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A big ‘atta boy’

The third-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo closed Friday after another successful three-day run. The hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees have gone and the Expo Complex is empty.

April 12, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


For kids' sake

Requests for help – from people needing food, or cash to pay their rent or utilities – are on the rise in our community, and Great Bend is not alone. Locally, we know that our Barton County Emergency Aid Association and Food Bank, Catholic Social Service and others have seen an increase in requests.

April 10, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Football player honored

Satanta High School freshman Anthony Crump walked to the front of Midian Shrine Temple in Wichita Saturday to receive a special honor.

April 09, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


First impressions

The Great Bend City Council Monday night received some good economic development news when it learned that the Grand Island, Neb.,-based HeartlandAg wanted to open a new site just outside the city limits. The company has purchased in the neighborhood of 33 acres just north of the city limits on the west side of U.S. 281 to build a new commercial fertilizer equipment sales, parts and supply facility.

April 07, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Farming important to us all

It's been four years since the 3i Show packed its tents and left Great Bend for the last time. The biannual event which alternated between Great Bend and Garden City drew throngs to town, and filled motels and restaurants.

April 05, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


GOP unchained

Kansas loves the Second Amendment, as the Senate proved again this week when approving the "gun-rights bill," 34-2, and sending it to an equally receptive House.

April 03, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Bellendir, Boeckman dispute highlights need for third party reporting

Monday following the Barton County Commission meeting, the below explanation was given on the dispute between Sheriff Brian Bellendir and County Attorney Richard Boeckman on the county's Facebook page. It said:

April 02, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Voting? Forget about it

It is said that we the people have the power to shape our government. The ideals of democracy are enshrined in our Constitution, and it is these principles that have guided our great nation.

March 31, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Unsung heroes

All of our first responders deserve pats on the back and our undying gratitude for what they do for us. From facing domestic violence calls to working accidents to running into burning buildings, they risk their lives for our safety.

March 29, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Win-win: Common-sense ways to help veterans

Sen. Jerry Moran recently introduced legislation to extend a federal program that allows veterans to receive health care in rural communities, including Great Bend, without traveling long distances to VA hospitals. Project ARCH (Access Received Closer to Home) needs to continue beyond its three-year pilot that expires this September.

March 27, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Cheyenne Bottoms great natural resource

Cheyenne Bottoms is a wetlands of international importance, attracting visitors from across the world.

March 27, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


The deadline’s coming

The deadline to sign up this year for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act's marketplace plans is only a week away. Now, the final push is on to get as many people as possible covered.

March 22, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


State basketball offers memories

For the Central Plains High School girls and St. John-Hudson boys, it was truly a family affair after they swept state basketball championships in Manhattan Saturday.

March 19, 2014 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


Legislative session needs public’s attention

Between spanking, opt-in sex education in schools, banning incompatibility divorces, banning surrogacy, to moving the date to change voter registrations from two weeks prior to the primary to prior to candidate filing deadline, to school finance, and gun rights, the Kansas Legislature has been very busy this year.

March 19, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Pedaling forward

The approval of a project to install 32 bicycle safety awareness signs through Barton County by the County Commission Monday morning is a huge step forward in recognizing the growing importance of cycling in our area. The commissioners must be commended for their foresightful action.

March 17, 2014 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Time for better communication

The furor over the Central Kansas Library System's new sign at Broadway and Stone is unfortunate for many reasons.

May 02, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Valuable lessons

One could hardly travel the streets of Great Bend Wednesday without seeing young people working yards and public spaces. They were everywhere.

April 30, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Safe gas

In January of 2001, natural gas escaped from an underground storage cavern and exploded in Hutchinson, claiming two lives.

April 28, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Shaping the future, one branch at a time

About a year ago, Great Bend planted a seed that should begin to bear fruit in a few years. Last week was the anniversary of ...

April 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Is this the governor’s legacy?

Kansas legislators will return from their spring break Wednesday to face a daunting task, they must close projected budget gaps totaling about $290 million.

April 25, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A cooperative effort

For over 100 years, the Barton County Courthouse Square, portions of which are now commonly referred to as Jack Kilby Square, has been a focal ...

April 23, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


The Gift

Years ago, cities supposedly designated formal parks which were often named Lafayette Park in honor of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette and Washington, D ...

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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