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GBPL recipient of Whelan Endowment Fund

Vickie Herl, the Great Bend Public Library's administrative manager, will celebrate 45 years as a staff member on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. The library Board of Trustees recognized her at the March meeting on Monday. There will be a retirement reception on April 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library, open to the public.

March 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Budget, schools, gun laws topics of second legislative coffee

Richard Schenck with Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, the sponsor of the Great Bend legislative coffee, introduced Rep. Tori Arnberger, Great Bend, and Sen Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, to the public who came for an update on what has been happening at the state capitol since the last coffee in February. Both freshmen legislators, they provided a fresh perspective on the legislative process, now partway through their first session of their first term.

March 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Closing of Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility both emotional and hopeful

LARNED - The atmosphere was like both a reunion and a wake. There were hugs, tears, and emotional greetings between old friends. Men and women stood side by side, some holding back tears, but all with a sense of hopefulness Friday afternoon as staff of the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility gathered for the closing ceremony of the facility. The facility which was dedicated in 2003 and could hold 128 youth is now permanently closed.

March 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


LIFESAVING MOVES

Anyone can do CPR...and for many it's one of those nagging, "I-ought-to-learn" things we try to find time for. The Great Bend Fire Department helped several in the community cross that off their to-do lists Saturday morning.

March 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Reading readiness focus as Roosevelt Elementary students celebrate Seuss’ birthday

HOISINGTON - USD 431 Superintendent Bill Lowry and City Councilwoman Karen Van Brimmer, board members of United Way of Central Kansas, shared their love of reading with Hoisington preschoolers Thursday morning. Each donned a familiar red and white striped hat in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, and read versions of two popular young reader books, "The Little Engine that Could" and "The Wheels on the Bus."

March 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington council says ‘status quo’ will go

HOISINGTON - City Manager Jonathan Mitchell recapped the recent informational meeting concerning the proposed new fire district. While as of yet there hasn't been any strong affirmation from the outlying townships and the City of Susank about moving forward, Hoisington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Stricker will be following up with individuals over the next week, he said.

March 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


City of Hoisington to honor driving range arrangement

HOISINGTON - Since the announcement that the Lovett family will be moving in pursuit of a new employment opportunity, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell reported he has been approached by a local party who would like to purchase the driving range currently operated by the Lovetts. The current arrangement with the city includes a minimal lease in exchange for paying the taxes and keeping the property mown. Mitchell asked the council Monday night if they were willing to continue the arrangement, or even possibly sell the land to the interested party.

March 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


READING READINESS

HOISINGTON - USD 431 Superintendent Bill Lowry and City Councilwoman Karen Van Brimmer, board members of United Way of Central Kansas, shared their love of reading with Hoisington preschoolers Thursday morning. Each donned a familiar red and white striped hat in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday, and read versions of two popular young reader books, "The Little Engine that Could" and "The Wheels on the Bus."

March 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Unpacking is a big job

Tuesday night, President Donald Trump gave his first address to Congress. Regardless of where you fall in line with support for the president, it's important to keep in mind that every point is like a "zip file," with a ton of information to unpack.

March 02, 2017 | 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.

March 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Back to the drawing board

Wednesday afternoon, the Kansas Legislature took action on HB 2178, with the majority of House members voting to overturn Governor Sam Brownback's veto of the bill that would have ended his 2012 signature tax policy.

February 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Claflin Mayor ‘thumbs down’ on storage request

CLAFLIN - Shane Suchy returned to the Claflin City Council Monday night in anticipation of its findings on his December proposal to bring five storage units and place them on the property at 130 NE Ave. and K-4. He didn't get the answer he was hoping for.

February 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 teachers express concern over HB 2142

A group of USD 428 current and retired teachers attended the legislative coffee Saturday hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce. One educator questioned the thinking behind the newly proposed HB 2142. The bill, essentially, would place all teachers and staff of K-12 public education into one large pool for health insurance.

February 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | News


SHATTERED PEACE

At the end of a stressful work week, many look forward to the restorative aspects of yoga practice. But Friday morning, that prospect of peace was shattered for Morgan Stevens and many of her students.

February 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Full house at legislative coffee

It's not unusual for only a couple state legislators to fit a local legislative coffee into their schedules during the regular session. That's what made Saturday's coffee hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce an unexpected treat. All four of Barton County's elected state representatives made time to come and answer questions and share their early insights about the 2017 legislative session.

February 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Remodel bid sparks council debate

HOISINGTON - City Council members were uncertain how to proceed Monday night after they were presented with three bids for the construction and installation of new ...

March 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


ILS invests in new composting equipment

Norbert Schneider, vice president of administration at Innovative Livestock Services, is excited about the new industrial compost turner at the ILS feed yard. It breaks ...

March 27, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


History secured

HOISINGTON - After the Hoisington Historical Society Museum was broken into and burglarized in February, it became clear the facility needed better security. While all the ...

March 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CAST AWAY

Alexa Straub, 15, is an expert in the art of arm knitting. She should be, after doing it for six years. Thursday morning, she patiently ...

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Barton County teen teaches 'arm knitting'

Alexa Straub, 15, is an expert in the art of arm knitting. She should be, after doing it for six years. Thursday morning, she patiently ...

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Tabler Furniture settles up, reopens

LARNED - The lights were on and the open sign was lit at Tabler Furniture Thursday morning. This, a week after the business was shuttered and ...

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Get on board

HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents are encouraging children to pick up books at an early age - even before they are able to read. The Dolly Parton Imagination ...

March 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Changes to Scenic Byway could benefit Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - Richard Kimple represents the City of Ellinwood on the board for the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. In addition to being one of ...

March 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Exchange students experience different way of learning

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part story. Ellinwood High School exchange students talked about the differences between high school in America ...

March 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


EHS rich in cultural exchange

Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part story. An interview with three Ellinwood High School exchange students earlier this week resulted ...

March 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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