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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


Commission signs letter backing volunteer programs

The Barton County Commission, citing the importance of volunteerism and the county's support of civic involvement, approved Monday morning signing a letter of support for continued funding of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

May 16, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Improvements coming to 10th and Grant

The Great Bend City Council Monday night authorized Mayor Mike Allison to sign the agreement with the Kansas Department of Transportation for the improvements to the intersection of 10th Street and Grant Street with city being responsible for 10 percent of the $888,888 project cost. The scope of the project is to increase turning radii to better accommodate large trucks.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


A new look

In order to unify and simplify how City of Great Bend departments are identified, the City Council approved a new city logo when it met Monday night.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


No new meningitis cases found

It was late Friday afternoon that the confirmation came that a Barton County adult had indeed died of Neisseria meningitidis, which can cause meningococcal meningitis. This sparked a joint investigation by the Barton Count Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

May 15, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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Articles By Author - Dale Hogg


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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