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Protecting Our Independence

July is a special month for many Americans. Most of us will eagerly take a break from our busy summer schedules to once again celebrate Independence Day. There will be much fanfare with fireworks, parades, picnics, and other patriotic events celebrating our country's independence from Great Britain in 1776. But when the festivities have ended, only a few will have reflected upon the true meaning of independence and the role it has played in shaping our nation's character.

July 03, 2013 | Edward P. Cross President Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association | Viewpoint

Immigration Reform

July 03, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons

Obama Created Edward Snowden

Here's the problem: Edward Snowden did a great service to American freedom by proving National Intelligence Director James Clapper and NSA Director General Keith Alexander perjured themselves before Congress when they lied about spying on millions of innocent Americans.

July 03, 2013 | Rick Jensen | Columnists

School calendar available

The 2013-14 activities calendar for USD 428 is now available online. Go to and click the icon at the upper right of the screen to view or print.

July 03, 2013 | | Local News

Indy’s Lefeged released from jail after gun charge

WASHINGTON - Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged was released from jail Tuesday following his weekend arrest in Washington on a gun possession charge.

July 02, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

Bailey records second no-hitter

CINCINNATI - Homer Bailey threw his second no-hitter in 10 months and the first in the majors this season, pitching the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-0 victory over the slumping San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night.

July 02, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

OTR for July 3, 2013

Great Bend Police

July 02, 2013 | | On the Record

​Chapman trial postponed

The jury trial for Jeffrey Wade Chapman, originally scheduled for August, has been rescheduled for Jan. 27, 2014. Chapman, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Damon Leslie Galyardt, who was killed Nov. 11, 2011.

July 02, 2013 | | Area Briefs

Victor A. Scott 1955-2013

STERLING - Victor A. Scott, 57, died June 30 at Via Christi-St. Francis Hospital in Wichita. Born October 28, 1955 in Hoxie, he was the son of LeRoy Winfield and Mary Mildred (Irwin) Scott. He was a former resident of Hill City, and was self employed.

July 02, 2013 | | Obituaries

Hey, is that jelly donut fried?

BEVERLY HILLS - God bless America, and how's everybody?

July 02, 2013 | Argus Hamilton | Columnists

The Race Card

Will the left ever stop playing the race card?

July 02, 2013 | Michael Reagan | Columnists

Voting Rights Act

July 02, 2013 | | Editorial Cartoons

Debbie D. Depperschmidt 1956-2013

Debbie D. Depperschmidt, 56, died July 1 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Nov. 22, 1956 at Parkston, S.D., she was the daughter of Marvin and Geraldine (Bergeson) Dykstra. She came to Great Bend in 1981 from Mitchell, S.D. On Nov. 26, 1997, she married Mark Depperschmidt at Great Bend. She was a homemaker. She was a Girl Scout leader and a tumbling instructor at Euphoria Dance Centre.

July 02, 2013 | | Obituaries

Sharon L. Herrman 1946 - 2013

HOISINGTON - Sharon L. Herrman, 66, died June 30 at Hays Medical Center. Born Dec. 23, 1946, in Hockerville, Okla., she was the daughter of Chester and Dorothy (Farmer) Bryant. On June 25, 1965 she married LeRoy Herrman in Miami, Okla. A resident of Hoisington most of her life, she was a homemaker.

July 02, 2013 | | Obituaries



July 01, 2013 | The Associated Press | AP Sports

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GBMS wrestling

Great Bend Middle School Wrestling squad competed in the Dodge City Invitational Wrestling Tournament on Saturday November 14th. The Panthers started off strong against Hugoton ...

November 17, 2015 | | Prep Sports

Paris Attacks

November 17, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Poverty From a Different Point of View

Today, more Americans than ever receive some sort of government assistance, much of which can genuinely be described as "handouts." Welfare-to-work standards, a bipartisan gem ...

November 17, 2015 | Joseph Cotto | Columnists

Starbucks Cups and the Internet Idiocracy

Isn't it nice to know that even in a time of international crisis - ISIS, Syria, Putin - some Americans still make time to freak out ...

November 17, 2015 | Dick Polman | Columnists

Barton women's cross country continues climb up national ladder with 11th place finish, Mato dethron

The rise continues for the Barton Community College women's cross country team as the Lady Cougars improved sixteen spots from last season finishing 11th ...

November 17, 2015 | | Community College

Laari joins four others in school history, leads Barton men’s cross country team to 17th national fi

The Barton Community College men's cross country team placed in the national Top 20 for the second year in a row finishing 17th Saturday ...

November 17, 2015 | | Community College

BCC Weekly Schedule


November 17, 2015 | | Community College

Barton roll to easy wins at Brown Mackie Classic

Perhaps it was just the weekend the Barton men's basketball team needed. A pair of easy wins to run its winning streak to four ...

November 17, 2015 | Mike Marzolf | Community College

Barton women sweep games at Hutchinson Classic

If close-game experience early in the season pays off down the stretch the Barton women's basketball should be good in tight games late in ...

November 17, 2015 | | Community College

Barton volleyball looking for new coach after Shoemaker resignation

Barton volleyball coach Phil Shoemaker submitted his resignation last week – putting the Cougars in the market for a new volleyball coach. A search has already ...

November 17, 2015 | Mike Marzolf | Community College

Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Farmers Mutual Insurance Company/Jensen & Associates Insurance Agency, 16 N Main Street, in Ellinwood ...

November 17, 2015 | | Local News

Kansas 150 1901-1925

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