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Lack of forgiveness creating communication barriers

Some of Great Bend's city council members lack a filter. This lack was on display Monday night at the Great Bend City Council meeting following the reading of an apology by Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems. He apologized for stating conclusions about the 2017 budget to his board at a meeting covered by the Great Bend Tribune, which were based on incorrect information.

December 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


TAKE IT EASY

Icy conditions throughout the state Friday, Dec. 16 led to several highway crashes. For those who had to travel that day, caution and patience were required. Conditions required slower speeds than posted limits. The vast majority of accidents involved drivers losing control of their vehicles while crossing bridges. Eastbound I-70 was closed from around noon until 2:18 p.m. so responders could clear accidents and treatments could be applied to the roadway help prevent further accidents. Two fatality accidents occurred, one in Johnson County, and one in Sedgewick County. In both instances, the fatalities were not wearing safety restraints.

December 17, 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.

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council accepts bid on Main Street property

ELLINWOOD - The first order of business Tuesday night at the Ellinwood City Council was consideration of bids for the property at 104 N. Main St. The property was acquired by the city earlier this year after several delays in having the adjoining blighted buildings demolished caused damage to the building, and the past owners sold it to the city to avoid further damages. After the buildings were removed, the city had the exposed wall fixed and put it up for bid in September. The first round of bids included one from a private person who wished to use the property ...

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


You get what you pay for

It's about that time when the tax bill arrives. This year, many property owners in the county will not be pleased to see the amount due higher than last year this time. Let's take a moment to consider what we're getting for our money.

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Hoisington City Council receptive to CID for Sonic

HOISINGTON - When developers of Hoisington's new Sonic Restaurant began construction earlier this month, it wasn't long before they ran into an unexpected and expensive problem, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell explained at Monday night's city council meeting.

December 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Public Library adjusts despite funding cut

With the writing on the wall, Director Harry Willems and the Library Board put into action an austerity plan of sorts in order to sock away 10 percent of this year's budget into the coming year's capital improvement fund. With 92 percent of the year complete, only 82 percent of the library's budget has been spent, Willems was pleased to share during his financial report Monday at the monthly board meeting.

December 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BCHD praises USD 431 for Walking School Bus program

HOISINGTON - At the last Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education meeting of the semester, every seat was taken, and for some late arrivals, it was standing room only. The visitors, it turns out, were seniors who were there to meet a requirement of their high school government class. Each student must attend a BOE meeting during the first semester, and for many, the Tuesday night meeting was their last opportunity.

December 08, 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.

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Time to Rise Up in Kansas

There is a term, "the common good," that bears consideration. A dictionary defines it simply as a noun meaning, "the advantage or benefit of all people in society or in a group." It's not something claimed by any particular political faction, in other words. It's something that is good for everyone.

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


City of Larned approves installation of tennis backboards

The Larned City Council met for a brief meeting Monday night. After discussing and approving the monthly appropriations ordinance, Mayor William Nusser noted that the agenda item concerning the discussion of a potential wind energy opportunity for the city would be removed. Council members then heard a report from Junior City Council member Kaylyn Millen, who opened her presentation by quizzing council members and the mayor about county trivia. Then, she shared what she and other junior members had learned earlier that day during their visit to the Pawnee County Courthouse where they met with county commissioners.

December 06, 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.

December 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CLAFLIN TRADITION GROWING

CLAFLIN - Preparations have begun in Claflin for the town's annual Christmas Tree lighting and holiday festival Sunday, Dec. 4. Different this year will be the location the ceremony will take place. After the city finalized the acquisition of a vacant corner lot on Main Street in October, plans were made to move the focal point of the celebration from the vacant lot north of the city's grocery store. Sunday evening, visitors and residents alike will meet at the corner of Albro and Main Streets to ring in the holidays in style.

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Big bill coming in January

It's almost been a month since the November election, and the holidays are in full swing. While it's fine to take a breather, when our Kansas legislators return to Topeka in January, the coming session is bound to be one few will look back on with warm and fuzzy feelings.

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


‘Star Spangled’ evening tops off Small Business Saturday

Last year, shoppers were few on Main Street for Small Business Saturday, as a cold, wet ice storm gathered strength, blowing in just prior to when the much anticipated holiday parade was to start. City officials worked to get the word out the parade would be cancelled as a safety measure. Fast forward to last Saturday night, and the pleasant weather more than made up for last year's loss, as the people of Great Bend began lining Main Street, some even foregoing jackets.

November 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Pawnee Rock residents take shelter as tornado hits

PAWNEE ROCK - Roads into the city of Pawnee Rock were closed through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to all but residents and emergency responders ...

May 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Emerging to devastation

Editor's note: The author lives west of Great Bend and witnessed the tornado as it traveled from rural Pawnee Rock towards rural Great Bend ...

May 17, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


GBPL cleans house, purging 5K patrons from active list

The Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors met Monday afternoon, recognizing staff member Allison Muth in absentia, who graduated from Great Bend High School ...

May 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Class of Heroes

BY VERONICA COONS

May 15, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | Local News


Dolly Parton Imagination Library coming to Hoisington

HOISINGTON - Hoisington's youngest children now have even more support to help them become early readers, and the kids have not only the community, but ...

May 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington firefighters host regional training school

HOISINGTON - Hoisington's fire department hosted a regional fire school this past weekend, and Chief Jerry Stricker gave a report to the City Council Monday ...

May 09, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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