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A good example

Before a nice-sized audience in the main Barton County District Court courtroom Monday morning, new Barton County Commissioner Alicia Straub was sworn in by District Judge Steve Johnson.

January 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Thin ice

Recently, Great Bend Police officers were notified that someone was trying to skate on Veterans Memorial Lake. Bad idea.

January 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Still time to get immunized

Is it too late to get a flu shot? No, says Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider. Even if the flu season peaks soon, it will still be around for months. Despite the new flu strain, the vaccine has been well matched in roughly a third of the flu cases seen so far.

January 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Facing the music

My mother's birthday is New Year's Day. This year, Matt decided it would be fun to take her, my father and our family, to Molly B and the Squeezebox Band which were performing at the Rose Garden Hall in Hays. Knowing full well that Molly B is second only to Anacani and Lawrence Welk in my husband's mind, I rolled my eyes wondering if the offer was self-serving or a genuine heartfelt gesture. However, as I know my German-Catholic mother from Liebenthal loves polka music, I conceded that it was a great idea.

January 06, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


Money well spent

The goal of Central Kansas Community Corrections is to keep people out of jail. By working with and supervising criminal offenders in the 20th Judicial District, the agency manages a 77 percent success rate, meaning only 23 percent of their clients return to prison.

January 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Heating up

As witnessed this past week with the trailer fire that destroyed a Great Bend man's home, stay warm inside when it is cold outside can be dangerous. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association tells us that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

January 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Helping our own

For many years, folks in Ellinwood have complained about the Y-shaped intersection west of their community. It is the confluence of U.S. 56 and East Barton County Road and has been the site of numerous accidents and even more near misses.

December 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Think before you drink

New Years Eve is one of the most popular nights in America to imbibe alcoholic beverages. But, before we hit the bubbly then hit the road, there are a few things to consider.

December 27, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Beat the Grinch

Another Christmas is past, but the goodwill shared on Dec. 25 doesn't have to end.

December 25, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Not too late

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Tuesday released some sobering news. Based on data from the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, influenza activity has increased in nearly every region of the state.

December 23, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Giving thanks at Christmas

Sure, Thanksgiving is in the past now, but that doesn't mean we can't be thankful.

December 20, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Winter Coming -- Take it easy out there

Kansas got an early taste of winter Wednesday night when 4-6 inches of snow fell on this part of the state.

December 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Violence, destruction examples of stupidity

There's a real fascination to watching a movie like "Dumb and Dumber."

December 16, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


The rest of the story

It is said that numbers don't lie. Perhaps, but they may not always tell the entire truth.

December 15, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep it local

No one is blind to the fact that people will travel to shop for the holidays. Larger communities have much to offer. However, we should not forget our local merchants whose livelihoods depend on our business.

December 13, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Stormy weather

In the Golden Belt recently, we've gone from warm to cold and from rain to snow, all in the matter of one day., We all know just what can be dished out by Mother Nature. But, as winter fades to spring, the area faces a different kind of weather threat – thunder storms and tornadoes.

March 02, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Setting the pace

"Where else can a dollar donated touch so many lives," said Rick Chochon, United Way of Central Kansas pacesetter co-chair and United Way Board member. He was addressed the UWCK's first-ever Pacesetter Luncheon Thursday afternoon. It was an opportunity to honor the top 15 payroll companies and other special award winners.

February 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Page Turner

News that the Great Bend Public Library was spending more than $762,012.92 on a geothermal heating and air conditioning system shocked the city council members, who wrote the check earlier this month. It was probably out of frustration that city councilman Dana Dawson asked whether the library will even be needed in the future.

February 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Celebrations create lifetime memories

I admit it.

February 26, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Measles protection makes good sense

Delaying vaccines is a waste of time and could be dangerous to your children. And no, foreigners are not bringing most measles cases into the U.S.

February 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Good things are happening

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting and banquet took place Saturday night. A full house at the Convention Center heard a about the strides made in the business community.

February 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Buckle up!

Why buckle up?

February 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Presumed innocent

Recently, during Jeffrey Chapman's two-week trial on first-degree murder charges, the Great Bend Tribune showed photos of Chapman walking to the Barton County Courthouse in the presence of Barton County Sheriff's Officers. Because he was wearing modern constraints not visible to the naked eye, some people assumed he posed a flight risk and wondered what law enforcement officers were thinking.

February 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Tobacco tax hike good idea

For once, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to correct the state's massive budget shortfall make a modicum of sense. He has forwarded proposals to raise alcohol and tobacco taxes which are now being reviewed by a legislative committee.

February 16, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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