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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
eletebodycopy Looking over the 10 surviving potential jurors seated in the Barton County Courthouse jury box Wednesday afternoon, Adam Longoria defense attorney Jeff Wicks asked a pointed question.
For anyone who's ever thought they'd like to have more of a say in local government, there's an opening that local officials would like to get filled.
Barton Community College will offer citizenship classes from 10 a.m. to noon and a night class session from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 4, 2014, through Jan. 29, 2015 at the Center for Adult Education 1025 Main St., Great Bend in room 208.
Eight Southern Gospel acts are slated to perform at Barton Community College's Fine Arts Auditorium next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18.
The Rosewood Rodeo turns a decade old this month. The annual event, which showcases horse riding abilities of people with developmental disabilities, originated in the fall of 2005 at the Indoor Riding Arena at Rosewood Ranch. Several years later, the event was moved to Great Bend Expo III, to accommodate the increased number of riders, family and other spectators who traditionally participate in daylong activities.
Capt. Eric Yoder thinks his work clothes could make a pretty good Halloween costume. Dressed in full fire fighting gear, including mask and breathing equipment, he sounds like Darth Vader and may kind of look like him, too. But Yoder wanted kindergartners at Park Elementary School to see there's nothing to be afraid of. Yoder wants children to know that if they see a fireman reaching for them in a smoke-filled room, he's there to help.
A support group, called Sisters of Hope, for recently widowed women will soon start up again.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the numbers of West Nile virus cases in Kansas have inched up slightly. Barton County still has the most cases in the state.
Jazz filled the air in the Great Bend High School auditorium Tuesday night as the GBHS Jazz Band took the stage for its fall concert, which was open to the public. Soloists include Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Michael Raymer, Michelle Rooney and Allison Regehr, practicing since August, weeks before classes started, were polished and ready to show their chops.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington is the oldest school in the USD 431 school district, and the school board has been considering plans for modernization of the building.
The upcoming Elvis Tribute concert at Great Bend's American Legion will feature Frank Werth & the Vibrations. An article in Sunday's Great Bend Tribune said the backup group would be on tape. While the soundman uses tracks for the instrumentation, the Vibrations is a four-person vocal group that joins Werth for a live show known as Frank's Attribute To Elvis, or F.A.T.E. The benefit concert will be from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Argonne Post 180, 1011 Kansas Ave.
The razing of the Pitcock building, also known as the old opera house building, will begin in two weeks, the Great Bend City Council learned Monday night. Nelson Stone advised he plans to start setting fence on Monday, Oct. 20, and start the work on Wednesday, Oct. 22.
"Something about running on a runway almost makes you feel faster," said Daniel Klewel. "It's hard to explain."
When Seaport Airlines took over as Great Bend's Essential Air Service provider in June, it offered flights to Wichita. However, the air carrier has learned those flights were not that popular and this was putting Great Bend Municipal Airport's federally-funding EAS status at risk, a company official told the City Council Monday night.
The Great Bend Police Department received multiple reports of burglaries over the weekend. Homes, vehicles and businesses were entered and items taken.