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Furlough? Legislature need to pass a budget today

The Kansas Legislature, as of Thursday evening, has not passed a 2016 budget. If the situation doesn't change soon, many state employees will go on mandatory, unpaid furloughs at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

June 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Pawnee Rock illustrates volunteer-led concept

Volunteer-led communities offer us a glimpse of what is both best and sometimes worst in all of us. Sometimes, apathy prevails, and we see the gradual decline of a town, as residents struggle to answer the question, "who cares?" For those on the outside looking in, that may have been the impression of Barton County's City of Pawnee Rock for several years.

June 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


KSHSAA falls well shy of stated goals

The stated mission of the KSHSAA offers that safety, quality, and fairness are vital in activities.

June 03, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Lull in the storm

Perhaps we're getting a break in the string of thunderstorm that has soaked us recentliy, but's storm season and dark skies continue to threatened the region. Are we ready?

June 01, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


It’s our fault

Our illustrious Governor Sam Brownback said during a Thursday news conference it's time for legislators, for whom the majority of Kansans voted, to resolve budget and tax issues. Duh.

May 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Dive In: Keeping pool makes sense

Nobody wants to see their taxes go up, but Wednesday's decision by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees to keep the pool open will be worth the cost. We estimate it will be less than $9.50 on a $100,000 home next year, and less than $2.50 a year after that.*

May 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Could there be some rational thinking here?

It's too bad the Kansas Legislature had to go into overtime to handle an issue that's been at the forefront of debate long before the session began, but it appears both the Kansas House and Senate are finally beginning to see compromise is not a dirty word.

May 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


No more teachers

The summer months represent fun in the sun for school‐aged children, but they also signal a shift in the family's daily routine. Are you considering leaving your child home alone during the summer instead of taking him/her to a sitter? Safe Kids Kansas and the Department for Children and Families have some tips on how to decide if your child is ready to be home alone.

May 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Not just a holiday

Memorial Day is the traditional start to summer as folks begin dreaming of vacations, picnics and time in the sun.

May 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Show support: Honor vets with better care

Memorial Day is a good time to honor our veterans, and not just those who are deceased.

May 21, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Lend a hand

One could say we are facing a pending volunteer crisis in our community. The problem – the older residents who have been the volunteer workhorses are passing away and younger folks aren't stepping up to take their place.

May 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Balance

In case you haven't heard, we are in the midst of Palindrome Week.

May 16, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Knock ‘em dead

When the Great Bend High School class of 2015 walks across the stage at GBHS's Memorial Stadium this afternoon and members of School Board hand them their diplomas, they will join and estimated 3.2 million other American high school seniors graduating this spring.

May 15, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Honoring EMS volunteers

The City of Hoisington has gone to great lengths over the past year to recruit and support a fine group of Emergency Medical Technicians. Several members of that community have made the commitment to go through extensive training, and to be on call for several hours a month in order to safeguard the community and those that pass through it. As their numbers increase, so does the reliability of the service, and that is to be congratulated.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Lawmakers, keep your ears open

A week from today, incoming Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson and Interim Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander will be in Great Bend, continuing community conversations titled Kansas Children. Kansas' Future, with a focus on reaching the business community. Earlier this year, Watson and members of the Kansas State Board of Education, held nearly 20 community meeting to bring together parents, educators, local school board members, higher education representatives, legislators, members of the business community and all other interested parties. The idea was to discuss the future they want for Kansas children and the role they believe Kansas education should ...

May 11, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

July 27, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Sweet dreams

Once one has decided to get a brand new mattress, they need to decide what to do with the old one. Unfortunately, in many places ...

July 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Step Up: A chance to serve awaits

Recently, we applauded the men and women who serve on public boards. We neglected to mention that finding people who are willing to run for ...

July 23, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


State legislature has plenty to learn from local bodies

"I feel like we abdicated our responsibility," Sen Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, was quoted in the AP story "Kansas cash balance to be lower than ...

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Basketball player was a true inspiration

Probably the worst aspect of ESPN is when the network pushes a political agenda, pretending like they are legitimate decisions rather than a shameless reason ...

July 22, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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