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Making a good call

The Barton County Commission Monday morning approved the installation of the Next Generation 911 system. It was a planned conversion, it just wasn't planned for this soon.

December 14, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Let the light in

How does one balance the need to protect an ongoing investigation with the right of the public to know what's happening?

December 12, 2015 | Mary Hoisington | Viewpoint


History repeating

Last week, Mike Courson reported in The Ellinwood Leader that Ellinwood students can look forward to hearing from speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan next fall when she visits Ellinwood. She will talk about her family's experience at Bergen Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp. Blumenthal's book, "Four Perfect Pebbles," is required reading in Connie Mitchum's English classes at Ellinwood Middle/High School.

December 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Get immunized

Winter has yet to arrive and the flu season is already starting to heat up, local and state health officials say. So, the Barton County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment urge all Kansans to get a flu vaccine.

December 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Put some twinkle in your Christmas

If one wants to experience the impact of Great Bend's now-famous Trail of Lights Christmas display, they need only to take a shift as a greeter at Brit Spaugh Park. This past Thursday evening, over 100 spectators made the glowing circuit to "ooooh" and "awwwww" over the decorations, including a chartered bus load from Montezuma.

December 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


​Prohibition repealed

The Barton County Commission has passed a resolution that will allow Sunday beer sales in the unincorporated areas of the county.

December 03, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Sometimes it’s the little things

Finally, the FBI is going to start taking animal cruelty seriously. An Associated Press story Wednesday reported the law enforcement organization will begin tracking cases of animal cruelty all over the country starting in 2016. For years, mental health professionals have known there is a link between animal abuse and other violent crimes, so its high time the problem gets the attention it deserves.

December 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Spend that money at home

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday was Small Business Saturday, a national celebration encouraging shoppers to spend their money locally as they finish off their Christmas shopping lists.

November 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A time to share

On Tuesday, the Golden Belt Community Foundation and numerous local organizations will join #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. Occurring this year on Dec. 1, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday to kick-off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in ways to the charities and causes they support.

November 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Be thankful

"Let me encourage you to get up every day and focus on what you do have in life. Be thankful for the blessings of the little things, even when you don't get what you expect." – Victoria Osteen

November 25, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A time to say thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1642 and, with the help of the Native Americans, survived a perilous and deadly winter.

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A time to say thanks

Thursday is Thanksgiving, that uniquely American holiday that falls between Memorial Day and Christmas. It is a celebration of the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock in 1642 and, with the help of the Native Americans, survived a perilous and deadly winter.

November 23, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Do your part

The holidays present wonderful times to get out and volunteer, all with the opportunity to help the community and fellow residents. From ringing bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign to Giving Tuesday to helping with the Trail of Lights to lending a hand with the myriad of seasonal events on the horizon, there is a lot to be done.

November 21, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Help refugees

President Obama's press conference Monday in Turkey could not have been more inspiring, although apparently the governors of 31 states, including Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, were not moved.

November 18, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Terrorism is pure evil

There is nothing religious about killing innocent people.

November 18, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


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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


Keep on learning

"We don't stop going to school when we graduate." – Carol Burnett

May 14, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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