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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

Barton County Extension one of six in state picked for expansion grant

With the start of school right around the corner, its almost time for clubs to become active again, and with church and sports gearing up too, there will be plenty of groups vying for what seems to be an ever shrinking slice of free time for families. Still, the benefits of young people getting involved with community clubs are far reaching. Friends are made, and projects and field trips provide fun learning experiences, and long-time involvement can even lead to better performance in school and the possibility of college scholarships too. For those itching to get involved in 4-H, new ...

July 23, 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 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 23, 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 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 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

State legislature has plenty to learn from local bodies

"I feel like we abdicated our responsibility," Sen Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, was quoted in the AP story "Kansas cash balance to be lower than expected," in Wednesday's Great Bend Tribune.

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Rush County wind farm helping to decrease Yahoo! carbon footprint

The Alexander Wind Project in Rush County is beating the odds that face proposed wind energy projects, and will be going online very soon. That's good news for the landowners who have leased the land where the turbines have been erected, and it's good news for the environment, as green-centric corporations, like Yahoo! Inc., opt for ways to offset their power consumption using renewable energy sources. Its yet another way rural communities make a measurable difference in the lives of those who live, work, and do business in metropolitan areas around the world.

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

Holiday parade cancelled

While Santa and his reindeer would have no problem getting around Great Bend on Saturday, city officials opted to err on the side of caution ...

November 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Moran discusses Choice Act and refugees at Larned town hall

LARNED - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran stopped in Larned Wednesday, his last on his town hall tour before heading home to spend the Thanksgiving holiday ...

November 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Dolores Kipper is the first to tell you she is no expert when it comes to dealing with stray cats. But since taking the position ...

November 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Christmas is coming

Saturday, Great Bend officially welcomes the Christmas season. The City of Great Bend's Community Coordinator, Christina Hayes, in conjunction with several businesses and organizations ...

November 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Nearly 30 families share Thanksgiving thanks to one Great Bend man

One Great Bend man has found the spirit of Thanksgiving and is acting on it. Joseph Trimmer, a young oil field pipe repair worker, was ...

November 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Doyle Rand 1927 - 2015

Doyle Rand, 88, died on Nov. 21, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 15, 1927, in Rodney, Ark., he was the ...

November 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


Heather Schneider, Great Bend, has been working with poultry through Barton County Extension's 4-H since she joined 10 years ago. She remembers her dad ...

November 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Thursday afternoon, Ellinwood first graders from Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph's Catholic School, clutching stuffed toy bears, monkeys, and even a giraffe made ...

November 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Oh deer

Before sunrise on Sunday morning, enduring winds in gusts of 30 mph, Texas hunter Philip Kalmbach, with guide Tevor Olsen of Central Kansas Whitetails, a ...

November 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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