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Gun laws

Last week's mass shooting was closer to home than most. Four people died, including the gunman, and 14 were wounded in Hesston on Feb. 25.

March 03, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Local roads in good shape

As winter winds down and crumbling roadways emerge, a new study from AAA reveals that pothole damage has cost U.S. drivers $15 billion in vehicle repairs over the last five years, or approximately $3 billion annually. With two-thirds of Americans concerned about potholes on local roadways, AAA cautions drivers to remain alert to avoid pothole damage, and urged state and local governments to fully fund and prioritize road maintenance to reduce vehicle damage, repair costs and driver frustration.

February 29, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


There is a lot of good, too

There has been a dark cloud hanging over Great Bend High School, and by extension, the entire Unified School District 428 of late. Allegations of sexual assault against students by students on school buses have swirled in the media, creating a toxic mix of rumors mingled with few facts.

February 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Oh no he didn't!

Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach had this to say at the Republican Party convention Feb. 20 in Overland Park, according to The Lawrence Journal World:

February 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Full steam ahead

It was the Great Bend business community's opportunity to shine Saturday night. The setting was the 94th-annual Great Bend Chamber of Commerce's banquet.

February 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Be sure to buckle up

In 2015, according to Kansas Department of Transportation statistics, Kansas tragically lost 13 high school teens in motor vehicle crashes. Of those teens, nearly 40 percent were not properly restrained.

February 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


‚ÄčThe case for art

This week Erin Renard, director of the Theater Department at Barton Community College, spoke to the Great Bend Kiwanis Club about the impact the arts have on a community.

February 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Working in the system

Criticism of administrators as well as students has been flying in the aftermath of an alleged incident that occurred on a Great Bend High School bus Feb. 6, 2016. In the days since, students from the high school have taken a stand by publicly protesting USD 428's handling of the disciplinary element of this alleged incident. And it is a big lesson for some in the way Democracy works in our country.

February 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellsworth County holds the cards

The most important decision in 2016 for Great Bend High School and Barton County is in the hands of Ellsworth County officials.

February 17, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A missed opportunity

The actions, or inactions, of the Unified School District 428 administration regarding the alleged sexual battery of Great Bend High School swim team members have been appalling. The refusal to comment, offer comfort to those involved or take on these heinous allegations head-on shows a failure of leadership.

February 15, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Happy Valentines Day

About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged each year. It is the second-largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, after Christmas.

February 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Bad bills

A bill that would remove gifted children from the realm of special education was introduced in the Kansas Legislature on Monday.

February 11, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Panther quarterback misses opportunity

Sadly, the new-age attitude and persona that Carolina Panther quarterback Cam Newton brought to the table failed miserably in Super Bowl 50.

February 10, 2016 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint


A responsive government

Very little is known about a letter sent by a county employee via registered mail to members of the Barton County Commission. In fact, nothing would have been known had the unspecified personnel matter not been brought up at the commission meeting Monday morning by Commissioner Alicia Straub.

February 08, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Congratulations!

The residents of Barton and Pawnee counties did it again.

February 06, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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Everyone can help

Governor Sam Brownback signed a proclamation Thursday designating Sept. 5-11 as Suicide Prevention Week in the State of Kansas. Suicide Prevention Week is recognized nationally ...

August 27, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Centennial

The National Park Service turned 100 on Thursday, and central Kansas residents don't have to travel far to take part in the celebration.

August 25, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Crumbling pride

The impact of our state governments response to a problem it largely created is again being felt. This is a statewide, as well as a ...

August 24, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A sad lesson

The school year is only days old and there is already the tragic story of three young people and one older driver dying in a ...

August 22, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


A good time had by all

It was a time for the City of Great Bend to come together for one of those old-fashioned community wide celebrations. The fourth-annual Party in ...

August 20, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


Taking stock

Were Great Bend kids excited about starting a new school year this week? The teachers and staff sure were.

August 18, 2016 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint


Stars and stripes the united way

The United Way of Central Kansas launched its 2017 campaign Saturday night. The theme was "Stars and Stripes and United Way Forever," harking back to ...

August 13, 2016 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint


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