Motorcycle races, stunt riders and tattoo artists are all part of the fun of the third Big Bend Bike Rally, Saturday at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. For music lovers, there's a Battle of the Bands contest, followed by a concert featuring Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, an ambitious rock band that toured with ZZ Top this spring.
Great Bend police officer Mark Bretches, who heads the department's DARE program, has a new ride. In place of the bright red Mustang that kids once associated with the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, Bretches now drives to Great Bend schools in a bright red, 2010 GMC Sierra truck with four-wheel-drive.
The blue box in the lobby of the Barton County Jail may look like an ATM, but it doesn't dispense cash. The Cobra-brand electronic cashier allows people to make deposits into inmate accounts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Sheriff Greg Armstrong said. In addition being convenient for the public, it improves accounting at the jail.
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A 20-year-old Goodland man is in the Barton County Jail, facing charges that he solicited young girls via text messages, Sheriff Greg Armstrong said.
This was the second annual tribute to ex-prisoners of war and those still missing in action, and to all veterans. It was sponsored by the Great Bend American Legion, its Auxiliary, and the Legion Riders.
Photos from the Great Bend Municipal Airport Air Festival and Fly-in, Sept. 17-19, 2010
A parade doesn't take long, when it's led by the American Legion Riders. With no floats or marching bands, the parade before Saturday's POW/MIA Recognition ceremony lasted about five minutes, with a motorcade of dozens of flag-laden motorcycles rolling down Main Street to the courthouse square and circling the block.
A museum landed at the Great Bend Municipal Airport last week.
Attorney General Steve Six's office agreed Friday that one of capital murder suspect Adam Longoria's phone calls to his attorney's office may have been recorded at the jail. But in response to motion to dismiss the case, Six said there's been no evidence that Longoria's constitutional right to attorney-client privilege was violated.
The Great Bend Municipal Airport Air Festival & Fly-in concludes Sunday, Sept. 19, with activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Concessions will be available. Many airplanes arrived at the airport this weekend, and are on display. Watch for remote-control aircraft demonstrations as well.
Accepting federal grant money may be a routine task for Barton Community College's Board of Trustees, but it's nothing to take for granted, administrators said Thursday. As Barton's trustees met to accept a new Student Support Services grant from the U.S. Department of Education, President Carl Heilman said at least one neighboring college did not fare so well.
This weekend, the American Legion Post 180 of Great Bend, along with the American Legion Riders, will pay tribute to Prisoners of War and military personnel listed as Missing in Action. They will also show honor to the American flag by retiring flags that are no longer fit emblems of patriotism.
Staff will occupy the new GBRC Activity Center at 2715 18th St. before the month is over, and an open house is set for Oct. 8, members of the Great Bend Recreation Commission Board said Monday.
Let the wordplay begin.
The City of Great Bend continues to take positive steps to encourage housing development.
The animal population at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo has sometimes been described as "geriatric," but Zoo Director Scott Gregory is working to change that.
Three grizzly bears at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo turned 1 year old in January, and have been good companions to Max, the older bear in the grizzly exhibit, Zoo Director Scott Gregory said Monday.
A fire at the Karl and Virgina Harmony home, 3106 26th St., did extensive damage Tuesday afternoon, Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano said. Virginia Harmony was the only one home at the time and got out safely.
Dramatic videos of flying cameras, storms chasers, and a family emerging from a demolished home after a tornado were among the highlights of "Storm Fury on the Plains," a severe weather awareness program presented Tuesday at the Crest Theater. But Warning Coordination Meteorologist Chance Hayes didn't come to Great Bend just to entertain; his presentations provided potentially life-saving information for anyone with a desire to chase after tornados, or anyone who wants to stay safe in case of severe storms.
Great Bend Public Library staff celebrated the 110th birthday of Dr. Seuss on Monday with a party for children. "Miss Amanda," as children's librarian Amanda Moran-Jones is known, read the Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham," and then The Cat in the Hat invited the children to sample the same dish - scrambled eggs with green food coloring.
HOISINGTON - Joining Senator Mitch Holmes (R-St. John) and Rep. John Edmonds (R-Great Bend) at Saturday's Legislative Coffee in Hoisington was Kansas Board of Education member Sally Cauble (R-Dodge City).
Tornado sirens will be tested throughout the state, including Barton County, next Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.
Last week, I reported about churches speaking out against House Bill 2433.
The Barton Community College Board of Trustees took another opportunity Thursday to discuss the recent selection of four students from the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society, who were recognized Feb. 13 at Topeka. They were BCC's 2014 choice for the PTK All-Kansas Academic Team.
Tornado sirens will be tested across the state on Tuesday, as Kansans prepare for severe weather season.
Robin Lee Branson, the man serving two life sentences for Great Bend liquor store robberies that ended in murder in 1982, may be eligible for parole on June 1.
Watching for the latest bills in the Kansas Legislature is as entertaining as a reality TV show – think "Duck Dynasty." You just never know what will happen next.
Last week the Kansas House of Representatives passed HB 2453, described as an act "protecting religious freedom regarding marriage." Nationally, it was described as an "anti-gay marriage proposal." By Tuesday, the chairman of a state Senate committee assigned to review the bill pronounced it dead.
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