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A good example

Before a nice-sized audience in the main Barton County District Court courtroom Monday morning, new Barton County Commissioner Alicia Straub was sworn in by District Judge Steve Johnson.

January 12, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Thin ice

Recently, Great Bend Police officers were notified that someone was trying to skate on Veterans Memorial Lake. Bad idea.

January 08, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Still time to get immunized

Is it too late to get a flu shot? No, says Barton County Health Director Shelly Schneider. Even if the flu season peaks soon, it will still be around for months. Despite the new flu strain, the vaccine has been well matched in roughly a third of the flu cases seen so far.

January 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Facing the music

My mother's birthday is New Year's Day. This year, Matt decided it would be fun to take her, my father and our family, to Molly B and the Squeezebox Band which were performing at the Rose Garden Hall in Hays. Knowing full well that Molly B is second only to Anacani and Lawrence Welk in my husband's mind, I rolled my eyes wondering if the offer was self-serving or a genuine heartfelt gesture. However, as I know my German-Catholic mother from Liebenthal loves polka music, I conceded that it was a great idea.

January 06, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


Money well spent

The goal of Central Kansas Community Corrections is to keep people out of jail. By working with and supervising criminal offenders in the 20th Judicial District, the agency manages a 77 percent success rate, meaning only 23 percent of their clients return to prison.

January 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Heating up

As witnessed this past week with the trailer fire that destroyed a Great Bend man's home, stay warm inside when it is cold outside can be dangerous. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association tells us that heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths. Half of home heating equipment fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

January 03, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Helping our own

For many years, folks in Ellinwood have complained about the Y-shaped intersection west of their community. It is the confluence of U.S. 56 and East Barton County Road and has been the site of numerous accidents and even more near misses.

December 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Think before you drink

New Years Eve is one of the most popular nights in America to imbibe alcoholic beverages. But, before we hit the bubbly then hit the road, there are a few things to consider.

December 27, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Beat the Grinch

Another Christmas is past, but the goodwill shared on Dec. 25 doesn't have to end.

December 25, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Not too late

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Tuesday released some sobering news. Based on data from the Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, influenza activity has increased in nearly every region of the state.

December 23, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Giving thanks at Christmas

Sure, Thanksgiving is in the past now, but that doesn't mean we can't be thankful.

December 20, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Winter Coming -- Take it easy out there

Kansas got an early taste of winter Wednesday night when 4-6 inches of snow fell on this part of the state.

December 18, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Violence, destruction examples of stupidity

There's a real fascination to watching a movie like "Dumb and Dumber."

December 16, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


The rest of the story

It is said that numbers don't lie. Perhaps, but they may not always tell the entire truth.

December 15, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Keep it local

No one is blind to the fact that people will travel to shop for the holidays. Larger communities have much to offer. However, we should not forget our local merchants whose livelihoods depend on our business.

December 13, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Doing their jobs

Unfortunately, Barton County Commissioner Jennifer Schartz said public officials grab the headlines when they have a bad day and make a mistake. That is why she appreciated what 911 Director Doug Hubbard had to say Monday morning.

March 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get off that couch

At first blush, the sixth-annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday paint a bleak picture for Barton County. We are the 86th least healthy county in Kansas after being ranked at 68th last year.

March 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Respect the office

When Gov. Sam Brownback was shown on the big screens Sunday at the NCAA basketball matchup between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the Wichita State University Shockers, fans booed.

March 26, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Vote for goodness sake

DeleteTuesday could mark one of the last times voters in Kansas have a regular spring election. Simply by showing up and voting, you can become part of history.

March 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


WSU owns bragging rights on Jayhawks

It was the basketball game that Bill Self and his merry band of Jayhawks feared - Wichita State.

March 25, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


No big surprise

It was the basketball game that Bill Self and his merry band of Jayhawks feared - Wichita State.

March 24, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Street sweepers

The Great Bend Police Department and other law enforcement agencies have a message for all the bad guys out there – you are not wanted here.

March 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Get outside

Spring is here and with the nice weather we've been having, it's time to think about getting back outdoors.

March 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It's not mandatory

President Obama told an audience this week that mandatory voting might not be a bad idea. "It would be transformative if everybody voted - that would counteract money more than anything," he said Wednesday at a town hall-style event in Cleveland, Ohio.

March 19, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Facts trump ‘talking heads’

Last week, videos of a fight that occurred at Great Bend High School went viral. That means that it was seen by so many people, it was picked up by several online magazines and is now circulating worldwide through their subscribers. These magazines failed to follow up with even a little bit of reporting. They rushed to post the videos, and assigned "talking heads" to tell viewers what they are watching without regard for the facts.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


State basketball delivers highs and lows

On one side, St. John's players and fans were celebrating a state basketball championship with laughter and joy.

March 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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