The first time someone threw a baseball into the metal door at Barton Community College's Kirkman Center, it may have been an accident. But today, Athletic Director Trevor Rolfs has dozens of photos of damaged walls, heavy vinyl curtains, and the aforementioned door, all of them pocked or broken from the hundreds of baseballs, softballs and soccer balls that have been hurled without a thought or care about the damage being done.
One of the basic rules of elementary school is to learn to stand in line, wait your turn and cooperate and compromise until a solution where everyone is a little happy and everyone is a little unhappy.
Great Bend loves holidays. Nearly 10 years ago, Great Bend was one of the small cities featured on an A&E Network program called, "Ultimate Holiday Town USA." That distinction was for our Christmas spirit, and in particular the Santa figures crafted by Loretta Miller. We still consider ourselves a "Christmas City," but, as anyone who's ever been in Great Bend on Independence Day knows, we love other holidays as well. This year's Halloween observance began ...
Tattoos-once the forte of motorcyclists and Marines have over the past number of years become common amongst the young an the young at heart, perhaps as a way to separate themselves as a generation.
Election Day is Nov. 6, but a good number of Americans have already cast their ballots. On Thursday, Barack Obama became the first sitting president to take advantage of early voting. His wife voted earlier in the month.
In addition to voting for a president, Kansas voters will make a decision this election that could amend the state constitution. If it passes, it would be the first step in lowering the property tax paid by boat owners.
Most weeks the Great Bend Tribune reports on at least one fundraiser that involves food. We can mark our calendars by pancakes, spaghetti or homemade chicken-noodle soup. In the coming weeks we'll have several opportunities to sample some food specialties by local cooks. In so doing, we may actually be helping others.
Governor Sam Brownback has made another misstep in regards to the School Efficiency Task Force designed to find efficiencies in schools by not appointing any educators.
In the next week or so, many Great Bend children will have some homework and will need their parents to lend a hand with it. The Great Bend Fire Department will observe National Fire Prevention Week, which actually goes on for more than seven days. This year's theme is "Have two ways out," as in, everyone should know two (or more) ways out of their home. If a fire occurs, one way just might be ...
Due to the Great Recession, both individuals and governmental entities have had to make cuts and forgo without raises.
Forget about global warming. The biggest man-made problem facing Americans – that is, the biggest problem we can do something about – may be obesity. New predictions released by the Trust for America's Health on Tuesday suggest that in 39 states, more than 50 percent of the population will be obese by the year 2030. We're not talking about people who need to lose a few pounds so they can fit into clothes they wore ...
Millions have been served to children across the nation in varying stages of life, and they are an integral part of the nutrition of growing children.
The Wolf Creek nuclear power plant near Burlington got a bad report card Friday. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced that because an electrical short caused an unplanned shutdown last January, the plant will face increased federal oversight. There will be more inspections, which the plant operators will pay for. Increased oversight might have prevented the problem, which happened because electrical wires were improperly connected by electrical workers in April 2011. The safety status of ...
Reaganomics, supply-side economics, or voo doo economics as called by the first President George Bush didn't work in the 1980s and still doesn't work.
Once again Gov. Sam Brownback has opted out of a federal grant as a part of the Recreational Trails Program. Only two states have opted out, Kansas and Florida.
On Thursday, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that establishes "Celebrate Freedom Week" during the week of Sept. 17 and requires schools to teach students about the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence in grades K-8 each year during that week. (Sept. 17, 1787, is the date the U.S. Constitution was adopted in Philadelphia.)
Copper recycling can be a good thing coming out of old air conditioning or plumbing during replacement. Copper is a non-renewable resource, and apparently recycled copper is worth nearly as much as new copper.
Perhaps a Congressional inquiry about the Internal Revenue Service providing extra scrutiny targeting political groups should not be a surprise.
Freedom of speech is a founding principle of our country. Freedom of speech also comes with responsibility.
The Imagination Playground is coming to Great Bend and will make its public debut during June Jaunt. The portable playground is a set of oversized blocks, lightweight but sturdy enough to build with. They were designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, who was inspired by watching his own children play.
Challenges. All of us have them. And, it is easy to sit around and point fingers and blame others for our failures. It is easy to throw out exaggerated or incorrect information and hope people will listen and take up our cause because of the passion behind our words. It is easy to become caught up in distracting and destructive banter. It is easy to become a fool.
The senior class president of Heights High School in Wichita was suspended for the rest of the school year after posting a bit of trash talk about the school football team on Twitter.
At long last, Congress, yes that gridlocked legislative body in D.C., has made changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. Astoundingly, the new rules actually make sense.
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