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Moran discusses Choice Act and refugees at Larned town hall

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.

November 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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.

November 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Christmas is coming

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.

November 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Nearly 30 families share Thanksgiving thanks to one Great Bend man

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.

November 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Doyle Rand 1927 - 2015

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.

November 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


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.

November 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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.

November 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Oh deer

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.

November 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Ellinwood City Council working with Scouts to repair cabin

Tuesday night the Ellinwood City Council met to hear progress on two projects that affect buildings in the city, and receive an update on developments with the Kansas Power Pool.

November 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Out of the Morgue

The day before Great Bend was touched by a devastating tornado, the discussion of traffic rules and was beginning, and the discussion of lighted streets on a "white way" was once again being taken up.

November 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Keep watching and plan to vote

Watching the Republican debates over the last few months has been a bit like watching episodes of The Apprentice, as each debate the playing field narrows, with the top rated candidates returning to meet ever more challenging questions.

November 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Claflin city council committed to keeping on top of blight

Monday night, the Claflin city council met at the city offices and heard from the owner of property at 409 3rd Street. The code enforcement officer served notice that the property was in violation of city codes concerning the upkeep of structures and storage of debris in August. Since then, Mayor Mike Urban said, the city has extended the deadline more than once.

November 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Fan flashback

Following the Royals' World Series win last week, The Great Bend Tribune received a request from long-time Great Bend resident Jean Volosin, now living in the Wichita area, if we could locate the Oct. 29, 1985 edition of the paper that depicted students at St. Patrick's School celebrating the last Royal's World Series win on Oct. 27, 1985. It was on behalf of her son, Doug Klepper, who appears in the photo, she said. Happily, we still had a copy in our basement archives.

November 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Making good on a bet

HOISINGTON - Jeff Zoller, avid KU fan, and Alan Hoffman, equally avid K-State fan, fulfilled their obligation of dressing like the opposing team's cheerleaders on Thursday morning, Nov. 5, at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce coffee at State Farm.

November 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Price of Girl Scout Cookies remaining stable in Kansas

Most of last year's Thin Mints are but a sweet memory, and that means it's only a matter of time before the annual Girls Scout Cookie fundraising campaign begins. Sometime soon after Thanksgiving, girls will begin planning, setting up their online stores and marking their calendars for group sales.

November 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

Ellinwood opens wellness center

2015 saw the culmination of a four-year effort by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission and volunteers in the community. The dream of opening a year-round fitness ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community

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