Enough already! It's time for the government shutdown to end.
As the United States government shutdown enters its second week, the shuttering of federal offices can be seen locally.
In March, the 2013 Kansas County Health Rankings were announced. Barton County fell in the middle of the pack. The rankings describe the current health status of a county and are influenced by health factors, such as high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, and family and social support. Counties can improve their health outcomes by addressing health factors.
Senators who want to reduce government spending have a point, but those looking to score points by shutting down the government to attack the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are just looking after their own selfish interests. It's time for the moderates on the left and right to take charge and act in the best interest of our nation.
When the personal computer came out in the late twentieth century, the world changed forever. They were clunky machines, but they took over jobs that once were done by hand.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. That could be said of the proposed Grain Belt Express wind energy transmission line that will pass through Barton County.
October marks National Domestic Violence Prevention Month. The Family Crisis Center in Great Bend is planning an event for Oct. 7 and want to paint the town purple to raise awareness of this life- and family-shattering problem that often exists in the shadows.
Security cameras are everywhere. If you look for them, you can often see them – keeping an eye on places where people gather. Our banks, businesses, offices and schools – not to mention student housing – are under surveillance.
It took guts for David Roach to stand before the Barton County Commission Monday morning. The 55-year-old Great Bend man has had his share of problems with drugs, alcohol and the law over the years.
In typical fashion, Matt Heyn maintained his low profile during Sunday's ribbon-cutting for Pawnee Valley Community Hospital.
There is a lot happening in Great Bend this month. "There is something for everyone this month," Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said. "Come experience something different."
It's been said that God loves a cheerful giver, but there's nothing wrong with being a smart giver as well. One way to know that a donation is being used for the intended purpose is to give locally.
The Central KS Dream Center is, well, a dream come true for those in the county who the people caught in the cycle of poverty, abuse, and homelessness that need extensive help but that help is unavailable in many situations.
It's not that the Miss America Pageant is the pinnacle of American culture, but the program Sunday night showed that the event was truly more than a beauty contest.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does." These words by American anthropologist Margaret Mead certainly ring true.
Shawn Sullivan, secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), grew up with an appreciation of healthcare.
Today marks the official Earth Day 2014. It is a chance for us to step back and look at the natural world around us and examine how we can make it a better place for future generations.
It's all about respect and simple courtesy - two traits which seem to be harder to find.
Kansas flags are to be flown at half-staff Friday, as they were Thursday, to honor three people shot to death at two Jewish sites in Overland Park.
Prevention is the best medicine.
They are words one doesn't often hear in the same sentence – local government, federal government, state government and cooperation. However, they were strung together during the Barton County Commission meeting Monday morning.
The third-annual Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo closed Friday after another successful three-day run. The hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of attendees have gone and the Expo Complex is empty.
Requests for help – from people needing food, or cash to pay their rent or utilities – are on the rise in our community, and Great Bend is not alone. Locally, we know that our Barton County Emergency Aid Association and Food Bank, Catholic Social Service and others have seen an increase in requests.
Satanta High School freshman Anthony Crump walked to the front of Midian Shrine Temple in Wichita Saturday to receive a special honor.
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