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Desert creeps closer

Friday's announcement that yet another grocery store is closing in rural Kansas was sad news. Now, unless another option materializes for the people of St. John, that town will join the ranks of what in the past decade has come to be known as the "food desert."

January 23, 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.

January 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


OH BOY!

Megan and Brandon Fyler were excited to start their family almost five years ago, when they learned they were expecting their first son, Colton. As he neared three years old, the couple wanted to give him a brother or sister. As it turns out, Colton will get a brother. And another. And another. Oh, and another.

January 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pep Rally whips up Panthers

Friday morning students at Great Bend High School reported to the gymnasium for the Winter Homecoming Pep Rally. Candidates were announced and honored before making their way to their court at the west end of the basketball court.

January 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood apartments focus of resolution

The Ellinwood City Council met Tuesday night and marked the beginning of a new year by awarding an Ellinwood Service Award to Ellinwood Fire Chief Chris Komarek for serving the community in his position for the past 20 years.

January 14, 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.

January 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Core Values

When President Barrack Obama, in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, said that he believes the private sector is the lifeblood of the economy, and that red tape needs to be cut, Congress expressed their appreciation for his words with applause. It felt like a window had been opened. Frankly, after months of televised debates by Republican Presidential candidates, it was hard to believe a Democrat had just said those words.

January 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


LIFE-SAVING OPTIONS

Prior to the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday night, council members arrived early to inspect and compare the merits of three different ambulances that the EMS Director Scott Fleming arranged to have available. They included one owned by the City of Hoisington, a 2013 Osage provided by Great Bend EMS, and a 2015 AEM. Fleming is also considering a model by Lifeline, but was unable to have one available Monday night for the inspection.

January 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council considering new ambulances

Prior to the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday night, council members arrived early to inspect and compare the merits of three different ambulances that the EMS Director Scott Fleming arranged to have available. They included one owned by the City of Hoisington, a 2013 Osage provided by Great Bend EMS, and a 2015 AEM. Fleming is also considering a model by Lifeline, but was unable to have one available Monday night for the inspection.

January 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellsworth Police Department announces Safe Exchange Zone

Ellsworth Police Chief Maverick Campbell Sr. likes to take a proactive approach to policing. He and his staff make a point of keeping an eye on crime trends not only in the local area, but around the nation. One area where crime and fraud has seen an uptick recently is in the growing e-commerce marketplace. Around the nation, reports of buyers and sellers falling victim to scams, robberies or worse after initiating exchanges on sites like Craigslist, Buy-Sell-Trade, eBay, and other facebook groups and web sites led to a simple idea. Thursday, the Ellsworth Police Department's facebook page announced ...

January 07, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HEADS IN THE CLOUD

In December, Hoisington USD 431 gave the nod to purchasing Chromebooks for each middle and high school student in the district. Director of Technology Kerry Mooney said he could have the laptops ready to use by the end of winter break, and he was true to his word. Students returning Tuesday started off the new year by receiving their assigned Chromebooks and reviewing proper laptop etiquette.

January 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 considers new capital outlay resolution

Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night to discuss the expansion of the list of items that can be spent from the district's capital outlay fund. First mentioned at the December meeting, it was noted a new resolution would need to be passed before the next budget cycle, which begins at the end of June.

January 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington considers election options and going paperless

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night to discuss changes to the city's charter for the purpose of elections and to consider purchasing iPads from USD 431 in the ongoing effort to move to paperless meetings,

December 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


WINTER IS BACK

It was anyone's guess Saturday afternoon whether Barton County would wake up to a blanket of snow or not. Predictions have ranged from 1-4 inches of snow this weekend in some camps, all the way up to over 12 inches in others. While some will be able to while away the hours inside, enjoying the show from a cozy vantage point, others will be hitting the roads for round two of the holiday period, either heading for home or out to visit friends and relatives to celebrate the upcoming new year.

December 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Public Library marks 40th anniversary

Tuesday afternoon, the Hoisington Public Library celebrated the 40th anniversary of the move to its current home adjacent to the City of Hoisington offices and city auditorium.

December 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Hobby worth dyeing for

Great Bend's Jean Aycock is a nature educator at Kansas Wetlands Education Center. A fascination with nature led her to her career as a ...

February 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Chamber welcomes three new board members

Three new board member nominees of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce were announced Master of Ceremonies Rob Dove Saturday night at the 2016 Ellinwood Chamber ...

February 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Superintendents speak out

There was no shortage of information presented at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce coffee Thursday morning. USD 431 Hoisington Superintendent Bill Lowry's legislative report ...

January 28, 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 ...

January 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


New ambulance approved by Hoisington City Council

Randy Miller, director of the City of Hoisington's electricity distribution department, was honored at the City Council meeting Monday night for his 32 years ...

January 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GOOD STEWARDS

The Barton County Conservation District met for its annual meeting and banquet Saturday night at Barton Community College. Members voted for president of the district ...

January 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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