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“Broad and flexible” is the word on workplace lactation support

According to Kansas state statutes, it is public policy that a mother's choice to breast feed should be supported and encouraged to the greatest extent possible, and that a mother may breast feed in any place she has a right to be. But most nursing mothers who choose to return to work will leave babies with a daycare provider and need to express milk throughout the day in order to maintain their supply.

July 30, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Extension nears first century of serving county

For nearly 100 years, the Barton County Extension service has brought research based, unbiased information and education home to the people of the county. The Smith-Lever Act which established the Extension service throughout the country, marks it's first century in 2014. While the world has changed, the mission hasn't, said Extension Agent Berny Unruh.

July 27, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Reeling in a big one

During routine dive training, the Great Bend Fire Department located two vehicles under water near the south boat ramp at Stone Lake. Both may have been reported stolen as far back as 2011, based off license tags.

July 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


DiMaggio no longer “below radar”, punkin ball, Depression busting, and a new look for GBHS sport

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 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Agencies scrutinize proposal

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service objected to the issuance of a permit for H&C Oil Operating Inc., to drill for oil in the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands during the public comment period provided by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. It further recommended an environmental impact statement be prepared, and the permit be held in abeyance pending the completion of the EIS.

July 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


A FRESH LOOK

This past spring, work began on the development of 11 two-bedroom duplexes by Housing Opportunities Inc., located east of Washington St. and 31st Ave. in Great Bend. Now, with construction only two months away from completion, Housing Opportunities Director Vicky Dayton says the non-profit will start taking applications for tenants Wednesday, July 24. Applicants must be disabled or age 55 and over.

July 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Living Kaleidoscope

The Kansas Wetlands Education Center hosted a count for the North American Butterfly Association Saturday morning. While the overall number of individuals was way down, participants found a total of 26 species of butterflies in the count radius, the highest since starting, said Pam Martin, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism educator at KWEC. Only 15 different species were found in the same area in 2012.

July 15, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Twins make sweet deal at Barton County Fair goat show

Typically, 4-H is a family affair. And who can resist a sweet pair of twins? When you put the two together, you have a recipe for success that's as easy as...pie.

July 13, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Persistence with pigs pays off

Stelle Brack, member of the Eureka Homesteaders, worked countless hours to ready her market hog to show at the 2013 Barton County Fair. It paid off Thursday when her hog received a purple champion ribbon.

July 13, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


For the love of rabbits

All shapes, sizes and shades of rabbit were on hand as rabbit judging was held Wednesday afternoon in Expo III at the Barton County Fair.

July 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton County’s OzSome Fair opens today

Visitors to the 2013 Barton County Fair may come face to face with characters from Wizard of Oz. During the 5-day fair opening today, Dorothy and her pals, the lion, scarecrow and tinman will be wandering the Ozsome fair, and will be available for photo ops evenings at Expo II.

July 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


GETTING STARTED

Visitors to the 2013 Barton County Fair may come face to face with characters from Wizard of Oz. During the 5-day fair opening today, Dorothy and her pals, the lion, scarecrow and tinman will be wandering the Ozsome fair, and will be available for photo ops evenings at Expo II.

July 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 Superintendent Vernon to retire

The USD 428 Board of Education opened the 2013-2014 fiscal year with the nomination and voting in of Joyce Carter as president and Kevin Mauler as vice-president. Several appointments and designations were agreed upon by consent, and are discussed in length in the accompanying article.

July 08, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


New Slate of USD 428 Appointees and Designees

Joyce Carter's nomination for USD 428 Board of Education President was approved and she was unanimously voted to the position. Dwight Young was thanked for his service to the board for the past year, and Carter accepted nominations for Vice-President. The board approved Kevin Mauler for that position.

July 08, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Becoming Kansan

When I belonged to a church in Golden, Colo., a guest minister visited one year with a message that has stuck with me ever since. He spoke about making a commitment to be part of a community. See, he arrived at the church he now calls home when the community was rife with poverty, drug addiction and crime. At first, the congregation didn't allow themselves to get close to him, assuming he would last about as long as those that came before him--six months or a year at best. After a while, he even began to wonder if he ...

July 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Waystations needed to save monarchs

With the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms in its backyard, Barton County is no stranger to butterfly tagging, and the each year, butterfly enthusiasts take part in butterfly counts throughout the warmer months. These efforts have shown numbers have dropped to critical levels over the past few decades. Barbara Green, a representative of Monarch Watch, hopes more people will respond by creating monarch waystations.

April 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Playing politics

The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tractors pull generations closer

Antique tractors mixed with modern, ranging in size from full-sized beasts of the field all the way down to lawn tractors at the Hoisington tractor pull Saturday afternoon. From all over Kansas and surrounding states, participants had come to compete. John Deere verses Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson, Cub-Cadet versus International Harvester. Some stock, some custom, some using diesel and others nitro.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


EXPO TIME

Wednesday morning, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce officers and ambassadors were on hand at the Great Bend Expo Complex to open the 2015 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. President Jan Peters welcomed the many farmers, ranchers, and members of the community who stopped in first thing in the morning to check out the vendors while a cool mist slowly burned off. It was better than in years past, she noted, and the forecast for the next two days the show will run is predicted to be mild also.

April 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington EMS team honored at KEMTA

Hoisington was in the spotlight last weekend as two dedicated EMS personnel were honored by their peers in Topeka.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Just Dance scales Olympus, qualifies for national competition

The competition dance team at Just Dance Studio in Great Bend traveled to Kansas City March 21 for the Dance Olympus/Dance America competition.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Business


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.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Housing news looking up in Hoisington

Hoisington is finally on a builder's radar.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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