Regardless of where they stand politically, Barton County residents are undoubtedly of the same mind as many Americans which it comes to Congress. Some see the ultra-conservative wave that washed over Washington, D.C., or the more liberal slant in the White House as good things. Some see these movements as being the cause of the intransigence. Still, others, see them as the cause for all that ills this nation.
January is a heavy month. It's cold, you have to start working on taxes, people get colds and flu, and its dark. Luckily, its not as dark as it was in December. At least when I've left work, I've been able to spy bits of Kansas sunset through the branches of slumbering trees and around the rooftops of the houses on these city streets.
The Great Bend City Council has entered a minefield. Council members must now take care where they step.
Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Sure, banks and some government offices were closed. But, besides that, what does it mean?
When I was growing up, my mom made a point of going to the grocery store by herself, rather than dragging us along. There were several reasons, but mostly because she didn't like listening to all the pleading to get snacks that weren't on the list.
The Barton County Soil Conservation District (part of the Natural Conservation Service) held its annual Conservation Awards banquet Saturday night at Barton Community College.
There are lessons that could be taught at the county level, lessons those in Topeka and Washington, D.C., would do well to learn. These are in the areas of civics and civility.
In 2007, the Great Bend Tribune was named the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year. Up to that point after 131 years, the newspaper had touched the lives of a lot folks. One of those made a special video appearance at the chamber's annual banquet when the honor was announced.
When most of us are safe and warm inside, there are a handful of folks whose job it is to head into the jaws of winter weather. These city, county and state snow removal crews face long, bitter cold hours doing the nerve-grinding job of making streets and highways safe for motorists.
We've dodged the Mayan end of the world, now it is time to party. New Years Eve is one of the most popular nights in America to imbibe alcoholic beverages.
What kind of a Grinch would do such a thing?
In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the New York Sun. "Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" she asked.
In the wake of any horrific act of violence, be it the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, or the heart-wrenching massacre of first graders and their teachers in Newtown, Conn., there is an outpouring of emotions. Perhaps, it is because all of us seek solace as a national grieving community or we want to make sense of what has happened.
According to the 23rd Edition of America's Health Rankings from the United Health Care Foundation released Tuesday, Kansas is 24th in the nation this year compared to 25th in 2011 when compared with the health of other states.
It's that time of the year when colds, influenza, viruses abound. Stay home please!
Listening to the national news, let alone the state news, has lately been depressing. But on a local level, there's plenty to feel good about. People in Barton County have heart, and last weekend a select few had a chance to show it in a big way. While many donned their best formal attire to attend the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, these men donned field gear and welcomed some honest-to-goodness heros to our home.
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