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Gail Santy to be the new face of GBPL and CKLS

After 10 years as a consultant for the Central Kansas Library System, Gail Santy will become director of it and the Great Bend Public Library in January. One morning last week, we met with Santy in the office she will soon occupy. Most of the books and photos that had filled the shelves during Willems directorship had been removed, and Santy's were yet to be unpacked. They shared the space together easily.

December 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.

December 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Claflin City Council lowers speed limit by school

CLAFLIN - Parents and students traveling to Central Plains High School may want to give themselves more time in the morning, now that the Claflin City Council agreed to lower the speed limit on Ninth Street to 20 mph from W. Front Street to Albro Street. The decision was precipitated by complaints both from area residents and bus drivers of excessive speeding on a regular basis. Police Chief Gary Vaughan brought the complaint to the attention of the council at the November meeting, and the discussion was revisited Monday night.

December 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Chamber requests city’s help with updated marketing plan

ELLINWOOD - When the Ellinwood City Council met Tuesday night, they heard a presentation by Jacque Isern and Lindsay Bogner of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce concerning the need for update marketing materials for the city. It has been more than 10 years since the last time the Chamber created a brochure.

December 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council considers options for city owned properties

HOISINGTON - Monday night, the Hoisington City Council met and considered a proposal from Steve Hopkins of the Living Joy Church regarding The Office and Subway buildings on Main Street. The church has been looking for a new location that offers better accessibility for members of the congregation that find navigating steps difficult. Hopkins and Mitchell walked through the building several times since the Nov. 27 meeting, bringing in members of the congregation and various contractors. They believe they can renovate the first floor of The Office into a church, and would like to rent the Subway building for approximately seven ...

December 14, 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.

December 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - The holiday village on the northwest corner of Wolf Park on Main Street is illuminated with various motorized features to delight young and old alike. All features are set up along the sidewalk this year for increased accessibility. The village will be on display through the end of December.

December 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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 by Adult Services Supervisor Erin Ferguson. The library's Board of Directors heard an update on these efforts at its monthly meeting Monday afternoon.

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 projects, or simply taking a nap, nine off-duty law enforcement officers from all over Barton County did their best to make sure a few dozen Great Bend kids had a memorable holiday season.

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 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 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 voted against approving the installation of a fenced enclosure on the site.

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 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.

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 homes west of Great Bend. Three of the families affected shared how they are managing to get their lives back on track. Something, they said, they couldn't have done without the outpouring of support they received from the community.

November 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee County hosts active shooter training

BY VERONICA COONS

November 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


LIVES REBUILT

Editor's note: Six months after a narrow but powerful tornado cut through parts of southwestern Barton County, the path of destruction is still visible. While for the most part the debris has been hauled away, mangled trees mark the path. Homeowners that lost everything but their lives are in various stages of rebuilding. Three of those families who lived just west of Great Bend shared how they are managing to get their lives back on track. Something, they said, they couldn't have done without the outpouring of support they received from the community. This is part one of ...

November 27, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


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 ...

June 21, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 concedes violation of policy in graduation remarks

Counsel representing Great Bend USD 428 has responded to a complaint from Christopher Line, a Patrick O'Reiley Legal Fellow with the Freedom From Religion ...

June 20, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Religion


Another Bailey

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Police Sgt. Chance Bailey attended the Ellinwood City Council meeting on June 12, where, following a 10 minute executive session, he was recommended ...

June 19, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Printmaking, a many-layered art form, Morgan explains

BY VERONICA COONS

June 16, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood moving ahead with community improvements

ELLINWOOD - The city council meeting held Monday night included several meaningful discussion that showed progress towards transformation into a 21st century visitor-friendly community.

June 15, 2018 | 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 ...

June 14, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


STEPHENS TO STAND TRIAL

After four hours of preliminary hearing testimony in Barton County District Court Tuesday, 20th Judicial Magistrate Judge Richard E. Burgess Jr. ruled Chaz Stephens, Hoisington ...

June 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


MAKING THE PITCH

HOISINGTON - City staff have been busy in recent weeks working diligently with prospects interested in bringing new homes and businesses to town, City Manager Jonathan ...

June 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Corbett named AHF Parade grand marshal

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood's 2018 After Harvest Festival Parade theme this year will be "Celebrating people, petroleum, and progress," according to Rosie Joiner, member of the ...

June 09, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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