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Budget, schools, gun laws topics of second legislative coffee

Richard Schenck with Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, the sponsor of the Great Bend legislative coffee, introduced Rep. Tori Arnberger, Great Bend, and Sen Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, to the public who came for an update on what has been happening at the state capitol since the last coffee in February. Both freshmen legislators, they provided a fresh perspective on the legislative process, now partway through their first session of their first term.

March 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Closing of Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility both emotional and hopeful

LARNED - The atmosphere was like both a reunion and a wake. There were hugs, tears, and emotional greetings between old friends. Men and women stood side by side, some holding back tears, but all with a sense of hopefulness Friday afternoon as staff of the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility gathered for the closing ceremony of the facility. The facility which was dedicated in 2003 and could hold 128 youth is now permanently closed.

March 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


LIFESAVING MOVES

Anyone can do CPR...and for many it's one of those nagging, "I-ought-to-learn" things we try to find time for. The Great Bend Fire Department helped several in the community cross that off their to-do lists Saturday morning.

March 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Reading readiness focus as Roosevelt Elementary students celebrate Seuss’ birthday

HOISINGTON - USD 431 Superintendent Bill Lowry and City Councilwoman Karen Van Brimmer, board members of United Way of Central Kansas, shared their love of reading with Hoisington preschoolers Thursday morning. Each donned a familiar red and white striped hat in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, and read versions of two popular young reader books, "The Little Engine that Could" and "The Wheels on the Bus."

March 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington council says ‘status quo’ will go

HOISINGTON - City Manager Jonathan Mitchell recapped the recent informational meeting concerning the proposed new fire district. While as of yet there hasn't been any strong affirmation from the outlying townships and the City of Susank about moving forward, Hoisington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Stricker will be following up with individuals over the next week, he said.

March 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


City of Hoisington to honor driving range arrangement

HOISINGTON - Since the announcement that the Lovett family will be moving in pursuit of a new employment opportunity, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell reported he has been approached by a local party who would like to purchase the driving range currently operated by the Lovetts. The current arrangement with the city includes a minimal lease in exchange for paying the taxes and keeping the property mown. Mitchell asked the council Monday night if they were willing to continue the arrangement, or even possibly sell the land to the interested party.

March 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


READING READINESS

HOISINGTON - USD 431 Superintendent Bill Lowry and City Councilwoman Karen Van Brimmer, board members of United Way of Central Kansas, shared their love of reading with Hoisington preschoolers Thursday morning. Each donned a familiar red and white striped hat in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, and read versions of two popular young reader books, "The Little Engine that Could" and "The Wheels on the Bus."

March 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Unpacking is a big job

Tuesday night, President Donald Trump gave his first address to Congress. Regardless of where you fall in line with support for the president, it's important to keep in mind that every point is like a "zip file," with a ton of information to unpack.

March 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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.

March 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Back to the drawing board

Wednesday afternoon, the Kansas Legislature took action on HB 2178, with the majority of House members voting to overturn Governor Sam Brownback's veto of the bill that would have ended his 2012 signature tax policy.

February 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Claflin Mayor ‘thumbs down’ on storage request

CLAFLIN - Shane Suchy returned to the Claflin City Council Monday night in anticipation of its findings on his December proposal to bring five storage units and place them on the property at 130 NE Ave. and K-4. He didn't get the answer he was hoping for.

February 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 teachers express concern over HB 2142

A group of USD 428 current and retired teachers attended the legislative coffee Saturday hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce. One educator questioned the thinking behind the newly proposed HB 2142. The bill, essentially, would place all teachers and staff of K-12 public education into one large pool for health insurance.

February 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | News


SHATTERED PEACE

At the end of a stressful work week, many look forward to the restorative aspects of yoga practice. But Friday morning, that prospect of peace was shattered for Morgan Stevens and many of her students.

February 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Full house at legislative coffee

It's not unusual for only a couple state legislators to fit a local legislative coffee into their schedules during the regular session. That's what made Saturday's coffee hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce an unexpected treat. All four of Barton County's elected state representatives made time to come and answer questions and share their early insights about the 2017 legislative session.

February 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Full house at Great Bend legislative coffee

It's not unusual for only a couple state legislators to fit a local legislative coffee into their schedules during the regular session. That's what made Saturday's coffee hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce an unexpected treat. All four of Barton County's elected state representatives made time to come and answer questions and share their early insights about the 2017 legislative session.

February 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


‘China a strong partner,’ Marshall says

Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., hosted a conference call with reporters Monday morning, Sept. 25. The conversation largely focused on his return from a Congressional ...

September 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Library board updated on outreach efforts

Members of the Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors Monday were reminded that to remain relevant,libraries need to evolve. Rather than just a ...

September 22, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBFD awarded SAFER grant

A federal grant will help pay for three additional firefighters in Great Bend, Battalion Chief Eugene Perkins announced this week.

September 21, 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 ...

September 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington will supply more water to Kansas Brick and Tile

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council has granted Kansas Brick and Tile Co.'s request to install a 2-inch tap into the city's transmission line.

September 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Grant will help add 3 firefighters

A federal grant will help pay for three additional firefighters in Great Bend, Battalion Chief Eugene Perkins announced this week.

September 20, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Community support evident at start of Dolly Parton program in Great Bend

Tuesday morning at the Great Bend Public Library a larger than average gathering of parents and toddlers attended the special storytime for the kickoff of ...

September 20, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HELLO, DOLLY

Tuesday morning at the Great Bend Public Library a larger-than-average gathering of parents and toddlers attended the special story time for the kickoff of Dolly ...

September 19, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Kaleidoscope

Butterflies were in abundance at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center nature trail Saturday, enough to hold the interest of hundreds of young butterfly hunters and ...

September 16, 2017 | BY 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 ...

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Council OKs Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

ELLINWOOD - A small quorum of three Ellinwood City Council members met Monday night in regular session, and took action on a number of business items ...

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves next steps in CDBG application

HOISINGTON -- Mayor Clayton Williamson opened Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting with a hearing about the proposed CDBG Wastewater Application, which could pay for ...

September 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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