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Serving our servicemen

Listening to the national news, let alone the state news, has lately been depressing. But on a local level, there's plenty to feel good about. People in Barton County have heart, and last weekend a select few had a chance to show it in a big way. While many donned their best formal attire to attend the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, these men donned field gear and welcomed some honest-to-goodness heros to our home.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Becoming ‘Organ Wise’

First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension Agents Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug. Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met "Miguel," the Organ Wise Kid, and several organs in his body, including his heart, brain, lungs, intestines and many more.

February 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Webster’s passion is hope Barton offers

Steve Webster, a sports commentator with local Great Bend radio station 1590 KVGB, took his turn at the podium Friday afternoon at Barton Community College.

February 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend meets potential new chief

The public and Great Bend City Council had a chance to meet and talk with the final candidate for the position of Great Bend Chief of Police Thursday evening. An informal come and go reception was held at the city offices.

February 19, 2015 | 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.

February 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Education is near and dear to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

The Ministry Against Domestic Violence of Great Bend has received the Community Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).

February 18, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Education is ‘near and dear’ to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

Lindsey Bogner, Clara Barton Hospital's foundation assistant, was on the hot seat Tuesday afternoon as she fielded questions at a forum at Barton Community College. One of two candidates for the position of Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, having already met with Barton Community College Foundation board members, it was the faculty and staff's turn, as well as members of the community, to interview her and provide their written feedback.

February 17, 2015 | 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.

February 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellinwood business in jeopardy as wall crumbles

The Ellinwood City Council was visited by business owners Cassie and Mark Batchman at Tuesday's meeting held at the Ellinwood City Office. They were there to clear the air and inquire what could be done to expedite the repairs to their building located at 104 North Main, which was compromised during the demolition of a neighboring building owned by the city in September. They operate Cutting Edge Hair and Nail salon out of the building, as well as provide offices for two other businesses. For six months, as they have waited, they've watched their dreams crumble away.

February 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Curriculum and testing discussed by USD 428 BOE

Getting down to the business of education, board members for USD 428 met Monday night to hear the first reading of a proposal and presentations by the K-6 math adoption team for a new district-wide math curriculum. After reviewing two options, the teachers came to a unanimous decision with overwhelming support for one that includes text and web-ready lessons, training and professional development, tech-support and consumables over a seven year period.

February 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Elections and funding focus of legislative coffee

Sen. Mitch Holmes, Rep. John Edmonds and Rep. Troy Waymaster attended a legislative coffee held at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce meeting room Saturday morning. School funding and April elections were the main points of discussion.

February 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Bill proposes to take back over $360K from county USDs

A bill introduced by the Kansas Senate Committee on Ways and Means, SB 71, would cut $362,671 from Barton County USD's 428, 431 and 355 current school budget. It would do this by altering the way supplemental general state aid is calculated.

February 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 431 moves closer to bond issue

The USD 431 Board of Education welcomed newly appointed member Ben Brewer who filled a position formerly occupied by Maggie Alderdice. Alderdice filled the position formerly occupied by Deb Stevens, who resigned in January. Now, with all the seats filled, the board went to work sorting through several applications for the Construction At Risk Manager position.

February 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington rewards good handwriting

Last Friday, Jan. 23, Hoisington Middle School students recognized National Handwriting Day by competing in a handwriting contest. Teachers Karisa Kaiser and Shari Blase collected samples from students, and also awarded a prize to the student that could guess the highest number of teacher handwriting samples.

January 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Education


Unsafe properties focus of Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.

January 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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Ellinwood considering bond to fix flooding, streets

ELLINWOOD - Spring is right around the corner, and that means rain. At the Jan. 10 Ellinwood City Council meeting, City Manager Chris Komarek initiated a ...

January 19, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Traveling exhibit, K is for Kansas, on display at Ellinwood library

ELLINWOOD - An exhibit that opened at the Ellinwood School and Public Library last week has been a draw for young and old alike. The "K ...

January 15, 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 ...

January 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Gun laws clarified

Confusion over the article, "Sheriff shares about guns, drugs and human trafficking," arose Wednesday morning when some readers noted that the age noted in the ...

January 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington examines hard water issue, solution targeted

HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents may see fewer spots on their dishes soon. City Manager Jonathan Mitchell reported to the Hoisington City Council Monday that options for ...

January 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Sheriff talks guns, drugs, human trafficking

(This article was updated at 9:39 a.m. (1/11/2017) to properly reflect the age at which an individual can conceal and carry ...

January 10, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GB breaks ground on community orchard

In April, 2015, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Heartland Farm grows agritourism

Heartland Farm, operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is located 10 miles west of Great Bend. They have been an active participants in recent ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry


Hoisington Land Bank expanding housing options

The city of Hoisington's decision to start a land bank is starting to pay off. The Hoisington Land Bank offers free lots in an ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Commerce & Finance


Claflin museum reopens better than ever

CLAFLIN - Claflin's history museum had to close unexpectedly in 2010 when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


Ellinwood opens wellness center

2015 saw the culmination of a four-year effort by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission and volunteers in the community. The dream of opening a year-round fitness ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


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