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Preparations peak for Party in the Park

The third annual Great Bend Party in the Park is Saturday, Aug. 8 at Veterans' Memorial Park, and promises to be another fun-filled day, with events for young and old. Coolers will be allowed in the park all day, with only 3.2 beer and malt beverages only and a no glass restriction. Families and friends are encouraged to make a day of it, bring blankets and lawn chairs, plan a picnic or visit vendors that will have a variety of foods for purchase, including pulled pork, hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cakes and more.

August 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SHAKY SITUATION

ELLINWOOD – After 10 months of drama, Mark and Cassie Batchman, owners of The Cutting Edge Salon in Ellinwood, remain in limbo over the fate of their building and the razing of a building connected to it.

July 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Step up and make a splash

The dog days of summer are here, and they are sure to last well into September. But soon, city pools in the county will close. Its a by-product of school start dates falling ever earlier in August. Lifeguarding has traditionally been a summer job for high school and college aged youth, and when the kids can no longer work, city pools have no choice but to close.

July 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Dream Center hosts open house and tours Saturday

Over the past 17 years, the building that once housed Roosevelt Middle School at 2100 Broadway in Great Bend has slowly evolved into a center that is making profound differences in the lives of people in the county that have weathered storms the vast majority have through grace been able to avoid. The result is uplifting, not only for those who receive help at what is now the Central Kansas Dream Center, but also for those that take time to help, to pray and to care about their fellow neighbors. On Saturday, an open house will give others who haven ...

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Religion


Barton County Extension one of six in state picked for expansion grant

With the start of school right around the corner, its almost time for clubs to become active again, and with church and sports gearing up too, there will be plenty of groups vying for what seems to be an ever shrinking slice of free time for families. Still, the benefits of young people getting involved with community clubs are far reaching. Friends are made, and projects and field trips provide fun learning experiences, and long-time involvement can even lead to better performance in school and the possibility of college scholarships too. For those itching to get involved in 4-H, new ...

July 23, 2015 | 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.

July 23, 2015 | 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.

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


State legislature has plenty to learn from local bodies

"I feel like we abdicated our responsibility," Sen Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, was quoted in the AP story "Kansas cash balance to be lower than expected," in Wednesday's Great Bend Tribune.

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Rush County wind farm helping to decrease Yahoo! carbon footprint

The Alexander Wind Project in Rush County is beating the odds that face proposed wind energy projects, and will be going online very soon. That's good news for the landowners who have leased the land where the turbines have been erected, and it's good news for the environment, as green-centric corporations, like Yahoo! Inc., opt for ways to offset their power consumption using renewable energy sources. Its yet another way rural communities make a measurable difference in the lives of those who live, work, and do business in metropolitan areas around the world.

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hinton, Outreach for America founder, bringing Good News to Pawnee County

David Worth Hinton with Outreach For America will be ministering at Rozel Christian Fellowship at 7 p.m. Saturday July 25. The founder of the non-profit ministry designed to win the lost to Jesus Christ and train up disciples to do the same leads worship through country gospel music on guitar. With the assistance of RCF Pastor Stan Bryant, he will also appear at four other Pawnee County churches throughout the week.

July 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Religion


Scam alert

The Hoisington Police Department responded to the report of a FRAUD/SCAM to a local business. Investigation revealed that a male caller had contacted a Hoisington business alleging they had not paid their City utility bill for two months.

July 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Take a long view

A backlash is beginning to be felt in Kansas finally, after years of cheap and stingy actions taken to constantly reduce what the state pays out for education. Teachers are getting tired of complaining, and tired of fighting, and some are beginning to leave, making it more difficult to find replacements. Sadly it will be students that feel the brunt of it, and the effects will be long-lasting if good teachers can't be recruited to fill openings statewide.

July 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Business Olympics bring smiles, laughter to AHF

Ellinwood's After Harvest Festival got off to a fun start Thursday evening when six teams were fielded for the Business Olympics at the entertainment tent in City Park. They included two teams from Ellinwood Hospital, the administration competing against staff, and one team each from H & B Communications, Shartz Building, RMAC, and Bartlett Grain.

July 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Controversy in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- Downtown blight is a tricky problem to deal with, as many rural cities have found. Ellinwood is finding that out too, and the learning process is causing acute hardship for one couple whose business and livelihood are now at risk because of what started out as the city's good intentions. Early in 2014, the city acquired two dilapidated buildings at 100 and 102 N. Main Stret at a county tax sale. They intended to tear them down, ridding the city of an eyesore. But, as the demolition began, it became clear that the south wall of the adjoining ...

July 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hometown Teams says thanks to community

The Great Bend Public Library lower meeting room was filled to standing room only Saturday afternoon for the dedication of the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps The Hometown Teams exhibit dedication. Alumni and their parents, including members of the Legion Riders, past instructors and past participants in the corps, some of whom travelled from out of the state to attend, were there to celebrate and reminisce about the years the drum and bugle corps brought national attention to Great Bend.

July 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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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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