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.
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.
It was kind of exciting to post "I survived the Kansas earthquake of Nov. 12, 2014," on Facebook and Twitter, but it turns out earthquakes are becoming rather common in the Wheat State.
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