It's not uncommon for the Kansas Attorney General's Office to handle cases at the county level, but it can only do so at the request of the local county or district attorney.
The centerpiece of an event planned for later this month is a piece of flying history, according to one of the organizers of the Great Bend Municipal Airport Air Festival and Fly-In, set for Sept. 17 through 19.
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.
Barton County Engineer Clark Rusco has met with Bartlett Grain Company officials over how traffic to and from the new grain-handling facility will impact U.S. 56, which runs along the north edge of the site, the Barton County Commission learned Monday morning.
Teens continue to enjoy science-themed activities during the Great Bend Public Library's "Spark a Reaction" summer program. On Tuesday, two boys and two girls showed up at the library's Teen Spot for a building contest using spaghetti and miniature marshmallows.
Students now have two modern options for living on the Barton County Campus as the brand-spanking new "Bluestem Hall" is ready to house students for the upcoming school year. Move-in day is scheduled for August 16 and 17. The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and after-hours event hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 in the lobby of the new building, which is south of the Student Union. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served and tours of the new facility will be given.
'Cheyenne Bottoms During World War II' presentation to be held
Hoisington Municipal Court - July 18
Three bidders have had a peek inside the old opera house building at Forest and Williams, all eying the possibility of razing the beleaguered structure.
Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament to be held
Noting that it was more than double previous projections, the Great Bend City Council Monday night voted to reject a bid submitted for utility improvements in the Amber Meadows housing development.
Monday, volunteers were on hand at the St. Rose Auditorium for the day-long 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive that has become an annual tradition in Great Bend. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, Great Bend Chief of Police Dean Akings and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano were some of the first in line to roll up their sleeves to give blood. Community members who donate blood can vote for their favorite agency. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year.
Hoisington Winner Plans to Pay off Home with Lottery Prize
Her voice brimming with enthusiasm, new Big Brothers, Big Sisters area director Diane Shoemaker has come on board with the non-profit organization which provides a little attention to kids-in-need, but has big results.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Heritage Senior Center will feature guest speaker Linda McCaffrey during a July 28 noon pot luck lunch.
It was a time Monday morning to show appreciation. The Barton County Commission recognized two long-time county employees who are leaving after years of service.
After somber deliberation, a unanimous Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a non-binding resolution calling for the resignation of County Treasurer Kevin Wondra.