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Making a difference

It was difficult to travel the streets of Great Bend Wednesday without seeing young people in bright, fluorescent-green T-shirts. They were everywhere.

April 26, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Annual car show revs up park

Start your engines, the 26th-annual Mid-America Mopars Car Show is set for Sunday, May 4, at Brit Spaugh Park, come rain or shine.

April 25, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News


A bright orange Kansas Department of Transportation dump truck was trolling up and down Great Bend's busy 10th Street late Thursday morning and early afternoon.

April 25, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News

Free tickets available for KCAC baseball game

The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference wants to take Great Bend out to the old ball game next Wednesday, Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes told the City Council Monday night.

April 24, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News

Replacing Cates on Commission explained

The death of Barton County Commissioner Don Cates in a spray plane crash Tuesday afternoon left some questions as to how to fill his seat on the governing body, questions that occupied much of the day Wednesday for Barton County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.

April 23, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News

Fate of old opera house likely sealed

At its March 17 meeting, the Great Bend City Council gave the owners of the old, crumbling opera house at 2103 Forest until April 21 to hire a contractor to fix the historic structure or raze it.

April 22, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News

Council OKs EMS fee increases

The last time ambulance fees for Great Bend Emergency Medical Services were adjusted was in 2009. Much has happened since then and Fire Chief Mike Napolitano told the City Council Monday night a change was in order.

April 21, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News

Take time to celebrate the planet

Today marks the official Earth Day 2014. It is a chance for us to step back and look at the natural world around us and examine how we can make it a better place for future generations.

April 21, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Commission OKs agreement with Hoisington

In an effort to help to continue to spur growth in Hoisington, the Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an interlocal agreement with that city.

April 21, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News

Appraiser reminds residents of tax deadlines

Property valuation notices were mailed to the Barton County taxpayers on March 17 and County Appraiser Barbara Konrade reminds residents they have 30 days to appeal their valuation from that mailing date.

April 16, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News

County expands new software system

It's been about a year since Barton County offices switched to a unified bookkeeping software. Although the conversion was at times rocky, officials are now comfortable with the new system and ready to expand it.

April 15, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News

Joint effort

They are words one doesn't often hear in the same sentence – local government, federal government, state government and cooperation. However, they were strung together during the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.

April 14, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

FEMA money to flow into county

Last August, some areas of Barton County experienced severe flooding. The cost of dealing with those storms was high, prompting county officials to apply for a federal disaster declaration to help clean up the soggy aftermath.

April 14, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News

A big ‘atta boy’

The third-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo closed Friday after another successful three-day run. The hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees have gone and the Expo Complex is empty.

April 12, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Polling place changes explained

One more election in the books, said County Clerk Donna Zimmerman. The April 1 results were canvassed by the Barton County Commission Monday morning and are now finalized.

April 10, 2014 | Dale Hogg | News

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Articles By Author - Dale Hogg

Taking precautions

Sadly, there has been much wild speculation surrounding voter fraud and election rigging, This paranoia at the national level has rubbed off on some local ...

October 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A steady stream of voters flowed through the Barton County clerk's second-floor courthouse office Wednesday afternoon. They stood at the black machines casting their ...

October 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Health department gives thousands of flu shots

The Barton County Health Department has given over 2,000 flu shots since September, plus another 2,000 so far this month, Health Director Shelly ...

October 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission backs Sunflower’s transportation grant request

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a letter supporting Sunflower Diversified Services' application for a Kansas Department of Transportation grant applications. The funds would ...

October 24, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Debating the debates

Many of us have watched all of, or at least parts of, the presidential debates. And, it should come as no big surprise that an ...

October 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Boeckman resigns as county administrator

Following two executive sessions totaling 90 minutes Friday morning, the Barton County Commission emerged to announce County Administrator had resigned effective Friday at the request ...

October 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Moran crashes GB Chamber coffee

Paying a visit to the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee Thursday morning, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), told those gathered at Tele-Communications Inc ...

October 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

November busy in Great Bend

November will be Explore Great Bend month again and participating retailers will be ready to host a different event each Saturday, City Administrator Howard Partington ...

October 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

‘Micro’ utility trucks to be legal on city streets

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved an ordinances that will allow the so-called micro utility trucks on city streets.

October 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Cow Creek floodplain remapping progressing

Barton County Commissioner Alicia Straub recently attended a Cow Creek Working Group meeting, the on-going Kansas Division of Water Resources project involving the Cow Creek ...

October 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Shades of something new

The Great Bend Events Center is getting a new look and now the color of that look has been set.

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Sunday liquor sales in GB now legal

It is now legal to sell and purchase liquor and cereal malt beverages seven days a week within the City of Great Bend following action ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

Commission holds another executive session

After an hour-long executive session Monday morning, the Barton County Commission emerged only to announce no action would result from the closed-door meeting. It was ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

New certification will help county with flood issues

It was a grueling test, but Barton County Engineer Barry McManaman prevailed.

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

County tax sale successful

The annual Barton County Tax Sale was held on Oct. 11 at the courthouse. Of the 24 parcels on the auction block, 23 sold, County ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Local News

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