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Education finance bill doesn’t add up

The Governor's promise during the 2012 election campaign to provide funding for all-day kindergarten statewide is now set aside. The legislature has the more pressing problem of finding a way to more equitably fund schools. They've come up with ideas both parties could agree upon, but how they solve the problem at hand isn't immediately apparent.

April 07, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


EDC competition team takes home honors

For four years, dance instructor Lindsay Feil, owner of Euphoria Dance Center in Great Bend, has seen continuous growth, both in the size and ability, of the EDC competition dance team. Last weekend, March 29 and 30, the team entered a record number of events at the V.I.P. Dance competition at Maize High School. Categories included solos, duos and trios, small group, large group, and line in contemporary, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop and musical theater styles.

April 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Business


Legislature works to produce education finance plan

The Kansas Legislature passed two bills for Education Finance last week, and were hard at work Saturday negotiating to reach an agreement Saturday. An evening vote was anticipated, but as the House and Senate adjourned Saturday night, no word was forthcoming.

April 05, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


FINDING THEIR WAY

Students in Jake Hoflinger's Introduction to Blueprint Production class took advantage of nice weather earlier this week, and headed over to Brit Spaugh Park to complete a scavenger hunt.

April 03, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend voters say yes to sales tax

Voters trickled out for local elections Tuesday, with only 1,336 checking in at polls county wide. The general election was for city council positions in the cities of Great Bend, Hoisington, and Ellinwood, and to elect two positions for the Ellinwood Hospital District Board of Trustees.

April 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Jaws of Life called for three vehicle accident

Great Bend police were called to the scene of a three vehicle injury accident that occurred around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of 18th St. and Main St. in Great Bend. The Great Bend Fire Department was called to extract a passenger.

April 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Lesser prairie chicken on ‘threatened’ list

Thursday, by the Obama administration announced it would be placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species.

March 27, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 resolves to keep partisanship at bay

The USD 428 Board of Education met Thursday at Jefferson Elementary School for the monthly noon meeting.

March 27, 2014 | Veronica Coons | 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.

March 27, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


POWERFUL STORM

The room was filled with a few hundred passionate rural leaders eager to solve problems and create initiatives to improve the lives of rural residents. Enthusiasm hung in the air.

March 18, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


GLASSBLOWING

James Haffner, a Hoxie artist, wasn't exactly seeking to become a glassblower. But thanks to the help of master artists and teachers at the University of California at San Diego's craft center, Haffner is not only making a name for himself, he's giving back in a big way. From now through March 23, his work can be viewed at The Deines Cultural Center's exhibit, "Veteran Arts: Custom Glassblowing by James Haffner".

March 15, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


DROUGHT OVERVIEW

Monday morning, Barton County Extension Agent Alicia Boor traveled to Hays' Sternberg Museum to attend one of several conferences being held across the state to discuss the future of water in Kansas. At stake, according to Susan Metzger, Chief of Planning and Policy at the Kansas Water Office and Vision team leader, is the future of agriculture and economic development throughout the state.

March 13, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Gannon ruling answers some questions, raises others

While the much-anticipated ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court on Gannon v. State of Kansas school funding law suit answered a few question, several more are bound to surface in its wake.

March 07, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Governor Brownback to comment on Gannon decision Friday afternoon

The Kansas Supreme Court announced Friday morning their decision on Gannon v. State of Kansas. The lawsuit was originally filed in 2010 by parents and school districts after the state cut funding to schools back to 2005 levels of funding. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt will hold a press conference at 2:30 p.m. Friday afternoon to discuss the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling on the Gannon vs. State of Kansas, The lawsuit asserted lack of adequate funding for education in the state was unconstitutional.

March 07, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


GROUNDBREAKING

Thursday morning, American AgCredit held a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new facility to be built at the corner of 10th Street and Patton Road in Great Bend, in spite of the colder than expected temperature.

March 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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Ellinwood High School FBLA sponsors Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce coffee

On Friday, April 24, members of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce attended a weekly coffee hosted by the Ellinwood High School FBLA chapter. Sponsor Lorie Betts opened the program, asking each member to introduce themselves and talk about the projects they participated in at the state competition, and whether they would be attending the national competition to be held in Chicago during the summer. Nearly half the members appeared on stage at the state competition, something Betts noted was much better than hoped for.

April 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


EDC Dancers Edge out the competion

Euphoria Dance Company's competition dance team attended the Edge Dance Competition held April 11 – 12 at the Century II Performing Arts Center in Wichita.

April 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Business


USD 355 changing math offerings

Ellinwood USD 355 Superintendent Ben Jacobs confirmed the district will eliminate 8th grade algebra next year.

April 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Taking out the trash

When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.

April 22, 2015 | 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.

April 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Waystations needed to save monarchs

With the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms in its backyard, Barton County is no stranger to butterfly tagging, and the each year, butterfly enthusiasts take part in butterfly counts throughout the warmer months. These efforts have shown numbers have dropped to critical levels over the past few decades. Barbara Green, a representative of Monarch Watch, hopes more people will respond by creating monarch waystations.

April 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Playing politics

The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tractors pull generations closer

Antique tractors mixed with modern, ranging in size from full-sized beasts of the field all the way down to lawn tractors at the Hoisington tractor pull Saturday afternoon. From all over Kansas and surrounding states, participants had come to compete. John Deere verses Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson, Cub-Cadet versus International Harvester. Some stock, some custom, some using diesel and others nitro.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


EXPO TIME

Wednesday morning, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce officers and ambassadors were on hand at the Great Bend Expo Complex to open the 2015 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. President Jan Peters welcomed the many farmers, ranchers, and members of the community who stopped in first thing in the morning to check out the vendors while a cool mist slowly burned off. It was better than in years past, she noted, and the forecast for the next two days the show will run is predicted to be mild also.

April 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington EMS team honored at KEMTA

Hoisington was in the spotlight last weekend as two dedicated EMS personnel were honored by their peers in Topeka.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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