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Phil Kerpen

Syria has taken over the top of the agenda, but very soon Congress will necessarily return to high stakes fiscal negotiations, not just over the continuing resolution to fund the government, but also over the federal debt ceiling. Speaker John Boehner is committed to the principle that has so effectively constrained discretionary spending since the historic summer 2011 deal: debt ceiling increases must be matched dollar-for-dollar with new spending cuts. At the top of the spending cut priority list should be elimination of the most widely hated aspect of the new health care law: the individual mandate.

September 08, 2013 | | Columnists

Hanging Together

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, "If we do not all hang together, we will surely all hang separately." So how does that relate to agriculture? The answer lies in the 20th Annual Kids Ag Day held this past Wednesday at the Mauler farm just north of Great Bend.

September 08, 2013 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Hangover from wars

September 08, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons

USD 428, Holy Family, Helping Hands and HeadStart Schools

The following meals will be served Sept. 9 through Sept. 13. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.

September 08, 2013 | | Menus and Activities

Special Needs calendar


September 08, 2013 | | Menus and Activities

Keller Real Estate and Insurance Agency addition

Keller Real Estate & Insurance Agency announces the addition of Jeremy and Mandy Keil as realtor associates in their office. Jeremy is a lifelong resident and he and Mandy have called Great Bend home since 2008. Being parents of two young girls, they feel this helps them especially understand families and their housing needs. The Keils are both members of the Great Bend Board of Realtors, the Kansas Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Even though they are new to real estate, they are seasoned in the area of sales and customer service. Kevin keller, broker, commented that ...

September 08, 2013 | | Business

Senior Activities


September 08, 2013 | | Menus and Activities

Senior Menu

The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.

September 08, 2013 | | Menus and Activities

Daughters of Isabella meeting

The Daughters of Isabella will have an Open Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the St. Patrick Parish Center. All ladies of the parish are invited to come and see what D of I is all about.

September 08, 2013 | | Club News

Great Bend High School Band

September 08, 2013 | | Education

Perez hits two-run blast as Royals edge Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Salvador Perez is on a power surge and the Kansas City Royals keeping hanging on in the wild-card race.

September 07, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Saturday's AP Top 25 capsules


September 07, 2013 | | AP Sports

Sims, Heap shine as Jayhawks win season opener against Coyotes

LAWRENCE - For the first time in his coaching life, Charlie Weis saw one of his running backs might be open for a touchdown pass and thought, in effect, "Oh, no."

September 07, 2013 | The Associated Press | College/Professional


MANHATTAN - It didn't do Kansas State coach Bill Snyder any good to yell into his headset for Tramaine Thompson to let the second-half kickoff land out of bounds Saturday night. There was no way the wide receiver could have heard him across the field.

September 07, 2013 | The Associated Press | College/Professional

Crites rifles Oilers past Trojans in season opener

STAFFORD - In his first game as starting quarterback for the Central Plains High School football team, Braedan Crites completed 12 of 16 passes for 257 yards and five touchdowns.

September 07, 2013 | | Prep Sports

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Bridge repairs completed

Repairs to the rural Barton County bridge on NE 230 Road, between NE 150 Avenue and NE 140 Road have been completed, the County Engineer ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

Fire marshal offers safety tips for Thanksgiving cooking

TOPEKA - The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and Kansas families will be coming together for a time of celebration and thankfulness. The hours spent in ...

November 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

Officials encourage safe driving for Thanksgiving travel

Thanksgiving Day is one of the busiest travel days of the year. With increased traffic, the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the ...

November 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local News

BCSO is asking the public for assistance

The Barton County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating Jessica Chapman who is wanted for parole violation and probation violation.

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

OTR for November 24, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

November 24, 2015 | | On the Record

BCSO joins forces for the holidays

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will join many other police agencies across the state, in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign, from Monday, Nov ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

The Dysfunctional Iowa Caucuses

As the Iowa caucuses draw near, we should take a close look at how the Hawkeye State runs its presidential nominating system.

November 24, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Time for Obama to Reverse Refugee Plan

Across America, the prospect of resettling as many as 10,000 Syrians has put citizens on edge. The Paris massacre and related events-ISIS' bombing ...

November 24, 2015 | Joe Guzzardi | Columnists

Metal detector

November 24, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Barton women win sixth straight

It was a sluggish start coming off a record-breaking effort for the Barton women's basketball team.

November 24, 2015 | Mike Marzolf | Community College

Barton men cruise by Hesston

It used to be a gimme game. But not any more. The Hesston College men's basketball team is pretty good now days.

November 24, 2015 | Mike Marzolf | Community College

FHSU men’s soccer moves on in Division II National Tournament

Fort Hays State used three first half goals to earn a 4-2 victory over Upper Iowa in the round of 16 at the NCAA Division ...

November 24, 2015 | | College

Four earn All-American status at Cross Country Championships

Missouri Southern's Vincent Kiprop was the National Runner-Up in men's cross country to highlight the MIAA's day at the NCAA Division II ...

November 24, 2015 | | College

CPL All League teams

Central Prairie League All-League Volleyball Teams 2015

November 24, 2015 | | Prep Sports

The Prairie Godmother Funds host Giving Tuesday Event to increase endowment fund

The Prairie Godmother Funds is one of over 65 organizational and other endowment funds participating in Give Where You Live, in conjunction with Giving Tuesday ...

November 24, 2015 | | Local News

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