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Attorneys trade pretrial barbs in Longoria case

The end of 2011 saw attorneys on both sides of the capital murder case of Adam Joseph Longoria preparing for next year's jury trial, sometimes using colorful language from the Bible and Star Trek as they sparred in pretrial motions.

December 29, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

City to hosts second Retail Roundtable

Inspired the success of the first-ever Retailer Roundtable, the City of Great Bend is extending an invitation to all retailers in the area for a second meeting.

December 28, 2011 | BY STAFF REPORTS | News

New Year's Taxi available

Those who ring in the new year with alcohol can catch a ride home with Great Bend Police Chief Dean Akings or Sgt. Gary Davis. Or they can drive and possibly catch a ride to jail with another officer.

December 28, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Claflin woman killed in K-156 collision

A Claflin woman died Wednesday when the car she was driving crossed the center line and struck a FedEx tractor-trailer on K-156, a mile or two southwest of Claflin.

December 28, 2011 | By Tribune staff | News

It’s time to prepare for winter dangers

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about winter safety issues.)

December 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Commission questions bridge bid process

A Newton company will be in charge of improvement to two crucial Barton County bridges, despite the interest shown by a local firm that set aside other business earlier to perform emergency repairs.

December 28, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Still making it happen

For eight years, the Great Bend Military Moms organization has shipped care packages to American service personnel serving overseas, a mission sparked by deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in the War on Terror.

December 27, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News


KANSAS CITY, Kan.-Twenty years ago, a patient diagnosed with cancer in Goodland, a town of about 5,000 in western Kansas, faced a 10-hour roundtrip commute to Wichita for care. Or, if he was fortunate to have out-of-state health insurance coverage, he could make a 150-mile journey to Denver, Colo.

December 27, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News

Hazards stick around after the holidays

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about winter safety issues.)

December 27, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Maintain a fire-safe home this winter

Whether using traditional home heating methods or cost-saving alternatives, it's a good idea to use caution and maintain a fire-safe home. Now that winter is upon us, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano and Building Inspector Lee Schneider have some seasonal fire safety tips for wood stoves and fireplaces, fixed and portable space heaters, furnace heating, and heating with generators.

December 27, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

KDHE identifies flu cases of season

TOPEKA-The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Friday announced it had identified the first influenza cases of the 2011-2012 flu season in Kansas.

December 26, 2011 | | News

Grants come just in time for Christmas

The Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed its third competitive grant cycle for 2011, awarding $9,126.10 to charitable agencies and projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rush and Stafford counties.

December 24, 2011 | | News

County to see increase in 911 income

Barton County could see a funding increase of more than $40,000 a year due to changes that are coming in how cell phones are taxed.

December 24, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News


Some people sip eggnog; others watch "It's a Wonderful Life."

December 23, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News

Habitat gives the gift of safety & security, just in time for Christmas

Habitat for Humanity of Barton County would like to announce that its board of directors has officially approved a recommendation from its family selection committee for its next partner family. There were numerous applications received from area families for the home being constructed near 19th & Hubbard in Great Bend. And one of those applicants is receiving one of the greatest Christmas gifts a person can get. "We think the timing on this announcement couldn't be better," says Habitat President Rachel Mawhirter. "What better gift than the safety and security of a new home."

December 23, 2011 | | News

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