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Laser Shot conditions officers to make quick decisions

A split-second decision can mean the difference between life and death for any police officer put in a high-stakes situation. The right training can nudge the situation toward a successful outcome, while a lack of it might result in tragedy.

October 06, 2011 | | News

State not seeking death penalty in Longoria case

Prosecutors in the capital murder case against Adam Joseph Longoria announced Thursday that they won't seek the death penalty if he is convicted.

October 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC may open Camp Aldrich to bow hunting

The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may consider a plan to allow limited bow hunting at the college's Camp Aldrich.

October 06, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

DeBolt family supports dropping of death penalty

In a brief statement following the second preliminary hearing for the man accused killing Great Bend teen Alicia DeBolt, the DeBolt family said Thursday afternoon they backed the prosecution's call to not seek the death penalty for Adam Longoria.

October 06, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Candle starts fire in house

An unattended candle was the cause of a fire early Thursday in Great Bend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.

October 06, 2011 | | News

GBHS homecoming today

Great Bend High School will hold its 2011 Fall Homecoming today. Events are planned throughout the afternoon and evening.

October 06, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

Lake algae issue discussed by city

It's going to take a combination of approaches to address the issues that have turned Veterans Lake into the sickly green that has been seen for the past several months.

October 05, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

Turner Lectureship guest William Teater offers insight on public safety

Great Bend native William Teater, who played a crucial role in the FBI investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, will return Tuesday to speak to law enforcement professionals and safety-conscious community members.

October 05, 2011 | | News

Trailer fire believed to be arson

A 20-foot travel trailer located near the city of Albert was destroyed by a fire Tuesday night. The Barton County Sheriff's Office reports arson is suspected and the case is under investigation.

October 05, 2011 | | News

Longoria hearing continues today

When text messages were exchanged between Adam Longoria's and Alicia DeBolt's cell phones, Nex-Tech Wireless towers were collecting the data. That was the source of much of the testimony on Wednesday, as Longoria's second preliminary hearing in connection with the Great Bend teenager's murder got under way.

October 05, 2011 | Susan Thacker | News

Habitat makes quick work of construction project

Habitat for Humanity volunteers with power tools have been busy at 19th and Hubbard St. in Great Bend, bringing the non-profit organization's next construction project to life.

October 04, 2011 | | News

Shots fired on Pine Street

Great Bend Police are investigating an incident that reportedly ended with shots being fired into the air in the southeast part of town.

October 04, 2011 | | News


The 200-plus students of Eisenhower Elementary turned the brown playground across from their school into a sea of blue Monday afternoon.

October 04, 2011 | Dale Hogg | News

KDOT traveler information map to be tested

While the weather prediction for today is warm and sunny, the 511 Traveler Information Map ( may look like a blizzard is covering the state, said Kansas Department of Transportation spokesperson Barb Blue.

October 04, 2011 | SPECIAL TO THE TRIBUNE | News

County ‘sign guy’ is keeping busy

A county staffer who takes responsibility for fighting an uphill battle to keep drivers safe was honored Monday by the Barton County Commission.

October 04, 2011 | Chuck Smith | News

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