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Politicizing a Disaster

Tuesday night I went through a crash course in what really matters, in humanity, in mortality. I was watching the news reports about the Amtrak derailment, and amid my secondhand anguish for injured strangers I thanked God, literally thanked him out loud, for the fact that my immigration hearing in Baltimore had been canceled. Had it not been, I might have been sitting in one of those mangled cars.

May 20, 2015 | Christine Flowers | Columnists

Familiar movies are getting the TV treatment this fall

REMAKINGTON — Remakes and reboots are not anything new these days. Seems every week we see a movie release that’s an old movie or TV show. For example, this week we are getting a part four of a series in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and a sequel in “Pitch Perfect 2.” This week also saw the release of the premier trailer for the big-screen remake of the '80s cartoon TV series “Jem and the Holograms.”

May 20, 2015 | John Clyde KSL | Entertainment

4 reasons you need to start acting like a child

Being a good parent is serious business.

May 20, 2015 | Debbie Sibert FamilyShare | Trending Topics

To avoid debt, student dumps all 8 Ivy League colleges in favor of Alabama

A star student from Memphis, Tennessee, who was accepted to all eight of America's prestigious Ivy League schools has said not and is headed south to the academically humble-if-football-proud, University of Alabama instead.

May 20, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Have You Seen This? BMXer’s bike-to-bike transfer

RAMPINGTON — It’s one thing to master a trick as a BMXer, it’s quite another to master a trick in a few tries just because you were on a ramp and you felt like it.

May 20, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | Trending Topics

What is in the painting?

There is a painting hanging on the wall of the non-denominational chapel at the juvenile jail. Al Rounds is the painter. It hangs above and behind the piano. How long it has held that spot on the wall is unknown to any of the current volunteers.

May 20, 2015 | Joseph Cramer, MD Deseret News | Trending Topics

Top 25 cities for your family’s Memorial Day vacation

Long work hours and hectic schedules often leave families without time to bond, but a recent survey may have the solution: go on vacation.

May 20, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Trending Topics

Social media, video chatting are growing dangers behind the wheel

Texting isn’t the only thing distracting drivers these days. Social media and video chatting are becoming the latest danger on the roads.

May 20, 2015 | Jessica Ivins KSL | Trending Topics

Marlene Worley 1933-2015

OWASSO, Okla. - Marlene Worley passed away May 18, 2015.

May 20, 2015 | | Obituaries

Prepare for hike in interest rates, experts say

The Federal Reserve has kept interest rates at record lows for over six years, but financial analysts warn that's finally going to have to end, and if you're not prepared, it could cost you.

May 20, 2015 | Bill Gephardt KSL | Trending Topics

Moving Forward: Barton County Academy holds commencement

Twelve more high school graduates had the opportunity to turn their tassels Wednesday evening, when the Barton County Academy held its 2015 graduation ceremony.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

​Reception planned for watercolor exhibit

An exhibit of watercolor paintings by local artists Diane Engle and Karen Shaner is on display through June 1 at Petr's Frame House & Art Gallery, 2009 16th St. in Great Bend. There will be a reception for the artists from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 22. The exhibit and reception are free

May 20, 2015 | | Local News

​Historical village to be open Monday

Barton County Historical Society will be open on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th from 1 to 5 p.m. The Schulz Library in the museum will be open but no research assistance will be available during the afternoon.

May 20, 2015 | | Local News

Civil War program presented

On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia, signaled the end of the Civil War.

May 20, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

County looking at security issues

Last Friday, several Barton County employees gathered in the County Commission chambers for a program on what to do should there be an active shooter in the building.

May 20, 2015 | Dale Hogg | News

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Hair raising experience

Editor's note: In the interest of full disclosure, this reporter owns alpacas, and participated in shearing day, both as an owner and as a volunteer.

May 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Panther baseball against Hays rained out

HAYS- Due to inclement weather, Thursday's GBHS baseball game against Hays at the Diamond Classic has been cancelled. Plans to reschedule the game are pending. The Panthers are scheduled to face Goddard and Word of Life at 1 and 3 p.m. on Friday, May 8 at Larks Park in Hays.

May 07, 2015 | | Prep Sports

Great Bend Municipal Court

Great Bend Municipal Court

May 07, 2015 | | On the Record

Barton MLT student earns Outstanding Student award

Barton Medical Laboratory Technician student Amber Gabel of Hays was named Outstanding Student on April 28 by the Kansas Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (KSCLS) at the KSCLS and Clinical Laboratory Managers Association (CLMA) annual conference. Gabel also received a $250 scholarship from CLMA. Requirements focused on GPA, credit hours enrolled, communication, instructor recommendations and teamwork.

May 07, 2015 | | Local News

Enrollment open for Summer Fun at Incredible Years Preschool

Whether parents want to prepare a child for preschool or wrap up the school year for current preschoolers on a high note, Sunflower Diversified's Incredible Years Preschool may be the answer.

May 07, 2015 | | Local News

Sunflower Diversified makes strong showing during Push Day at the Capitol

Sunflower Diversified Services turned out in force at the recent Push Day at the State Capitol to push even harder than usual for the rights of people with developmental delays and disabilities.

May 07, 2015 | | Local News

Church's 100th anniversary to feature installation of relic

SEWARD - Everyone is welcome to celebrate the 100th anniversary of St. Francis Xavier Church in Seward on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015.

May 07, 2015 | | Local News

No sale: Uber not in Kansas any more

The Kansas Legislature can usually be counted on to be pro-business. Too much regulation to protect air quality or clean water or workers' rights is bad.

May 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | Viewpoint

Great Bend church adds Little Free Library

First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3400 21st Street, has a new addition: a Little Free Library. It is located on the southwest corner of the church.

May 07, 2015 | | Local News

Mother’s Day lunch offered at Knights of Columbus

Members of Great Bend's Knights of Columbus, 723 Main, will prepare a Mother's Day lunch, to be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 10. Cost is $12 at the door. The menu includes chicken cordon bleu, roasted potatoes, vegetable, salad, roll and dessert.

May 07, 2015 | | Local News

Commencement Wisdom

During May over 6 million students are expected to graduate from high schools, colleges and universities. These teenagers and twenty-somethings will reach a milestone and have a new beginning for themselves. If you know of a graduate here are a few pieces of commencement wisdom to pass along.

May 07, 2015 | Hope for Today By Clint Decker | Religion

Crime Stoppers announces rewards, prizes

Most times, the people who receive money from Crime Stoppers remain anonymous - even to the people awarding the money. But this week, the board of directors of the nonprofit organization gave away $500, and were able to meet the recipients.

May 07, 2015 | Susan Thacker | News

BCC to honor graduates in 45th commencement

Barton Community College's 45th commencement is set for 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the Barton Gymnasium.

May 07, 2015 | By TRIBUNE STAFF | News

OTR for May 8, 2015

Great Bend Police

May 07, 2015 | | On the Record

Barton softball season ends with loss in District E

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb.- It was quite a ride.

May 07, 2015 | MIKE MARZOLF, Special to the Tribune | Community College

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