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Has Your Smoke Alarm Expired?

This week marks Fire Prevention Week, and local and state safety officials urge all Kansas residents to know how old their smoke alarms are, and to replace them every 10 years.

October 10, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Scary situation handled well

Earlier this week, there was a frightening incident at Great Bend High School. A student posted a threat to the school, its teachers and its students on a social media site.

October 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Seeing blue

This week U.S. Attorney Tom Beall spoke at a statewide meeting of police officers, reminding them that law enforcement alone can't solve all the crime problems in our communities.

October 06, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Taking advantage - sure

Tuesday's vice presidential debate between Kaine and Pence was thankfully light on comments about illegal email servers, but unfortunately too much was made of Trump's not paying personal income tax for several years.

October 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Brace yourself for the worst

It may sound like the plot to a cheesy sci-fi flick, but state safety officials are warning all Kansans to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse. At least in October.

October 03, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Way to know, Joe

This marks the 76th anniversary of National Newspaper Week, an annual observance that underscores the impact of newspapers to communities large and small. The theme of this year's NNW is "Way to Know."

October 01, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Good behavior has been added to the curriculum at Great Bend USD 428 schools.

September 29, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Look beyond the debates

It was anticipated that the first presidential debates between Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton which took place Monday night would draw an audience on par with the Super Bowl. Over 100 million viewers were expected to tune in and watch the two controversial candidates square off in the first of three meetings in a tight presidential contest.

September 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Setting a standard,for now

Kansas roads are in great shape, at least for the time being.

September 24, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A Woman’s View

I told Fred that this wonderful Fall weather deserves a rest from yard work. In fact, there is an awesome event going on this weekend at the Santa Fe Trail Museum Fort Larned National Historic Site in Pawnee County, and we are going to take part!

September 21, 2016 | Judi Tabler | Viewpoint

Keep those kids safe

Every day in Kansas children are traveling in vehicles, riding to and from school or sports practice, the grocery store, or heading to a friend's house. The problem is, too many children aren't riding safely. To help families and caregivers know what to do to keep their children as safe as possible on the road, statewide partners including Safe Kids Kansas, the Kansas Department of Transportation, and the Kansas Highway Patrol are promoting Child Passenger Safety Week.

September 19, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Get the shot

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reports that the flu affects between 5 and 20 percent of the U.S. population each year from the fall through the spring.

September 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


In May of 2015, Barton Community College trustees thought the college might need to raise local taxes to pay for upkeep on its swimming pool. The other option was to close the pool.

September 15, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Absolute stupidity

The NCAA has officially been renamed.

September 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Viewpoint

Respect, kindness and tolerance

Ellinwood received a rare and important gift this week when Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal-Lazan visited with students and the community. She shared the story of her family, who miraculously survived what has come to be called the Holocaust. All four were prisoners at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and narrowly escaped extermination at the end of World War II.

September 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

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Debating the debates

Many of us have watched all of, or at least parts of, the presidential debates. And, it should come as no big surprise that an ...

October 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

At issue

After Wednesday's Presidential debate, one network interviewed a group of people who, going into the event, were still undecided about who to vote for ...

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Get outside

On a rural Barton County blacktop Sunday morning, a hawk could be heard screeching overhead. The early fall weather was cool but the sun was ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

The wisdom of youth

It doesn't take a bunch of adults to explain the problem of distracted and impaired driving. Just look at the artwork created by area ...

October 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Do your job

Voters who are concerned about who is added to the Supreme Court over the next four years need to remember that a ninth justice could ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Domestic violence stats alarming

The numbers paint a sobering picture of families in Kansas and around the nation. Twenty percent of the Kansas population have been victims of domestic ...

October 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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