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Out of the Morgue

This week, we bring you a summary and round-up of stories from several Kansas newspapers concerning a murder that occurred around this time in 1915. At the time, it was considered one of the most horrifying cases in the state's brief history since the Indian massacres.

October 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


City of Ellinwood to purchase Batchman property

The Ellinwood City Council met Monday night in a special meeting to consider an agreement that would put an end to a year-long debacle that had not only caused one Ellinwood family countless financial headaches, but also prompted community members to publicly declare their dissatisfaction with the city over the handling of a public improvement project gone awry. The council went into executive session for 10 minutes for a discussion of the possible property acquisition. Upon returning to open session, Mayor Irlan Fullbright summarized the discussion.

October 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


City of Ellinwood to consider purchase of 104 N. Main at special meeting Monday

The Ellinwood City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday night in a special meeting to consider an agreement to purchase property. The owners of the property at 104 N. Main, Mark and Cassie Batchman, contacted city staff regarding a proposal to sell the property to the City. Staff has negotiated a proposed contract for Council's consideration for the purchase of the property.

October 23, 2015 | 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.

October 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


What's that sound?

Women for Kansas, the grassroots organization working to organize women in an effort to elect moderates to office throughout the state, wants to form more local chapters, and Great Bend is on their short list of desired communities. From a recent email sent to The Great Bend Tribune, "From laws affecting school funding to gun safety, "Women for Kansas" says many residents are unhappy with how the state is being run."It's easy for people to say, 'oh this would be different if we had someone else in office.' Well it's not enough to say 'someone different.' We ...

October 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Prairie Land Food partners with First United Methodist Church

Prairie Land Food, operating out of First United Methodist Church at 2123 Forest Ave., is offering the public a chance to save on the "Holiday Dinner" package just in time for Thanksgiving. Orders will be taken between Oct. 24 and Nov. 10 for the special which includes a 12 to 14 lb. whole, uncooked turkey, sweet potatoes, potatoes, onlions, carrots, celery, oranges, apples and a 10-inch 38 oz. pumpkin pie. The cost for everything is $35, and will be available for pick-up on Friday, Nov. 20. Large orders from groups or organizations will also be accepted through Nov. 10.

October 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington breaks ground on new housing project

Members of the Housing Opportunities Inc. Board, Hoisington city officials, Chamber of Commerce representatives and several other honored guests met at Thursday afternoon for a ceremonial ground breaking of the Eastwood Apartments, a six duplex project that will relieve housing pressure by increasing the available safe and affordable housing in Hoisington by another 12 units upon completion. This is the 15th project by HOI in 15 years, according to HOI Executive Director Vicky Dayton, who addressed the group.

October 15, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


KC Wolf visits Hoisington students

Hoisington elementary students were treated to a visit by Dan Meers, who performs as the Kansas City Cheifs' mascot, KC Wolf, on Thursday morning at Roosevelt Elementary School. The visit was courtesy of the Hoisington Elementary Parents Association.

October 15, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Scouts turn out for Ellinwood City Council

ELLINWOOD -When Ellinwood Scout master Scott Reser learned the city council would discuss the fate of the scout house at Wolf Park Tuesday evening, he picked up the phone and rallied scout leaders and scouts who filled the city office to show their support of fixing the roof and keeping the building around for future generations of scouts to meet in.

October 15, 2015 | 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.

October 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Recycling benefits increasing

Last year, Sunflower Diversified Services purchased a grinder, allowing the recycling business to grow. Now, glass can be ground and made useful locally by the Barton County Road and Bridge Department for paving our rural roads. This was fantastic news this week. It shows that recycling is certainly worthwhile.

October 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Hoisington City Council considers new rules on accessory buildings

For several months, the Hoisington planning commission has been working to find a balance between restriction and ease of future development. Changes to the existing zoning ordinances within the city pertaining to accessory buildings have been their focus. These include sheds, garages, and other structures like carports that exist on a residential lot along with the main structure. At Monday night's city council meeting, Jerry Renk, spokesman for the commission, addressed the council. With the public hearing out of the way as of Sept. 21, and with only positive comments received, the commission recommended adoption of the changes.

October 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Edible art

Mrs. Kaiser's preschool class at Roosevelt Elementary School in Hoisington wrapped up Fire Prevention Week Friday by making a themed snack. Using graham crackers, pretzels, oreo cookies and frosting, they created firetrucks. Pictured are Tinley Christians and Braylin Rossman.

October 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council to discuss zoning ordinance at Monday meeting

The Hoisington City Council will meet Monday night at 7 p.m. at the city office and will consider several items of new business. These include a proposed text change of the zoning ordinance pertaining to accessory builidings, a proposed project at Pride Park, a request for bids from Barton County, as well as the consideration of two Transient Guest Tax requests. One, for the 2016 Relay for Life, and the second for the Chamber of Commerce to assist with bleacher repairs. The council will also consider Appropriation Ordinance no. 1394.

October 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council to discuss fate of Scout House Tuesday

The Ellinwood City Council meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the city office where they will discuss several items of new business. These include whether or not to keep the Scout House in good repair, or make plans for its future demolition. At this time, the roof is in desperate need of replacement. Also, what to do wtih funds donated to the EMS service, a request to remove a stop sign on the northeast corner of Humbolt and Pohlman, consideration of a resolution to secure temporary financing for the KDOT project. One executive session is requested pertatining to attorney ...

October 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Filing deadline is almost here

As Memorial Day approaches, we should remember that two important privileges American soldiers have fought to protect is our right to vote, as well as ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood After Harvest Fest Parade announced

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Rotary Club in cooperation with the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce is in the process of organizing Ellinwood's After Harvest Festival parade ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 special called meeting held

HOISINGTON -- On Tuesday, May 24, the USD 431 Board of Eduction met in a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Notice of the ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Perfect attendance celebrated at USD 428

USD 428 elementary schools celebrated the end of the 2015-2016 school year last week, each in their own unique ways. They promoted kindergarten students and ...

May 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Bathrooms are meant for one thing

Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms ...

May 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Claflin city council approves purchase of police vehicle

The Claflin City Council met Monday, May 9, at the city building. City Clerk Patricia Schmidt submitted minutes from the meeting. At the meeting, the ...

May 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington EMS to hold open house Thursday

Red is usually the color of choice for fire trucks, catching the eye and delivering the universal message - an emergency is at hand. But coming ...

May 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


EDC competition dancing away with awards

The competition team at Euphoria Dance Center has been making heads turn from Wichita to Colorado Springs in the past three months. Starting with the ...

May 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Business


Wilson Reservoir depth conspiracy evaporating

Nolan Fisher is the park manager for the Army Corps of Engineers at Wilson Reservoir. Thursday afternoon, he shared with us the good news that ...

May 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Regional hospital donates diapers & wipes to local quadruplets

When Brandon and Megan Fyler found out they were pregnant last fall, they were ecstatic to give a sibling to their 2-year-old son, Colton. But ...

May 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Better access to recreation needed for segment of city’s kids

As the school year comes to a close, let's take a few minutes to consider the joys of summer break.

May 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


GB breaks ground on community orchard

In April, 2015, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Heartland Farm grows agritourism

Heartland Farm, operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is located 10 miles west of Great Bend. They have been an active participants in recent ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Hoisington Land Bank expanding housing options

The city of Hoisington's decision to start a land bank is starting to pay off. The Hoisington Land Bank offers free lots in an ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Commerce & Finance


Claflin museum reopens better than ever

CLAFLIN - Claflin's history museum had to close unexpectedly in 2010 when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


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