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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 into the limelight after a post he made on Facebook congratulating U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on his success in Rio went viral. At times, it has been a little awkward, but thanks to the support and encouragement from his family and his friends, the experience has been one of growth.

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 for a presentation to Ellinwood Middle School students and visitors from surrounding communities. Then, in the evening, Lazan made a second appearance, meeting adults from the community at an Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce after hours, and presenting her message of hope and perseverance to a crowd of nearly 150.

September 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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


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BCHD praises USD 431 for Walking School Bus program

HOISINGTON - At the last Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education meeting of the semester, every seat was taken, and for some late arrivals, it was ...

December 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 ...

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Time to Rise Up in Kansas

There is a term, "the common good," that bears consideration. A dictionary defines it simply as a noun meaning, "the advantage or benefit of all ...

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


City of Larned approves installation of tennis backboards

The Larned City Council met for a brief meeting Monday night. After discussing and approving the monthly appropriations ordinance, Mayor William Nusser noted that the ...

December 06, 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 ...

December 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CLAFLIN TRADITION GROWING

CLAFLIN - Preparations have begun in Claflin for the town's annual Christmas Tree lighting and holiday festival Sunday, Dec. 4. Different this year will be ...

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Big bill coming in January

It's almost been a month since the November election, and the holidays are in full swing. While it's fine to take a breather ...

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


‘Star Spangled’ evening tops off Small Business Saturday

Last year, shoppers were few on Main Street for Small Business Saturday, as a cold, wet ice storm gathered strength, blowing in just prior to ...

November 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington grad part of American Royal Grand Champion team

KANSAS CITY, Kans. - Dennis and Bethany McAllister are the duo behind 913 Barbecue, Grand Champions of Kansas City's American Royal invitational barbecue contest. This ...

November 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


STAR SPANGLED HOLIDAY

Great Bend residents and visitors who converged on Main Street and the Court House Square Saturday night to watch the Home for the Holidays parade ...

November 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood’s Star of Hope carries on humanitarian aid in Haiti

ELLINWOOD - Since Hurricane Matthew made a direct hit on the island of Haiti Oct. 4, Ellinwood based Star of Hope, a non-profit international aid organization ...

November 26, 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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