LARNED - The investigation into the death of Matthew Aaron Dell, 25, of Larned, has been completed, Larned Police Chief Charles Orth said Wednesday. An autopsy was performed in Hays Saturday night, and "we're awaiting formal results," Orth said. "But it appears that it was an accident," he said.
CHASE – None of the eggs produced at Cal-Maine Foods egg-production facility north of Chase were involved in the national salmonella outbreak and subsequent egg recall, a company official said. The tainted eggs sold by the Jackson, Miss.,-based company came from farms in Iowa.
Medical romance writer Sandra Vink, Great Bend, will be the guest speak at the next Friends of the Great Bend Public Library meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the library's Kansas Room. Vink, who writes under the name Jessica Matthews, will talk about her current project and about her love for libraries.
Work is under way to get the first of Barton County's stressed bridges back to normal - and ahead of schedule - County Administrator Richard Boeckman announced at Monday's Barton County Commission meeting.
LARNED - The investigation of the death, early Saturday morning, of a 25-year-old Larned man is continuing, Larned Police Chief Charles Orth told The Tribune Monday. Matthew Aaron Dell fell to his death from the top of a grain bin in the 400 block of Toles Avenue, according to reports. The incident occurred sometime around 3:15 a.m. and Dell was pronounced dead at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, Larned, about 45 minutes later.
Adam Joseph Longoria, the 36-year-old Great Bend man and person of interest in the Alicia DeBolt disappearance and death, is a flight risk and a possible public threat, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six told Barton County District Judge Hannelore Kitts Monday morning. As such, he should be held with a large enough bond to assure he sticks around.
The Kansas Highway Patrol nabbed Adam Joseph Longoria of Great Bend, a person of interest in the death of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt, mid Friday afternoon on Interstate 135 near Salina, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said.
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Seven days a week, Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver lunch to dozens of homebound ill, elderly and disabled people in Great Bend and Hoisington. The service is also available five days a week in Ellinwood, where clients can order frozen meals for the weekends, said Mary Lou Warren, chairman of the Meals on Wheels Board of Directors.
The charred body found Tuesday afternoon was that of missing Great Bend teen Alicia DeBolt, Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said Thursday morning. During a news conference at the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Regional Office in Great Bend, Six also said his office would take over prosecution of the case, which is being treated as a homicide.
For a long time, it was the Great Bend Petroleum Club.
With rumors about the disappearance of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt running rampant, positive identification of a body outside of Great Bend Tuesday afternoon won't be made until sometime today, said Kansas Attorney General's Office spokesman Gavin Young.
As local and state law enforcement authorities enter their third day of searching for a missing Great Bend teenage girl, anxious family and friends of 14-year-old Alicia DeBolt are desperate for leads and praying for her safe return.
Work is continuing on a plan that will help prepare for emergencies that could strike our community, according to Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller.
Winnie Ashley, better known to her customers as "the jelly lady," has been selling homemade jam and jelly since 1996. She sets up her tent at the farmers market at the Great Bend Public Library parking lot three days a week from May through September. From peach to apple, choke cherry or marmalade, she is ready with the small, jewel-toned jars full of captured seasonal flavors to be released whenever the urge strikes.
Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.
On June 13, Great Bend City Council members toured city facilities as the first step in the 2015 budget-planning process. Next they gathered on July 2 for a brain-storming session with the purpose of establishing their goals for the upcoming year.
The USD 428 Board of Education welcomed Superintendent Brad Reed to his first meeting Monday evening. At the beginning of each year, nominations and votes are made for president and vice president of the board. This year, the board was faced with the choice between Kevin Mauler, nominated by Dwight Young and seconded by Larry Kutina, and the incumbent, Joyce Carter, nominated by Doug Bender and seconded by Cheryl Rugan. Khris Thexton, director of business operations, called for a vote, which predictably saw the candidates and their supporters vote for themselves, resulting in a tie. Board member Wade Babcock's ...
Two more photos from Wedsday's Glow Party at the Great Bend Public Library.
"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.
The Kansas Department of Commerce announced this week that 25 nonprofit organizations, including the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, will share $4.13 million in tax credits under the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program. Since 1994, CSP has helped nonprofit organizations undertake major capital fund-raising drives for various projects.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.
USD 428 Director of Business Operations Khris Thexton gave a brief update on the progress of various capital improvement projects at learning centers around the district Monday night at the July meeting of the Board of Education.
To help shore up reserves, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved transferring money from the Oil and Gas Valuation Depletion Trust Fund. However, the commission was warned this critical piece of county funding will not be around for much longer.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Farmers Market will begin Tuesday, July 22 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion parking lot. Fresh vegetables (in season) available. All bakers, craftsmen, artisans and more are invited to come to sell and showcase.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Food Bank volunteers and board have been named as the 118th Annual Labor Day Parade Grand Marshals, the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce announced earlier this week.
ELLINWOOD - Sentinel Gallery will present an Art Opening for the exhibition Who Knew? Art Exhibition Showcasing Art with Ellinwood Roots, taking place at 201 South Main on from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 18.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood School/Community Library will be closed for cleaning July 22- 25. It will reopen on July 28.
Star of Hope is proud to announce the dedication of the new church building in Hesse, Haiti. The original church building was rendered useless and unsafe by the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. On June 28, more than 250 people gathered in the new mountain church to dedicate it to the use of the people in the area. The church is located next to the new Hesse School also rebuilt since the 2010 earthquake. In addition to being used for church services it will also be used by the school for assemblies.