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Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

Local students are heading home this month with a fresh insight into how to keep their homes safe, as Fire Prevention Month continues at the Great Bend Fire Department.

October 13, 2010 | Chuck Smith | News


Time to register to vote

Time is running out to register for the upcoming general election according to information from County Clerk Donna Zimmerman.

October 13, 2010 | Chuck Smith | News


We can't forget what they did

If you ever thought there must be something especially "right" about Pittsburg - Kansas, that is - then you were right, as a recent move by the community illustrates.

October 12, 2010 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Kilby project hits rock bottom

At its very foundation, the Jack Kilby project in front of the Barton County Courthouse isn't costing county taxpayers a dime.

October 12, 2010 | Chuck Smith | News


Local gas prices jump by a dime

Just when you thought it was safe to go on a late vacation ...

October 12, 2010 | Chuck Smith | News


We're lucky with our landfill

It is so true, that we often don't realize when we have it good, but a recent news report out of the Kansas City area sure should make us open our eyes here in Barton County.

October 10, 2010 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Council approves closed streets for special events

Special events at two local churches will involve streets being closed later this month. Great Bend City Council members approved the closings to allow for programs that area being planned by First Church of the Nazarene, 4811 Broadway, and by First United Methodist Church, at Forest and Stone.

October 10, 2010 | Chuck Smith | News


From the Mayflower to Peru

A recent exchange at the county Records Department shows just how small the world really is, today.

October 10, 2010 | Chuck Smith | News


Housing challenges aren't going away

On the one hand, we've all remembered what it is to wake up and feel the chill of autumn returning.

October 08, 2010 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Council approves sandpit south of town

A conditional use permit to allow for the development of a new sand pit operation on the south edge of Great Bend was approved by the Great Bend City Council this week, despite continued concerns that residents in that area will have problems with blowing dust.

October 08, 2010 | Chuck Smith | News


Next emergency meeting is Tuesday

Another opportunity for local residents to have input in the county's emergency plan is coming up, according to Barton County Emergency Risk Manager Amy Miller.

October 08, 2010 | Chuck Smith | News


Council addresses safety issues

Safety first was the plan for a number of items approved by the Great Bend City Council this week.

October 07, 2010 | Chuck Smith | News


Commission tables abatements

What is generally an open-and-shut issue was tabled by the Barton County Commission this week, as they get input to make sure that a safety provision in the county is working.

October 07, 2010 | Chuck Smith | News


Time to learn not to burn

In Great Bend, Fire Prevention Week gets turned into Fire Prevention Month, and, while it can't be proven, there are some who believe that a heritage of that extended effort has paid off in reduced incidence of home fires.

October 07, 2010 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Banning the bandz

In the classic Christmas movie - "A Christmas Story" -telling the story of Christmas, 1940, there's a scene when Ralphy and his classmates all have to turn over fake teeth to their teacher, who drops them into a desk drawer that is absolutely brimming with Little Big Books, yo-yos, squirt guns, army men, chattering teeth and more contraband.

October 06, 2010 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


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