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.
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.
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After Alicia DeBolt disappeared on the night of Aug. 21, 2010, Adam Longoria asked Hugo Hernandez to lie to police and back up his alibi for that night, Hernandez testified Monday.
It was clear members of the Great Bend City Council had other things on their minds Monday night as the met. The opening gavel went down at 7:30 p.m. and the closing gavel went down about 20 minutes later, in plenty of time for them to make it home for the tip-off of the University of Kansas national basketball championship game.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Area Health Foundation will be hosting its first "Giving is Receiving" event. This year's fundraising event includes a donor drive, health fair, poker run, dinner, dance and raffle to be held from 10 a.m. to midnight on April 28. Proceeds will be used to help purchase a new telemetry unit for cardiac patients and many needed items for Ellinwood District Hospital and clinic.
The Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning started under a pall as commissioners remembered veteran Great Bend Tribune City Editor Chuck Smith who covered their meetings for years. Smith died last Thursday of a heart attack at the age of 56.
Adam Longoria told Venture Corp. coworker Adam Rios that he was attracted to Alicia DeBolt but didn't expect it would lead to anything because she was so young, Rios testified Friday. During the second day of testimony in Barton County District Court, jurors for Longoria's capital murder trial also heard how a Venture employee discovered the burned body of the 14-year-old Great Bend girl on Aug. 24, 2010, and the about the investigation then launched by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.
Kansas' own son, Skip Yowell, was recently back in town to share his journey from small town boy to one of the founders of an international company. He spoke to the entrepreneurship class at Great Bend High School, juniors and seniors, and did a library presentation to community members.
After three days of jury selection, a jury in the trial for accused murder Adam Longoria was seated by 10:30 a.m. Thursday. However, there was a snag.
About 11 years ago, Jim Vance's grandson told him every forest needs a dragon. Not long after, one appeared in the rural Claflin resident's shelterbelt.
It barely took Tammy Conrad a second to look at the photo in the three-ring binder placed in front her to recognize the subject.
ELLINWOOD - In a take-off of the wildly popular book, "The Hunger Games', students from Ellinwood Middle and High School enjoyed the day off from classes Wednesday to participate in a "The Hunger Games" day of their own making.
eletebodycopy Looking over the 10 surviving potential jurors seated in the Barton County Courthouse jury box Wednesday afternoon, Adam Longoria defense attorney Jeff Wicks asked a pointed question.
For anyone who's ever thought they'd like to have more of a say in local government, there's an opening that local officials would like to get filled.
HOISINGTON - A Christmas bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 22 at the Hoisington Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 1109 N Vine.
The American Red Cross asks eligible donors to give something that means something this holiday season – a lifesaving blood donation.
Pam Martin will present "Kansas Snakes at Cheyenne Bottoms" when the Barton County Historical Society meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the BCHS Museum and Village, located just south of the Arkansas River Bridge on U.S. 281.
The Great Bend American Legion invites the public to help provide Christmas presents for retired military personnel at the Kansas Soldiers' Home at Fort Dodge.
There's a new membership club in town - Shafer Gallery's League of Aesthetic Engineers. According to Gallery Director Dave Barnes, this is a group of creative individuals who will "explore the world of art-making and creative endeavor."
A Gus Shafer sculpture that was never completed will grace the space outside the gallery that bears his name in the future, said Dave Barnes, director of the Shafer Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at Barton Community College.
After learning Tami Shepman, reading lab instructor and Julie Buzard, reading facilitator at Great Bend Middle School had seen 80 percent gains in reading fluency and 77 percent gains in reading comprehension amongst nearly 20 percent, the USD 428 Board of Education had questions. Vice-president Joyce Carter asked on what assessments the gains were based. In May, when the district adopted the in-house assessment tool AIMSWeb, students were given benchmark tests. It's from these results, and subsequent AIMSWeb short assessments given every two weeks, that the results come from.
Student in Great Bend High School technology teacher Jake Hofflinger's mass production classes are getting a chance to gain some real-world insight.
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.
Riley and Park elementary students brought their winter music programs on the road Wednesday morning, and visitors at the Great Bend Senior Center benefitted. Larissa Blackwell, Park's music teacher, led her students in popular movie songs from "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Rachel McCaulley, Riley's music teacher, led students in selections from their musical production of "A Kid's Life," in which grandparents come to visit during a power outage, and help their grandchildren find non-electronic ways to entertain themselves.
In just two years, Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington has seen a 17 percent increase in the need for physical therapy services, according to hospital foundation spokesperson Michelle Moshier. Two factors have driven this--the addition of orthopedic services and an aging population. Thursday, the hospital will hold an open house so the public can see their answer to this need.
It is a sign of the times.
BROWNELL - A Utica man died Tuesday evening after the 2004 GMC Envoy he was driving went off a Ness County Road for unknown reason. Joshua W. Young, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Area residents may be sipping wine for an adult-only evening next year in the Great Bend-Brit Spaugh Zoo, according to Zoo Director Scott Gregory.
ST. JOHN - When Judith Miller lost her son to an diving accident on Feb. 15, 1994, she never imagined she would write a book.