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Humane Society, Larned Council partner on funding

LARNED - City council members resumed discussion Monday night with Pawnee County Humane Society concerning a request for $25,000 towards the salary of the shelter manager. After nearly an hour, it was agreed that while the organization needs an infusion of cash, it can do with less. What's really needed is the assistance of more volunteers so board members can focus on fundraising, grant writing and raising awareness about the shelter. At the September meeting, the PCHS approached the city, noting that with reduced donations and increased costs for supplies and services, they faced a critical budget shortage. Since ...

October 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Miller on hunt for runway dollars

For the past two years, the City of Great Bend has been preparing to rebuild the primary runway at the Great Bend Municipal Airport. That project will happen in 2019. Already, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has promised to pay 90 percent of the cost, but only for the first 5,550 feet. With an additional 2,351 feet remaining, Great Bend could lose its status as a mid-America fuel stop if funding for the final stretch isn't found. Earlier this month, Great Bend Municipal Airport Manager Martin Miller traveled to Topeka to present a grant proposal to a ...

September 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


‘China a strong partner,’ Marshall says

Congressman Roger Marshall, M.D., hosted a conference call with reporters Monday morning, Sept. 25. The conversation largely focused on his return from a Congressional Delegation to China. He has been part of two other international delegations, one to Cuba and one to Israel, both with a focus on opening additional trade agreements for U.S. exports. This trip, sponsored by the nonprofit National Committee on United States - China Relations, focused largely on trade and national security.

September 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Library board updated on outreach efforts

Members of the Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors Monday were reminded that to remain relevant,libraries need to evolve. Rather than just a depository of books, the Great Bend Public Library is responding to the needs of the community by offering outreach and training. Elizabeth Dukelow, Data/Materials Manager and Marketing Librarian, presented the monthly departmental report. The library continues to outreach to the community through the Crochet Club. Members have crocheted 230 purple infant hats over the summer. Those that are at least 50 percent purple will be donated to the Kansas Childrens Service League for the ...

September 22, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBFD awarded SAFER grant

A federal grant will help pay for three additional firefighters in Great Bend, Battalion Chief Eugene Perkins announced this week.

September 21, 2017 | 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.

September 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington will supply more water to Kansas Brick and Tile

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council has granted Kansas Brick and Tile Co.'s request to install a 2-inch tap into the city's transmission line.

September 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Grant will help add 3 firefighters

A federal grant will help pay for three additional firefighters in Great Bend, Battalion Chief Eugene Perkins announced this week.

September 20, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Community support evident at start of Dolly Parton program in Great Bend

Tuesday morning at the Great Bend Public Library a larger than average gathering of parents and toddlers attended the special storytime for the kickoff of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Great Bend now joins other Barton County libraries in offering the program that provides a new book each month to each registered child in the 67530 zip code from birth through five years.

September 20, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HELLO, DOLLY

Tuesday morning at the Great Bend Public Library a larger-than-average gathering of parents and toddlers attended the special story time for the kickoff of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Great Bend now joins other Barton County libraries in offering the program that provides a new book each month to each registered child in the 67530 zip code from birth through 5 years old.

September 19, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Kaleidoscope

Butterflies were in abundance at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center nature trail Saturday, enough to hold the interest of hundreds of young butterfly hunters and their parents, there for the 5th Annual KWEC Butterfly Festival.

September 16, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | 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.

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Council OKs Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

ELLINWOOD - A small quorum of three Ellinwood City Council members met Monday night in regular session, and took action on a number of business items. However, all three present, Gaila Demel, Ken Lebbin and Alan Brauer, opted to table action concerning options for payment of a proposed bond and authorizing the resolution for bond sale until a full council can be present. That meeting is tentatively planned for the first week of October, and the city will announce the date through the media as soon as it is set.

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves next steps in CDBG application

HOISINGTON -- Mayor Clayton Williamson opened Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting with a hearing about the proposed CDBG Wastewater Application, which could pay for up to half the cost of bringing the city into compliance with EPA regulations and requirements for the city's sewage lagoons and pump station. An administrative order currently exists on the lagoons, which requires the city to make changes to the treatment process and also to remove some sludge from the lagoons. .

September 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


2017 Usd #431 Educational Foundation Scholaship Golf Tournament raises $4,800 for Class of 2018

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington USD 431 Education Foundation hosted its 8th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Saturday, Sept. 2 at Lake Barton Golf Club. The weather cooperated, leading to increased participation, said USD 431 Superintendent Bill Lowry.

September 08, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Education


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GBPL increasing opportunities for participation, usage in 2018

Patrons of the Great Bend Public Library will have more opportunities to participate in reading-centric opportunities in 2018, thanks to the groundwork being laid now ...

December 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


F.O.P. SHOPPING SPREE

Everyone looks forward to a day off, especially on an unseasonably warm Saturday in December. While many were home, watching football, catching up on outdoor ...

December 09, 2017 | 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 ...

December 07, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Larned City Council nixes dog park at Prairie Vista

LARNED - When the Larned City Council met Monday night, hopes of residents at the city's Prairie Vista Duplexes were dashed when a split council ...

December 05, 2017 | 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 ...

November 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Young family is resilient months after tornado

Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series that began Tuesday, Nov. 27. On May 16, a narrow but powerful tornado destroyed ...

November 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee County hosts active shooter training

BY VERONICA COONS

November 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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