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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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TBC meeting rescheduled

The TBC Support Group meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 has been canceled. The meeting is rescheduled for Tuesday Dec. 8, 2 ...

November 30, 2015 | | Local News

To green or not to green?

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. During the last couple decades however, it's become a marketing opportunity.

November 29, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Golden Belt Community Foundation announces Fall Grant recipients

Golden Belt Community Foundation recently completed the November competitive grant cycle and awarded a total of $14,058. The foundation supports programs or projects that ...

November 29, 2015 | | Business

Thanksgiving dinner

When the pilgrims first came to America from England, they had a very difficult first year, and without the help of the Native Americans, would ...

November 29, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Fear itself

November 29, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons

Make your holiday shopping and charitable giving safe and successful with these tips from BBB

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, and some retailers have already announced several of their deals. Though more and more stores are opening their doors to shoppers ...

November 29, 2015 | | Business

Who Should Pay For the Syrian Refugees?

Last week Congress dealt a blow to President Obama's plan to resettle 10,000 Syrians fleeing their war-torn homeland. On a vote of 289-137 ...

November 29, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists

Lots to Be Thankful For

Do you realize we've been giving thanks for almost 400 years?"

November 29, 2015 | Tom Purcell | Columnists

Keller Real Estate, Inc. announces the addition

Keller Real Estate, Inc. announces the addition of Joe Cotton of Hoisington to their sales staff. Joe was born and raised in Hoisington where he ...

November 29, 2015 | | Business

Sunflower, local business ask community to brighten Christmas

Christmas will be a little merrier for children who might not otherwise have a package to open this year, thanks to a local non-profit agency ...

November 29, 2015 | | Business

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers event

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers is an annual event promoting reading to children under the age of five. Parents, librarians, and caregivers are encouraged to read ...

November 29, 2015 | | Local News

Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System names Ken Johnson as President and CEO

Ken Johnson has been named president and chief executive officer of the Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, effective immediately.

November 29, 2015 | | Business

Where Have all the Ducks Gone?

We are in a duck vortex right now. There are essentially NO ducks in the Bottoms. We had a nice teal season and early duck ...

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local News

Wheat, Weather, and Catching Up

First, here's hoping everyone had and is having a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. Rather than tackle anything deep or detailed, let's just catch ...

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Club Calendar


November 29, 2015 | | Club News

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