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"I've done enough county fairs to realize you are lucky to find just one animal like these, but to have this many in a county fair is tremendous," said 2016 Barton County Fair 4-H Sheep judge, John Herbel, of Lucas. "My thanks to the competitors because it makes it a lot more enjoyable to judge a competition like this."

July 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | News


Galatia water issue resolved

On Tuesday, July 5, members of the Galatia City Council met to finish sorting out how the Northern Barton County city will move forward with water sales to farmers and industry after one farmer was denied a request to purchase water for spraying his crops in May.

July 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | News


How do our gardeners grow?

Wednesday morning volunteers at Expo 2 at the Barton County Fairgrounds organized displays of vegetables, herbs and flowers for the 2016 Open and 4-H Horticulture judging. For gardeners all over the Golden Belt, it was a chance to show off the area's best potatoes, onions, carrots, tomatoes, beans and more. Holly Dickman, Ellis County horticultural agent, judged the event. A group of 4-H members gathered around to hear results and ask questions.

July 07, 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.

July 07, 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.

July 07, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Stepping up momentum

For four years, Be Well Barton County has been working to make strides in the health of the county, and their work is beginning to really pay off. Earlier this week, the group presented $2,082 to the Great Bend City Council to be used for the further development of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The group also offered some well thought out suggestions.

July 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A sprinkling of concern

Splash pads are a heck of a lot of fun, and are becoming popular in communities all over the country now. They allow children to cool off and have water fun on hot, summer days. Their caretakers can rest and enjoy observing their play, or join in if the mood strikes.

June 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


IN STITCHES

Early Wednesday morning, Barton County 4-H Clothing, Fiber Arts and Fashion Revue participants convened at Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend for annual judging prior to fair of sewing, fiber arts and buymanship projects the youth have been working on for the past year.

June 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue: Post-war Independence Day in 1946

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.

June 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


4-H dog show marks start of fair

One often looked forward to event that marks the beginning of the Barton County Fair is the dog show. There is a reason it's held prior to the other Fair events. Even on a good day, getting a puppy or young dog to pay attentions to commands takes concentration on the dog's part, and patience on that of the owner. With the added excitement of Fair, it's a lot to ask of any canine to sit, stay or lay down, and that's enough to test the patience of even the most laid back 4-Her.

June 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SEASONED GROWERS

Dan and Joyce Wapelhorst live west of Great Bend. For the past 12 years, they've been regular vendors at Great Bend farmers markets. But they've been gardening at their rural home for the past 30 years, and it shows. The well manicured lawn leads to a colorful flower garden with gazebo and pond focal points. During the summer months, the couple spend much time together there, enjoying the outdoors. When we visited, their grandson and helper was enjoying the pleasant day with them, coloring near the pond.

June 16, 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.

June 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Soggy situation

HOISINGTON - Thanks to the quick thinking of Hoisington Public Works employees, some elbow grease and a little bit of luck, residents of Hoisington avoided what could have been a very hot day made hotter by an emergency order to conserve water.

June 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Splash Pad goal reached, Ellinwood City Council considers next steps

Ellinwood's City Council met Tuesday night in anticipation of some good news from the Ellinwood Rotary Club. They weren't disappointed. Since the last council meeting when club member Rosie Joiner addressed the council, requesting the city consider providing some financial assistance in lieu of in-kind assistance preparing a grant offered by the former city manager, the club was now ready to move forward with the project. This was done thanks to generous donors who came forward, and the club's decision to postpone the installment of three of the water features in the initial phase of the build ...

June 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council agrees on fireworks

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council revisited a discussion that began at the May 23 meeting concerning when it is acceptable to set off fireworks, and what procedure residents should go through in order to have a block party to celebrate Independence Day.

June 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Hoisington approves purchase of new ‘Jaws of Life’

HOISINGTON - Hoisington City Council members approved the purchase of a new 'jaws of life' extraction unit by the Hoisington Fire Department at the meeting Monday ...

July 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council Wilborn steps down, Bruce to serve Ward 4

HOISINGTON - Monday night, after a study session concerning the 2017 budget, Hoisington City Council members recognized outgoing councilman Brian Wilborn , awarding a plaque for his ...

July 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Competition up for high tunnel grants

A Natural Resources Conservation Service administered grant program that pays for high-tunnels has been growing in popularity over the past few years, and that is ...

July 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Bruce Swob has been raising bees and harvesting honey for years. When the Great Bend Summer Street Stroll Farmer's Market was formally organized a ...

July 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Make room for old and new

When the USD 431 Technology team reported to the Board of Education Monday night about their experience at the International Society of Technology in Education ...

July 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood Library awarded 3-D printer

Wednesday, July 13, participants in the Ellinwood School/Community Library summer reading program who attended the Summer Library Celebration had the opportunity to see the ...

July 21, 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 ...

July 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington USD 431 publishes budget for 2016-2017 school year

HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education reviewed the 2016-2017 proposed budget Monday night. Valuation this year is down from 2015 slightly, from $37,579 ...

July 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


PULLING THEIR WEIGHT

No piece of machinery quite speaks to the spirit of the Barton County Fair quite the way the tractor does. And whether it's the ...

July 12, 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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