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Preservation not always the best opton

Voters in Hoisington approved a bond issue to build a new elementary school, and that is really good news for the present and future students of that district. But as the news reached some readers, disappointment over the demolition of another piece of history (the existing school building) was expressed.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Fact and fiction: Publicity raises awareness

The movie "Jurassic Park" and all of its sequels, including the new "Jurassic World," have provided a big boost to the advancement of paleontology, the study of fossils. Even though the franchise got so much wrong – starting with the title, which more accurately should have been "Cretaceous Park" – scientists in the field say the movies spark interest in a way that real fossils cannot.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


We must do our part

On Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported the first case of west Nile virus in Kansas for 2015. The individual that tested positive is an adult from Lincoln County, that's not all that far from here.

June 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The Boys in the Bank

The Kansas Legislature's latest attempt to pass a budget seemed doomed from the start.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Kansas Legislature adds $1 million debt

You can blame Gov. Sam Brownback for the fiscal trouble that Kansas is encountering.

June 10, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Stay safe in the water

It is summer and its is warm. Folks are headed to pools and lakes for a dip to cool down.

June 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pulling together

As today draws to a close, the fourth-annual June Jaunt will be wrapping up as well.

June 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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


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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 ...

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 ...

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


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