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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.

December 01, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CLAFLIN TRADITION GROWING

CLAFLIN - Preparations have begun in Claflin for the town's annual Christmas Tree lighting and holiday festival Sunday, Dec. 4. Different this year will be the location the ceremony will take place. After the city finalized the acquisition of a vacant corner lot on Main Street in October, plans were made to move the focal point of the celebration from the vacant lot north of the city's grocery store. Sunday evening, visitors and residents alike will meet at the corner of Albro and Main Streets to ring in the holidays in style.

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Big bill coming in January

It's almost been a month since the November election, and the holidays are in full swing. While it's fine to take a breather, when our Kansas legislators return to Topeka in January, the coming session is bound to be one few will look back on with warm and fuzzy feelings.

November 30, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


‘Star Spangled’ evening tops off Small Business Saturday

Last year, shoppers were few on Main Street for Small Business Saturday, as a cold, wet ice storm gathered strength, blowing in just prior to when the much anticipated holiday parade was to start. City officials worked to get the word out the parade would be cancelled as a safety measure. Fast forward to last Saturday night, and the pleasant weather more than made up for last year's loss, as the people of Great Bend began lining Main Street, some even foregoing jackets.

November 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington grad part of American Royal Grand Champion team

KANSAS CITY, Kans. - Dennis and Bethany McAllister are the duo behind 913 Barbecue, Grand Champions of Kansas City's American Royal invitational barbecue contest. This was their third year of competition, and they beat out 568 teams representing 38 states and 11 foreign countries for the title.

November 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


STAR SPANGLED HOLIDAY

Great Bend residents and visitors who converged on Main Street and the Court House Square Saturday night to watch the Home for the Holidays parade couldn't have picked a more pleasant evening. It was a marked difference from Shop Local Saturday 2015, when the parade was cancelled due to icy conditions. This year a patriotic parade theme, "Star Spangled Holiday," honored veterans both retired and serving. Great Bend's Boy Scouts showed their holiday spirit, paddling their way along Main Street. Other activities Saturday night included a drawing for the winner of the Explore Great Bend $1,000 giveaway ...

November 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood’s Star of Hope carries on humanitarian aid in Haiti

ELLINWOOD - Since Hurricane Matthew made a direct hit on the island of Haiti Oct. 4, Ellinwood based Star of Hope, a non-profit international aid organization, has sent over $280,000 worth of relief, completing nine interventions in devastated communities in that country.

November 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


It takes a village

ELLINWOOD - After the turkey is eaten, and your family is thinking about ways to make this holiday season one to remember, one suggestion is to head out to Ellinwood's Wolf Park where starting Friday evening a unique and imaginative tradition will once again make its appearance.

November 24, 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 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Tree Board moving forward with renovation project

Great Bend Tree Board President Toni Rice asked the Great Bend City Council Monday nightfor permission to move forward on the purchase of a pergola for the Argonne Forest. The feature will be part of an overall renovation project the group hopes to complete in time for a military anniversary with local significance.

November 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 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 17, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Environment not a partisan issue

Climate change is not a hoax just because the president elect says it is. It's no more a hoax than evolution is. And it's no more a hoax than God is. It is like many other hotly contested dramas humans entertain themselves with. Climate change can be compared to the question of when life begins. And it can be as hotly debated. Ultimately, it's up to each and every one of us to determine where on the value scale we stand.

November 16, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Taking advantage of good weather

ELLINWOOD- Tuesday afternoon, Ellinwood city workers and representatives from Lakin Township made steady progress building up the Park Ave. road bed just north of Woodhaven Care Center, leading to the Ellinwood Municipal Airport at the western edge of the city. The work is part of flood control efforts the city has undertaken to prevent flooding like that witnessed following a 2014 storm that dumped about nine inches of rain in just a few hours.

November 16, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Main Street project completed

HOISINGTON - Code Enforcement Officer Dolores Kipper presented a report to the Hoisington City Council Monday night on her efforts to combat residential blight over the past year. She asked the council for their blessing to move forward on a campaign to enforce owners requirement to replace broken glass on windows, rather than simply boarding up the openings. Paint, or rather, the lack of, was another point of the discussion. Council members encouraged Kipper to approach property owners with copies of the International Building Code ordinances the city has adopted, and to remind them of the need-based grant dollars available if ...

November 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Public Library to align summer hours with school calendar

Next year, patrons of the Great Bend Public Library will find summer hours aligned with the USD 428 school year. Now, instead of hours changing between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the actual dates will shift from year to year depending on the school calendar. After looking into the change, the only cost associated with the change will be replacing the tie-on sign that advertises the hours, and that, Director Harry Willems said, is in need of replacing anyway. But, he added, they will need to determine the best way to communicate the message on the sign, as the actual ...

November 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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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


Hunting retreat brings 12 USMC vets to area

SEWARD - Friday, 12 veterans from the Ft. Worth and Houston, Texas areas travelled to Great Bend to take part in a pheasant hunting therapy retreat ...

January 07, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


The pity party's over

It's about time Kansas calls it quits on this ongoing pity party it's been indulging in for some time now.

January 05, 2017 | 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 ...

January 05, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 receives wellness grant

HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night and heard a wellness committee report from Krisa Schneider, 3rd grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary ...

January 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


TECH SUPPORT

HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education met Monday night and heard a wellness committee report from Krisa Schneider, 3rd grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary ...

January 03, 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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