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Winning Forensics

HOISINGTON - In the seven years since Marion Oborny began teaching and coaching Cardinals Forensics at Hoisington High School, the program has grown steadily. The class roster this year has grown to 26 students in two classes, a few of whom participated outside of class. And this year, more students have qualified and are planning to compete in 17 events at the 3A State Forensics at Wichita-East on Saturday, May 5. One key to the success of the program is Oborny's insistence on attending tournaments, and its made for a banner year for Hoisington.

May 02, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Cheyenne Bottoms spotlighted with shorebird symposium

BARTON COUNTY - Shorebirds, according to Monica Iglecia, assistant director of shorebird habitat management with Manomet, a nonprofit scientific consulting firm, appear to be simply tiny little birds from a distance. But, through long-distance migration, populations of these birds are important indicators of the health of some of the planet's most important ecosystems.

May 01, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Detached garage destroyed by fire

ELLINWOOD - At 3:15 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, Ellinwood Police Officer Gerrod Carr saw and smelled smoke coming from the detached garage belonging to David Roach, 512 S. Main, Ellinwood. Ellinwood Fire Department responded. The garage and it's contents, valued at approximately $30,000, were destroyed according to Ellinwood Fire Chief Chris Komarek. A pickup truck inside was heavily damaged. Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours. It was determined the fire was electrical in nature. A short was evident at the bottom of the breaker box, Komarek said.

May 01, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Civic Solutions

HOISINGTON - Ashley Schultz teaches Government and History at Hoisington High School. Seniors in her Government class hosted the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce for coffee on Thursday morning, April 26, in the school's cafeteria.

April 30, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


China-based company eying Barton for wind project

Barton County Zoning Administrator Judy Goreham met with U.S. representatives from Chinese power company State Power Investment Corporation Thursday afternoon at the Barton County Courthouse who expressed interest in developing wind energy in northern Barton County. The message they received was Barton County is supportive of wind energy development, as long as it doesn't interfere with the migratory activity at Cheyenne Bottoms and along the Central Flyway.

April 29, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves nominee for fire district board

HOISINGTON - Four Hoisington community members sent letters to the city recommending themselves to be appointed to the board of directors for the proposed fire district that Barton County Commissioners are expected to approve following the May 14 public hearing that will take place at 9 a.m. in the commission chambers. In a mailing prior to the meeting, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell shared the letters from Councilman Robert Bruce, retired firefighter Shannon Donovan, EMS Director Scott Fleming, and retired fire chief James Sekavec. He also met informally over the weekend with Hoisington Fire Department personnel where anonymous and non-binding vote ...

April 26, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Destiny calls in 1918

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.

April 25, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News


Taking back her strength

Denise Rankin has learned a lot about taking her voice back in the past two years. It started two years ago when she learned about the abuse her ex-husband, Jeffrey Allen Rankin, had inflicted on their two children. Since then, her voice has grown in volume, especially in the past two months, when she stood in front of the Barton County Commissioners to inform them of the Barton County Attorney's fumbling of their case which resulted in Judge Richard M. Smith ordering the dismissal of 11 of the 31 charges against her ex-husband because the speedy trial law had ...

April 25, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Rankin gets maximum sentence

In Barton County District Court Tuesday afternoon, Jeffrey Allen Rankin received the maximum sentence on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Judge Richard Smith sentenced Rankin to 10 years and eight months (128 months) in prison on one charge and 34 months on the second, with the two running consecutively, for a total of 13 and a half years.

April 24, 2018 | and DALE HOGG | Local News


Ellinwood city council approves Splash Pad addition

ELLINWOOD - At the Ellinwood City Council meeting in April, a representative from the Ellinwood Rotary Club, Rosie Joiner, shared specifications for a covered patio the club has proposed building adjacent to the Splash Pad. The club led a successful drive for funding to have the outdoor water play area built last year, which included winning a grant from the Golden Belt Community Foundation, which put them over the top of their goal. Some of those funds are still available.

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SPEAKING HER MIND

Darcy Feist, a fifth grade student in Joan Henning's class at Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend, can do something that makes many adults break into a sweat and avoid at all costs. Public speaking. And, she can do it well.

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SKILLS DRILLS

LARNED - Jacque Wasinger is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Larned High School. Four years ago, she began organizing mock interviews for students in her Career and Life Planning class. On Wednesday, 17 students took part in the exercises meant to build real world skills.

April 19, 2018 | PHOTOS BY JANET FLESKE | Local News


Stafford USD 349 among 19 school districts selected for Gemini II Redesign Project

STAFFORD - Nineteen school districts from across the state, including Stafford USD 349, will take part in Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins, which is the next round of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) announced Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

April 18, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


War and murder in 1898

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.

April 18, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News


Making History

HOISINGTON - When Hoisington Historical Society President Lon Palmer and recently retired Hoisington Public Library Director Chris Rippel proposed an oral history project to teachers at Hoisington High School, Language Arts teacher Carrie Feist wasn't the only one to jump on the opportunity.

April 17, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Claflin City Council to discuss funding for new building for fire department

CLAFLIN - Mayor Mike Urban and members of the city council will meet on Wednesday, May 23, to further discuss the topic of an additional structure ...

May 20, 2018 | 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 ...

May 16, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council hears two TGT fund requests

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council approved two requests for transient guest tax (TGT) grants Monday night totaling $11,200. Both requests put marketing and promotion ...

May 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Prairie Treasures

LARNED - Each spring, on select days in April and May, the Larned State Hospital offers the surrounding community the chance to fill their planter boxes ...

May 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approve CMB ordinances for 2018 After Harvest Festival

ELLINWOOD - Since the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce requested in March permission to hold the 2018 After Harvest Festival, decisions intended to deter underage drinking, the ...

May 09, 2018 | 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 ...

May 09, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


LHS a finalist in nationwide shoe design competition

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Larned High School has made it to the Top 5 in a national competition that had art students painting designs on Vans ...

May 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


PAWNEE PARTNERS

LARNED - Pawnee County Commissioner Bob Rein Jr. proposed a marketing partnership among the county, the city, and the Chamber of Commerce Monday night in order ...

May 08, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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