Five of the nine fire departments in Barton County have implemented burn restrictions in their jurisdictions, Barton County Communications Director Doug Hubbard told the County Commission Monday.
Today, our youngest son graduates from Great Bend High School. This really didn't hit me until I walked into the laundry room and saw the black gown hanging there.
When the Great Bend High School class of 2012 walks across the stage at GBHS's Memorial Stadium this afternoon and members of School Board hand them their diplomas, they will join and estimated 3.2 million other American high school seniors graduating this spring.
When Gov. Sam Brownback spoke to those gathered for a tourism conference recently at the Wetlands Education Center, he said Kansans are bad a promoting themselves and what the Sunflower State has to offer.
For years now, economic development and convention and visitors bureau officials in Barton County have worked tirelessly to promote the Wildlife National Scenic Byway which winds for 77 miles from Cheyenne Bottoms in Barton County to Quivira Wildlife Refuge in Stafford County.
A growing segment of Great Bend's population observed a celebration Saturday, one dedicated to its culture. There was a parade, and traditional music, dancing and food.
Downtown Great Bend changed forever Saturday night, a change that will be seen in broad daylight as well as when the sun sets.
It seems like there has been some recent confusion regarding our public forum policy. We do not restrict letters to the editor to a select group of people. In general we try to get in as many letters as we can. That being said we still require all submissions to follow our guidelines. Here (in part) are the long-standing public forum guidelines the Tribune follows:
Granted, its not the most sexy topic, in fact, discussing it seems, well, dry.
When it comes to those with handicaps, there statistics and there are people who live with the disabilities. Both add to the complex and often lonely tapestry that is being handicapped or a caregiver of a handicapped person in America.
Fifty years ago America was just waking up to the reality of environmental pollution: Rachel Carson had published "Silent Spring," heralding the modern environmental movement and raising America's consciousness about the impact of DDT pesticide use on the environment and public health. Then in 1969 Cleveland's Cuyahoga River caught fire due to the oil-soaked debris consuming it and the country's then-largest oil spill occurred in Santa Barbara, California.
This Sunday is Earth Day - an annual, international celebration of environmental awareness. It began in 1970 in the era of hippies and "flower power," and some consider it the "birthday" of modern environmentalism.
It occurred to me when I was on a trip to Jamaica a few years ago. We're really lucky in America to have building codes, established several years ago, that most houses on the market in just about any city must adhere to.
As sons of rural Kansas, we are committed to ensuring that children who grow up in the Sunflower State receive the same educational opportunities as students anywhere in America. One of the tools for making certain rural students receive a 21st Century education is broadband Internet access. Broadband can be the great equalizer; with an Internet connection, where you live doesn't determine what information and resources you can access.
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