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Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Playing politics

The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tractors pull generations closer

Antique tractors mixed with modern, ranging in size from full-sized beasts of the field all the way down to lawn tractors at the Hoisington tractor pull Saturday afternoon. From all over Kansas and surrounding states, participants had come to compete. John Deere verses Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson, Cub-Cadet versus International Harvester. Some stock, some custom, some using diesel and others nitro.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


EXPO TIME

Wednesday morning, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce officers and ambassadors were on hand at the Great Bend Expo Complex to open the 2015 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. President Jan Peters welcomed the many farmers, ranchers, and members of the community who stopped in first thing in the morning to check out the vendors while a cool mist slowly burned off. It was better than in years past, she noted, and the forecast for the next two days the show will run is predicted to be mild also.

April 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington EMS team honored at KEMTA

Hoisington was in the spotlight last weekend as two dedicated EMS personnel were honored by their peers in Topeka.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Just Dance scales Olympus, qualifies for national competition

The competition dance team at Just Dance Studio in Great Bend traveled to Kansas City March 21 for the Dance Olympus/Dance America competition.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Business


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.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Housing news looking up in Hoisington

Hoisington is finally on a builder's radar.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Building strong kids

Crunch Out Obesity may take a bite out of Barton County's obesity problem. That's what Becca Maxwell, board member with the United Way of Central Kansas, hopes. The six-week project encouraging kids to log exercise and the food they eat is designed to help Ellinwood students adopt healthy habits that could drive Barton County's ranking in health in the opposite direction – up. (View the complete study at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org. )

March 31, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


O-Rotunda

by Veronica Coons

March 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


EDC shines at Starpower International

Attending their second comptetion of the year, students at Euphoria Dance Center earned several first overall in category awards in all three divisions of the Starpower International Dance Competition held March 13-15 at Century II, Mary Jane Teall Theater in Wichita.

March 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Business


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Hoisington Fun Day Saturday

With wheat harvest underway, it's time to take a break and have some fun, said Patty Horton of Hoisington Main Street. Saturday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m., HMS will host Hoisington Fun Day. Sponsors include the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #23, First Kansas Bank, Cates Carquest, Manweiler Chevrolet, A & F Enterprises, City of Hoisington EMS, Police and Fire Dept., State Farm Insurance - Kathy Burt, Roadway Inn & Suites, and The Lodge Micro Motel.

June 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Cities discuss following county on fireworks decision

Hoisington's City Council agreed to call a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss altering the city's ordinance to allow fireworks to be discharged on both July 3 and 4, following suit with the Barton County Commission's Monday decision. The county commission's decision applies only to unincorporated areas. Some, but not all, cities have been following suit. In order to allow the extra day, the council would need to approve the change, and it would need to be printed once in the official city newspaper, The Hoisington Dispatch, two weeks prior to the date. With the Dispatch ...

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Wheat harvest coming in strong

According to Duane Reif, manager at Hoisington's United Ag Service, The high temperatures and wind are working in concert with farmers who are well on their way to getting the 2015 wheat harvest cut and transported to elevators all around the county.

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Lower cost, tasty lunches ahead for USD 431

The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.

June 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Claflin cleans up

Monday, June 8, the Claflin City Council met and agreed to pay the back taxes and write off the cost of demolition of a house located at 304 Albro. The demomolition expense is expected to be $2,000.

June 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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


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