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.
Prosecutors in the capital murder case against Adam Joseph Longoria announced Thursday that they won't seek the death penalty if he is convicted.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees may consider a plan to allow limited bow hunting at the college's Camp Aldrich.
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.
An unattended candle was the cause of a fire early Thursday in Great Bend, Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said.
Great Bend High School will hold its 2011 Fall Homecoming today. Events are planned throughout the afternoon and evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great Bend Police are investigating an incident that reportedly ended with shots being fired into the air in the southeast part of town.
The 200-plus students of Eisenhower Elementary turned the brown playground across from their school into a sea of blue Monday afternoon.
While the weather prediction for today is warm and sunny, the 511 Traveler Information Map (511.ksdot.org) may look like a blizzard is covering the state, said Kansas Department of Transportation spokesperson Barb Blue.
A county staffer who takes responsibility for fighting an uphill battle to keep drivers safe was honored Monday by the Barton County Commission.
Editor's note: With the increased use of railroad transportation for other purposes, there could be fewer train cars available to haul farm crops from area grain elevators to their final destinations. This potential shortage comes at a bad time for Kansas farmers who are in the midst of multiple fall harvests, including milo, corn and soybeans. In this four-part series, the Great Bend Tribune will explore the potential impact of this looming problem. Part one delves into just what crops are in the fields now, how they are looking and what storage challenges lie ahead.
Starting this month, lunch patrons of the Great Bend Senior Center and Meals on Wheels saw a change in the food they received, and some of the customers were not happy.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Recreation Commission hired its first ever director, Kyle Chamberlin who began last January, and the community has seen a whirlwind of activity since then. The commission continues to dream big and have proposed renting the second floor of Sunflower Bank for use as a fitness facility.
ELLINWOOD - A national retail store is coming to Ellinwood, the city has announced. A closing date on the sale of property has been set for Nov. 6.
Hoisington Municipal Court - Oct. 2
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Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
The Golden Belt Wood Carvers members are preparing for their annual open house Carve-n-Show, to be held Oct. 25-26 at the Great Bend Senior Center. Club member Barry Bowers said the public is invited to stop and view completed wood carvings, along with carvings in progress, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26.
Animal expert Jack Hanna addresses a sold out crowd, Thursday at Barton Community College, while Barton's Vice President Dr. Penny Quinn holds a bearcat. The program was organized by the Great Bend Zoological Society, with the college as a sponsor. Several BCC staff prepared the Fine Arts Auditorium and helped throughout the show. Hanna noted that Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo is deserving of community support. "I can count on one hand the number of free zoos in the United States," Hanna said.
When 500 high school students descended on Barton Community College, asking them to put away their cell phones would have been pointless. Instead, Tanna Cooper, director of admissions, invited them to get on their favorite social media and post selfies and tweets with #gobarton and #jksd.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Offices will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 22. City employees will be in training.
CLAFLIN - "Two eyes on the road, two hands on the wheel" is a safe driving principle, and students in USD 112 are encouraged to make a commitment to do just that. There is an added bonus in that they are eligible to receive a grant for participation and votes.