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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 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council accepts bid on Main Street property

ELLINWOOD - The first order of business Tuesday night at the Ellinwood City Council was consideration of bids for the property at 104 N. Main St. The property was acquired by the city earlier this year after several delays in having the adjoining blighted buildings demolished caused damage to the building, and the past owners sold it to the city to avoid further damages. After the buildings were removed, the city had the exposed wall fixed and put it up for bid in September. The first round of bids included one from a private person who wished to use the property ...

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


You get what you pay for

It's about that time when the tax bill arrives. This year, many property owners in the county will not be pleased to see the amount due higher than last year this time. Let's take a moment to consider what we're getting for our money.

December 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Hoisington City Council receptive to CID for Sonic

HOISINGTON - When developers of Hoisington's new Sonic Restaurant began construction earlier this month, it wasn't long before they ran into an unexpected and expensive problem, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell explained at Monday night's city council meeting.

December 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Great Bend Public Library adjusts despite funding cut

With the writing on the wall, Director Harry Willems and the Library Board put into action an austerity plan of sorts in order to sock away 10 percent of this year's budget into the coming year's capital improvement fund. With 92 percent of the year complete, only 82 percent of the library's budget has been spent, Willems was pleased to share during his financial report Monday at the monthly board meeting.

December 12, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


BCHD praises USD 431 for Walking School Bus program

HOISINGTON - At the last Hoisington USD 431 Board of Education meeting of the semester, every seat was taken, and for some late arrivals, it was standing room only. The visitors, it turns out, were seniors who were there to meet a requirement of their high school government class. Each student must attend a BOE meeting during the first semester, and for many, the Tuesday night meeting was their last opportunity.

December 08, 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.

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Time to Rise Up in Kansas

There is a term, "the common good," that bears consideration. A dictionary defines it simply as a noun meaning, "the advantage or benefit of all people in society or in a group." It's not something claimed by any particular political faction, in other words. It's something that is good for everyone.

December 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


City of Larned approves installation of tennis backboards

The Larned City Council met for a brief meeting Monday night. After discussing and approving the monthly appropriations ordinance, Mayor William Nusser noted that the agenda item concerning the discussion of a potential wind energy opportunity for the city would be removed. Council members then heard a report from Junior City Council member Kaylyn Millen, who opened her presentation by quizzing council members and the mayor about county trivia. Then, she shared what she and other junior members had learned earlier that day during their visit to the Pawnee County Courthouse where they met with county commissioners.

December 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.

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


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Back to the drawing board

Wednesday afternoon, the Kansas Legislature took action on HB 2178, with the majority of House members voting to overturn Governor Sam Brownback's veto of ...

February 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Claflin Mayor ‘thumbs down’ on storage request

CLAFLIN - Shane Suchy returned to the Claflin City Council Monday night in anticipation of its findings on his December proposal to bring five storage units ...

February 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 428 teachers express concern over HB 2142

A group of USD 428 current and retired teachers attended the legislative coffee Saturday hosted by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce. One educator questioned ...

February 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | News


SHATTERED PEACE

At the end of a stressful work week, many look forward to the restorative aspects of yoga practice. But Friday morning, that prospect of peace ...

February 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Full house at legislative coffee

It's not unusual for only a couple state legislators to fit a local legislative coffee into their schedules during the regular session. That's ...

February 12, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Full house at Great Bend legislative coffee

It's not unusual for only a couple state legislators to fit a local legislative coffee into their schedules during the regular session. That's ...

February 11, 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 ...

February 09, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


All for one?

The Great Bend City Council decided Monday night to disregard the recommendations of Carl Otter, the city's own engineering technician, and of Josh Golka ...

February 09, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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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