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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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​Arson reported on Plum Street

The house at 207 Plum St. was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, for the second time in two years. After investigation by the Great Bend Fire Department and the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, police were asked to take an arson case.

February 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County honors FFA, future of agriculture

The world of agriculture is changing, and so is a long-standing youth program that promotes it.

February 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Nels Lindberg honored as NextGen Leader of the Year

Nels Lindberg was recognized as the 2014 NextGen Leader of the Year for his continuous efforts to improve the Great Bend community.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Community pride earns Westfall 2014 Citizen of the Year award

There are countless people raised in Great Bend who are proud of their hometown. But none have exhibited more pride than Jan Westfall.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Great Bend Co-op Association earns Business of the Year honor

Fifty five years ago, when Great Bend's landscape looked a lot different than it does now, the Great Bend Co-op Association was just getting started with first-year sales of under $1 million.

February 21, 2015 | | News


Fort Zarah Club celebrates 86 years

Pauline Schneider considers herself a life-time member of the The Fort Zarah Club. The former Home Demonstration Unit was organized on Feb. 11, 1929, at the home of Hazel McDonald, Schneider's mother.

February 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Becoming ‘Organ Wise’

First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension Agents Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug. Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met "Miguel," the Organ Wise Kid, and several organs in his body, including his heart, brain, lungs, intestines and many more.

February 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


From sports to space

The two 2014 inductees into the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame were recognized at a luncheon Friday afternoon.

February 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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