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Hoisington City Council considering creation of fire district

HOISINGTON - In its efforts to find a way to pay for a new fire truck, the City of Hoisington will seek to follow the example set by neighboring Claflin and begin working towards the creation of a fire district. The move would create a broader, more stable pool of funding by distributing the cost equally to all townships and cities in the district, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said. Discussion of the potential creation of a fire district was added to the agenda at the start of the meeting.

October 11, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Taking advantage - sure

Tuesday's vice presidential debate between Kaine and Pence was thankfully light on comments about illegal email servers, but unfortunately too much was made of Trump's not paying personal income tax for several years.

October 06, 2016 | 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 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.

October 06, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


NATIVE SON

HOISINGTON - Students at Hoisington's USD 431 schools, as well as students at Otis-Bison, had the rare opportunity this past week to meet and learn from an award winning Native American musician, flute maker and storyteller Keith Bear. And Bear has had the opportunity to visit with family and friends, and to finally meet his youngest grandchild for the first time.

October 02, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Land Bank Board teams up with HOI for MIH

HOISINGTON -- The Hoisington Land Bank Board met Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. prior to the city council meeting where they heard a proposal by Housing Opportunities Inc. to partner in seeking a grant from the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation to encourage building median income housing.

September 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Claflin city council continues police chief search

CLAFLIN - When the Claflin City Council met Monday, Sept. 12, no hiring decision was made concerning the open police chief position previously filled by Rory Tillett, Tillett was hired April 12, filling a vacancy left by former Claflin Chief of Police Robert Gunder. At the Aug. 8 meeting, the city voted to accept resumes for the vacant position until noon, Sept. 12. Not finding a suitable replacement, the council agreed to continue to advertise the position and accept applications.

September 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee Rock to hold Firefighter Appreciation dinner

PAWNEE ROCK - Pawnee Rock's city council met Sept. 6, and continued to tighten up efforts to increase observance of ordinances in the community. This time, non-resident land owners were the focus. Pawnee Rock Maintenance Supervisor requested the council consider raising fees for cutting weeds and tall grass from $60 per hour to $100 per hour, but only for non-residents, per City Code 8-404. Council member Chris Mead moved to contact City Attorney Ron Smith to draw up an amendment to the code, raising the fee, with a minimum charge for two hours, and including an administrative fee of $50 ...

September 22, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington Main Street project off to ‘chaotic’ start

HOISINGTON - Work started this week on the long awaited Hoisington Main Street Reconstruction Project, and more needs to be done to get the word out to companies transporting large loads through the city Jonathan Mitchell, Hoisington city manager, said at the city council meeting Monday night.

September 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves drainage easements

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood's City Council considered two offers to purchase the building located at 104 N. Main Street Tuesday night. The building was located adjacent to two condemned buildings purchased by the city in 2014 at a tax sale. Hoping to demolish the buildings and free up space on Main Street for new construction, the city halted work when it became apparent that the demolition put 104 N. Main at risk for damage. Ultimately, the owners of the building sold the property to the city, and the demolition was completed. Once the project ended and the exposed side of the ...

September 15, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBPL closing gap between library and schools More adults take part in summer reading program

As libraries adapt to the changing needs of society, it's becoming increasingly important to link libraries more closely with education, said CKLS Director Harry Willems at the September meeting of the Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors Monday.

September 14, 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.

September 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Respect, kindness and tolerance

Ellinwood received a rare and important gift this week when Holocaust survivor and author Marion Blumenthal-Lazan visited with students and the community. She shared the story of her family, who miraculously survived what has come to be called the Holocaust. All four were prisoners at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and narrowly escaped extermination at the end of World War II.

September 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Levingston’s ‘wild ride’ in the media ‘super’

For the past few weeks, Austin Levingston, son of Cindy and Beau Levingston, Great Bend, has been navigating new waters as he's been plunged into the limelight after a post he made on Facebook congratulating U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps on his success in Rio went viral. At times, it has been a little awkward, but thanks to the support and encouragement from his family and his friends, the experience has been one of growth.

September 14, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


A LESSON IN PERSEVERANCE

ELLINWOOD - A visit almost a year in the planning brought author and Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan to the Ellinwood High School gymnasium Tuesday, first for a presentation to Ellinwood Middle School students and visitors from surrounding communities. Then, in the evening, Lazan made a second appearance, meeting adults from the community at an Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce after hours, and presenting her message of hope and perseverance to a crowd of nearly 150.

September 13, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Kansas Supreme Court judges stop in Larned

Following visits to the Barton County and Rice County courthouses Thursday morning, Kansas Supreme Court Justices Lawton Nuss and Marla Luckert made a stop in Larned, where they met with area residents at the Sts. Mary and Martha Episcopal Church. They were hosted by District 24 Magistrate Judge Julie Fletcher Cowell.

September 08, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

November 23, 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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