Near the end of 2008, the stock market had crashed at a record pace, gas was fluctuating at around $4 per gallon, the big banks were in serious trouble, the housing market crashed, and the auto industry was tanking.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday there were no problems with the state's photo ID requirement to vote during the Nov. 6 general election.
It's Black Friday, the official opening of Shopping Season, perhaps the biggest day of the year for retail sales. The countdown to Christmas begins today, and for many people the spending scoreboard has begun to tick off the days while adding up the gifts.
A lot of people were whining the day after the election, because their candidate for president didn't win. It's OK to whine; some people think they've earned the right to whine by voting. But some folks have gone too far.
We all are sympathetic when a natural disaster hits because of lost lives and damage to property. The personal toll can be tremendous as well as the overall economic cost.
The first time someone threw a baseball into the metal door at Barton Community College's Kirkman Center, it may have been an accident. But today, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs has dozens of photos of damaged walls, heavy vinyl curtains, and the aforementioned door, all of them pocked or broken from the hundreds of baseballs, softballs and soccer balls that have been hurled without a thought or care about the damage being done.
One of the basic rules of elementary school is to learn to stand in line, wait your turn and cooperate and compromise until a solution where everyone is a little happy and everyone is a little unhappy.
Great Bend loves holidays.
Tattoos-once the forte of motorcyclists and Marines have over the past number of years become common amongst the young an the young at heart, perhaps as a way to separate themselves as a generation.
Election Day is Nov. 6, but a good number of Americans have already cast their ballots. On Thursday, Barack Obama became the first sitting president to take advantage of early voting. His wife voted earlier in the month.
In addition to voting for a president, Kansas voters will make a decision this election that could amend the state constitution. If it passes, it would be the first step in lowering the property tax paid by boat owners.
Most weeks the Great Bend Tribune reports on at least one fundraiser that involves food. We can mark our calendars by pancakes, spaghetti or homemade chicken-noodle soup. In the coming weeks we'll have several opportunities to sample some food specialties by local cooks. In so doing, we may actually be helping others.
Governor Sam Brownback has made another misstep in regards to the School Efficiency Task Force designed to find efficiencies in schools by not appointing any educators.
In the next week or so, many Great Bend children will have some homework and will need their parents to lend a hand with it.
Due to the Great Recession, both individuals and governmental entities have had to make cuts and forgo without raises.
We have a lot of blessings to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. There are gas prices that are among the lowest in the country and an economy that is showing signs of recovery.
The possibility that the State of Kansas could rob highway project funds to solve the state's fiscal crisis has come up at recent Barton County Commission meetings. Local officials are worried about work that is promised to the area but that now may be delayed if not cancelled.
Barton Community College officials voted on bids as quickly as they could, but there was no way to rebuild the dining hall at BCC's Camp Aldrcih before June 1, 2015. So, the popular venue for weddings, camps and other business or social gatherings will remain closed for another summer, due to the fire that destroyed the dining hall last April.
The political polls that indicated that Gov. Sam Brownback would surely lose and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts re-election campaign was in trouble proved to be a joke.
On Friday, Great Bend Street Department personnel began installing bicycle awareness signs along what will become the city's first bike route. It follows 19th Street west to McKinley and McKinley south to the Sports Complex.
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