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'Opera House' falling apart

On Wednesday morning, a chunk fell off of the building at the corner of Williams St. and Forest Ave.
It’s not the first time bricks have popped loose on that corner, but this time it was serious enough that the building was deemed “unsafe to occupy” by the city inspector. The next most likely stop is for the Great Bend City Council to condemn the building.
The Barton County Historical Society has campaigned to save the building in the past. Built in the 1880s, it’s still known as the “opera house,” although it’s housed many other businesses ...

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