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Local gas hike follows national trend

An increase of more than 20 cents per gallon for unleaded gasoline in less than a month hasn't been the common experience in recent months, but it is what's happened already in Great Bend in February and nationally there is already the suggestion that drivers will see $5 per gallon by Memorial Day - not $4, but $5.

February 22, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Gophers need to go go go

"Here comes the colonel with his sergeant,

February 21, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Convention Center will get new announcement equipment

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about the development of the Great Bend Convention Center.)

February 21, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Checking ahead is a good idea all year

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of reminders about emergency preparedness.)

February 20, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Thought police are going mainstream

Anyone who's ever hit the wrong button on the remote and stumbled onto MSNBC can't possibly be surprised that the powers that be there have dumped conservative talking head Pat Buchanan.

February 19, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Prices are going up

When the price of candy bars drops significantly, Americans will take this announcement seriously.

February 17, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Don’t bet on winter being over, yet

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of reminders about emergency preparedness.)

February 17, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


2012 proves to be a busy election year

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about upcoming local election issues.)

February 16, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Watch your mouth

There are some "shades of gray" issues in our culture today, though fewer than the ethical relativists would suggest.

February 16, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Got ID? Well, get it!

Elsewhere, the Tribune is reporting on County Clerk Donna Zimmerman's continuing effort to acquaint Barton County voters with the need to have a photo ID at the polls this year.

February 15, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Health Department has plans for 2012

Barton County Health Department will work on getting the county to "say ah" this year.

February 15, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Freedom or safety

"Freedom's just another word for nothin' left to lose," according to the queen of the free spirits, the late Janis Joplin.

February 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


It’s a busy election season

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about upcoming local election issues.)

February 14, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Respect the office, if not the man

Many of us remember the disgraceful showing our nation suffered through late in 2008 when the TV talking heads, elected officials - you can't call them "leaders" if they refuse to lead - and even security officers refused to react when our president was attacked in public.

February 12, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Presidential caucus rules explained

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is one in a series of articles about upcoming local election issues.)

February 12, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


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