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City council, eclipse had people talking

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The top story of 2017 for Great Bend began when Police Chief Cliff Couch’s dispute with City Administrator Howard Partington became public, followed by the City Council’s suspension of the chief, and everything that was set in motion as a result. The “Stand With Chief Couch” movement included a Facebook page, blue support signs posted in front of homes throughout the city and hundreds of people attending city council meetings as the story unfolded.
During this time, Partington retired, city councilman Wayne Henneke resigned, and Couch was reinstated, only to quit to take a job in Athens, Tenn ...


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