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Vaccine Controversy Shows Why We Need Markets, Not Mandates

If I were still a practicing ob-gyn and one of my patients said she was not going to vaccinate her child, I might try to persuade her to change her mind. But, if I were unsuccessful, I would respect her decision. I certainly would not lobby the government to pass a law mandating that children be vaccinated even if the children's parents object. Sadly, the recent panic over the outbreak of measles has led many Americans, including some self-styled libertarians, to call for giving government new powers to force all children to be vaccinated.

February 12, 2015 | Ron Paul | Columnists


Valentine's Day Advice for Wary Women

With Valentine's Day upon us, female readers are again pummeling me with questions on how to woo the modern male.

February 12, 2015 | | Columnists


Claflin candidate incorrectly listed

In information released this week on election filings for the April 7 general election, Michael Urban was incorrectly listed as a candidate for Claflin City Council. He is in fact a candidate for Claflin mayor.

February 12, 2015 | | Local News


Central Plains High School Valentine tour

The Central Plains high school musicians are doing a Valentine Tour of area care facilities today. They will present a 25-minute program at each of the following locations: Plum Creek Plaza, Holyrood, 9:30 a.m.; Country Place Living, Hoisington, 10:30 a.m.; River Bend, Great Bend, 11:45 a.m.; Sterling House, Great Bend, 1 p.m.; Cherry Village, Great Bend, 1:45 p.m.

February 12, 2015 | | Local News


Donald J. ‘Don’ Reif 1947-2015

HOISINGTON - Donald J. "Don" Reif, 67, died Feb. 10, 2015, at Via Christi Hospital St. Francis in Wichita.

February 11, 2015 | | Obituaries


OTR for Feb. 12, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

February 11, 2015 | | On the Record


CPMS Oilers basketball

On Feb. 5, the Central Plains Middle School squads brought home the CPL Champion Title.

February 11, 2015 | | Local Sports


Chamber Coffee

This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Credit Union of America, 4708 W 10th St., at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Host will be Nancy Sundahl with greeters Melinda Kurth, Cindy Parr and Steve Swigart. Coffee, refreshments and door prizes will be available.

February 11, 2015 | | Local News


Hoisington Forensics Team

The Hoisington High School forensics team began the competition season recently at Osborne where the team placed fifth out of nine schools.

February 11, 2015 | | Local News


Keller Real Estate and Insurance Inc. named Farmers Alliance Advantage Agent for 2015

The Farmers Alliance Companies in McPherson have announced that Keller Real Estate and Insurance Inc. in Great Bend has been named a Farmers Alliance Advantage Agent for 2015. To qualify as an Advantage Agent, an agency must exhibit superior professionalism and profitability over five consecutive years. Advantage Agents are recognized by Farmers Alliance as the "best of the best." To reach this level of distinction is a reflection of this agency's commitment to their customers and their community.

February 11, 2015 | | Business


Cougar men see three more earn NJCAA qualifying marks

Three more Barton Community College men earned their spot at the NJCAA National Indoor Track Meet with marks this past weekend at the University of Nebraska in the Husker Invitational.

February 11, 2015 | | Community College


Barton baseball opens Biggs era with win

The Brent Biggs era is underway.

February 11, 2015 | | Community College


Barton women take small contingent to Husker Invitational

With the Region VI meet just a couple weeks away, Coach Dave Schenek is working his personnel. The Barton Community College track coach took a limited number of women to the Husker Invitational.

February 11, 2015 | | Community College


Great Bend accounting firm, Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered announces promotions

The certified public accounting firm of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered is pleased to announce the recent promotions of Shawna R. Schafer, CPA and Nicole M. Zink, CPA.

February 11, 2015 | | Business


Weasles outbreak

February 11, 2015 | | Editorial Cartoons


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Wrestling State Qualifiers

February 27, 2015 | | Prep Sports


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February 27, 2015 | | Letters to the Editor


Expanded Walking School Bus program set to begin this spring

Notes are going home from elementary school all over town this week to encourage parents to sign up their children for the Walking School Bus.

February 26, 2015 | | News


​Lenten luncheon: Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church, 2701 24th St., will host the next Lenten Luncheon, at noon Wednesday, March 4. A meal is served at noon (not earlier) and the meetings end at 1 p.m.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Snow will be followed by ice Sunday, Monday

WICHITA - A winter storm will begin to impact Kansas beginning Saturday, according to the national Weather Service in Wichita,

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Phil DeMoss 1950-2015

HOISINGTON - Phil DeMoss, 64, died Feb. 23, 2015, at Clara Barton Hospital.

February 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


Ramoma Mae Durbin 1930-2015

GREAT BEND - Ramona Mae Durbin, 84, died Feb. 26, 2015 at her home in Great Bend.

February 26, 2015 | | Obituaries


St. Mark roast beef dinner postponed due to weather

The roast beef dinner that was scheduled for this Sunday at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Great Bend as been postponed because of impending weather.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Movies with a Message Canceled due to weather

The Heartland Center for Spirituality show the movie "October Sky," originally scheduled for Friday, has been canceled due to weather.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Evangelist Hinkle to speak Sunday

The Rev. Scott Hinkle will be speaking Sunday, March 1 at Faith Community Church at 10:30 a.m. and at 7 p.m.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Seventh-day Adventist school to present musical

The Students of the Great Bend Seventh-day Adventist School will present the musical "Don't Rock the Art" on Saturday, Feb. 28. The public is invited to attend the program at 11 a.m. or 5 p.m. at the church, or at 2 p.m. at Sterling House.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


​Library programs include how to ‘upcycle’ VHS cases

The Great Bend Public Library continues to offer patron programs at its temporary location, 3407 10th St.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


Sheriff's Office to offer concealed carry class

The Barton County Sheriff's Office will offer a concealed carry class Saturday, March 21. This class is a prerequisite for obtaining a concealed carry permit through the State of Kansas. Residents of Barton County will be given priority enrollment.

February 26, 2015 | | Local News


OTR for Feb. 27, 2015

Great Bend Fire/EMS

February 26, 2015 | | On the Record


GBHS Swim Team

Great Bend High School swimmers hope they aren't all wet when it comes to a lofty goal they have set for themselves this weekend.

February 26, 2015 | | Prep Sports


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