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Prairie Enterprise Project faces “most crucial” time

Editors note: It's no secret that the biggest driver of the rural economy is small business. In fact, small businesses and entrepreneurs are the vehicles that bring diversity and quality of life to rural communities all over Barton County and surrounding counties. One important resource, the Prairie Enterprise Project, has helped to pave the way for several small businesses for the past decade. Due to the elimination of tax credit sales by the State of Kansas, a major source of funding for this program has disappeared. This is the second of two stories detailing the impact the program has ...

January 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Voice of experience should not be silenced

It's ironic. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants Kansas to become one of the most hospitable states in the nation for business, but one of the steps he's taking to do this might spell the end of a proven program that helps business start-ups get off to the right start and offers continuing assistance into the future.

January 06, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Columnists


Cuts threaten to close doors on business coaching program

For 10 years, the Prairie Enterprise Project has been offering free and confidential business coaching to entrepreneurs in Barton, Russell, and Edwards counties. Karmi Green, the non-profit organization's Enterprise Facilitator, has helped business start-ups get off to a good start and helped tweak existing businesses, bringing and helping to retain jobs and tax dollars to the towns and counties where they locate. Sadly, unless it can secure new funding, the project will have no choice but to close its doors. That's especially bad news at a time when many in the Golden Belt area are experiencing unemployment for ...

January 06, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


New Year’s baby 2013 arrives

The first baby of the new year is a special club, and Wednesday, Jan. 2, Mason Allen Leroy Verstraete became the latest member when he was delivered at 4:28 p.m. at Great Bend Regional Hospital to mom Brandi Cook and dad Dylan Verstraete of Stafford.

January 03, 2013 | 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.

January 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Kids Day Out makes 'full hit'

The Great Bend Recreation Center hosted Kids Day Out Thursday and Friday, December 27 and 28. The two-day camp offers kids ages six to 12 a break after several days home from school during winter break. The kids played games, made crafts, decorated cookies and had snacks, watched movies and went bowling.

December 29, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


New Year means time to dream

The year 2012 was not my most eventful year ever but it definitely made the top ten list. I have to say, the events were mostly all life-affirming. They represented finally reaching the light at the end of a tunnel. I finished phase one of a college experience, married a wonderful man, travelled outside the United States for the first time ever, found a new and better job and moved to my new home. Of all that I left behind, the things I miss most are some very good neighbors and friends, and a really wonderful garden.

December 29, 2012 | Veronica Coons | Columnists


Diversions for dipping digits

Students have been out of school enjoying winter break, and there's still another six days to go. As temperatures dip into the teens and 20s, and snow remains elusive, kids are either reaching ever increasing levels and high-scores on popular video games, making ever deeper indentations on the family sofa as they watch yet one more episode of Good Luck Charlie or Phineas and Ferb, or driving their siblings and/or parents up a wall out of sheer boredom.

December 26, 2012 | 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.

December 24, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Ghosts of Christmas trees past

"I'll be home for Christmas," the song says.

December 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Vandalism at Vets Park

Great Bend city workers discovered extensive vandalism of Trail of Lights lighting displays at Veterans Park Friday morning during a routine check of the area and reported damage to Great Bend Police. The majority of the damage was done to the "12 Days of Christmas" displays on the north end of the park, in addition to a Santa and sleigh display pulled down on the roof of the picnic shelter and two displays in front of the shelter mangled and pushed over.

December 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBHS go-getter new intern

Recently Great Bend city Manager Howard Partington gave the nod to community coordinator Christina Hayes to hire an intern to assist her. After observing her outstanding organizational skills at work with the Panther Paw Craft Fair, Hayes knew GBHS junior Sara McAfee was just the person for the position.

December 18, 2012 | 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.

December 17, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Students spotlighted at Chamber coffee

Christmas carols, hot apple cider, and gourmet cupcakes greeted members of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning.

December 16, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend to apply for national designation

A steering committee made up of representatives from the City of Great Bend and several local organizations is making preparations to apply for the designation as one of the "100 Best Communities for Young People," awarded by the America's Promise Alliance each year.

December 16, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


GBPL discuss plans for weeding the collection

GBPL Board of Directors welcomed a new member, Alicia Lear, at their regular meeting Monday afternoon. Lear replaces Rose Kelly, who served the board for ...

July 13, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BOUNTIFUL

Barton County gardeners brought the fruits of their labor to the fair Thursday morning for the annual Open Class and 4-H Horticulture and Floriculture exhibitions ...

July 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Fairy garden a fun project to teach kids life skills

Alicia Straub, Barton County Commissioner from Ellinwood, and daughter Aliza were at the Barton County Fair Thursday morning entering Aliza's fairy garden in the ...

July 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Don’t be afraid of that oversized zucchini

Try as you might to limit the size of your home-grown zucchini, rare is the person whose fruits never get away from them. You go ...

July 12, 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 ...

July 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council to move forward with policy manual overhaul

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council addressed one of the top staffing priorities for the coming year when it met Monday night. At the June 25 ...

July 10, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


‘Queen of the night’ doesn’t disappoint

LARNED - Anne Graner isn't sure where her father bought his Queen of the Night cactus many years ago. Growing up in Oyster Bay, New ...

July 10, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


DOG DAYS OF BARTON COUNTY

Bright and early Saturday morning, 4-Hers and their four-legged friends were spruced up and ready for show at the annual Barton County Fair 4-H Dog ...

July 07, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Dorothy M. Campbell 1917-2018

GREAT BEND - Dorothy M. Campbell, 100, passed away July 7, 2018, at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born November 7, 1917, at ...

July 07, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


RED, WHITE & BLUE

The Great Bend City Band held its annual patriotic concert Thursday night, with a selection of eight historical marches that date back to the Civil ...

July 05, 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 ...

July 05, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Growing good kids

HOISINGTON - Beginning in the 2016-2017 school year, Hoisington Middle School science and language arts teacher Karissa Cowan began raising funds for a unique project following ...

July 02, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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