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Lets clean it up

What kind of an impression is Great Bend leaving upon newcomers. It doesn't take them long to site unsightly properties.

June 18, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Preservation not always the best opton

Voters in Hoisington approved a bond issue to build a new elementary school, and that is really good news for the present and future students of that district. But as the news reached some readers, disappointment over the demolition of another piece of history (the existing school building) was expressed.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Fact and fiction: Publicity raises awareness

The movie "Jurassic Park" and all of its sequels, including the new "Jurassic World," have provided a big boost to the advancement of paleontology, the study of fossils. Even though the franchise got so much wrong – starting with the title, which more accurately should have been "Cretaceous Park" – scientists in the field say the movies spark interest in a way that real fossils cannot.

June 15, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

We must do our part

On Wednesday, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported the first case of west Nile virus in Kansas for 2015. The individual that tested positive is an adult from Lincoln County, that's not all that far from here.

June 13, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

The Boys in the Bank

The Kansas Legislature's latest attempt to pass a budget seemed doomed from the start.

June 12, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Kansas Legislature adds $1 million debt

You can blame Gov. Sam Brownback for the fiscal trouble that Kansas is encountering.

June 10, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Stay safe in the water

It is summer and its is warm. Folks are headed to pools and lakes for a dip to cool down.

June 08, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Pulling together

As today draws to a close, the fourth-annual June Jaunt will be wrapping up as well.

June 07, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Furlough? Legislature need to pass a budget today

The Kansas Legislature, as of Thursday evening, has not passed a 2016 budget. If the situation doesn't change soon, many state employees will go on mandatory, unpaid furloughs at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

June 04, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Pawnee Rock illustrates volunteer-led concept

Volunteer-led communities offer us a glimpse of what is both best and sometimes worst in all of us. Sometimes, apathy prevails, and we see the gradual decline of a town, as residents struggle to answer the question, "who cares?" For those on the outside looking in, that may have been the impression of Barton County's City of Pawnee Rock for several years.

June 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

KSHSAA falls well shy of stated goals

The stated mission of the KSHSAA offers that safety, quality, and fairness are vital in activities.

June 03, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Lull in the storm

Perhaps we're getting a break in the string of thunderstorm that has soaked us recentliy, but's storm season and dark skies continue to threatened the region. Are we ready?

June 01, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

It’s our fault

Our illustrious Governor Sam Brownback said during a Thursday news conference it's time for legislators, for whom the majority of Kansans voted, to resolve budget and tax issues. Duh.

May 30, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Dive In: Keeping pool makes sense

Nobody wants to see their taxes go up, but Wednesday's decision by the Barton Community College Board of Trustees to keep the pool open will be worth the cost. We estimate it will be less than $9.50 on a $100,000 home next year, and less than $2.50 a year after that.*

May 28, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Could there be some rational thinking here?

It's too bad the Kansas Legislature had to go into overtime to handle an issue that's been at the forefront of debate long before the session began, but it appears both the Kansas House and Senate are finally beginning to see compromise is not a dirty word.

May 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

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End of an era

It is an unfortunate coincidence that came only a couple weeks after the tremendous success of the Great Bend Airfest, an event celebrating the communities ...

October 05, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Step up: The path is clear

This weekend, area residents can walk to support veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Walk to End Alzheimer's or just walk for personal well ...

October 01, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Show your colors Friday

Homecoming for the Great Bend Panthers is Friday. The varsity football team will play Dodge City, and all week long students are showing their spirit ...

September 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Playoff seedings need revamping

Baseball's playoff system is an absolute joke.

September 30, 2015 | Jim Misunas | Viewpoint

Go say hi

Do you know who lives next door to you? Have you ever actually exchanged a word with them? If so, congratulations, you're part of ...

September 28, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

A risky business

This past week was Farm Safety and Health Week and when September wraps up Wednesday, so does Farm Safety Month, but the risks of agriculture ...

September 26, 2015 | Dale Hogg | Viewpoint

Testing, testing

It was 2002 when President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into Law. By 2005, some states were willing to give up federal ...

September 24, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Giving back for the fun of it

In Barton County this weekend, it's all about giving back, and having a good time doing it. Three opportunities are on The Great Bend ...

September 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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