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O, Canada! If only liberals knew all the facts

Canada is often touted in the United States as the panacea of health care, leadership, love, peace and thick bacon.

August 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


OK, it’s not the Ritz, but it is home

I escaped this past weekend.

August 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Algae bloom forces boat race cancelation

Erring on the side of caution, the Party in the Park boat races scheduled for Saturday have been canceled due to a minor toxic blue-green algae bloom at Veterans Memorial Lake, Great Bend Public Lands Director Scott Keeler said.

August 08, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


COMMUNITY SEEKS ANSWERS

In the end, nothing changed.

August 07, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission OKs radio tower lease

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved an amended lease agreement with Brad Demel for property east of Susank that is the site of a county 911 communications radio tower.

August 07, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Bag worms invade memorial parks

About a month ago, Barton County personnel discovered bag worms had invested the trees at the two county-owned memorial parks, Golden Belt and Hillcrest, north of Great Bend.

August 07, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Couch: Be respectful at meeting

A large crowd is expected to attend the Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting at the Great Bend Events Center, but suspended Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch is urging for calm.

August 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBPD study to look at wages, morale

It was during a special Great Bend City Council meeting June 29 that Police Chief Cliff Couch leveled accusations of unethical behavior within city government. Following four executive sessions totalling two hours and 45 minutes, the council approved contracting with an outside party to do a compensation and management study of the Great Bend Police Department.

August 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council changes venue for meeting

The Monday Great Bend City Council meeting will be moved to the Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th St., to accommodate an anticipated larger-than normal crowd in light of the controversy involving Police Chief Cliff Couch and the council, city officials announced Thursday afternoon. It will start at 7:30 p.m.

August 03, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


From interstates to leaf blowers, the world is a challenging place

The world is a confusing place. If this wasn't blatantly obvious to any reasonable adult who hasn't been living under a rock, the current political climate at home and afar is certain to have drilled it into their skulls.

August 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Big crowd expected at council meeting

The Great Bend City Council's regular meeting Monday evening looms large as the community grows increasingly polarized over the city's standoff with Police Chief Cliff Couch and the chief's July 24 suspension, an action that has prompted many residents to consider attending the meeting en masse.

August 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


‘Stars of the community’ recognized for service

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy."

August 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County Commission adopts 2018 budget

The overriding challenge in any governmental budget year is providing quality services that are affordable to the taxpayers, Barton County Operations Director Phil Hathcock said as he presented the 2018 operating budget to the County Commission Monday morning.

July 31, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Sheriff suggests moving council meeting

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir has expressed concerns about the potential of a large, possibly hostile, crowd at the next Great Bend City Council meeting and strongly advised the meeting be moved to a venue larger than City Hall. His recommendation came in a letter to city officials and council members delivered Friday.

July 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Chief Couch appeals suspension

In a brief statement, Great Bend Police Chief Clifton Couch Friday afternoon appealed his suspension by the City Council this past Monday night. The council's action was based on "false or reckless" accusations made by Couch about unethical and dishonest conduct by City Administrator Howard Partington and other employee handbook violations.

July 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Articles By Author - Dale Hogg


New city council members learn the ropes

Although they won't officially be a part of the City of Great Bend governing body until January, the meeting Monday afternoon was a chance ...

December 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


SRCA dragstrip sees more spectators

Hank Denning and the other volunteer members of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association often ask themselves if what they do at the famed Great ...

December 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


2018 appraisal process underway

The Barton County Appraiser's Office has started its final review process, County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said. This is a process where appraisals for the ...

December 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Additional work to Radium Bridge OKed

In June, the Barton County Commission approved L&M Contractors of Great Bend performing long-needed repairs to a bridge over the Arkansas River southwest of ...

December 05, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council OKs buying more auto defib units

When someone suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, seconds count. That is why a divided Great Bend City Council Monday night approved buying the 10 automatic ...

December 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New city HR director introduced

The City of Great Bend has a new human resources director, Interim City Administrator George Kolb announced to the City Council Monday night. Hired was ...

December 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission moves on courthouse repairs

All five Barton County commissioners agreed Monday morning that something must be done to preserve the stately Barton County Courthouse turns which turns 100 years ...

December 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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