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Feeling Eureka's pain

This past Tuesday evening, the city of Eureka took a direct hit from a tornado. No one was killed, but eight people were injured, two critically, and 175 structures were damaged, according to reports. This comes less than two years after the town was hit by a tornado in July 2016.

June 28, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

This is US

President Trump's apparent change of heart over children being separated from their parents at our southern border is a good thing.

June 21, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

A lot to offer

On a recent Tuesday evening at Veterans Memorial Park, the Bat Cats were playing baseball on Al Burns Field, the softball diamonds were full, the disc golf league was on the course, walkers used the road and path, and families with kids were swarming the playground.

June 09, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

No Cake Walk

A divided Supreme Court on Monday absolved a Colorado baker of discrimination for refusing to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple, ruling that the state exhibited "religious hostility" against him.

June 07, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Bear Essentials

There's so much going on Friday and Saturday, thanks to the events scheduled for June Jaunt. Worth noting is the grand opening of the expanded grizzly bear exhibit at Great Bend's Brit Spaugh Zoo on Saturday.

May 31, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Small Towns

A recent study confirms what many small-town residents already knew: People who live in small towns and rural areas are happier than everyone else.

May 24, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Turn the tassel

The Barton Community College graduation ceremony is behind us and Great Bend High School seniors will graduate on Sunday. Now is a good time to remind these celebrants how proud we are of them.

May 17, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Professional Cheaters

Barton Community College and higher learning institutions across the nation continue to battle what Vice President of Instruction Elaine Simmons calls "professional cheaters."

May 10, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

5 de Mayo

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the food and music and share a bit of Hispanic culture during Saturday's Cinco de Mayo Festival in Great Bend.

May 03, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Well done

Our community is a little better today, thanks to the efforts of more than 800 Great Bend High School students and numerous USD 428 employees and community members.

April 26, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

City term limits

The debate over whether or not to have term limits for Great Bend City Council members and the mayor has come up twice at recent city council meetings and has been rejected twice. The debate continues on Facebook, where people have discussed the pros and cons.

April 19, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Social media regulation needed

There has been much hullabaloo recently over social media giant Facebook and accusations that personal information on its users was leaked. Founder Mark Zuckerberg has spent weeks saying he's sorry and wound up testifying before Congress this past week.

April 14, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

School funding

If public schools across the nation were given report cards, they might come from the Education Week Research Center. Ed Week's Quality Counts 2018 report gives Kansas a C, with an overall grade of 73.3 percent. The national score is also a C, with a grade of 74.5 percent. Border states Nebraska and Colorado also earned C's although their grades were higher than Kansas at 76.3 and 73.9 percent, respectively. We scored higher than Missouri (C-) and Oklahoma (D+).

April 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Separation of powers

The Kansas Supreme Court ruled in October that the state's current education funding of more than $4 billion a year is not sufficient under the state constitution.

April 05, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Worth the trip

The seventh-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo gets under way Wednesday at the Great Bend Expo Complex west of town. The show runs through Friday and is free and open to the public.

April 02, 2018 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

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With the Barton County Fair in full swing, it's worth your time to visit the Great Bend Expo Complex and enjoy the experience.

July 12, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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