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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


Accrediting team cites problems at LSH

The Kansas Health Institute

April 02, 2012 | | News


Witness says Longoria asked him to lie

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.

April 02, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


New statues to grace downtown

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.

April 02, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


EDH to hold "Giving is Receiving' event

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.

April 02, 2012 | | News


Commission honors long-time editor

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.

April 02, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Testimony links Longoria to DeBolt

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.

March 31, 2012 | SUSAN THACKER and DALE HOGG | News


Yowell speaks to GBHS students and community leaders

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.

March 30, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Juror’s name accidentally leaked

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.

March 29, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Dragon stolen from shelterbelt

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.

March 29, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


‘THAT’S MY BABY GIRL’

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.

March 29, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


EMS and EHS students learn skills playing ‘The Hunger Games’

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.

March 28, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


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ELLINWOOD FUN

ELLINWOOD - The connection between antique dealers Bill Starr and Richard Casagrande saved "Little Germany."

July 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


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