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Old isn’t always best

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles on the possible replacement of one of the county's historic stone bridges.)

January 24, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


America could turn it off

In 1965, America lost one of its first motion picture sex symbols, when Clara Bow, the It Girl, died of heart disease.

January 24, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Lead the way to freedom, Barbie!

It's a tale as old as the cultural revolution - you remember, when Mao decided to destroy everyone in China who dared to think for themselves, and his reaction was to beat them until they thought right. You know. Like him.

January 22, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Scrapping a new law

Scrap metal dealers in rural areas of Barton County have new regulations to follow, due to a resolution that has been approved by the Barton County Commission.

January 21, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


The night America died

There was a time, back when "daddy was a cop, on the east side of Chicago, back in the USA, back in the bad old days" it was "when a man named Al Capone, tried to make that town his own" and "brother what a night it really was, brother what a fight it really was."

January 20, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Keep free exchange free

At the turn of the millennium, there was significant discussion about the importance of the Internet remaining a free and open form of communication and for the expression of ideas.

January 19, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Mapping out the future

State regulations require county officials to keep commission boundaries as equal as possible, and this week the Barton County Commission approved a plan to remap the five commission districts to achieve that purpose.

January 18, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


TB is still out there, and here, too

This week there were two pieces of news that should have acted as wake-up calls for Americans who are complacent about the state of public health around the world.

January 18, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Long, hard work honored

Almost three centuries of service to the citizens of Barton County were honored by the Barton County Commission Tuesday morning.

January 18, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Judge Theis made the right decision

District Judge Franklin R. Theis is what we call a judge out here in the real world.

January 17, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Park is doing well

A Manhattan company has been approved to install monitoring wells on city park land to make sure there is no oil contamination in the southeast part of the community.

January 17, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


The law

This is Kansas, and for the most part, it is still a state of rural communities, a place where you would expect that people could trust each other, but you would not always be right.

January 15, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Books are still open

Barton County residents who want to participate in the coming city elections still have a few days to file, according to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman. The election will be held on April 3.

January 15, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Stop mor protesters

You can't find it around here, but there is a national food chain, Chik-fil-a, that has a hilarious ad campaign in which cows hold up crude signs that read: "Eat more chikin!"

January 13, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Railroad work coming to SE Great Bend

The southeast part of Great Bend will see a major street improvement at no cost to the city.

January 13, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


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