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Hobby worth dyeing for

Great Bend's Jean Aycock is a nature educator at Kansas Wetlands Education Center. A fascination with nature led her to her career as a nature educator. In a roundabout way, it also led her to her passion, fiber arts.

February 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Chamber welcomes three new board members

Three new board member nominees of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce were announced Master of Ceremonies Rob Dove Saturday night at the 2016 Ellinwood Chamber Banquet and annual board meeting. Dove also announced that Chamber member Lloyd Kurtz, retired, is the organization's nominee for the Ellinwood Rotary Club's Citizen of the Year award to be presented at the annual banquet Feb. 11.

February 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Superintendents speak out

There was no shortage of information presented at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce coffee Thursday morning. USD 431 Hoisington Superintendent Bill Lowry's legislative report included news about a bill that many have expressed concern over since the state legislature resumed session earlier this month. Earlier in the week, the Kansas Association of School Boards sent out an alert to members about three bills, one of which could completely change the face of public education in Barton County

January 28, 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.

January 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


New ambulance approved by Hoisington City Council

Randy Miller, director of the City of Hoisington's electricity distribution department, was honored at the City Council meeting Monday night for his 32 years of service to the city. Mayor Clayton Williamson formally thanked him, and presented him with a plaque. Miller will retire at the end of the week, and it was announced the public is invited to a reception in his honor Friday afternoon at the council chamber from 2 to 4 p.m.

January 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GOOD STEWARDS

The Barton County Conservation District met for its annual meeting and banquet Saturday night at Barton Community College. Members voted for president of the district, and two recipients of the 2015 Bankers Conservation Awards were recognized. Elementary students from Central Kansas Christian Academy participated in an annual poster contest and top artists in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade categories received plaques and recognition during the evening also.

January 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Desert creeps closer

Friday's announcement that yet another grocery store is closing in rural Kansas was sad news. Now, unless another option materializes for the people of St. John, that town will join the ranks of what in the past decade has come to be known as the "food desert."

January 23, 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.

January 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


OH BOY!

Megan and Brandon Fyler were excited to start their family almost five years ago, when they learned they were expecting their first son, Colton. As he neared three years old, the couple wanted to give him a brother or sister. As it turns out, Colton will get a brother. And another. And another. Oh, and another.

January 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pep Rally whips up Panthers

Friday morning students at Great Bend High School reported to the gymnasium for the Winter Homecoming Pep Rally. Candidates were announced and honored before making their way to their court at the west end of the basketball court.

January 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood apartments focus of resolution

The Ellinwood City Council met Tuesday night and marked the beginning of a new year by awarding an Ellinwood Service Award to Ellinwood Fire Chief Chris Komarek for serving the community in his position for the past 20 years.

January 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 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.

January 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Core Values

When President Barrack Obama, in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, said that he believes the private sector is the lifeblood of the economy, and that red tape needs to be cut, Congress expressed their appreciation for his words with applause. It felt like a window had been opened. Frankly, after months of televised debates by Republican Presidential candidates, it was hard to believe a Democrat had just said those words.

January 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


LIFE-SAVING OPTIONS

Prior to the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday night, council members arrived early to inspect and compare the merits of three different ambulances that the EMS Director Scott Fleming arranged to have available. They included one owned by the City of Hoisington, a 2013 Osage provided by Great Bend EMS, and a 2015 AEM. Fleming is also considering a model by Lifeline, but was unable to have one available Monday night for the inspection.

January 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council considering new ambulances

Prior to the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday night, council members arrived early to inspect and compare the merits of three different ambulances that the EMS Director Scott Fleming arranged to have available. They included one owned by the City of Hoisington, a 2013 Osage provided by Great Bend EMS, and a 2015 AEM. Fleming is also considering a model by Lifeline, but was unable to have one available Monday night for the inspection.

January 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | News


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Accepting teams for Ellinwood men’s softball tournament

The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a men's softball tournament on Saturday, June 4th on Worman Field in Ellinwood. Registration is $180 ...

May 03, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vendors sought for Ellinwood June Jaunt

The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce is taking booth registration for the annual K-96 June Jaunt to be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016. This year ...

May 03, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Tree Boards marks Arbor Day with tree giveaway

Michael Fletcher, arborist with the Great Bend Tree Board, marked a decades long Arbor Day tradition with fifth graders at Great Bend elementary schools and ...

April 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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


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


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