The Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education met Monday and heard from District Technology Coordinator Kerry Mooney, who informed the board he had received a bid at noon that day from a company that would sell the district new Chromebooks for $170 each, significantly lower than other bids received. In addition, Mooney can service the Chromebooks himself, including switching out damaged screens. The iPads have to be sent off for service, so down the road the economic feasibility continues.
HOISINGTON - The mood was solemn Monday morning as students at Hoisington High School entered the auditorium. Passing through an American Legion honor guard on their way to their seats, the strains of "Forgotten Hope Theme" set the tone for what would be an opportunity to honor an accomplished man, Art Gruber, a former Hoisington High School student, a World War II veteran, and survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
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.
Finally, the FBI is going to start taking animal cruelty seriously. An Associated Press story Wednesday reported the law enforcement organization will begin tracking cases of animal cruelty all over the country starting in 2016. For years, mental health professionals have known there is a link between animal abuse and other violent crimes, so its high time the problem gets the attention it deserves.
Editor's note: This holiday season, we invite you to share your holiday stories from Christmases past, starting off the series with a story of our own. We hope it shakes loose your own indelible holiday memories.
While Santa and his reindeer would have no problem getting around Great Bend on Saturday, city officials opted to err on the side of caution in consideration of those navigating the streets without the help of magic this weekend. Great Bend was included in a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service, warning of increased ice accumulations and slick roads, as well as increased ice accumulations on trees and power lines.
LARNED - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran stopped in Larned Wednesday, his last on his town hall tour before heading home to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his family. Before taking questions from constituents, he provided updates on his ongoing work as a member of the Veterans Affairs committee in providing medical services to veterans.
Dolores Kipper is the first to tell you she is no expert when it comes to dealing with stray cats. But since taking the position of Hoisington's code enforcement officer, she's spent hours conducting research in her spare time about humane methods of dealing with this ongoing problem. Monday, Nov. 23, she reported to the Hoisington City Council on her efforts.
Saturday, Great Bend officially welcomes the Christmas season. The City of Great Bend's Community Coordinator, Christina Hayes, in conjunction with several businesses and organizations, have planned several activities to bring together the community in celebration.
One Great Bend man has found the spirit of Thanksgiving and is acting on it. Joseph Trimmer, a young oil field pipe repair worker, was inspired last week after witnessing an act of kindness, and since then, has made Thanksgiving a reality for 28 families in the Great Bend area, and counting.
Doyle Rand, 88, died on Nov. 21, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 15, 1927, in Rodney, Ark., he was the son of John Henry and Sylvia (Hand) Rand. In 1949, he met the love of his life Betty Lou Rutter in Pratt. They were married on April 17, 1949, in Coats. She passed away on July 15, 2015. A resident of Great Bend he worked in the oil fields with Harms Petroleum for 33 years and was the owner of Rand Properties.
Heather Schneider, Great Bend, has been working with poultry through Barton County Extension's 4-H since she joined 10 years ago. She remembers her dad always had birds around, including ducks, turkeys and chickens. She learned early that she didn't enjoy turkeys because turkeys "don't like people," and one year an unknown intruder managed to kill all the ducks. Now, the family raises chickens, along with other livestock.
Thursday afternoon, Ellinwood first graders from Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph's Catholic School, clutching stuffed toy bears, monkeys, and even a giraffe made their way to Ellinwood District Hospital and Clinic. In celebration of National Rural Health Day, the students were invited to attend a special Teddy Bear Clinic, organized by Lindsey Bogner, Ellinwood District Hospital Foundation and Community Education Director.
Before sunrise on Sunday morning, enduring winds in gusts of 30 mph, Texas hunter Philip Kalmbach, with guide Tevor Olsen of Central Kansas Whitetails, a Great Bend outfitter, climbed into a Rush county tree stand and quietly waited in hopes of a successful Kansas bow hunt. His patience was rewarded when a large buck made his way into his field of vision. His shot was spot on, and the buck fell to the ground.