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The cost of service

Barton County Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg was almost in tears as Mary Lou Weiser and Doris Berkley presented him with a Quilt of Valor during the commission meeting Monday morning. It was a short, simple but moving ceremony that not only recognized Kruckenberg for his Army service, but was the start of a series of recognitions honoring veterans.

May 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep on learning

"We don't stop going to school when we graduate." – Carol Burnett

May 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Better access to recreation needed for segment of city’s kids

As the school year comes to a close, let's take a few minutes to consider the joys of summer break.

May 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


I want to ride my bicycle

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling - and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.

May 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to party outdoors

Wrapping up Saturday, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference held its state baseball and softball tournament at the Great Bend Sports Complex. Athletes from across the state, as well as fans, and local spectators visited the complex, and local residents had the chance to experience outstanding college sports.

May 07, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Cinco de Mayo

Great Bend will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday so it's time for our annual history lesson.

May 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Time for better communication

The furor over the Central Kansas Library System's new sign at Broadway and Stone is unfortunate for many reasons.

May 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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 the creation of the Great Bend Community Orchard. That's right--our community has an orchard of apple trees that someday we can picnic at, use for a photo backdrop, learn orcharding skills like pruning and grafting, harvest fruit from for community outreach projects or cooking classes through our Barton County Extension or Barton County Health Department.

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 point for Great Bend, a center of community events ranging from City Band concerts to Cinco de Mayo to June Jaunt.

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.C.'s Lafayette Square.

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. Likewise those representatives make an effort to attend events like legislative coffees like the one held Wednesday morning at Ellinwood.

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 complex.

April 20, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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Don’t trash it

June Jaunt is less than a week away. This event, which showcases communities from Tribune to Great Bend along K-96, is a chance for these ...

May 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A day to say thanks

For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of Summer. Kids are out of school, swimming pools are open and grills across America are sizzling ...

May 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Memorial Day

As flags and poppies blow in the wind, this Memorial Day our thoughts will turn to loved ones no longer with us. Recalling an Irving ...

May 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Filing deadline is almost here

As Memorial Day approaches, we should remember that two important privileges American soldiers have fought to protect is our right to vote, as well as ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


New-found freedom

No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks.

May 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take yourself out to the ball game

Great Bend has really stepped up to the plate in a big way.

May 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hope sinks

A photo taken this week in Topeka shows Gov. Sam Brownback smiling as he shakes hands with Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, chairman of the House ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bathrooms are meant for one thing

Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms ...

May 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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