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History lesson

Third grade students in Great Bend got a reprieve from indoor school work Wednesday and had a chance to enjoy the seasonal spring weather while exploring the Barton County Historical Museum village.

May 07, 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.

May 07, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Encouraging tomorrow’s leaders

A focus on the need for a new crop of leaders to step into community service was the underlying message at the Great Bend Rotary/Optimist Club luncheon held Monday at the Highland Hotel.

May 07, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Fiscal responsibility keeping USD 428 in black

"USD 428 is fortunate that it hasn't had to make cuts," said Khris Thexton, USD 428 Director of Business. "We've been in a good financial situation thanks to the administration and the school board managing money wisely."

May 04, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Euphoria Dance Center takes gold at Edge

Euphoria Dance Center of Great Bend has committed to a full schedule of dance competitions this season. On April 12 and 13, dancers attended the Edge competition in Wichita for the first time, and came home with plenty of gold.

May 02, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Business


Blooming with Pride

Three decades ago, the Great Bend City Tree Board took part in a Tree City USA challenge, issued by the Arbor Day Foundation. The tree board met regularly, the mayor proclaimed Great Bend a Tree City and proclaimed April 25 National Arbor Day, encouraging people to plant trees, and the Tree Board began an ongoing project to beautify the city through the planting of redbud trees.

April 26, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


A+ FOR EFFORT

Visitors to Great Bend this coming weekend will find a more clean and tidy city thanks to the efforts of Great Bend High School students. They donned bright chartreuse shirts Wednesday morning and hit the streets of the city on a mission to give back to the community. By the time the school day was done, walls were painted, gardens and landscaping tidied, storm windows installed, studies completed and lots of cleaning done.

April 23, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


RITE OF SPRING

It only took minutes for hundreds of area children to clean the Argonne Forest floor of thousands of pieces of colorful foil-wrapped chocolates Saturday morning. Great Bend's Kiwanis Club arrived early that morning to scatter boxes of candy around the area in Veterans Memorial Park where the club has planted several varieties of trees for public enjoyment and education.

April 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Teachers react to bill that removes due process

Members of Great Bend's National Education Association still wait for answers from legislators they feel turned their back on them. The education finance bill took educators by surprise as it quickly made its way through the Senate and the House, to be passed on to Governor Brownback April 6. It includes legislation that takes away hard-fought protections against arbitrary termination. The bill, HB 2506, is now in the hands of Governor Sam Brownback, who indicated Monday during a visit to Emporia State University that he would sign it into law.

April 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


‘Complete the streets’

When Great Bend was first chartered, most people walked from point A to point B. It was the norm for home builders to install wide sidewalks and buffer strips between the walk and the road in most parts of the city.

April 19, 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.

April 16, 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.

April 09, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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


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Hoisington Fun Day Saturday

With wheat harvest underway, it's time to take a break and have some fun, said Patty Horton of Hoisington Main Street. Saturday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m., HMS will host Hoisington Fun Day. Sponsors include the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #23, First Kansas Bank, Cates Carquest, Manweiler Chevrolet, A & F Enterprises, City of Hoisington EMS, Police and Fire Dept., State Farm Insurance - Kathy Burt, Roadway Inn & Suites, and The Lodge Micro Motel.

June 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Cities discuss following county on fireworks decision

Hoisington's City Council agreed to call a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss altering the city's ordinance to allow fireworks to be discharged on both July 3 and 4, following suit with the Barton County Commission's Monday decision. The county commission's decision applies only to unincorporated areas. Some, but not all, cities have been following suit. In order to allow the extra day, the council would need to approve the change, and it would need to be printed once in the official city newspaper, The Hoisington Dispatch, two weeks prior to the date. With the Dispatch ...

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Wheat harvest coming in strong

According to Duane Reif, manager at Hoisington's United Ag Service, The high temperatures and wind are working in concert with farmers who are well on their way to getting the 2015 wheat harvest cut and transported to elevators all around the county.

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Lower cost, tasty lunches ahead for USD 431

The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.

June 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Claflin cleans up

Monday, June 8, the Claflin City Council met and agreed to pay the back taxes and write off the cost of demolition of a house located at 304 Albro. The demomolition expense is expected to be $2,000.

June 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Top honors to mean more at Hoisington High School

Being chosen to be the class valedictorian will carry more meaning at Hoisington High School in the coming year, thanks to clarifications made to the honor at a special meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education Wednesday, June 17 at the central office.

June 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


No visible underwear, no altered clothing for Hoisington students

Parents of students attending Hoisington Middle and High Schools take heed. The USD 431 Board of Education met, discussed, and approved amendments to the district's dress policy on Wednesday, June 17. These decisions may have an impact on the back-to-school shopping decisions that are sure to be made in the next few months, and the board hopes to avoid complaints by disgruntled parents upset over spending money on clothing that will not be allowed in the school.

June 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Preservation not always the best opton

Voters in Hoisington approved a bond issue to build a new elementary school, and that is really good news for the present and future students of that district. But as the news reached some readers, disappointment over the demolition of another piece of history (the existing school building) was expressed.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Out of the Morgue

This week instead of delving into the history of Great Bend, we'll travel a few miles down the road to Pawnee Rock, through the pages of the Pawnee Rock Herald.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


PTSD picture book author visits Hoisington Public Library

Kids at the Hoisington Public Library had the opportunity to meet a true American hero Wednesday afternoon. Seth Kastle, author of "Why is dad so mad?", a book about post traumatic stress disorder. He brought along his uniform, a ceremonial sword owned by his friend, a fallen soldier he served with in Afghanistan, and other military memorabilia.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington says ‘Yes’ to new school

Unofficial results are in. Hoisington USD 431 will be building a new elementary school to replace its oldest structure, Lincoln Elementary School.

June 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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