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‘Greatest Generation’ veteran to be honored by CO Avalanche

A familiar Great Bend Veteran, Lonnie Wright, won't be at the dedication of the second memorial stone at Golden Belt Memorial Park today. That's because the World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Silver Star recipient and Pearl Harbor Survivor, will be honored at the Colorado Avalanche versus the Winnipeg Jets game at Denver's Pepsi Stadium tonight. It's part of the franchise's "Military Appreciation Night." Wright will be joined by veterans from every major conflict as they conduct a ceremonial face-off at center ice prior to the game. As the WWII Veteran, Wright will be ...

November 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


FMI's Lear receives service award

ELLINWOOD - Farmers Mutual Insurance Company (FMI), Ellinwood, is pleased to announce that Chief Executive Officer, Justin

November 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Business


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.

November 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Take a breather and prepare

It's Thursday, and the United States is still, as they say, "a thing."

November 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood council to sell building by sealed bid

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council put off for a second time the sale of the city-owned Main Street building to Wolf Hotel owner Chris McCord. He and Chris Batchman had made competing written offers which were announced at the October city council meeting.

November 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Elementary school build on target for completion

HOISINGTON - Monday night, the USD 431 Board of Education received an update from Nabholz Construction Rep. Mickey Starkey that he said should put their minds at ease. He handed out copies of the milestone schedule agreed upon at the beginning of the project to each board member. He noted that while the build was behind schedule in one area, steel construction, it is well ahead of schedule in another, drywalling. According to the schedule, drywalling was expected to begin in February, but according to the revised schedule, it will actually begin during the first or second week of December.

November 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


EGS students hold mock election

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Grade School students participated in a school-wide election Tuesday. While their parents might remember similar election day events from their youth, putting marks on a paper ballot and dropping them in a box, thier offspring took part in a more high-tech experience.

November 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


TAYLOR HEADING TO TOPEKA

Tuesday, District 33 elected Republican Mary Jo Taylor of Stafford to represent them for the next four years. She had a decisive win over Democrat Matt Bristow of Ellinwood after a race that would be defined by the decidedly respectful tone taken by both candidates took towards one another.

November 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran tours Ellinwood High School

ELLINWOOD - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran toured Ellinwood High School Thursday afternoon. It was one of three stops in Barton County en route to Hays. He also stopped at Barton Community College and took a walking tour of Hoisington's Main Street.

November 03, 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.

November 03, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A century of greatness

In less than a week, we'll be able to put behind us the 2016 presidential election. Today, the Tribune's "Out of the Morgue" column paused to take a look back at the election of 1916, and while reports indicated it was a more civil affair than we've witnessed this year, there were plenty of issues the voters were faced with that split the ballot and made for a very tight race.

November 02, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood police warn drivers, stop for school buses

ELLINWOOD - Monday morning, Ellinwood Police Chief Art Keffer posted on the department's facebook page that numerous complaints since the beginning of the school year had been received concerning drivers passing stopped school buses while their red lights and stop signs were activated.

November 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


FOOD FOR ALL

Janel Rose, health educator with the Barton County Health Department, is laying the groundwork for a local food system assessment, and received valuable feedback from farmers market vendors Thursday night, Oct. 20, at an end-of-season conversation at the Barton County Health Department. The group met on the heels of two other community connections dinners held at Hoisington and Great Bend three weeks ago.

October 31, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Mary Jo Taylor, Republican candidate for Dist. 33, bringing experience to the table

Editor's note: With Mitch Holmes' decision not to file for re election in 2016, the seat for Kansas District 33 opened and two newcomers threw their hats into the ring. As the November election draws near, the Great Bend Tribune met with both candidates to learn more about who they are, what issues they are passionate about, and what inspired them to aspire to the Senate seat. Yesterday, we provided a peek at what Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, the Democratic candidate hopes to bring to the seat. Today, we cast our spotlight on Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, the Republican candidate.

October 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Matt Bristow, candidate for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, a fresh face in politics

Editor's note: With Republican Mitch Holmes' decision not to file for re election in 2016, the seat for Kansas Senate Dist. 33 opened and two newcomers threw their hats into the ring. Democrat Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, and Republican Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, were relative unknowns prior to the April primaries. As the November election draws near, the Great Bend Tribune met with both candidates to learn more about who they are, what issues they are passionate about, and what inspired them to aspire to the Senate seat. Our spotlight is on Bristow today, and on Friday, it will shift ...

October 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Ellinwood City Council hears good and not so good news

ELLINWOOD - City Manager Chris Komarek had some good news to report about the bond issue the city passed recently that will fund needed street and ...

November 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue, Nov 16, 2017

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 ...

November 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Claflin speeding concern discussed

CLAFLIN - City council members met briefly Monday night with a short agenda that included a discussion about participation in an imaging project with the Barton ...

November 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Veterans honored at Avenue of Flags

Despite the cold and misty weather, community members began to gather at Veterans Memorial Park in Great Bend Saturday morning for the annual Veteran's ...

November 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Larned City Council approves Sunday liquor sales

LARNED - The question of whether or not Larned will allow Sunday liquor sales was raised, and the answer from city council members came back yes ...

November 09, 2017 | 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 ...

November 09, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 hear report on state representatives visit

HOISINGTON - Friday afternoon, USD 431 Superintendent Bill Lowry met with Kansas Commissioner of Education Randy Watson and State Board of Education Representative Sally Cauble. Lowry ...

November 08, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Mayoral race ends with Popp on top

Around the county, voters elected mayors and city council and school board members, and Ellinwood also elected trustees to the Ellinwood Hospital District. The big ...

November 07, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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