The photograph of Jacob and Sami-Lou Charais was almost iconic.
Donna Zimmerman put out the word this week, and it should be welcome word for anyone who wants to get a little taste of local involvement, without having to invest hours and hours.
In the words of the immortal bard: "D'oh!"
Now is certainly NOT the time to let down our guard as we continue to recognize Fire Prevention Month.
We seem to have a real problem with what should be basic concepts in this country.
The next time any of us wonder why our community continues to support improvements to Great Bend Municipal Airport, we might consider the work that is going on northwest of here, in a crucial effort to play "catch-up."
It's time for spooky, chilly fall evenings.
Anyone who wants to participate in the coming general election - it is scheduled for Nov. 2, for all of you who've been sleeping - and who hasn't bothered to register to vote, is running out of time.
If you ever thought there must be something especially "right" about Pittsburg - Kansas, that is - then you were right, as a recent move by the community illustrates.
It is so true, that we often don't realize when we have it good, but a recent news report out of the Kansas City area sure should make us open our eyes here in Barton County.
On the one hand, we've all remembered what it is to wake up and feel the chill of autumn returning.
In Great Bend, Fire Prevention Week gets turned into Fire Prevention Month, and, while it can't be proven, there are some who believe that a heritage of that extended effort has paid off in reduced incidence of home fires.
In the classic Christmas movie - "A Christmas Story" -telling the story of Christmas, 1940, there's a scene when Ralphy and his classmates all have to turn over fake teeth to their teacher, who drops them into a desk drawer that is absolutely brimming with Little Big Books, yo-yos, squirt guns, army men, chattering teeth and more contraband.
Waste not, want not.
Judging from the feedback on so-called social media, area residents are interested in plans for an 80-room Holiday Inn Express on 10th St. Our story received more than five dozen "likes" and about a dozen sarcastic wisecracks after it was posted Saturday.
On Sunday, the Great Bend Tribune ran a story about a new Holiday Inn Express that is coming to town. It will feature 80 rooms, modern decor, contemporary features and meeting rooms.
Everything old is new again. Well, sometimes.
Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider was scheduled to speak at the Oct. 8 meeting of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis, but had to cancel when a patient with the Ebola virus died in Texas. While Schneider sat in on a national preparedness teleconference with the White House and Centers for Disease Control, Melissa Hagerman, immunization nurse at the county health department, took her place at the Kiwanis meeting.
We Americans are blessed with an abundance of food. We take our food home from restaurants intending to eat those leftovers, and we really do intend to eat the lasagna from the previous night.
As we get down to the wire before the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election, campaign passions may flare. The Great Bend Tribune appreciates the willingness of those running for office and those supporting the candidates to adhere to the newspaper's letters to the editor policy.
In Kansas, we are in the midst of one of the most volatile election seasons in recent memory. We can't turn to a media outlet without reading, seeing or hearing some political ad.
Paying property taxes has something in common with baseball.
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