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New apartments cause for celebration

The fact that 24 new apartments were all leased by the time they became available shows how badly Great Bend needed something like The Reserves at Trail Ridge, which opened this week.

August 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Forgetting isn’t an option

Monday, Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider reported the turnout at the immunization carnival held earlier this month wasn't as great as they'd hoped it would be. That's too bad, because a lot of kids, especially teens, aren't up to date on their immunizations she said.

August 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


With school come thoughts of fall

For everything, there is a season. And even as temperatures still hover in the 90s, school starts this week, ushering in thoughts of the pending seasonal change.

August 17, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It takes more than money

With a super hero theme, the United Way of Central Kansas went up, up and away with its 2016 kick-off event Saturday evening. The campaign is now officially underway.

August 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Park Perks: Make your own Party in the Park

Last Saturday's Party in the Park was a lot of fun for most people. Veterans Memorial Park came to life with contests and shaved ice vendors and other amenities that aren't there every day.

August 13, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A necessary evil

Call it a blessing or call it a curse.

August 10, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep your eyes open

School will soon be starting. It's been a long, hot summer, so kids and motorists alike need to remember some simple rules so this year can be a safe for us all. The Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Highway Patrol offer the following:

August 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Money = Speech

This week a bipartisan congressional committee released its report on a two year investigation of the Internal Revenue Service. According to the Associated Press, the Senate Finance Committee report said management flaws at the IRS contributed to a "dysfunctional culture" that allowed agents to mistreat conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.

August 06, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Batboy’s passing will always be remembered

There's nothing sadder than the loss of a youngster's life.

August 05, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Let’s party

Plans are in the works for the third Party in the Park, the annual city-sponsored event held to say thanks for the support the city receives from the community. Set for Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, events will take place throughout the day.

August 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Be a hero

There are no phone booths or red capes required to be a hero.

August 01, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Bravery, freedom emerge from women

Bill Cosby has earned a reputation as a genuinely funny guy.

July 31, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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


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Homework: Daily reading

If you're reading this, there's a good chance your gray cells are active this morning (or afternoon or evening).

September 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Cliches hit sour chord

The ever popular "here's a stilly phrase you should never say," has returned. They are phrases that you should try to avoid saying.

September 02, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Local help needed

It is a problem much bigger than many of us realize.

August 31, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Motto Musing

The Barton County (Missouri) Sheriff's Office has added "In God We Trust" decals to its vehicles, and posted a photo on its Facebook page.

August 27, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Pastor teaches a valuable lesson

A preacher transformed himself into a "homeless person," at the church on the morning he would be introduced as the head pastor by church elders ...

August 27, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A bad rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed a large increase in the minimum salary threshold for the "white-collar" overtime exemptions (executive, professional and ...

August 25, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


It’s a gas, gas, gas

Finally, finally, the fog has lifted and news about officials in Washington, D.C. tackling matters of national import is emerging. The Agricultural Marketing Service ...

August 24, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Time to say thanks

More details are emerging about the circumstances surrounding last Friday's standoff suspect Chris Solida, his alleged shooting of his wife, and the fate of ...

August 22, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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