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​Longoria waives right to attend sentencing

Adam Joseph Longoria told Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts on Monday that he didn't want to attend his sentencing the following morning, since he already knew what the outcome would be. His chair in court remained empty on Tuesday.

June 26, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Longoria receives life sentence

Family members of Alicia DeBolt did not get to address the man who killed the 14-year-old girl in 2010, but they did get to hear a life sentence pronounced Tuesday on Adam Joseph Longoria, now 38 years old.

June 26, 2012 | | News


Wednesday is HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day is Wednesday, and the Barton County Health Department would like everyone to know their HIV status.

June 26, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


UP IN THE AIR

School is out for summer, but that doesn't mean Great Bend kids can't keep learning--and having a great time in the bargain. The Great Bend Recreation Center kicked off the 2012 summer recreation classes the second week of June. Two popular classes, Kids Can Cook and Jump Rope Inc., gave kids a chance to gain skills in the kitchen, and polish skills on the playground.

June 25, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Rec Commission budget may include raises, software upgrades

Next year's budget for the Great Bend Recreation Commission could include 2.5 percent cost-of-living wage increases for full-time employees, upgrades to the software and an early payoff on the debt for the new Great Bend Activity Center, Director Diann Henderson told commissioners Monday.

June 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


Two weekend fires reported

HEIZER - A cutting torch caused a grass fire Saturday afternoon near the Mullergren Plant, about a mile from Heizer, that would take several hours to extinguish, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. A small fire earlier in the day at a Great Bend residence caused little damage.

June 25, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


​Aggravated robbery reported

A Great Bend man said he was robbed at gunpoint outside his residence, late Sunday night.

June 25, 2012 | | News


Great Bend Rec Center gets the jump on cooking up summer fun

School is out for summer, but that doesn't mean Great Bend kids can't keep learning--and having a great time in the bargain. The Great Bend Recreation Center kicked off the 2012 summer recreation classes last week. Two popular classes, Kids Can Cook and Jump Rope Inc., gave kids a chance to gain skills in the kitchen, and polish skills on the playground.

June 25, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Association membership benefits employees

After receiving the first year's membership for free as a trial offer, the Barton County Commission Monday morning voted to go ahead and join the National Association of Counties.

June 25, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


County-wide burn ban back

With lingering dry conditions and triple-digit heat, the Barton County Commission voted Monday to re-instate the county-wide burn ban.

June 25, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


GBFD holds run for MDA

More than 50 people stood outside Station 1 of the Great Bend Fire Department Saturday morning, waiting for the start of the annual Great Bend Firefighters Run for MDA. They would run in 5K or 10K races, or participate in a 1.8-mile "fun walk" at their own pace, with their entry fees donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

June 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


City Band adds second concert for big band lovers

The Great Bend City Band doesn't usually take requests, but this week it will offer an extra performance for fans of big band jazz music.

June 23, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


May labor market similar to April

TOPEKA – The jobless rate in Barton County ticked upward slightly from April to May, while the statewide rate remained flat, the Kansas Department of Labor reported this week. The May 2012 Labor Report showed a 1 percent increase in private sector jobs since May 2011.

June 23, 2012 | Dale Hogg | News


Students discover behind-the-scenes world

With admonitions not to touch anything in the emergency vehicles, approximately 40 local 7th and 8th graders experienced the behind-the-scenes work that keeps the community running.

June 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News


Attorney says Obama administration's 'Dreamer Initiative' is good for Great Bend

Last week, as President Barack Obama announced he would halt the deportation of certain young immigrants, Great Bend Attorney Robert Feldt and about 2,000 other immigration attorneys watched the announcement on TV. The June 15 announcement coincided with the American Immigration Lawyers Association's annual convention, held in Nashville, Tenn.

June 21, 2012 | Susan Thacker | News


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Budding artists' works displayed

What do SpongeBob SquarePants and Leonardo da Vinci have in common?

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Training continues at GBFD

Great Bend firefighters spent Wednesday morning putting out fires in the "Burn Building," a training area located behind Fire Station No. 2.

April 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


County offices to get panic buttons

Sadly, we live in a time when incidents of violence in workplaces is common. Action taken by the Barton County Commission Monday morning will help make county employees safer.

April 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Mead joins incumbents on BCC board

Mike Johnson and Mike Minton will return to the Barton Community College Board of Trustees for another term, and they will be joined by Bob Mead. All were winners in Tuesday's election, according to the unofficial results released by the Barton County Clerk's Office.

April 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


DECISION MAKERS

The polls closed at 7 p.m. Tuesday for the myriad city council, school board and other elections in Barton County. The following results are from Election Officer Donna Zimmerman and her office.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Henneke retains Ward 2 council seat

By a vote of 395 to 144, Great Bend City Council Ward 2 Councilman Wayne Henneke held on to his seat, defeating political newcomer Matt Aycock in the county-wide general election Tuesday.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


Larned approves $22M bond issue

LARNED - Fort Larned USD 495 voters passed a $22.2 million bond issue by a 2-to-1 margin Tuesday that will construct a new elementary school. The yes votes were 1,036 and the no votes were 517.

April 07, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


Council OKs improvements to Brit Spaugh Park, zoo

In an effort to return Brit Spaugh Park and the Great Bend Zoo to their former glory and to make them more walker friendly, the City Council Monday night approved a plan to relocate much of the fencing enclosing the facilities and make improvements to the walking paths.

April 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


What’s in a name?

The Great Bend Convention Center will have a new identity. The City Council Monday night approved renaming the facility the Great Bend Events Center.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


HISTORY LESSON

RUSSELL - The mystery of 112 years of history was unveiled before an overflow crowd Monday at the Russell County Courthouse.

April 06, 2015 | Jim Misunas | News


State school board member decries ‘War on Public Education’

State Board of Education member Sally Cauble thought it was an April Fool's joke when Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis asked her to explain the purpose of postcards published by the board to "inform legislators and celebrate public education in Kansas." Dennis, who is in the Kansas Board of Education's Division of Fiscal and Administrative Services, also wanted to know what the budget was for these items, and he wanted to make sure they weren't in violation of the law that prohibits state officers from lobbying in the state. He wasn't kidding.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


​Veteran asks for strict sentencing in Miller case

A Kansas veteran is asking Barton County District Judge Ron Svaty to show no leniency when sentencing the woman convicted of stealing more than $100,000 from funds earmarked for honoring World War II veterans.

April 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News


Rollover accident reported

A Great Bend man was treated and released for injuries after a rollover accident Sunday afternoon in Barton County.

April 06, 2015 | | News


Emergency work to close bridge, road

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved emergency repairs to county bridge 200, located 2.7 miles east of Great Bend on East Barton County road (the first bridge east of the Kiowa Kitchen restaurant). Work will likely begin today and will cause the road to be closed Wednesday through Friday.

April 06, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News


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