When the Internet swept the landscape twenty years ago, few imagined the chatting, Facebook, and other instantaneous social media that has resulted in breathtaking changes in communication structure. These changes have occurred faster than any manmade changes in the history of humankind.
The Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office reports that of the hundreds of crash related deaths that have occurred in Kansas, almost 70 percent of them were not wearing a seat belt. According to a 2011 study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,384 lives could be saved if seat belts had been worn. As of 2013, Kansas has an 81 percent seat belt usage rate.
The first day of summer is just round the corner. From the swimming pool to the lake to mowing the yard to exercising, it is time for everyone to remember just how dangerous the seasonal heat can be.
If you see local youths being hauled around in police cars or in the back of ambulances today, it is not because they are in trouble with the law or injured in an accident. Approximately 80 seventh and eighth graders are participating in the annual City Youth Academy sponsored by the City of Great Bend.
A new trend has arisen where teens are wearing tails. We're not talking about a fancy tuxedo or an extended ponytail.
When Congressman Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, made an unannounced visit to Wichita's Robert J. Dole Veterans Affairs Hospital backed by a TV crew, I loved it.
Do we know how to party or what?
For three times in the past month or two, Great Bend's shining Sports Complex has hosted state and/or regional tournaments. In all three, Great Bend hit home runs.
It would be difficult to find a Kansas community that isn't having some sort of festival this weekend. Close to home, there's June Jaunt all along K-96 from the Colorado border to Ellinwood, and Santa Fe Trail Days in Pawnee County.
The head of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, a former Army general, resigned Friday.
Everyone knew the day would come when Matt Heyn would leave Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.
It is sad that although in a rural area, many of us don't take the time to enjoy the great outdoors that exists just a short distance from our front doors. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Wilderness Act, the conservation bill that enshrined our nation's most pristine wildlands for future generations. The 1964 Wilderness Act, written by The Wilderness Society's Howard Zahniser, created the National Wilderness Preservation System, which protects nearly 110 million acres of wilderness areas from coast to coast.
Most of the "Religion News" in today's Tribune is dedicated to the Rev. Dermot Tighe, Great Bend, who is celebrating the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination.
This week's meeting of the Barton County Commission has provided much to think about. Listening to the county administrator, ABBB auditors and the county's software provider elaborate on the reconciliation and record keeping issues in the Treasurer's Office was nauseating.
"I do not know if everyone realizes how serious the drought situation is for Barton County and the State of Kansas," Barton County Emergency Manager Amy Miller said. She was responding to an announcement from Governor Sam Brownback's office last week updated the state's Drought Declaration for Kansas which now includes all 105 counties either in an emergency, warning or watch status.
Great Bend residents routinely call the police to report that their cars or garages have been splattered with eggs or paint balls, and usually they're advised to wash everything off and call back if there was any actual damage. Sadly, vandals took it up a notch this week by writing racial slurs on the vehicles of a black family.
There is a ditch in the southeast corner of Ellinwood that falls under the jurisdiction of the city. It has also, over the years, become choked with weeds and other debris.
The announcement that the Heartland Cancer Center in Great Bend will be redesigned and expanded is welcome news.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has committed up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that he believes are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.
We have been spoiled in Central Kansas. July, normally a time for extremely hot temperatures, has been mild. We all knew that we would pay the price, and now we are.
Two items in the news of late should act as a reminder to all of us that there are folks out there willing to scam us for our money if we let them.
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