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Tax Break

The Barton Community College administration has saved taxpayers a bundle this year by recommending a budget that does not increase the mill levy. Because oil valuations dropped, a 33.124 mill levy – last year's tax rate – will bring in fewer dollars this year - a cut of nearly $900,000.

July 30, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Step up and make a splash

The dog days of summer are here, and they are sure to last well into September. But soon, city pools in the county will close. Its a by-product of school start dates falling ever earlier in August. Lifeguarding has traditionally been a summer job for high school and college aged youth, and when the kids can no longer work, city pools have no choice but to close.

July 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Get those immunizations

In an effort to bolster sadly low immunization rates in Barton County, the Barton County Health Department is holding an immunization carnival from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30, a the BCHD office, 1300 Kansas.

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Sweet dreams

Once one has decided to get a brand new mattress, they need to decide what to do with the old one. Unfortunately, in many places, they don't have many options, as the market for re-using and recycling mattresses is very small.

July 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Step Up: A chance to serve awaits

Recently, we applauded the men and women who serve on public boards. We neglected to mention that finding people who are willing to run for these positions is an ongoing concern.

July 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

State legislature has plenty to learn from local bodies

"I feel like we abdicated our responsibility," Sen Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, was quoted in the AP story "Kansas cash balance to be lower than expected," in Wednesday's Great Bend Tribune.

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Basketball player was a true inspiration

Probably the worst aspect of ESPN is when the network pushes a political agenda, pretending like they are legitimate decisions rather than a shameless reason to push ratings.

July 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Keeping them out of jail

Central Kansas Community Corrections Director Amy Boxberger summed up what her agency does in one sentence Monday morning. "Our program is to keep people out of prison."

July 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Take a long view

A backlash is beginning to be felt in Kansas finally, after years of cheap and stingy actions taken to constantly reduce what the state pays out for education. Teachers are getting tired of complaining, and tired of fighting, and some are beginning to leave, making it more difficult to find replacements. Sadly it will be students that feel the brunt of it, and the effects will be long-lasting if good teachers can't be recruited to fill openings statewide.

July 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Awarding Roses: Thanks for serving

This week three members left the Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education and three newly elected board members took their places. One individual left the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, and the search began to fill a vacancy.

July 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Reduce and reuse

Last week, the Barton County Commission granted $15,000 Sunflower Diversified Services to help bolster its recycling efforts. The county wisely includes $15,000 under Solid Waste Budget for recycling that its awards locally for this important function.

July 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Weather training pays off

I love those National Weather Service training sessions.

July 15, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

A tough call

The debacle with our Kansas Legislature and Governor Sam Brownback has claimed another victim, this one close to home.

July 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Working together

It was an unfortunate situation.

July 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Healthy eats: It's a matter of balance

In February, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee sent to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Sylvia Burwell a nearly 600-page scientific report, which serves as a recommendation to the agencies as they develop the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

July 09, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

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End of an era

It is an unfortunate coincidence that came only a couple weeks after the tremendous success of the Great Bend Airfest, an event celebrating the communities ...

October 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Step up: The path is clear

This weekend, area residents can walk to support veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Walk to End Alzheimer's or just walk for personal well ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Show your colors Friday

Homecoming for the Great Bend Panthers is Friday. The varsity football team will play Dodge City, and all week long students are showing their spirit ...

September 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Playoff seedings need revamping

Baseball's playoff system is an absolute joke.

September 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Go say hi

Do you know who lives next door to you? Have you ever actually exchanged a word with them? If so, congratulations, you're part of ...

September 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A risky business

This past week was Farm Safety and Health Week and when September wraps up Wednesday, so does Farm Safety Month, but the risks of agriculture ...

September 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Testing, testing

It was 2002 when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into Law. By 2005, some states were willing to give up federal ...

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Giving back for the fun of it

In Barton County this weekend, it's all about giving back, and having a good time doing it. Three opportunities are on The Great Bend ...

September 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

European broke unwritten rule

Is golf the only sport where you actually call a penalty on yourself? It must be the only sport that penalizes and disqualifies a player ...

September 23, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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