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Cinco de Mayo

Great Bend will celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday so it's time for our annual history lesson.

May 05, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

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 the creation of the Great Bend Community Orchard. That's right--our community has an orchard of apple trees that someday we can picnic at, use for a photo backdrop, learn orcharding skills like pruning and grafting, harvest fruit from for community outreach projects or cooking classes through our Barton County Extension or Barton County Health Department.

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 point for Great Bend, a center of community events ranging from City Band concerts to Cinco de Mayo to June Jaunt.

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.C.'s Lafayette Square.

April 21, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Accountability at the coffee shop

Barton County is fortunate in that our communities make an effort to invite legislators representing the constituents of our area to meet face to face. Likewise those representatives make an effort to attend events like legislative coffees like the one held Wednesday morning at Ellinwood.

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

History repeats itself at LSH

Back in 2013, it was Tristan Shaver, Melissa Strain and Elizabeth Earegood who shined a light on inhumane working conditions at the Larned State Hospital complex.

April 20, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Let’s finish this

Bob Parrish told the Barton County Commission Monday morning that he was in the high school class of 1945, the last class to be a part of the World War II draft. He, along with many of his classmates, went ahead and enlisted.

April 18, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Kansas tragedy

On June 2, 2007, 18-year-old Kelsey Smith was abducted in broad daylight from an Overland Park department store and murdered. The abduction was captured on the store's security camera leaving little doubt of the emergency nature of the circumstances. Four days after she disappeared, authorities were able to locate Kelsey's body after her wireless provider released the "ping" or "call location" information from her cell phone.

April 14, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Powerful voice coming

Each day, three women die as a result of domestic violence at the hands of either a current or former male partner. This, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

April 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

A sad necessity

Sadly April is a big month for the Dell Hayden Memorial Child Advocacy Center and the Family Crisis Center. It is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

April 11, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Another one in the books

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran visited the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Show Friday morning and afternoon. He talked about the importance of agriculture and the importance of rural America.

April 09, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

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The Kansas Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment, also known as Constitutional Amendment 1, is on the Nov. 8 ballot in Kansas as a legislatively ...

October 27, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Taking precautions

Sadly, there has been much wild speculation surrounding voter fraud and election rigging, This paranoia at the national level has rubbed off on some local ...

October 26, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Debating the debates

Many of us have watched all of, or at least parts of, the presidential debates. And, it should come as no big surprise that an ...

October 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

At issue

After Wednesday's Presidential debate, one network interviewed a group of people who, going into the event, were still undecided about who to vote for ...

October 20, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Get outside

On a rural Barton County blacktop Sunday morning, a hawk could be heard screeching overhead. The early fall weather was cool but the sun was ...

October 17, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

The wisdom of youth

It doesn't take a bunch of adults to explain the problem of distracted and impaired driving. Just look at the artwork created by area ...

October 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Do your job

Voters who are concerned about who is added to the Supreme Court over the next four years need to remember that a ninth justice could ...

October 13, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


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