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It’s that time again

It's an annual ritual.

June 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Despite emojies, writing really hasn’t changed

I stumbled upon a few Facebook postings from some of my fellow Ellinwood High School classmates noting that our 35th class reunion was coming up in July. That gathering is fodder for another day, but the idea that I've been out of high school for three and a half decades brought to mind that I have also been affiliated in some for or another with journalism for that same time span.

June 01, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

The smiling young helmet-clad cyclist could hardly control her excitement as she straddled her new, small, pink bike, complete with petal-shaped pedals and training wheels. She wanted to ride.

May 31, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Letter: City official retaliated against police chief

In an open letter to members of the Great Bend City Council, Great Bend attorney Dennis Keenan accused City Administrator Howard Partington of a pattern of retaliation against Police Chief Cliff Couch. He goes on to demand the council appoint a third-party investigator to look into the allegations.

May 31, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


First Municipal Band concert marks band shell’s 90 years

The opening concert of the 2017 Great Bend Municipal Band on Thursday night will mark a special occasion made more meaningful by the recent improvements to Jack Kilby Square. It will mark the 90th anniversary and rededication of the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band Shell, which was at the heart of the renovations in the popular city park.

May 28, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Memorial Day travel at highest level since 2005

TOPEKA - The West North Central Region, of which Kansas is a part, will see more than 3.3 million people taking Memorial Day weekend trips of 50 miles or longer, a 2.1 percent increase over 2016 and the largest number of travelers since 2005, according to American Automobile Association.

May 26, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Number of county tax sale properties dwindling

The Count Treasurer's Office is receiving payments for properties included in this year's tax sale and there are currently 66 properties, said County Treasurer Kevin Wondra. Since the properties have now been filed with the court, homeowners are required to pay the abstract and court fees of $170 to redeem the property.

May 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Juvenile Justice budget remains unchanged

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the 20th Judicial District Juvenile Services 2018 fiscal year budget. The $635,847.82 budget includes $33,157.82 for prevention and $602,690 for graduated sanctions, Director Marissa Woodmansee said.

May 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Police letters blame pay for understaffing

Letters to Great Bend City Council members and/or city officials from the local Fraternal Order of Police chapter express concern over staffing shortages within the Great Bend Police Department, blaming this on salaries that fail to compete with other cities. Members are frustrated with a lack of response, officer moral, and worry about the safety of the community.

May 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


YOU CAN SEE FOR MILES

The sparkling new hilltop scenic overlook tower looms over the griddle-flat Cheyenne Bottoms below. Stretching out into the horizon Monday were the refuge's shimmering pools, brim full from recent rains.

May 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Tornado recovery, cleanup underway

It's been a week since an EF3 tornado roared through western Barton County, destroying several homes and causing over $600,000 in damages. At the County Commission meeting Monday morning, officials gave an update on the devastating May 16 storm.

May 22, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Bringing back memories

The sun was barely up and there was a stiff chill in the air as Kansas Congressman Roger Marshall made his way along the muddy dirt roads of western Barton County early Saturday morning. It was a private pilgrimage to see the damage from last Tuesday's tornado.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Not just a matter of luck

Sure, we were lucky Tuesday night, but much of that luck was no accident.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Commission to hold Monday morning meeting

The Barton County Commission will meet at 9 a.m. Monday at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main in Great Bend. The agenda includes a tornado update, approval of the Juvenile Justice Authority budget and the painting of the fences at the county's memorial parks.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Twister damage totals over $600k

Although the figures are preliminary, Barton County Appraiser Barb Esfeld said her department estimates the damage caused by the tornado that tore through western Barton County at $658,000.

May 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Articles By Author - Dale Hogg


A lot at risk

It is funny (funny strange, not funny "ha, ha") that our Republican-dominated Legislature mustered enough intestinal fortitude to pass a bill to expand Medicare in ...

July 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Barnett proud of state’s ag tradition

Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Barnett seemed comfortable in jeans and cowboy boots, and at home touring Great Bend Feeding

July 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Party in the Park schedule set

The fifth-annual Party inthePark Aug. 12 is only a few weeks away, and Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes is putting the final touches on ...

July 18, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Council OKs $2M street improvement effort

Pushing ahead with the continued effort to improve Great Bend's streets, the City Council authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign a $2,001,000 ...

July 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Come and listen

The final Great Bend City Band concert of the 2017 season will open at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in Jack Kilby Square. For anyone ...

July 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Jake brake use concerns county resident

Gary Burke, who lives on South McKinley just outside the Great Bend city limits, told Barton County commissioners Monday morning that the use of "jake ...

July 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission honors live-saving efforts

On Friday, July 7, Great Bend Chiefs baseball team members Logan Perry and Payton Mauler, along with Doug Kaiser, the father of another player, faced ...

July 17, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBHS grad to advise President Trump

Great Bend native and renowned international lawyer Ty Cobb has been named to the Trump White House legal team, it was announced Saturday.

July 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County to receive more storm damage funds

As it turns out, Barton County will get some additional state money to pay for damage to county infrastructure caused by storms two years ago.

July 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Pick a state, any state

So, I am getting ready to walk out of the house Sunday morning for a leisurely bike ride. My wife is sitting in the kitchen ...

July 13, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Columnists


Council hears allegations of ‘unethical’ conduct

According to Great Bend Police Chief Cliff Couch, there is a misconception surrounding his recent run-ins with City Administrator Howard Partington and other city officials ...

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


City Council OKs budget

Following a three-and-a-half-hour work session Monday night, the Great Bend City Council approved publishing the city's budget for 2018. The public budget hearing is ...

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Saying thank you

It was Gaila Demel's first United Way of Central Kansas Pacesetter luncheon as the UWCK's new executive director. But, having worked at a ...

July 11, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


County hires county works director

Long-time Barton County Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips retired at the end of June. On Monday, the County Commission appointed the man to take ...

July 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Commission renews agreement with county counselor

Renewing the contract with Ellsworth attorney Carey Hipp as Barton County's legal counselor was in the best interest of the county, the County Commissioner ...

July 10, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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