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Laughing stock

Monday night, it was once again confirmed that Kansas is currently the nation's cautionary tale. The Late Night with Seth Meyers bit, "Kansas tax cuts: A closer look," summed up how far the great experiment in tax elimination has failed.

March 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


The importance of leadership

Frustration over bills that seemingly target western and rural Kansas unfairly was evident from some of the questions asked by attendees at the Hoisington Legislative Coffee Saturday. Hoisington School Board President Dean Stoskopf. and Superintendent Bill Lowry were vocal on a bill that would limit a district's ability to raise funds for capital improvements and one that sought to consolidate small school districts, as well as the ongoing legal battles to define the Gannon decision on school funding. Hoisington City Council member Brian Wilborn also questioned the logic of the state legislature's decisions to seek passages of some ...

March 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Perfect Pancakes

Cool weather puts people in the mood for hot pancakes, Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller said. He's a man who knows what he's talking about. Hundreds turned out Saturday evening for the annual Albert Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Feed and Raffle. Each year for 27 years, the town of about 175 population located in southwest Barton County swells to over 600 as people from the surrounding area come for all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage and the chance to win their share of $100s in prizes donated by area businesses and individuals.

March 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Legislators talk about '800 lb gorilla'

At the Hoisington legislative coffee Saturday morning, Rep. John Edmonds, Rep. Troy Waymaster, and Sen. Mitch Holmes talked on issues and actions of note in their respective houses before opening up the floor to questions.

March 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Legislators coming to Hoisington

The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce will host a Legislative Coffee Saturday, March 19 at the Hoisington Activity Center meeting room at 10 a.m.

March 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council discusses grant hurdles

Hoisington EMS Director Scott Fleming shared news with the city council Monday evening concerning the status of a grant requested from the Kansas Board of EMS to replace a monitor on the city's second-out truck. The original application was for the purchase price of a Zoll M-Series monitor for $31,804.77. The grant application requested a split of 75-25, with the city's share to be $7,915.19. Fleming reported the Board of EMS had contacted him to determine if the city would be willing to accept a reduced grant of $20,000 if it were offered ...

March 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Big Rural Brainstormers learn civic engagement ‘not a big thing’

Civic engagement is vital to Kansas' rural communities. That was the driving theme behind the 2016 Big Rural Brainstorm, sponsored through the Kansas Sampler Foundation, that was held last Monday at Newton's Meridian Event Center. People from all walks of life with a passion for breathing new life into small towns from every corner of the state converged to share ideas and knowledge about what has worked and what hasn't for economic development, preservation, and community building in their areas. But for many, the idea of civic engagement was both foreboding and foreign. This year, the BRB focused ...

March 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Libraries at risk over HB 2719

Great Bend is home to the Central Kansas Library System, CKLS, which operates out of the same building as the Great Bend Public Library. It is one of seven regional library systems in the state. A late bill that the Kansas House is considering now could spell the elimination of this and the other six library systems in the state.

March 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Parents of quadruplets celebrate two-week milestone

Megan Nemnich Fyler and Brandon Fyler welcomed four new additions to their family a little over two weeks ago. Four boys, Ayden, Braxton, Cameron and Dexter, were born on Feb. 23, five days after reaching their goal of making it to 30 weeks gestation. All four were born naturally, with an entire room filled with nurses and doctors on hand to receive each tiny baby.

March 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood June Jaunt taking shape

At Tuesday's Ellinwood City Council meeting, Chamber of Commerce Director Jacque Isern reported on plans in the works for the Fifth Annual June Jaunt scheduled for Saturday, June 4.

March 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A case for manners

There's a lot more to manners than simply saying please and thank you and it's never been more evident than in recent weeks that it's time for parents to step in and do a better job of instilling manners in their children.

March 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1936, many minor historical events took place, all adding up to an interesting week.

March 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves housing study

The Ellinwood City Council welcomed the opportunity to hear from two different sources vying to bring new housing to the city. Vicky Dayton, Executive Director of Housing Opportunities Inc., and Justin Joiner of Joiner Construction both indicated their desire to secure funding through the state's Moderate Income Housing Program (MIH) in order to bring additional moderate income housing to the city. Therefore, both made a case in favor of the city conducting a market study for housing.

March 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 parents concerned about bullying

Despite years of classroom instruction devoted to curbing bullying among school-aged children, problems persist, leaving some parents wondering what can be done to protect their children on the bus and and at school. Monday night, four Hoisington parents brought their concerns to the USD 431 Board of Education. Complaints ranged from the need to block students from inappropriate internet usage, sexting, and social and physical bullying on school buses.

March 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Habitat breaks ground in Hoisington

Members of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce, Hoisington City Council, and Barton County Habitat for Humanity gathered at 322 E. 6th Street in Hoisington Thursday morning to break ground on a project that will make the dreams of one as yet undetermined Barton County family come true. This is not the first such build in the city.

March 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Out of the Morgue

Thirty years ago this week, the world began to get an inkling of just how destructive nuclear power can be when the Soviet Union's ...

April 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Shaping the future, one branch at a time

About a year ago, Great Bend planted a seed that should begin to bear fruit in a few years. Last week was the anniversary of ...

April 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


POWER PLAY

Brooklyn, New York, born Don McPherson wasn't shy about sharing his appreciation of his new friends in Great Bend Tuesday. Here for one day ...

April 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves annexation request

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and approved an annexation request from Kenny Schremmer for a property he owns located just south of the ...

April 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Red Shoe event Tuesday to include awards, talks, music and more

Sexual and domestic violence continue to have a home here in Barton County, as they do everywhere else in the country. But the Family Crisis ...

April 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 breaks ground on new Lincoln Elementary School

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April 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Accountability at the coffee shop

Barton County is fortunate in that our communities make an effort to invite legislators representing the constituents of our area to meet face to face ...

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


State Treasurer visits Ellinwood Rotary Club

State Treasurer Ron Estes presented the program at the Ellinwood Rotary Club Tuesday, April 19. He gave an informative talk about the state's efforts ...

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


City of Claflin hires new police chief

CLAFLIN - The Claflin City Council met Monday, April 11 at the city building, and City Clerk Patricia Schmidt sent minutes of that meeting to the ...

April 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Family Crisis Center and former NFL QB kick off ‘Red Shoe” season

Since 2012, the Family Crisis Center Inc. has been working to raise awareness among the people in its service area to domestic and sexual violence ...

April 16, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBMS soccer teams clean up

Saturday morning, team members from both of Great Bend Middle School's soccer teams, the boys and the girls, gathered at the north end of ...

April 16, 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


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