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MAKING THEIR MARK

HOISINGTON - Wednesday afternoon, Lincoln Elementary School first through fourth grade students made their mark on the history of their town. The students, outfitted in toy hard hats and vests came from the existing Lincoln school on foot and from Roosevelt Elementary by bus to the construction site where contractors had prepared the I-beam that would top the entrance of the new school. There, they waited in line for their turn to select a permanent marker and sign their name before workers attached it to a crane and lifted it into place.

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Kansas Senate Dist. 33 candidates Taylor and Bristow take part in Pratt Town Hall

PRATT - Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, and Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, both candidates for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, were invited to debate at the Pratt Town Hall held at Liberty Middle School Wednesday night. They are running to fill a vacancy left by Kansas Sen. Mitch Holmes, Republican, who opted not to file for another term.

October 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


NOT VERY LADYLIKE

The days when little red and black ladybugs evoked exclamations of "sweet" and "adorable" are quickly becoming a thing of the past, at least around Barton County.

October 18, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


RACE FOR THE FINISH

More than 100 runners participated in the Barton County YP5K and Half Marathon race Saturday morning. Most came from Great Bend and other Barton County communities, but other cities in Kansas, as well as some from Oklahoma and Colorado were represented. It was the second year for the race, but a different route was used this year. In an effort to keep crossing highways to a minimum this year, while still highlighting the scenic points of the city as much as possible, the starting point shifted from Veterans Park to Jack Kilby Square.

October 15, 2016 | 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 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves health insurance option

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council met Tuesday night, and quickly wrapped up the question of the city's health insurance renewal before moving on to new business.

October 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Domestic violence stats alarming

The numbers paint a sobering picture of families in Kansas and around the nation. Twenty percent of the Kansas population have been victims of domestic violence. One in five women and one in seven men.

October 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Great Bend Public Library staff to attend Salina conference

Friday, Great Bend librarians and CKLS staff will travel to Salina to hear Valerie Gross speak about why Kansas needs libraries more than ever. She will outline how libraries equal education for a community, and it happens in three ways: self-directed education, research assistance and instruction, and instructive and enlightening experiences. GBPL board members were invited to attend. The trend of highlighting and partnering with schools and the community through library leadership is already underway, according to Children's Services Supervisor Dayna Ball, who presented the department report to the GBPL Library Board Monday afternoon.

October 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council considering creation of fire district

HOISINGTON - In its efforts to find a way to pay for a new fire truck, the City of Hoisington will seek to follow the example set by neighboring Claflin and begin working towards the creation of a fire district. The move would create a broader, more stable pool of funding by distributing the cost equally to all townships and cities in the district, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said. Discussion of the potential creation of a fire district was added to the agenda at the start of the meeting.

October 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Taking advantage - sure

Tuesday's vice presidential debate between Kaine and Pence was thankfully light on comments about illegal email servers, but unfortunately too much was made of Trump's not paying personal income tax for several years.

October 06, 2016 | 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.

October 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


NATIVE SON

HOISINGTON - Students at Hoisington's USD 431 schools, as well as students at Otis-Bison, had the rare opportunity this past week to meet and learn from an award winning Native American musician, flute maker and storyteller Keith Bear. And Bear has had the opportunity to visit with family and friends, and to finally meet his youngest grandchild for the first time.

October 02, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Land Bank Board teams up with HOI for MIH

HOISINGTON -- The Hoisington Land Bank Board met Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. prior to the city council meeting where they heard a proposal by Housing Opportunities Inc. to partner in seeking a grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation to encourage building median income housing.

September 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Claflin city council continues police chief search

CLAFLIN - When the Claflin City Council met Monday, Sept. 12, no hiring decision was made concerning the open police chief position previously filled by Rory Tillett, Tillett was hired April 12, filling a vacancy left by former Claflin Chief of Police Robert Gunder. At the Aug. 8 meeting, the city voted to accept resumes for the vacant position until noon, Sept. 12. Not finding a suitable replacement, the council agreed to continue to advertise the position and accept applications.

September 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee Rock to hold Firefighter Appreciation dinner

PAWNEE ROCK - Pawnee Rock's city council met Sept. 6, and continued to tighten up efforts to increase observance of ordinances in the community. This time, non-resident land owners were the focus. Pawnee Rock Maintenance Supervisor requested the council consider raising fees for cutting weeds and tall grass from $60 per hour to $100 per hour, but only for non-residents, per City Code 8-404. Council member Chris Mead moved to contact City Attorney Ron Smith to draw up an amendment to the code, raising the fee, with a minimum charge for two hours, and including an administrative fee of $50 ...

September 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


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 ...

May 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington MIH lots (finally) going fast

HOISINGTON -- Monday night, board members of the Hoisington Land Bank met to consider three new applicants for lots in the McKenna Meadows subdivision. After advertising ...

May 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington painting program yielding positive results

HOISINGTON -- Dolores Kipper, the city's code enforcement officer, Monday night provided an update to the city council on her efforts to encourage property owners ...

May 22, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders ...

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend ...

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Class of Heroes

BY VERONICA COONS

May 15, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


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