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 bad news is, anyone who uses Facebook has probably been experimented on. The good news is, there's nothing new in that. We've all been guinea pigs for years.
"Things that glow" was the subject Wednesday at the Great Bend Public Library, as the summer reading program continues. At Glow Parties in the morning and afternoon, kids sat under ultraviolet "black" lights that made neon colors glow as Children's Librarian "Miss Amanda" read "The Day-Glo Brothers," the true story of Bob and Joe Switzer's bright ideas and brand new colors.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated on July 16, changing the word "hearing" to "evaluation" in the first sentence.
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