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Wilson Reservoir depth conspiracy evaporating

Nolan Fisher is the park manager for the Army Corps of Engineers at Wilson Reservoir. Thursday afternoon, he shared with us the good news that the rain event that occurred on Monday, April 25, caused a six-inch rise in the water level at the reservoir. That is the largest that has occurred since May, 2012 when the area began to experience an ongoing drought. The rise brought the level to 10 feet below conservation pool level, compared to the 10.5 feet below that it was just a few weeks earlier.

May 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Regional hospital donates diapers & wipes to local quadruplets

When Brandon and Megan Fyler found out they were pregnant last fall, they were ecstatic to give a sibling to their 2-year-old son, Colton. But they soon found out that their family would be growing from one child to five children in seven short months. The young couple from Albert welcomed quadruplets Ayden, Braxton, Cameron and Dexter on Feb. 23 at 31 weeks gestation. After an extended stay in the NICU at Wesley Medical Center, all four babies were discharged and sent home by early April.

May 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Better access to recreation needed for segment of city’s kids

As the school year comes to a close, let's take a few minutes to consider the joys of summer break.

May 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Hoisington City Council considers new direction for clean up efforts

Success breeds success, its been said, and the City of Hoisington is hoping to continue proving the statement true. Over the past year, efforts to clean up refuse, tear down blighted properties, paint and correct deferred maintenance have worked. But at the same time, it has come to the city's attention that for some residents, that clean up comes at a cost that is beyond their resources. At Monday night's City Council meeting, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell suggested a program implemented in other Kansas towns, that could make it easier for some of Hoisington's less-affluent residents to ...

May 10, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Olmitz shows support for VFD

Saturday, April 30, Barton County traffic to Olmitz was up as fun-seekers headed north to the Olmitz Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser. The goal, to build community and raise money for needed equipment for the volunteer firefighters who dedicate their time to keeping the people of Olmitz and the surrounding area safe.

May 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Florence Louise Shaffer 1931 - 2016

Florence Louise Shaffer, 84, died May 7, 2016, at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Dec. 6, 1931, in Great Bend, she was the daughter of John J. and Sophia B. (Gleissner) Bahr. On Nov. 26, 1952, she married Benjamin J. Shaffer in Olmitz. A Great Bend resident since 1995, she had previously resided in Hays from 1953 to 1969, Great Bend from 1969 to 1985, and Ness City from 1985 to 1995. She was a Registered Nurse and private care provider.

May 09, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


A new tree in the forest

What a difference a week can make. Last Friday, Great Bend was inches deep in rain from an all day shower. This week, its sunny skies and perfect weather for planting a tree. That's exactly what Lincoln fifth-grader Natalie Williams did after school, with a little help from her friends on the Great Bend Tree Board, Vickie Berryman and Lisa Whipple.

May 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Rotary putting a colorful twist on community event

The Ellinwood Rotary Club will change up a favorite June Jaunt activity this year. For the past couple of years they organized a Color Run, but after the initial year, attendance waned. What was missing, they believed, was a sense of competition that would get teams revved up to take part.

May 06, 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.

May 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 prepares for end of year

With the end of the school year just a couple weeks away, the USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night with only a few items of business to consider. Board members also heard about end of the year preparations around the district.

May 05, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Accepting teams for Ellinwood men’s softball tournament

The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a men's softball tournament on Saturday, June 4th on Worman Field in Ellinwood. Registration is $180 per team, $150 if registered by May 15th.

May 03, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vendors sought for Ellinwood June Jaunt

The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce is taking booth registration for the annual K-96 June Jaunt to be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016. This year's event will be held in Wolf Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Outdoor Market will include antiques, vintage, refurbished, re-purposed, homemade, home based business products and concessions. For more information or to register call 564-3300 or email the Chamber at info@ellinwoodchamber.com by June 1, 2016.

May 03, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Tree Boards marks Arbor Day with tree giveaway

Michael Fletcher, arborist with the Great Bend Tree Board, marked a decades long Arbor Day tradition with fifth graders at Great Bend elementary schools and Holy Family Catholic School Friday afternoon. Each spring, the Great Bend Tree Board distributes redbud tree seedlings to fourth grade students in the district as part of its ongoing community outreach project with the National Arbor Day Society.

April 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Out of the Morgue

Thirty years ago this week, the world began to get an inkling of just how destructive nuclear power can be when the Soviet Union's Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant experienced a meltdown at one of four reactors.

April 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Shaping the future, one branch at a time

About a year ago, Great Bend planted a seed that should begin to bear fruit in a few years. Last week was the anniversary of the creation of the Great Bend Community Orchard. That's right--our community has an orchard of apple trees that someday we can picnic at, use for a photo backdrop, learn orcharding skills like pruning and grafting, harvest fruit from for community outreach projects or cooking classes through our Barton County Extension or Barton County Health Department.

April 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


SEASONED GROWERS

Dan and Joyce Wapelhorst live west of Great Bend. For the past 12 years, they've been regular vendors at Great Bend farmers markets. But ...

June 16, 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 ...

June 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Soggy situation

HOISINGTON - Thanks to the quick thinking of Hoisington Public Works employees, some elbow grease and a little bit of luck, residents of Hoisington avoided what ...

June 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Splash Pad goal reached, Ellinwood City Council considers next steps

Ellinwood's City Council met Tuesday night in anticipation of some good news from the Ellinwood Rotary Club. They weren't disappointed. Since the last ...

June 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council agrees on fireworks

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council revisited a discussion that began at the May 23 meeting concerning when it is acceptable to set off fireworks, and ...

June 13, 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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