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Hostage ordeal ends peacefully

A tense four-and-a-half hour standoff Friday night between an Oklahoma man who was holding his two young children hostage and law enforcement in Great Bend ended without shots being fired and the suspect being taken into custody. The man, Chris Solida, was wanted in Oklahoma for allegedly shooting and wounding his wife, Brandy Solida.

August 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


GBHS Marching Band plays at Back-To-School Celebration

Photos taken Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Great Bend USD 428 Back-To-School Celebartion for district employees.

August 15, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend City Council to hold budget hearing

The Great Bend City Council will hold a budget hearing at 7 p.m. Monday at the City office, 1209 Williams. The council's regular meeting will follow at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes an increase in water rates, an update on the old opera house building and the city's 2014 audit.

August 15, 2015 | | Local News


Quilting done for a great cause

Quilt makers and quilting guilds have been around for a long time, but in our own backyard there is a special quilting guild that honors veterans with the quilts its members make.

August 14, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


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 an Abatement of Taxes and Special Assessments for the City of Hoisington, a cooperative effort to fix roads in Claflin, the courthouse chiller and Health Department immunization rates.

August 14, 2015 | | Local News


New apartment complex grand opening planned Sen. Jerry Moran to be in attendance

The grand opening of the apartment complex Reserves at Trail Ridge will take at 10 a.m. place Thursday. Senator Jerry Moran will be in attendance, along with other dignitaries. The public is invited to attend this community event.

August 14, 2015 | | Local News


Back to School Celebration photos

Dozens of local businesses set up tables in the Great Bend High School Gym to welcome hundreds of USD 428 employees back for the 2015-2016 school year. This was the first year for the Business Showcase, organized by the school district and the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce.

August 13, 2015 | | Local News


GRAND OPENING

Ever have that dream where you're back in high school?

August 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Sendoff and welcome home ceremonies are part of the American Legion Riders tradition

Like so many other organizations that have traditions, the American Legion Riders of Great Bend are no different.

August 13, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


Sunflower’s Early Ed Center helps toddler overcome his developmental problem

During much of Cody Freeman's young life, he didn't know what it meant to enjoy a meal. During those rare times when he could get something down, the result was usually projectile vomiting.

August 13, 2015 | | Local News


Ellinwood budget approved

The budget hearing at the Ellinwood City Council meeting Tuesday night, Aug. 11, was short with no public comment. The council then adopted resolution 8115, a new requirement by the state legislature of municipalities seeking to increase their mill levy, and unanimously approved the 2016 budget as presented for publication.

August 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


FIGHTING HUNGER

Imagine packing 15,120 meals for hungry children in just two hours. Now, imagine you had the help of more than 60 friends. That's just what happened at the Great Bend Expo 1 Friday night, when members of four churches gathered to take part in meal packaging event with the Kansas City non-profit Stop Hunger Now.

August 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Retired teachers invited back to school

All retired Great Bend USD 428 teachers are invited to attend the back-to-school celebration that begins with a breakfast for school employees from 7-8 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Great Bend High School gym.

August 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Phone system may be next school improvement

When Great Bend USD 428 Superintendent Brad Reed needs to talk Great Bend High School Principal Tim Fries on the phone, it's not a direct call. The easiest way to get through is to call an outside line.

August 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Drivers urged to be patient with road work

The 2015 Barton County road sealing program is humming along, Road and Bridge Director Dale Phillips told the County Commission Monday morning.

August 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


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​Inmates scheduled for parole hearings

Three Kansas Department of Corrections inmates with convictions in area counties will be considered for parole this fall. The Prisoner Review Board will hold parole ...

August 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Warrent Task Force a success

The Great Bend Police Department's Warrant Task Force was deployed and made 10 arrests on Monday.

August 21, 2015 | Russ Edem | Local News


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 ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Health Department warns of rabies upswing

The Barton County Health Department continues to deal with what officials believe to be an increased number of potential rabies cases, Health Director Shelly Schneider ...

August 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


Hoisington stand-off ends without incident

Thursday night, Aug. 20, at 10 p.m., Hoisington Police and deputies from the Barton County Sheriff's Office were called to 673 W. 3rd ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Power washer stolen from shed at Sonic Drive-in

Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a man that was seen by surveillance cameras breaking into a storage shed located at 3908 10th St. in ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Great Bend mobile app features Wetlands Center

Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area visitors can now guide their own tours of the state park using the Great Bend 2 Go mobile app, a free ...

August 21, 2015 | | Local News


Solida tells officers he shot his wife

WOODWARD, Okla. – Initial reports indicated that the rural Oklahoma man charged with shooting his wife shot her accidentally last Friday. However, in a 911 call ...

August 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Local News


New apartments open with all units leased

A project years in the making was realized Thursday with the ribbon cutting on a new apartment complex, The Reserves at Trail Ridge.

August 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


​School budget growth exceeds consumer price index; budget hearing Monday

The Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education will hold its budget hearing at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at the District Education ...

August 20, 2015 | | Local News


​Truck overturns, injuring driver

A Hoisington man was injured Wednesday when the 1999 Kenworth truck he was driving overturned on K-156, 8 miles northeast of Great Bend.

August 20, 2015 | | Local News


Sunflower’s Aktion Club helps collect school supplies for youngsters

Three local non-profit entities recently teamed up to donate approximately $350 worth of school supplies to local and area children.

August 20, 2015 | | Local News


Stuff the Bus

Donita Wolf from Golden Belt Home Health & Hospice takes another shopping cart of donated items to a waiting bus, Wednesday afternoon in front of the ...

August 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


BCC Theater: All the drama stays on stage

Barton Community College Theater Director Erin Renard welcomed students to campus Wednesday with an open house in the renovated Fine Arts Auditorium.

August 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Local News


Hoisington Labor Day celebration starts with Kick-off, BBQ and more

Hoisington's Labor Day Weekend will starts with the Chamber Ambassador's Community BBQ and 5th Quarter Beer Garden at the corner of 7th and ...

August 19, 2015 | | Local News


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