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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


POWER PLAY

Brooklyn, New York, born Don McPherson wasn't shy about sharing his appreciation of his new friends in Great Bend Tuesday. Here for one day to help spread the message that men have a part to play in raising awareness of and battling domestic and sexual violence, he wasn't afraid to share his bothersome concerns of what it means to be in tornado country in the springtime. It didn't make him any less a man. Quite the contrary.

April 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves annexation request

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and approved an annexation request from Kenny Schremmer for a property he owns located just south of the railroad tracks near Railroad Ave. and US 281. A developer has expressed interest in the property, and has conducted a variety of tests including water and soil tests, as well as a traffic assessment in recent weeks. At this time, Schremmer said, he is under contract with the party who intends to bring a Sonic Drive-in restaurant to the location.

April 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Red Shoe event Tuesday to include awards, talks, music and more

Sexual and domestic violence continue to have a home here in Barton County, as they do everywhere else in the country. But the Family Crisis Center continues the battle to educate and end these crimes. Tuesday night, April 26, instead of the annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event, they are bringing to Great Bend a different type of Red Shoe event .

April 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 breaks ground on new Lincoln Elementary School

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April 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Accountability at the coffee shop

Barton County is fortunate in that our communities make an effort to invite legislators representing the constituents of our area to meet face to face. Likewise those representatives make an effort to attend events like legislative coffees like the one held Wednesday morning at Ellinwood.

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


State Treasurer visits Ellinwood Rotary Club

State Treasurer Ron Estes presented the program at the Ellinwood Rotary Club Tuesday, April 19. He gave an informative talk about the state's efforts in returning unclaimed property to Kansans. Anything from payroll to the contents of safe deposit boxes are turned over to the state after five years if businesses are unable to find the owner and do so themselves, he said.

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


City of Claflin hires new police chief

CLAFLIN - The Claflin City Council met Monday, April 11 at the city building, and City Clerk Patricia Schmidt sent minutes of that meeting to the Tribune.

April 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Family Crisis Center and former NFL QB kick off ‘Red Shoe” season

Since 2012, the Family Crisis Center Inc. has been working to raise awareness among the people in its service area to domestic and sexual violence through signature "Red Shoe" events leading up to the finale "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes." Many who have seen their male co-workers hobbling about in red high-heels as they raise funds for the cause have been persuaded to help, which has allowed the programs offered through the FCC to touch the lives of many, both locally and regionally.

April 16, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBMS soccer teams clean up

Saturday morning, team members from both of Great Bend Middle School's soccer teams, the boys and the girls, gathered at the north end of Stone Lake to spend some quality time performing community service together. The original plan was to travel west on the Arkansas River levy bike path cleaning up trash, but with cold wind and cloudy skies threatening rain, they altered their plan and chose a shorter route. Starting at the parking lot and working their way around the lake to the entrance of the bike path, they would travel east to Fry St. on the path.

April 16, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Powerful voice coming

Each day, three women die as a result of domestic violence at the hands of either a current or former male partner. This, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

April 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood city council considers Splash Pad funding

Several points of new business made for a long but informative Ellinwood City Council meeting Tuesday night. Mayor Irlan Fullbright congratulated returning council persons James McCormick and Kirk Clawson, as well as newly elected Ken Lebbin who will filled an open spot. Also-ran Kathy Hines was also in attendance at the meeting, and during visitor comments congratulated Lebbin for his success, before objecting to the decision to install Chris Komarek as the acting City Manager following Bud Newberry's resignation earlier in March.

April 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Afternoon tea and savory delights

The Heartland Center for Spirituality staff and advisory council is in the midst of planning and preparations for the second annual "Hero for Heartland" Afternoon Tea and Savory Delights. This event will take place on Sunday April 24 with a come and go Tea and Tours of the Great Bend Dominican Motherhouse from 1 – 4 p.m. Advisory council members Sr Jane Belanger, Carrie Buhler, Keith Funk, Danny Ginn, Dixie Heinrich, Ken Holderread, Pattie McGurk, Sclie Murray, Ken Moeder and Denise Wilkens along with committee members, Karen Axman, Mary Klinge and Judy Spangler have been instrumental in the planning stages.

April 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Religion


New members sworn in at Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council welcomed newly elected members and honored those retiring from service at Monday night's meeting. Nancy Farmer, Ward 1 and Jim Sekavec, Ward 2 both retired following last week's election. Both were presented plaques, recognizing their many years on the council.

April 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


How much is enough?

Barton County business owners have noticed a surge in burglaries in recent years, and frustration is running high. In 2014, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's report on crimes known to law enforcement, Great Bend was number three in the state of Kansas for number of burglaries per 1,000 residents. Only Pittsburgh and Coffeyville were higher.

April 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Uniforms of past wars featured at BCHS museum

"Every since Barton County has existed, we have been represented in every war foreign war this country has fought in," said Beverly Komarek. director at ...

May 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BREATHING EASY

"If you are lucky enough to get a second chance at something, don't ever waste it."

May 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Filing deadline is almost here

As Memorial Day approaches, we should remember that two important privileges American soldiers have fought to protect is our right to vote, as well as ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Ellinwood After Harvest Fest Parade announced

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Rotary Club in cooperation with the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce is in the process of organizing Ellinwood's After Harvest Festival parade ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 special called meeting held

HOISINGTON -- On Tuesday, May 24, the USD 431 Board of Eduction met in a special called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Notice of the ...

May 25, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Perfect attendance celebrated at USD 428

USD 428 elementary schools celebrated the end of the 2015-2016 school year last week, each in their own unique ways. They promoted kindergarten students and ...

May 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Bathrooms are meant for one thing

Sex, it turns out, is a fantastic distraction. While the majority of the country is caught up in the debate over transgender use of restrooms ...

May 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Claflin city council approves purchase of police vehicle

The Claflin City Council met Monday, May 9, at the city building. City Clerk Patricia Schmidt submitted minutes from the meeting. At the meeting, the ...

May 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington EMS to hold open house Thursday

Red is usually the color of choice for fire trucks, catching the eye and delivering the universal message - an emergency is at hand. But coming ...

May 17, 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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