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All for one?

The Great Bend City Council decided Monday night to disregard the recommendations of Carl Otter, the city's own engineering technician, and of Josh Golka, the city's on-call engineering consultant with Professional Engineering Consultants, and approve one family's request to install a circular driveway at their property at Harrison and Broadway.

February 09, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Be super careful on Super Sunday

Today is Super Bowl 51 featuring the Atlantam Falcons and the New England Patriots. For many local pro football fans, they will be watching the game on television, as will their favorite teams.

February 05, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Stormy weather

We have had our share of bad weather in this area, from tornadoes to severe thunderstorms to flooding. These can happen with plenty of warning, or not. This just highlights the capricious nature of our unpredictable spring weather and the need to be prepared for it, particularly during what is known as the severe storm season of April through June.

February 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Getting ready for 2018 Farm Bill

Regardless of where on the political spectrum you sit, in Kansas, the 2018 Farm Bill is going to have an impact on your life. And while Congress won't begin writing the bill for another year, legislators will have their ears open, gauging their constituents needs and desires, and will begin determining what their positions are going to be on the big issues.

February 01, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Love is all around

The death of actress Mary Tyler Moore this week had Americans remembering beloved TV characters and a woman with great talent. In the 1960s she played Laura Petrie on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and in the '70s she was spunky Mary Richards in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

January 26, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


When communication grinds to a halt, it's hard to keep an open mind

It's the first week into a new administration, and while the news has been filled with images of protestors marching in the streets, the urges of others to keep an open mind and give the new president a chance have also been notable.

January 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Make a difference

There is a lot of talk of making America great again. But, despite all the rhetoric, we all know all politics is local.

January 23, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Now, live from the Washington

Thursday was the anniversary of the first televised presidential news conference. The grainy black-and-white broadcast aired Jan. 19, 1955, featuring President Dwight D. Eisenhower who addressed such topics as problems with China and battles with Congress over the budget.

January 21, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Icy Sidewalks

When Great Bend merchants hold their annual Icy Sidewalk Sale in January, they always hope the sidewalks aren't really icy. We've had some days this month when a walk downtown would be pleasant enough, but Saturday isn't expected to be one of them.

January 12, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A changing of the guard

Barton County Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg stated it very well Monday morning when he addressed fellow commissioners. "We have had some rough times here lately," he said.

January 09, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A little ‘dab’ will do ya

We have a potentially divisive legislative session facing us. We have the inauguration of a new president following contentious primary and general elections.

January 07, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Teaching service

One item on next Monday's Great Bend USD 428 Board of Education meeting agenda is to approve the fifth annual Community Service Day at Great Bend High School.

January 05, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


The pity party's over

It's about time Kansas calls it quits on this ongoing pity party it's been indulging in for some time now.

January 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Shift happens

The Kansas Legislature opens what could be a tumultuous 2017 session next Monday.

January 02, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Be it resolved

We just emerged from a loud, obnoxious presidential campaign and will soon face another divisive Kansas legislative session. There are voices all around us screaming to be scared of our neighbors and fearful of the future.

December 31, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Teamwork

Baseball earned the title of the American Pastime more than a century ago, and the annual Congressional Baseball Game for Charity has been a tradition ...

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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