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Never forget

The Marine Corps is under fire for a misstep that may be an honest mistake and if that is the case, then our "leaders" need to find out and not just hang these young men out to dry.

February 10, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Rural contracts for fire protection approved

Great Bend Fire Department will provide fire protection to four townships in Barton County for 2012 and without a cent of inflation over last year's prices, according to contracts approved by the Great Bend City Council this week.

February 10, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


New regulations approved for Great Bend Cemetery

Long hours of study, meeting and writing were accepted by the Great Bend City Council this week when it approved the proposed amendments to the city's cemetery rules.

February 09, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Let the Sioux decide

It probably isn't really "ironic" anymore, because it has become so common place to insult those people we allegedly are "protecting," and that is certainly what is happening in the northern Great Plains where some folk heroes are being shuttled aside in the name of political correctness.

February 09, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


No wrecks since improvements

Since improvements were made in the Broadway and Harrison intersection, there has been a marked reduction in accidents, according to statistics presented to the Great Bend City Council this week. But there is still a need for the signal, according to a dissenting member of the council.

February 09, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Convention center needs major investment

City officials are continuing to seek answers to the question, which is the Great Bend Convention Center, and it looks like they were right when they initially suspected the project will require a sizeable investment, though the facility was "given" to the city.

February 08, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Get yer red-hots!

As snow returned to the community on Tuesday, it may not have seemed like spring is just around the corner, and, as the Great Plains is known to show, it may not be.

February 08, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Do you feel lucky, America? Well, do you?

"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?'

February 08, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Locals pave the way to the future

Anyone who's been in Great Bend for long has undoubtedly encountered Railroad Avenue, from Main to Washington.

February 07, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


County inventory approved

Barton County government property falls into three basic lists: general materials, vehicles and firearms and other law enforcement equipment. And all of that has to be accounted for.

February 07, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Paving the way

Back in 1960, Great Bend and Barton County authorities agreed to work together on improving Railroad Avenue from Washington to Main Street.

February 07, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


County approves fund transfers for 2012

Important Barton County funds are in healthier condition, thanks to fund transfers that were approved this past week.

February 05, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


State should recycle its priorities

This past week as Barton County officials were considering the renewal of their Solid Waste Management Plan, local recycling efforts were discussed, and whether it is here at home or across the rest of the state, the story is the same. Kansas needs better recycling.

February 05, 2012 | Chuck Smith | Viewpoint


Bridge to the past to be recycled

Barton County Commission Chairman Homer Kruckenberg turned to Pulitzer Prize winning poet Carl Sandburg to address the proposed loss of one of the eight historic stone bridges in northern Barton County.

February 03, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


Local gas prices rise this week

With local gas prices hitting $3.18 this week, Great Bend joined the middle of the ranks of prices from around Kansas.

February 02, 2012 | Chuck Smith | News


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