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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.