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Hoisington City Council Wilborn steps down, Bruce to serve Ward 4

HOISINGTON - Monday night, after a study session concerning the 2017 budget, Hoisington City Council members recognized outgoing councilman Brian Wilborn , awarding a plaque for his service to the council. The newly re-elected representative resigned following a move out of Ward 4, which he was elected to represent. His family will be moving to a home in the country.

July 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Competition up for high tunnel grants

A Natural Resources Conservation Service administered grant program that pays for high-tunnels has been growing in popularity over the past few years, and that is increasing competition for the grants in some areas, said Barton County District Conservationist Ron Klein. The goal of the program is to get locally grown produce into the hands of people, especially those who have low income or live in areas that may be in food deserts. One common definition of a food desert is where the distance to a grocery store is either more than one mile in an urban area, or more than ...

July 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

Bruce Swob has been raising bees and harvesting honey for years. When the Great Bend Summer Street Stroll Farmer's Market was formally organized a few years ago, he was one of the first vendors to sign up, attend the required training at a workshops in Hays, and become certified to accept senior vouchers through a program administered by the Barton County Health Department. During one workshop, he saw the kind of production that was possible in a high-tunnel. When he learned last year that he could apply for a grant to get a tunnel of his own, he didn ...

July 24, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Make room for old and new

When the USD 431 Technology team reported to the Board of Education Monday night about their experience at the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in June, it was easy to get caught up in their excitement for all things high tech and new. At least, until this reporter's technology failed, and she was sent rummaging through her purse for a pen and notepad.

July 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood Library awarded 3-D printer

Wednesday, July 13, participants in the Ellinwood School/Community Library summer reading program who attended the Summer Library Celebration had the opportunity to see the library's new 3-D printer in action.

July 21, 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.

July 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington USD 431 publishes budget for 2016-2017 school year

HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education reviewed the 2016-2017 proposed budget Monday night. Valuation this year is down from 2015 slightly, from $37,579,650 to $36,192,721. Superintendent Bill Lowry noted that recent adjustments made to the state education financing formula would not result in more money to the district, but instead would provide relief to taxpayers by dropping the mill levy in order to fund the budget.

July 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


PULLING THEIR WEIGHT

No piece of machinery quite speaks to the spirit of the Barton County Fair quite the way the tractor does. And whether it's the kiddie tractor pull, or the big guys testing the mettle of their antique tractors, there's certainly a long-time avid following.

July 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


LEAN IN

"I've done enough county fairs to realize you are lucky to find just one animal like these, but to have this many in a county fair is tremendous," said 2016 Barton County Fair 4-H Sheep judge, John Herbel, of Lucas. "My thanks to the competitors because it makes it a lot more enjoyable to judge a competition like this."

July 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | News


Galatia water issue resolved

On Tuesday, July 5, members of the Galatia City Council met to finish sorting out how the Northern Barton County city will move forward with water sales to farmers and industry after one farmer was denied a request to purchase water for spraying his crops in May.

July 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | News


How do our gardeners grow?

Wednesday morning volunteers at Expo 2 at the Barton County Fairgrounds organized displays of vegetables, herbs and flowers for the 2016 Open and 4-H Horticulture judging. For gardeners all over the Golden Belt, it was a chance to show off the area's best potatoes, onions, carrots, tomatoes, beans and more. Holly Dickman, Ellis County horticultural agent, judged the event. A group of 4-H members gathered around to hear results and ask questions.

July 07, 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.

July 07, 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.

July 07, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Stepping up momentum

For four years, Be Well Barton County has been working to make strides in the health of the county, and their work is beginning to really pay off. Earlier this week, the group presented $2,082 to the Great Bend City Council to be used for the further development of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. The group also offered some well thought out suggestions.

July 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A sprinkling of concern

Splash pads are a heck of a lot of fun, and are becoming popular in communities all over the country now. They allow children to cool off and have water fun on hot, summer days. Their caretakers can rest and enjoy observing their play, or join in if the mood strikes.

June 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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Great Bend and Barton County under flood warning Monday evening

The drive home for many in Great Bend Monday evening was a wet one. At 4:38 p.m., Barton County Dispatch reported the National ...

August 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church to host organist Craig Jaynes

HOISINGTON - "In Memoriam," a program of music on the organ, reminiscences and tales, drama, fun, and more will be performed Sunday, Sept. 4 at 2 ...

August 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Religion


A life turned 'round, Part II

Editor's note: Robert Bruce is Hoisington's newest city council representative. His journey to becoming the kind of man who chooses to take part ...

August 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A life turned 'round: Part one

Editor's note: Jails are filled with people who have committed crimes that ended tragically in ways the perpetrators never intended. Drunken or distracted driving ...

August 23, 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 ...

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


4-H family welcomes Japanese exchange student

For the past three weeks, Liberty Marsh, 12, a member of the South Bend Jolly Workers, has played hostess to Kotono Sugito, 12, a member ...

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GB breaks ground on community orchard

In April, 2015, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Heartland Farm grows agritourism

Heartland Farm, operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is located 10 miles west of Great Bend. They have been an active participants in recent ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Hoisington Land Bank expanding housing options

The city of Hoisington's decision to start a land bank is starting to pay off. The Hoisington Land Bank offers free lots in an ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Commerce & Finance


Claflin museum reopens better than ever

CLAFLIN - Claflin's history museum had to close unexpectedly in 2010 when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


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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