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Sixth Annual June Jaunt returns Friday, with fresh slate of fun

Five years ago, June Jaunt made its premiere, encouraging locals and travelers along K-96 to "get their fix" of fun and fantastic entertainment as they journey from Tribune at the Colorado border, east to Barton County. This year, Great Bend is the ultimate destination for fun.

May 31, 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 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.

May 31, 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 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.

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 for months, spring had sprung, and it appeared that every lot available under a Moderate Income Housing grant would be spoken for.

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 to take advantage of the city's needs-based grant program to help spruce up the exteriors of some houses suffering from deferred maintenance.

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. A tornado impacted the western corner of the city, toppling trees and damaging roofs, sending flying debris through house and car windows. A gas line was ruptured, requiring residents in that part of the city to be evacuated immediately. Throughout the city, fallen branches littered yards and the roadway.

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. This story was updated on Thursday, May 18 with additional photos.

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 Sunday. Erin Ferguson, the adult services supervisor, provided a departmental report. She first handed out the Summer Reading calendar of events to board members. She then reported that a patron audit had resulted in the library purging approximately 5,000 patrons who have not been active users since 2014. This, she said, was overdue maintenance, and recommended by the State Library Board to ensure an accurate reflection of how often patrons are using the library ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Class of Heroes

BY VERONICA COONS

May 15, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


Dolly Parton Imagination Library coming to Hoisington

HOISINGTON - Hoisington's youngest children now have even more support to help them become early readers, and the kids have not only the community, but themselves to thank for it.

May 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington firefighters host regional training school

HOISINGTON - Hoisington's fire department hosted a regional fire school this past weekend, and Chief Jerry Stricker gave a report to the City Council Monday night.

May 09, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood notes

The sponsor of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce coffee Friday morning was Central National Bank, with two locations in Great Bend. Chad Steffan, business lender and manager of the Main Street location, said since the bank expanded to Great Bend three years ago, business has been brisk, providing commercial, residential and agricultural loans, as well as providing banking services at the in-store bank at Walmart. As a regional bank, they can write loans ranging from a couple thousand dollars up to $15 million, he said. The bank has been owned by the same family for four generations. That family came ...

May 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Heard at Hoisington Chamber Coffee

Members of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce met for coffee Thursday morning at the new Sonic restaurant on S. Main St. As always, news was in abundant supply. Owner Ravi Vallal thanked the community for their support, and said business is going well. He hopes soon customers will catch on that they have a dining room, but, he noted, his stalls are always full.

May 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Health care bill approved by narrow margin

WASHINGTON - Rep. Roger Marshall is pleased with Thursday's passage of the Republican health care bill by the House. He visited with Kansas media during a press conference in the afternoon, expressing confidence the bill will go on to pass in the Senate.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Students assist with orchard’s improvement

At the start of its third season, the apple orchard at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo is beginning to fill out, but efforts to keep it weed-free haven't exactly succeeded. Landscape fabric and mulch, it turns out, weren't enough to keep bindweed and the creeping lawn at bay. That's why Cottonwood Extension ag agent Alicia Boor requested help from Great Bend High School students during their Community Service Day to help remove the old and try something new.

May 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Taking back her strength

Denise Rankin has learned a lot about taking her voice back in the past two years. It started two years ago when she learned about ...

April 25, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Rankin gets maximum sentence

In Barton County District Court Tuesday afternoon, Jeffrey Allen Rankin received the maximum sentence on two counts of sexual exploitation of a child. Judge Richard ...

April 24, 2018 | and DALE HOGG | Local News


Ellinwood city council approves Splash Pad addition

ELLINWOOD - At the Ellinwood City Council meeting in April, a representative from the Ellinwood Rotary Club, Rosie Joiner, shared specifications for a covered patio the ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SPEAKING HER MIND

Darcy Feist, a fifth grade student in Joan Henning's class at Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend, can do something that makes many ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SKILLS DRILLS

LARNED - Jacque Wasinger is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Larned High School. Four years ago, she began organizing mock interviews for students in ...

April 19, 2018 | PHOTOS BY JANET FLESKE | Local News


Stafford USD 349 among 19 school districts selected for Gemini II Redesign Project

STAFFORD - Nineteen school districts from across the state, including Stafford USD 349, will take part in Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins, which is the ...

April 18, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


War and murder in 1898

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 ...

April 18, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News


Making History

HOISINGTON - When Hoisington Historical Society President Lon Palmer and recently retired Hoisington Public Library Director Chris Rippel proposed an oral history project to teachers at ...

April 17, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves building permit

ELLINWOOD - Soon, Ellinwood's Main Street will feature an new structure that may just be the wave of the future. Rachel Ringering, Ellinwood stylist, attended ...

April 14, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Clara Barton ‘Steps for SIDS’ walk-a-thon

HOISINGTON - Tuesday afternoon was beautiful walking weather, and Clara Barton Hospital's Steps for SIDS Walk-a-thon was clearly the winner in the weather lottery. Community ...

April 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 ...

April 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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