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Top honors to mean more at Hoisington High School

Being chosen to be the class valedictorian will carry more meaning at Hoisington High School in the coming year, thanks to clarifications made to the honor at a special meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education Wednesday, June 17 at the central office.

June 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

No visible underwear, no altered clothing for Hoisington students

Parents of students attending Hoisington Middle and High Schools take heed. The USD 431 Board of Education met, discussed, and approved amendments to the district's dress policy on Wednesday, June 17. These decisions may have an impact on the back-to-school shopping decisions that are sure to be made in the next few months, and the board hopes to avoid complaints by disgruntled parents upset over spending money on clothing that will not be allowed in the school.

June 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Preservation not always the best opton

Voters in Hoisington approved a bond issue to build a new elementary school, and that is really good news for the present and future students of that district. But as the news reached some readers, disappointment over the demolition of another piece of history (the existing school building) was expressed.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Out of the Morgue

This week instead of delving into the history of Great Bend, we'll travel a few miles down the road to Pawnee Rock, through the pages of the Pawnee Rock Herald.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

PTSD picture book author visits Hoisington Public Library

Kids at the Hoisington Public Library had the opportunity to meet a true American hero Wednesday afternoon. Seth Kastle, author of "Why is dad so mad?", a book about post traumatic stress disorder. He brought along his uniform, a ceremonial sword owned by his friend, a fallen soldier he served with in Afghanistan, and other military memorabilia.

June 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Hoisington says ‘Yes’ to new school

Unofficial results are in. Hoisington USD 431 will be building a new elementary school to replace its oldest structure, Lincoln Elementary School.

June 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Saturday was what people in the racing world call a "junk air day," said Hank Denning, president of the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association. That means some high performance race cars have a hard time "breathing" in the humidity. Still, with Great Bend the only division track in Kansas racing this weekend, racers from around the state and Oklahoma made the drive to the Great Bend track to increase their points rating and to have some fun.

June 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Great Bend Hometown Team exhibit open at library

There's something about flags. And a huge display like the one that sets off the impressive Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps exhibit at the Great Bend Public Library can't help but draw in visitors looking for a place to cool off during the June Jaunt celebration in Great Bend this weekend. The display is made possible thanks to a collaboration between the Kansas Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution's Hometown Teams project.

June 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Ellinwood’s June Jaunt starts with art

ELLINWOOD - Wolf Park in Ellinwood was graced Friday with an eye catching piece of art thanks to the creativity and artistic know-how of three of the communities local artists. Rosa Lyn Borchers, Ellinwood, met Friday with Chamber of Commerce Director Jacque Isern and Renee Miller of Sentinel Gallery at Wolf Park. She was presented a $50 Chamber gift certificate for her winning design for Ellinwood's June Jaunt Barn Quilt. Miller and partner Aaron McCaffery transformed the design into it's finished form including a three-dimensional sheaf of wheat created from wood and wire.

June 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

FUMC youth participating in Chicago homeless mission

Sixteen youth and their sponsors from First United Methodist Church in Great Bend will travel to Chicago July 5-11 to take part in an ongoing mission helping the homeless of that city. They will be sleeping on the floors of Chicago churches by night, and by day serving at food banks and kitchens, and working directly with homeless youth. They will meet people who have spent the previous night sleeping on the street, said Growth and Youth Minister Matt Aycock.

June 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Religion

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.

June 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Pawnee Rock illustrates volunteer-led concept

Volunteer-led communities offer us a glimpse of what is both best and sometimes worst in all of us. Sometimes, apathy prevails, and we see the gradual decline of a town, as residents struggle to answer the question, "who cares?" For those on the outside looking in, that may have been the impression of Barton County's City of Pawnee Rock for several years.

June 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Pawnee Rock hears fire department needs, seeks to electrify the Rock

Monday night, Pawnee Rock's City Council met and received a clear picture of the status of the fire department, along with many helpful suggestions from its new fire chief. A proposal, presented by new resident Basil Dannebohm, also provided a vision for how the city could put its greatest attraction to use. While it became clear the city has many needs, changes made over few years are beginning to build momentum.

June 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Heirloom stitches

The Barton County Historical Society museum will host a quilt show over June Jaunt weekend and through the month of June.

May 31, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

WOW factor

"To be the Church that God is calling us to be, we felt like we needed to create a space that would really connect with our kiddos," explained Rev. Josh Lue, senior minister at First Christian Church in Great Bend. " Our kids are now so excited about Sunday school they are dragging their parents, and not the other way around."

May 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Religion

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

Nearly 30 families share Thanksgiving thanks to one Great Bend man

One Great Bend man has found the spirit of Thanksgiving and is acting on it. Joseph Trimmer, a young oil field pipe repair worker, was ...

November 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Doyle Rand 1927 - 2015

Doyle Rand, 88, died on Nov. 21, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 15, 1927, in Rodney, Ark., he was the ...

November 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


Heather Schneider, Great Bend, has been working with poultry through Barton County Extension's 4-H since she joined 10 years ago. She remembers her dad ...

November 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Thursday afternoon, Ellinwood first graders from Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph's Catholic School, clutching stuffed toy bears, monkeys, and even a giraffe made ...

November 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Oh deer

Before sunrise on Sunday morning, enduring winds in gusts of 30 mph, Texas hunter Philip Kalmbach, with guide Tevor Olsen of Central Kansas Whitetails, a ...

November 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Ellinwood City Council working with Scouts to repair cabin

Tuesday night the Ellinwood City Council met to hear progress on two projects that affect buildings in the city, and receive an update on developments ...

November 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Out of the Morgue

The day before Great Bend was touched by a devastating tornado, the discussion of traffic rules and was beginning, and the discussion of lighted streets ...

November 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Keep watching and plan to vote

Watching the Republican debates over the last few months has been a bit like watching episodes of The Apprentice, as each debate the playing field ...

November 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Claflin city council committed to keeping on top of blight

Monday night, the Claflin city council met at the city offices and heard from the owner of property at 409 3rd Street. The code enforcement ...

November 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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