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Accuracy in speech brings is its own reward

The November election can't come too soon. And while many voters express their admiration for a non-career politician in the race, this campaign season has proven one thing that said politicians are at least proficient at. Precision of speech is a good thing..

August 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood City Council approves 2017 budget

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council met Monday night, and began the meeting with a brief public hearing of the 2017 budget which was published earlier in the Ellinwood Leader. The mill levy will remain virtually the same as last year, City Attorney Bob Peter summarized. No public comments, so the hearing was closed. Ken Lebbin moved to approve the budget, seconded by Kirk Clawson. The council approved the budget unanimously.

August 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Council appoints VanBrimmer as new president

HOISINGTON - As part of the reorganization of the council, in the wake of former Council President Brian Wilborn stepping down in July, the council elected a new president Monday evening. Karen VanBrimmer, the senior councilwoman, was nominated by Michael Aylward and the nomination seconded by Chris Smith, and with the approval of the rest of the council, minus Carrol Nather who was absent, she will serve as president for the rest of the year.

August 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


ALL HANDS ON

HOISINGTON - Habitat for Humanity: Barton County Area began work on the property located at 322 E. 6th Street. Work days are being scheduled for the following dates: Aug 13, 20, 27, Sept. 3, 10. The organization was granted two lots in the city of Hoisington to help alleviate a shortage of housing that has concerned the community for several years. Through mostly volunteer efforts and donations, the group is able to provide people a hand up, rather than a hand out when it comes to becoming homeowners. The local group was organized in 2001. They partner with families to build ...

August 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Harold D. Dalton

HUTCHINSON - Harold D. Dalton, 89, passed away Aug. 7, 2016, with his family by his side. He was born in Dickenson County to Carl and Letha (Poland) Dalton. He attended Chapman High School. After graduating high school, he joined the Army serving during World War II. After an Honorable Discharge from the Army, he met and on Oct. 13, 1947, married Mary (Johnson) Dalton. He was employed by KPL as a welder and later retired as a superintendent after 42 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and gardening.

August 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


Chase High senior latest addition to Hoisington EMS squad

HOISINGTON - Adrea Aguilera is a senior at Chase High School. She learned that the Hoisington Emergency Medical Services offers opportunities for volunteer EMTs through a friend while she was attending emergency medical technician training at Barton Community College during her second semester of her junior year. After she completed her training, she took her practical boards in June.

August 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington USD 431 approves 2016-2017 budget

Hoisington's USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night, Aug. 1, for a budget hearing and to conduct regular business. Superintendent Bill Lowry recommended a budget that included 6 mills for capital outlay. The budget was approved as published.

August 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Chase High School senior latest addition to Hoisington EMS squad

HOISINGTON - Andrea Aguilera is a senior at Chase High School. She learned that the Hoisington Emergency Medical Services offers opportunities for volunteer EMTs through a friend while she was attending emergency medical technician training at Barton Community College during her second semester of her junior year. After she completed her training, she took her practical boards in June.

August 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HOISINGTON SELECTED AS A PATHWAYS TO A HEALTHY KANSAS COMMUNITY

HOISINGTON- Clara Barton Hospital and the City of Hoisington learned it is one of eight communities in Kansas recently selected as a grantee in the largest community grant program ever funded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.

August 03, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Lewis will serve District 113 again

In Barton County, the only contested race for Kansas House of Representatives was for the 113th District, which includes Southeastern Barton County and Stafford County, as well as parts of Rice and Pawnee counties. Two hours after the polls closed and preliminary results were reported, it was becoming clear that Greg Lewis, R-St. John would win.

August 03, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BUILDING A DREAM

This week has been one of transformation for the Central Kansas Dream Center.

July 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


What matters?

With shootings of police officers and shootings of black men sharing the spotlight of media attention in this country, there is one angle to the debate that hasn't received any attention. There is a perception divide between urban and rural reflected in the argument over which lives matter.

July 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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.

July 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington approves purchase of new ‘Jaws of Life’

HOISINGTON - Hoisington City Council members approved the purchase of a new 'jaws of life' extraction unit by the Hoisington Fire Department at the meeting Monday. Previously, Hoisington EMS was responsible for the extraction unit, but when the new ambulance arrived, EMS Director Scott Fleming realized there would not be room for the old unit on the new vehicle.

July 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council Wilborn steps down, Bruce to serve Ward 4

HOISINGTON - Monday night, after a study session concerning the 2017 budget, Hoisington City Council members recognized outgoing councilman Brian Wilborn , awarding a plaque for his service to the council. The newly re-elected representative resigned following a move out of Ward 4, which he was elected to represent. His family will be moving to a home in the country.

July 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


A life turned 'round, Part II

Editor's note: Robert Bruce is Hoisington's newest city council representative. His journey to becoming the kind of man who chooses to take part ...

August 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A life turned 'round: Part one

Editor's note: Jails are filled with people who have committed crimes that ended tragically in ways the perpetrators never intended. Drunken or distracted driving ...

August 23, 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 ...

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


4-H family welcomes Japanese exchange student

For the past three weeks, Liberty Marsh, 12, a member of the South Bend Jolly Workers, has played hostess to Kotono Sugito, 12, a member ...

August 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Support shown for bike, pedestrian options

By Veronica Coons

August 12, 2016 | 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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