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Summer school

When children return to school in August, some teachers may ask them to write about "How I Spent My Summer Vacation." In recent weeks, Great Bend USD 428's Public Relations Director Jennifer Schartz has supplied the Great Bend Tribune with a series of articles on how some teachers spend their summers. It's been fun to learn about teachers who use their "free time" to do community service work, take on a summer job, start new businesses or further their own education.

June 29, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

'Bird watching' transforms to new adventure

Recently, while visiting with some 'old" friends in Wisconsin while vacationing there, we somehow got on the subject of hearing aids.

June 28, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Viewpoint

Not so frivolous

On a recent sultry Sunday afternoon, several young children, and their parents, availed themselves of the new splash pad water feature in the Barton County Courthouse Square. It was a scene of unbridled joy as the kids ran through the fountains and streams of cool water shooting from the floor.

June 24, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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 in Washington, D.C., since 1909. Our lawmakers have a difficult and important job, and this event allows them to have some fun and get to know each other a little better.

June 15, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Transparency key to keep government honest

Monday's City Council meeting gave me pause to consider how much power and trust we place in the hands of our government, not just locally but at all levels.

June 07, 2017 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint

A girl is a girl

Let's see - what's more important?

June 07, 2017 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Taking a dip?

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

June 06, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

One Potato, Coach Potato

Couch potato alert! Couch potato alert!

June 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Viewpoint

A nice weekend

Congratulations, we pulled off a very busy weekend with much success.

June 04, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Gardening a labor of love

As a child and teenager, I remember our family always having a garden. Maybe it wasn't a big, lavish garden, but it was a plot with vegetables. Usually, the garden consisted of green beans, (my job was to pick it every other day), lettuce, and tomatoes.

May 25, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Viewpoint

Not just a matter of luck

Sure, we were lucky Tuesday night, but much of that luck was no accident.

May 20, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Waste not

When they stop being useful, computers, cell phones and other electronic products become E-waste. Each year in the United States, homes, schools, government offices and businesses throw away 9.4 million tons of the stuff, according to

May 18, 2017 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Looking good

Those who missed the Cinco de Mayo celebration in downtown Great Bend Saturday missed more than a colorful, festive event. They missed the premier of the newly remodeled Jack Kilby Square.

May 08, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Maintaining 'pretty nails' a challenge

I am on another "fingernail" binge.

May 05, 2017 | Tribune Staff | Viewpoint

Getting the word out

It may come as no surprise to many readers, especially younger readers, that social media are taking over the planet. What was conceived as a digital method of connecting with friends and family has exploded into a format threatening other forms of mass communication.

May 01, 2017 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

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This week Natalie Beagley from the American Red Cross Blood Services office in Wichita called the Great Bend Tribune to report a heightened need for ...

March 15, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

School violence

It's been nearly 19 years since two teenagers went on a killing spree at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999 ...

March 08, 2018 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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