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ILS invests in new composting equipment

Norbert Schneider, vice president of administration at Innovative Livestock Services, is excited about the new industrial compost turner at the ILS feed yard. It breaks down waste from cattle and turns it into a valuable compost product that increases the nutrients and water-holding capacity of soils. Not only is it increasing the efficiency in recycling natural resources, it is providing a new way the company can give back to communities where it operates.

March 27, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


History secured

HOISINGTON - After the Hoisington Historical Society Museum was broken into and burglarized in February, it became clear the facility needed better security. While all the items taken have since been anonymously returned, concerns linger over the possibility of it happening again, members of the society's board of directors said. Soon, motion sensors will alert authorities should anyone else attempt to purloin artifacts important to Hoisington's heritage, courtesy of the United Way of Central Kansas.

March 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


CAST AWAY

Alexa Straub, 15, is an expert in the art of arm knitting. She should be, after doing it for six years. Thursday morning, she patiently assisted other youths attending Fiber Arts Fun Day in the process of first looping bulky yarn around one arm, known as "casting on," and then holding onto the tail of the yarn and looping it through on one side and transferring the new loop onto the other arm to make a stitch. Instead of using knitting needles, the young people learned to use their arms as needles as they created loosely knit scarves.

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Barton County teen teaches 'arm knitting'

Alexa Straub, 15, is an expert in the art of arm knitting. She should be, after doing it for six years. Thursday morning, she patiently assisted other youths attending Fiber Arts Fun Day in the process of first looping bulky yarn around one arm, known as "casting on," and then holding onto the tail of the yarn and looping it through on one side and transferring the new loop onto the other arm to make a stitch. Instead of using knitting needles, the young people learned to use their arms as needles as they created loosely knit scarves.

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Tabler Furniture settles up, reopens

LARNED - The lights were on and the open sign was lit at Tabler Furniture Thursday morning. This, a week after the business was shuttered and a seizure sign posted by the Kansas Department of Revenue declared it was closed temporarily for nonpayment of withholding and payroll taxes.

March 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Get on board

HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents are encouraging children to pick up books at an early age - even before they are able to read. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is coming to town as a United Way of Central Kansas program, and USD 431 will hold a read-a-thon to raise money for the initiative, Superintendent Bill Lowry said.

March 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Changes to Scenic Byway could benefit Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - Richard Kimple represents the City of Ellinwood on the board for the Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway. In addition to being one of 12 Kansas scenic byways, this local byway is one of only two federal scenic byways in Kansas, running from Cheyenne Bottoms to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Tuesday night, Kimple reported to the Ellinwood City Council on recent changes to the byway committee and its funding, some of which have resulted in new opportunities for Ellinwood.

March 16, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Exchange students experience different way of learning

Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part story. Ellinwood High School exchange students talked about the differences between high school in America and their home countries during an interview last week.

March 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


EHS rich in cultural exchange

Editor's note: This is the first part of a two-part story. An interview with three Ellinwood High School exchange students earlier this week resulted in some insights about the United States presidential election, the global refugee crisis, and the differences between the education system here and in their home countries. All three of the young women were well spoken, open minded and welcomed the chance to share.

March 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBPL recipient of Whelan Endowment Fund

Vickie Herl, the Great Bend Public Library's administrative manager, will celebrate 45 years as a staff member on St. Patrick's Day, March 17. The library Board of Trustees recognized her at the March meeting on Monday. There will be a retirement reception on April 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library, open to the public.

March 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Budget, schools, gun laws topics of second legislative coffee

Richard Schenck with Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, the sponsor of the Great Bend legislative coffee, introduced Rep. Tori Arnberger, Great Bend, and Sen Mary Jo Taylor, Stafford, to the public who came for an update on what has been happening at the state capitol since the last coffee in February. Both freshmen legislators, they provided a fresh perspective on the legislative process, now partway through their first session of their first term.

March 11, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Closing of Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility both emotional and hopeful

LARNED - The atmosphere was like both a reunion and a wake. There were hugs, tears, and emotional greetings between old friends. Men and women stood side by side, some holding back tears, but all with a sense of hopefulness Friday afternoon as staff of the Larned Juvenile Correctional Facility gathered for the closing ceremony of the facility. The facility which was dedicated in 2003 and could hold 128 youth is now permanently closed.

March 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


LIFESAVING MOVES

Anyone can do CPR...and for many it's one of those nagging, "I-ought-to-learn" things we try to find time for. The Great Bend Fire Department helped several in the community cross that off their to-do lists Saturday morning.

March 04, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Reading readiness focus as Roosevelt Elementary students celebrate Seuss’ birthday

HOISINGTON - USD 431 Superintendent Bill Lowry and City Councilwoman Karen Van Brimmer, board members of United Way of Central Kansas, shared their love of reading with Hoisington preschoolers Thursday morning. Each donned a familiar red and white striped hat in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday, and read versions of two popular young reader books, "The Little Engine that Could" and "The Wheels on the Bus."

March 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington council says ‘status quo’ will go

HOISINGTON - City Manager Jonathan Mitchell recapped the recent informational meeting concerning the proposed new fire district. While as of yet there hasn't been any strong affirmation from the outlying townships and the City of Susank about moving forward, Hoisington Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jerry Stricker will be following up with individuals over the next week, he said.

March 03, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


GBHS grad, Mull, making name in video

Aaron Mull, a 2012 Great Bend High School graduate, is beginning to make a name for himself in the world of internet video. This Wednesday ...

June 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Trip on a Tankful

CONCORDIA - Drive East on I-70 to Salina, and go north on US-81, the scenery is gently rolling hills and not much else for the next ...

June 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Entertainment


The Roesler House

BY VERONICA COONS | vcoons@gbtribune.com

June 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood historians tapped for 2017 After Harvest Festival Parade Grand Marshalls

ELLINWOOD - Every year, the Ellinwood Rotary Club solicits nominations of a citizen or citizens who have demonstrated a keen sense of community spirit to be ...

June 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


IT'S ON! Wheat harvest in Barton County

Wednesday evening, people could see the familiar dust cloud of a harvester cutting wheat near the Great Bend Municipal Airport on West Barton County Road ...

June 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Residents speak up about fireworks

HOISINGTON - Patrons attending the Hoisington City Council meeting Monday asked council members for some answers. They wanted to know what if anything the council had ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Library director shares HVAC ups and downs

It takes a while to learn how to use new technology. This is something Great Bend Public Library Director Harry Willems has learned the hard ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Debbie Stevens Week proclaimed

HOISINGTON - The tour of the utility billing office on the agenda for Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting was canceled to make time for ...

June 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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