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ELLINWOOD - In 15 seconds, a person who weighs 165 pounds can be engulfed up to their waist inside a grain bin under some conditions.

August 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Forgetting isn’t an option

Monday, Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider reported the turnout at the immunization carnival held earlier this month wasn't as great as they'd hoped it would be. That's too bad, because a lot of kids, especially teens, aren't up to date on their immunizations she said.

August 19, 2015 | 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.

August 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Donald G. McMican, president of DGM Consultants, PA, a structural engineering and masonry consulting company, met with Ellinwood City Manager Bud Newberry, Mark and Cassie Batchman, and a representative of Stone Construction Monday morning. He was there at the request of the city to determine how to safely complete the demolition of a city-owned building at the corner of First and Main Street. The structure has sat untouched since late last September after the contractor, Nelson Stone, halted work when it became apparent knocking the building down was about to do more harm than good. While McMican was able to ...

August 18, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Manuel Herrera 1995-2015

ST.JOHN - Manuel Herrera, 20, died Sunday Aug. 16, 2015 at Via Christi St. Francis, Wichita. Born May 22, 1995 at Brighton, Colo., he was the son of Jesus and Luz Emilia Herrera. He was a graduate of St. John High School. He is survived by his parents: Jesus and Luz Herrera; brothers: Erick Herrera and Omar Herrera; grandparents: Francisco Balderrama R., Ma de los Angeles Mendez M., Manuel Herrera M. and Monserrat Chavez O; and many aunts and uncles.

August 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries

Ellinwood budget approved

The budget hearing at the Ellinwood City Council meeting Tuesday night, Aug. 11, was short with no public comment. The council then adopted resolution 8115, a new requirement by the state legislature of municipalities seeking to increase their mill levy, and unanimously approved the 2016 budget as presented for publication.

August 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Imagine packing 15,120 meals for hungry children in just two hours. Now, imagine you had the help of more than 60 friends. That's just what happened at the Great Bend Expo 1 Friday night, when members of four churches gathered to take part in meal packaging event with the Kansas City non-profit Stop Hunger Now.

August 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Car Crush

Saturday, whether they fancied vintage, classic, muscle, or "rat rods," car lovers found plenty to appreciate as they converged on Great Bend's Party in the Park car show. This year, the number of cars increased nearly 50 percent over last year's event. 142 cars were on display, up from 93 the year before. Several factors were at play, and the appearance of reality television show 'Street Rodding American Style,' with hosts David Wolfe and Cy McCormack on location to interview three car owners about their rides for an upcoming show didn't hurt.

August 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


A must-see for visitors to Barton County for years has been the Ellinwood Underground tour. Now, thanks to the efforts of Wolf Hotel owner Chris McCord and his loyal volunteers, that tour offers not only a chance to imagine what it was like in the early days of the Santa Fe Trail town, but a chance to experience it firsthand.

August 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Party in the Park

Saturday morning, the mud, goo, and foam was flying at Great Bend's Veterans' Memorial Park as over 200 runners participated in the Tuff Enuff Obstacle Run. It was the kick-off to the third annual Party in the Park, which featured the run, mud volleyball tournament, dog park fun, and much more.

August 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Thanks to the efforts of Eagle Scout candidate Eric Frieb, Olmitz, The Dominican Sisters of Peace now have shade and accessibility at Heartland Farm events covered. Literally. Since early spring, Frieb, his parents and a host of volunteer labor have undertaken a project to construct a pavilion in the center of the farm's herb garden. With the project nearly complete, the farm plans to hold a dedication ceremony at the annual fall harvest celebration Sept. 12, said Jane Belanger, O.P. It will also mark a milestone for Frieb, when Boy Scout Troop 7130 holds an Eagle Court of ...

August 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Preparations peak for Party in the Park

The third annual Great Bend Party in the Park is Saturday, Aug. 8 at Veterans' Memorial Park, and promises to be another fun-filled day, with events for young and old. Coolers will be allowed in the park all day, with only 3.2 beer and malt beverages only and a no glass restriction. Families and friends are encouraged to make a day of it, bring blankets and lawn chairs, plan a picnic or visit vendors that will have a variety of foods for purchase, including pulled pork, hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cakes and more.

August 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


ELLINWOOD – After 10 months of drama, Mark and Cassie Batchman, owners of The Cutting Edge Salon in Ellinwood, remain in limbo over the fate of their building and the razing of a building connected to it.

July 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Step up and make a splash

The dog days of summer are here, and they are sure to last well into September. But soon, city pools in the county will close. Its a by-product of school start dates falling ever earlier in August. Lifeguarding has traditionally been a summer job for high school and college aged youth, and when the kids can no longer work, city pools have no choice but to close.

July 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Dream Center hosts open house and tours Saturday

Over the past 17 years, the building that once housed Roosevelt Middle School at 2100 Broadway in Great Bend has slowly evolved into a center that is making profound differences in the lives of people in the county that have weathered storms the vast majority have through grace been able to avoid. The result is uplifting, not only for those who receive help at what is now the Central Kansas Dream Center, but also for those that take time to help, to pray and to care about their fellow neighbors. On Saturday, an open house will give others who haven ...

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Religion

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

Homecoming tradition returns in style

At the Great Bend Panthers homecoming parade Friday, observers saw a return to a tradition that has taken a hiatus since 2006. While concern over ...

October 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Carry the Fallen sheds light on heavy subject

Challenges are faced every day by America's returning veterans. There's the challenge of reintegration into the civilian world, for one. For some, there ...

October 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

GBHS Homecoming bonfire celebration a smashing success

Thursday night, students at Great Bend High School were invited to a bonfire at the rural property of Jeff and Sally Mauler, executive members of ...

October 02, 2015 | 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 ...

October 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Veterans marching at Cheyenne Bottoms Saturday for PTSD awareness

Blake Wornkey, Ellinwood, is an Army veteran, diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who along with 15 to 18 fellow veterans will lead a Carry ...

September 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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

Excuses wearing thin

The Hoisington City Council met for a brief meeting Monday night, with only one item of unfinished business on the agenda. After extending the deadline ...

September 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

City offers help for trees damaged by storms and drought

When high speed winds pushed through yards in Great Bend Sept. 10 and 11, trees and branches were scattered across yards and driveways in different ...

September 27, 2015 | 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 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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

Orchard shooting up, improvements anticipated

Five months after volunteers planted a community apple orchard in Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, the dream has taken root and, so far, is flourishing.

September 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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