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Kansas tragedy

On June 2, 2007, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith was abducted in broad daylight from an Overland Park department store and murdered. The abduction was captured on the store's security camera leaving little doubt of the emergency nature of the circumstances. Four days after she disappeared, authorities were able to locate Kelsey's body after her wireless provider released the "ping" or "call location" information from her cell phone.

April 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Powerful voice coming

Each day, three women die as a result of domestic violence at the hands of either a current or former male partner. This, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

April 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A sad necessity

Sadly April is a big month for the Dell Hayden Memorial Child Advocacy Center and the Family Crisis Center. It is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Another one in the books

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran visited the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show Friday morning and afternoon. He talked about the importance of agriculture and the importance of rural America.

April 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A civic responsibility

Barton County voters will head to the polls Tuesday for the county-wide general election. This is strictly a local election and an excellent opportunity to help guide our communities for years to come. With advance voting and absentee voting, casting ballots is easier that it ever has been in the past, give residents fewer reasons not to head to the polls.

April 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Dorothy Morrison’s legacy

The Dorothy M. Morrison Foundation has provided many generous gifts to Great Bend over the years. This year the community has been blessed more than once.

March 31, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Just doing his job

In light of the criticism raised by conservative groups over Senator Jerry Moran's support of consideration of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, it's time we all refresh our memory of what the term conservatism actually means.

March 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A healthy cause

According to the American Public Health Association, Americans are living 20 years longer than their grandparents, due in part to the work of public health. That's the good news.

March 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The truth

Father Rene Guesnier would've made an excellent teacher, lawyer or a judge - any job where the truth mattered.

March 26, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Population loss

The U.S. Census Bureau shows that Kansas's population increased by 2 percent from 2010-12015, but that isn't the case for most of the Golden Belt.

March 24, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Laughing stock

Monday night, it was once again confirmed that Kansas is currently the nation's cautionary tale. The Late Night with Seth Meyers bit, "Kansas tax cuts: A closer look," summed up how far the great experiment in tax elimination has failed.

March 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Making strides

It was a modest improvement, but it was an improvement.

March 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Enjoy nature

Grab a pair of walking shoes, a bicycle or a set of disc golf frisbees. Spring is here and it is beckoning.

March 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Incivility

In January of 2012 Jonathan Merritt, an award-winning writer on religion, culture, and politics, commented on "the most negative election in U.S. history."

March 16, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Leaked bracket is fitting karma

We really like television - that's why we watch it every day.

March 16, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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Valuable lessons

One could hardly travel the streets of Great Bend Wednesday without seeing young people working yards and public spaces. They were everywhere.

April 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Safe gas

In January of 2001, natural gas escaped from an underground storage cavern and exploded in Hutchinson, claiming two lives.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Shaping the future, one branch at a time

About a year ago, Great Bend planted a seed that should begin to bear fruit in a few years. Last week was the anniversary of ...

April 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Is this the governor’s legacy?

Kansas legislators will return from their spring break Wednesday to face a daunting task, they must close projected budget gaps totaling about $290 million.

April 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A cooperative effort

For over 100 years, the Barton County Courthouse Square, portions of which are now commonly referred to as Jack Kilby Square, has been a focal ...

April 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The Gift

Years ago, cities supposedly designated formal parks which were often named Lafayette Park in honor of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and Washington, D ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Accountability at the coffee shop

Barton County is fortunate in that our communities make an effort to invite legislators representing the constituents of our area to meet face to face ...

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


History repeats itself at LSH

Back in 2013, it was Tristan Shaver, Melissa Strain and Elizabeth Earegood who shined a light on inhumane working conditions at the Larned State Hospital ...

April 20, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Let’s finish this

Bob Parrish told the Barton County Commission Monday morning that he was in the high school class of 1945, the last class to be a ...

April 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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