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Claflin City Council lowers speed limit by school

CLAFLIN - Parents and students traveling to Central Plains High School may want to give themselves more time in the morning, now that the Claflin City Council agreed to lower the speed limit on Ninth Street to 20 mph from W. Front Street to Albro Street. The decision was precipitated by complaints both from area residents and bus drivers of excessive speeding on a regular basis. Police Chief Gary Vaughan brought the complaint to the attention of the council at the November meeting, and the discussion was revisited Monday night.

December 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Chamber requests city’s help with updated marketing plan

ELLINWOOD - When the Ellinwood City Council met Tuesday night, they heard a presentation by Jacque Isern and Lindsay Bogner of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce concerning the need for update marketing materials for the city. It has been more than 10 years since the last time the Chamber created a brochure.

December 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council considers options for city owned properties

HOISINGTON - Monday night, the Hoisington City Council met and considered a proposal from Steve Hopkins of the Living Joy Church regarding The Office and Subway buildings on Main Street. The church has been looking for a new location that offers better accessibility for members of the congregation that find navigating steps difficult. Hopkins and Mitchell walked through the building several times since the Nov. 27 meeting, bringing in members of the congregation and various contractors. They believe they can renovate the first floor of The Office into a church, and would like to rent the Subway building for approximately seven ...

December 14, 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 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 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - The holiday village on the northwest corner of Wolf Park on Main Street is illuminated with various motorized features to delight young and old alike. All features are set up along the sidewalk this year for increased accessibility. The village will be on display through the end of December.

December 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBPL increasing opportunities for participation, usage in 2018

Patrons of the Great Bend Public Library will have more opportunities to participate in reading-centric opportunities in 2018, thanks to the groundwork being laid now by Adult Services Supervisor Erin Ferguson. The library's Board of Directors heard an update on these efforts at its monthly meeting Monday afternoon.

December 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


F.O.P. SHOPPING SPREE

Everyone looks forward to a day off, especially on an unseasonably warm Saturday in December. While many were home, watching football, catching up on outdoor projects, or simply taking a nap, nine off-duty law enforcement officers from all over Barton County did their best to make sure a few dozen Great Bend kids had a memorable holiday season.

December 09, 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 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 07, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Larned City Council nixes dog park at Prairie Vista

LARNED - When the Larned City Council met Monday night, hopes of residents at the city's Prairie Vista Duplexes were dashed when a split council voted against approving the installation of a fenced enclosure on the site.

December 05, 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 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.

November 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Young family is resilient months after tornado

Editor's note: This is the second in a three-part series that began Tuesday, Nov. 27. On May 16, a narrow but powerful tornado destroyed homes west of Great Bend. Three of the families affected shared how they are managing to get their lives back on track. Something, they said, they couldn't have done without the outpouring of support they received from the community.

November 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee County hosts active shooter training

BY VERONICA COONS

November 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


LIVES REBUILT

Editor's note: Six months after a narrow but powerful tornado cut through parts of southwestern Barton County, the path of destruction is still visible. While for the most part the debris has been hauled away, mangled trees mark the path. Homeowners that lost everything but their lives are in various stages of rebuilding. Three of those families who lived just west of Great Bend shared how they are managing to get their lives back on track. Something, they said, they couldn't have done without the outpouring of support they received from the community. This is part one of ...

November 27, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Home for the Holidays

The annual Home for the Holidays festival and parade marked the beginning of another Christmas season in Great Bend Saturday night. The parade line-up at Brit Spaugh park swelled with several creative floats late afternoon for the parade that started at 5:30 p.m. It was followed by the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting and Trail of Lights at 6:15 p.m. Attendees took their pick of many free activities including ice skating, horse drawn carriage rides, and free food including hot dogs, funnel cakes and hot chocolate. Santa made an appearance too.

November 25, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council hears good and not so good news

ELLINWOOD - City Manager Chris Komarek had some good news to report about the bond issue the city passed recently that will fund needed street and ditch repairs, making the city less vulnerable to flooding when the spring rains return. But, he let Greg Vahrenberg of Piper Jaffray tell the whole story. Vahernberg was contacted by telephone and conferenced into the meeting. He shared how Ellinwood had fared earlier that morning when bids for the city's bond issue were opened.

November 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Ellinwood city council approves Splash Pad addition

ELLINWOOD - At the Ellinwood City Council meeting in April, a representative from the Ellinwood Rotary Club, Rosie Joiner, shared specifications for a covered patio the ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SPEAKING HER MIND

Darcy Feist, a fifth grade student in Joan Henning's class at Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend, can do something that makes many ...

April 22, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SKILLS DRILLS

LARNED - Jacque Wasinger is the Family and Consumer Science teacher at Larned High School. Four years ago, she began organizing mock interviews for students in ...

April 19, 2018 | PHOTOS BY JANET FLESKE | Local News


Stafford USD 349 among 19 school districts selected for Gemini II Redesign Project

STAFFORD - Nineteen school districts from across the state, including Stafford USD 349, will take part in Gemini II: The Space Walk Begins, which is the ...

April 18, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


War and murder in 1898

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 ...

April 18, 2018 | VERONICA COONS | Local News


Making History

HOISINGTON - When Hoisington Historical Society President Lon Palmer and recently retired Hoisington Public Library Director Chris Rippel proposed an oral history project to teachers at ...

April 17, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council approves building permit

ELLINWOOD - Soon, Ellinwood's Main Street will feature an new structure that may just be the wave of the future. Rachel Ringering, Ellinwood stylist, attended ...

April 14, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Clara Barton ‘Steps for SIDS’ walk-a-thon

HOISINGTON - Tuesday afternoon was beautiful walking weather, and Clara Barton Hospital's Steps for SIDS Walk-a-thon was clearly the winner in the weather lottery. Community ...

April 12, 2018 | 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 ...

April 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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