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A youth sporting event turned into a brawl, this past Monday in Wichita. According to reports, a parent complained that his son wasn't getting enough playing time; then six men surrounded the coach and started hitting him. Police said one of the men had brass knuckles and one had a gun. Then the coach's wife pulled out a gun of her own and fired it into the air. The coach headed to his car to retrieve a gun, too.

September 11, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


According to NFL, seeing is believing

My suggestion when Pro Bowl back Ray Rice was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault was suspension for life from the NFL.

September 11, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


West Nile Virus Positively identified in Barton County

Barton County has many mosquitoes and this time of year, unfortunately, West Nile Virus has popped up. One case has been identified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a neuroinvasive case and one as a non-neuroinvasive case.

September 10, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Time to be ready

Whew! We dodged the spring storm season without many weather-related incidents. So, we are safe now, right?

September 08, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Plastic overload

California lawmakers have approved a measure that would make the state the first to impose a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, the Associated Press reports.

September 04, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Where were they then?

The Great Bend City Council Monday night approved the hiring of Nelson Stone to demolish the historic old opera house at the corner of Forest and Williams in downtown Great Bend.

September 04, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Staying home A must during illness

In the U.S., we tend to have a mentality that no matter how bad we feel, we must drag ourselves to church, to work, to recreational activities. So when the sniffles, colds, influenza, and stomach flu attack, out the door we go.

September 03, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Fighting terrorism requires consensus

Fighting terrorism is no easy task.

September 02, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


It’s that time again

Fall is around the corner and students are back in the classroom for another school year. This means the annual inundation of school activities will begin very soon.

September 01, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Working for a living

Like so many holidays, the true message and meaning of Labor Day has gotten lost in commercial hype.

August 30, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Warm wishes

"Winter is Coming" is the motto of the House of Stark in George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones," and a fact for residents of Great Bend.

August 28, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


A challenging year

It's nice to know the system still works.

August 25, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Pass or don’t pass

In a single day last year, 2,220 Kansas school bus drivers reported 798 instances of drivers illegally passing their stopped busses.

August 23, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A giving thing

Mike Clark is no doubt good at his job, which is raising money for Kansas State University's athletic department. But the first thing he told Great Bend Kiwanians when he visited this week was, "It's not all about the money; it's all about relationships."

August 21, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


USD 431 proceeds with entrepreneurship project

USD 431 School Board, decided at a special meeting on Monday, to proceed with an entrepreneurship program similar to the Stafford Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Program (SEED).

August 20, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


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A day to say thanks

For many, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of Summer. Kids are out of school, swimming pools are open and grills across America are sizzling ...

May 28, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Memorial Day

As flags and poppies blow in the wind, this Memorial Day our thoughts will turn to loved ones no longer with us. Recalling an Irving ...

May 26, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Filing deadline is almost here

As Memorial Day approaches, we should remember that two important privileges American soldiers have fought to protect is our right to vote, as well as ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


New-found freedom

No more pencils, no more books, no more teacher's dirty looks.

May 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Take yourself out to the ball game

Great Bend has really stepped up to the plate in a big way.

May 21, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Hope sinks

A photo taken this week in Topeka shows Gov. Sam Brownback smiling as he shakes hands with Rep. Dan Hawkins, R-Wichita, chairman of the House ...

May 19, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bathrooms are meant for one thing

Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms ...

May 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


The cost of service

Barton County Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg was almost in tears as Mary Lou Weiser and Doris Berkley presented him with a Quilt of Valor during the ...

May 16, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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