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Kansas Supreme Court judges stop in Larned

Following visits to the Barton County and Rice County courthouses Thursday morning, Kansas Supreme Court Justices Lawton Nuss and Marla Luckert made a stop in Larned, where they met with area residents at the Sts. Mary and Martha Episcopal Church. They were hosted by District 24 Magistrate Judge Julie Fletcher Cowell.

September 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

September 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 sees ‘unbelievable’ turnout at open house

Two weeks into the school year, USD 431 administrators had plenty of good news to report to the Board of Education Monday night.

September 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Teach a kid to fish and...

With so much bad news being reported on the national news, the report today that the Great Bend Rotary Club has revived the Fishing and Wishing program was an especially nice lift. Not only does it signal that the efforts of the city to control the blue-green-algae problem of the past several years is working, it also provides a certain symbolism that the people of our city have positive feelings about sporting, our youth, and a lifestyle that makes Great Bend a great place to live.

September 07, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

September 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend and Barton County under flood warning Monday evening

The drive home for many in Great Bend Monday evening was a wet one. At 4:38 p.m., Barton County Dispatch reported the National Weather Service in Wichita had issued a flood warning for Barton County until 8:30 p.m. Heavy rain had resulted in one inch in the 30 minutes prior to the report. Flooding occured from 10th and Washington to 8th and Washington. Stranded vehicles were reported at various locations throughout the city. Drivers calling into dispatch were advised they would be helped as help was available.

August 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church to host organist Craig Jaynes

HOISINGTON - "In Memoriam," a program of music on the organ, reminiscences and tales, drama, fun, and more will be performed Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, on Main Street, in Hoisington. Organist Craig Jaynes returns home to Hoisington and will perform free of charge, and a freewill offering to benefit Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer will be accepted.

August 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Religion


A life turned 'round, Part II

Editor's note: Robert Bruce is Hoisington's newest city council representative. His journey to becoming the kind of man who chooses to take part in civic life took a tragic turn early on, one that led to a conviction of involuntary manslaughter after a drunken driving incident, time served in prison, and the choice to give up alcohol. Today, he is working to make his community a better place. Here is the second in a two-part series.

August 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A life turned 'round: Part one

Editor's note: Jails are filled with people who have committed crimes that ended tragically in ways the perpetrators never intended. Drunken or distracted driving accounts for thousands of deaths each year. For those involved, the consequences are far reaching, often with overwhelming guilt on the part of the person who was driving drunk. For some, it marks a turning point in their lives, and they begin the long process of dealing with their addiction and building a better life. This is the first in a two-part series of one Hoisington man's story.

August 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with what went into creating the Great Bend of today, and do our best to update you on what "the rest of the story" turned out to be.

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


4-H family welcomes Japanese exchange student

For the past three weeks, Liberty Marsh, 12, a member of the South Bend Jolly Workers, has played hostess to Kotono Sugito, 12, a member of an Osaka, Japan LEX club who has been staying with the Marsh family as part of a cultural exchange program. The girls have become friends, despite their language barrier.

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Support shown for bike, pedestrian options

By Veronica Coons

August 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Accuracy in speech brings is its own reward

The November election can't come too soon. And while many voters express their admiration for a non-career politician in the race, this campaign season has proven one thing that said politicians are at least proficient at. Precision of speech is a good thing..

August 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood City Council approves 2017 budget

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council met Monday night, and began the meeting with a brief public hearing of the 2017 budget which was published earlier in the Ellinwood Leader. The mill levy will remain virtually the same as last year, City Attorney Bob Peter summarized. No public comments, so the hearing was closed. Ken Lebbin moved to approve the budget, seconded by Kirk Clawson. The council approved the budget unanimously.

August 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Council appoints VanBrimmer as new president

HOISINGTON - As part of the reorganization of the council, in the wake of former Council President Brian Wilborn stepping down in July, the council elected a new president Monday evening. Karen VanBrimmer, the senior councilwoman, was nominated by Michael Aylward and the nomination seconded by Chris Smith, and with the approval of the rest of the council, minus Carrol Nather who was absent, she will serve as president for the rest of the year.

August 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Claflin city council continues police chief search

CLAFLIN - When the Claflin City Council met Monday, Sept. 12, no hiring decision was made concerning the open police chief position previously filled by Rory ...

September 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee Rock to hold Firefighter Appreciation dinner

PAWNEE ROCK - Pawnee Rock's city council met Sept. 6, and continued to tighten up efforts to increase observance of ordinances in the community. This ...

September 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Main Street project off to ‘chaotic’ start

HOISINGTON - Work started this week on the long awaited Hoisington Main Street Reconstruction Project, and more needs to be done to get the word out ...

September 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves drainage easements

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood's City Council considered two offers to purchase the building located at 104 N. Main Street Tuesday night. The building was located adjacent ...

September 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBPL closing gap between library and schools More adults take part in summer reading program

As libraries adapt to the changing needs of society, it's becoming increasingly important to link libraries more closely with education, said CKLS Director Harry ...

September 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Each week we'll take a step back into the history of Great Bend through the eyes of reporters past. We'll reacquaint you with ...

September 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Respect, kindness and tolerance

Ellinwood received a rare and important gift this week when Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal-Lazan visited with students and the community. She shared the ...

September 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Levingston’s ‘wild ride’ in the media ‘super’

For the past few weeks, Austin Levingston, son of Cindy and Beau Levingston, Great Bend, has been navigating new waters as he's been plunged ...

September 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A LESSON IN PERSEVERANCE

ELLINWOOD - A visit almost a year in the planning brought author and Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan to the Ellinwood High School gymnasium Tuesday, first ...

September 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GB breaks ground on community orchard

In April, 2015, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Heartland Farm grows agritourism

Heartland Farm, operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is located 10 miles west of Great Bend. They have been an active participants in recent ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Hoisington Land Bank expanding housing options

The city of Hoisington's decision to start a land bank is starting to pay off. The Hoisington Land Bank offers free lots in an ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Commerce & Finance


Claflin museum reopens better than ever

CLAFLIN - Claflin's history museum had to close unexpectedly in 2010 when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


Ellinwood opens wellness center

2015 saw the culmination of a four-year effort by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission and volunteers in the community. The dream of opening a year-round fitness ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


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