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Hoisington City Council considering new ambulances

Prior to the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday night, council members arrived early to inspect and compare the merits of three different ambulances that the EMS Director Scott Fleming arranged to have available. They included one owned by the City of Hoisington, a 2013 Osage provided by Great Bend EMS, and a 2015 AEM. Fleming is also considering a model by Lifeline, but was unable to have one available Monday night for the inspection.

January 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellsworth Police Department announces Safe Exchange Zone

Ellsworth Police Chief Maverick Campbell Sr. likes to take a proactive approach to policing. He and his staff make a point of keeping an eye on crime trends not only in the local area, but around the nation. One area where crime and fraud has seen an uptick recently is in the growing e-commerce marketplace. Around the nation, reports of buyers and sellers falling victim to scams, robberies or worse after initiating exchanges on sites like Craigslist, Buy-Sell-Trade, eBay, and other facebook groups and web sites led to a simple idea. Thursday, the Ellsworth Police Department's facebook page announced ...

January 07, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HEADS IN THE CLOUD

In December, Hoisington USD 431 gave the nod to purchasing Chromebooks for each middle and high school student in the district. Director of Technology Kerry Mooney said he could have the laptops ready to use by the end of winter break, and he was true to his word. Students returning Tuesday started off the new year by receiving their assigned Chromebooks and reviewing proper laptop etiquette.

January 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 considers new capital outlay resolution

Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night to discuss the expansion of the list of items that can be spent from the district's capital outlay fund. First mentioned at the December meeting, it was noted a new resolution would need to be passed before the next budget cycle, which begins at the end of June.

January 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington considers election options and going paperless

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night to discuss changes to the city's charter for the purpose of elections and to consider purchasing iPads from USD 431 in the ongoing effort to move to paperless meetings,

December 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


WINTER IS BACK

It was anyone's guess Saturday afternoon whether Barton County would wake up to a blanket of snow or not. Predictions have ranged from 1-4 inches of snow this weekend in some camps, all the way up to over 12 inches in others. While some will be able to while away the hours inside, enjoying the show from a cozy vantage point, others will be hitting the roads for round two of the holiday period, either heading for home or out to visit friends and relatives to celebrate the upcoming new year.

December 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Public Library marks 40th anniversary

Tuesday afternoon, the Hoisington Public Library celebrated the 40th anniversary of the move to its current home adjacent to the City of Hoisington offices and city auditorium.

December 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Defense questions versions of report

The defense attorney for Darrin Hirsh cross examined the defendant's ex-wife during the jury trial that continued Thursday in Barton County District Court.

December 17, 2015 | 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 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Don’t lose sight, change is good

Anyone who has ever been involved with change, and that's everyone, can agree that its not easy. After all, most change is required because something isn't working anymore, and it got that way because it was easier to maintain the status quo for long enough that problems arose.

December 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Hoisington’s TNR program questioned in light of costs

Concerns over increased costs incurred by the City of Hoisington to Hoisington Veterinary Hospital for activities related to the trap, neuter and return program for stray cats were discussed at the city council meeting Monday.

December 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council meeting

Changes to the city's snow and ice removal policy topped the list of new business to be discussed at the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday night. City Manager Jonathan Mitchell proposed an amended policy following the Thanksgiving weekend ice event that the city was late to respond to because it was not adequately prepared.

December 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SCAM ALERT

Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir contacted the Great Bend Tribune Friday morning to report that several citizens of Great Bend and Barton County have been receiving phone calls since Thursday night, Dec. 10, from an individual identifying himself as Sgt. Smith of the Barton County Sheriff's Department. While there is a Sgt. Smith at the department, this is a scam.

December 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves new traffic fines

The Ellinwood City Council conducted a brief meeting Tuesday evening at the city offices, tying up loose ends before the holidays.

December 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


History repeating

Last week, Mike Courson reported in The Ellinwood Leader that Ellinwood students can look forward to hearing from speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan next fall when she visits Ellinwood. She will talk about her family's experience at Bergen Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp. Blumenthal's book, "Four Perfect Pebbles," is required reading in Connie Mitchum's English classes at Ellinwood Middle/High School.

December 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Trip on a Tankful

CONCORDIA - Drive East on I-70 to Salina, and go north on US-81, the scenery is gently rolling hills and not much else for the next ...

June 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Entertainment


The Roesler House

BY VERONICA COONS | vcoons@gbtribune.com

June 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood historians tapped for 2017 After Harvest Festival Parade Grand Marshalls

ELLINWOOD - Every year, the Ellinwood Rotary Club solicits nominations of a citizen or citizens who have demonstrated a keen sense of community spirit to be ...

June 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


IT'S ON! Wheat harvest in Barton County

Wednesday evening, people could see the familiar dust cloud of a harvester cutting wheat near the Great Bend Municipal Airport on West Barton County Road ...

June 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Residents speak up about fireworks

HOISINGTON - Patrons attending the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday asked council members for some answers. They wanted to know what if anything the council had ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Library director shares HVAC ups and downs

It takes a while to learn how to use new technology. This is something Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has learned the hard ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Debbie Stevens Week proclaimed

HOISINGTON - The tour of the utility billing office on the agenda for Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting was canceled to make time for ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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