The latest installment of the Barton County Fair begins Wednesday. This is annual tradition provides a venue for youth and adults from across the county to show off their talents and be get a little pat on the back for their efforts. It is also a time for the community to come together for a week of family entertainment. But, above all of this, it is a chance to remember what makes us the well-grounded folks we are, built on a strong work ethic and a healthy foundation of common sense.
Memorial Parks Advisory Committee Chairman Larry Buczinski Monday morning gave an update to the Barton County Commission on the effort to build a veterans memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park north of Great Bend.
July is a special month for many Americans. Most of us will eagerly take a break from our busy summer schedules to once again celebrate Independence Day. There will be much fanfare with fireworks, parades, picnics, and other patriotic events celebrating our country's independence from Great Britain in 1776. But when the festivities have ended, only a few will have reflected upon the true meaning of independence and the role it has played in shaping our nation's character.
July 03, 2013|
Edward P. Cross
President Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association
Barton County residents are preparing to join Americans nationwide in celebrating the Fourth of July Thursday. It is a time to reflect on what it means to be a resident of the United States and feel a swelling pride in our country. There is nothing wrong with that, a Kansas State University researcher said.
It was purely by journalistic happenstance that the Great Bend Tribune, and in turn, its readers know about the oil wells being proposed in the area of Cheyenne Bottoms. A source told a reporter about it, otherwise, the public would have never known.
Father's Day was founded in 1910 in Spokane, Wash., by Sonora Smart Dodd. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Her father, the Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who raised his six children there. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909, she told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. Despite support from President Woodrow Wilson, there was resistance from Congress which feared it would become to commercialized. So, it did not have much success initially.
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.*
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.
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.
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.