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TAYLOR HEADING TO TOPEKA

Tuesday, District 33 elected Republican Mary Jo Taylor of Stafford to represent them for the next four years. She had a decisive win over Democrat Matt Bristow of Ellinwood after a race that would be defined by the decidedly respectful tone taken by both candidates took towards one another.

November 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran tours Ellinwood High School

ELLINWOOD - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran toured Ellinwood High School Thursday afternoon. It was one of three stops in Barton County en route to Hays. He also stopped at Barton Community College and took a walking tour of Hoisington's Main Street.

November 03, 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 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 03, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A century of greatness

In less than a week, we'll be able to put behind us the 2016 presidential election. Today, the Tribune's "Out of the Morgue" column paused to take a look back at the election of 1916, and while reports indicated it was a more civil affair than we've witnessed this year, there were plenty of issues the voters were faced with that split the ballot and made for a very tight race.

November 02, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood police warn drivers, stop for school buses

ELLINWOOD - Monday morning, Ellinwood Police Chief Art Keffer posted on the department's facebook page that numerous complaints since the beginning of the school year had been received concerning drivers passing stopped school buses while their red lights and stop signs were activated.

November 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


FOOD FOR ALL

Janel Rose, health educator with the Barton County Health Department, is laying the groundwork for a local food system assessment, and received valuable feedback from farmers market vendors Thursday night, Oct. 20, at an end-of-season conversation at the Barton County Health Department. The group met on the heels of two other community connections dinners held at Hoisington and Great Bend three weeks ago.

October 31, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Mary Jo Taylor, Republican candidate for Dist. 33, bringing experience to the table

Editor's note: With Mitch Holmes' decision not to file for re election in 2016, the seat for Kansas District 33 opened and two newcomers threw their hats into the ring. As the November election draws near, the Great Bend Tribune met with both candidates to learn more about who they are, what issues they are passionate about, and what inspired them to aspire to the Senate seat. Yesterday, we provided a peek at what Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, the Democratic candidate hopes to bring to the seat. Today, we cast our spotlight on Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, the Republican candidate.

October 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Matt Bristow, candidate for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, a fresh face in politics

Editor's note: With Republican Mitch Holmes' decision not to file for re election in 2016, the seat for Kansas Senate Dist. 33 opened and two newcomers threw their hats into the ring. Democrat Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, and Republican Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, were relative unknowns prior to the April primaries. As the November election draws near, the Great Bend Tribune met with both candidates to learn more about who they are, what issues they are passionate about, and what inspired them to aspire to the Senate seat. Our spotlight is on Bristow today, and on Friday, it will shift ...

October 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington council rejects election ordinance

HOISINGTON - What two weeks ago appeared to be a done deal, the decision to have half the council be elected at-large and half by district, fell apart Monday night.

October 25, 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 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.

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


MAKING THEIR MARK

HOISINGTON - Wednesday afternoon, Lincoln Elementary School first through fourth grade students made their mark on the history of their town. The students, outfitted in toy hard hats and vests came from the existing Lincoln school on foot and from Roosevelt Elementary by bus to the construction site where contractors had prepared the I-beam that would top the entrance of the new school. There, they waited in line for their turn to select a permanent marker and sign their name before workers attached it to a crane and lifted it into place.

October 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Kansas Senate Dist. 33 candidates Taylor and Bristow take part in Pratt Town Hall

PRATT - Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, and Matt Bristow, Ellinwood, both candidates for Kansas Senate Dist. 33, were invited to debate at the Pratt Town Hall held at Liberty Middle School Wednesday night. They are running to fill a vacancy left by Kansas Sen. Mitch Holmes, Republican, who opted not to file for another term.

October 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


NOT VERY LADYLIKE

The days when little red and black ladybugs evoked exclamations of "sweet" and "adorable" are quickly becoming a thing of the past, at least around Barton County.

October 18, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


RACE FOR THE FINISH

More than 100 runners participated in the Barton County YP5K and Half Marathon race Saturday morning. Most came from Great Bend and other Barton County communities, but other cities in Kansas, as well as some from Oklahoma and Colorado were represented. It was the second year for the race, but a different route was used this year. In an effort to keep crossing highways to a minimum this year, while still highlighting the scenic points of the city as much as possible, the starting point shifted from Veterans Park to Jack Kilby Square.

October 15, 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 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.

October 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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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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