave.
Attorneys for Adam Joseph Longoria have requested a new preliminary hearing if the state amends charges in his capital murder case.
A rural Barton County couple are seeking county involvement in a mess that needs cleaned up.
Area fire departments battled temperatures well into the 100s and tinder dry conditions in a running fight with a wind-whipped wheat stubble fire in western Barton County Friday afternoon.
Editor's note: This is the third and final story about last Wednesday's Candidate Forum at the Crest Theater. It was sponsored by the Great Bend League of Women Voters.
Earl Mark served his county in Army during 1970s. But, the years have been an unbeatable foe and veteran could no longer serve himself.
A donation from St. Rose Health Center will allow a welcome relief to those who attend the Barton County Fair during the dog days of summer.
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.
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.
Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.
This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.
Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.
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.
Barton County was the 86th least healthiest county in Kansas, falling only 15 places above the state's least healthy county, Woodson, according to the ratings from the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday. This was a drop from last year when Barton was 68th.
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.
Fanned by winds, a Monday afternoon blaze north of Albert claimed a barn and spread to a nearby creek before it was brought under control and extinguished, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said.
A westbound GMC Sierra pickup went off Interstate 70, Friday night in Ellsworth County, 2.9 miles west of K-14.
WICHITA - A former loan officer at a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
A Great Bend home sustained heavy damage from a fire Friday evening, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano reported.