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Congressman responding to Claflin Police Chief’s concerns

After Claflin Chief of Police Gary Vaughan was required to turn over guns once used by officers in his department to the Kansas Department of Administration and witness their destruction at the Claflin City Shop on Oct. 31, he swore he would not remain quiet. At the state level, guns seized in a crime are routinely processed and sold at auction, the proceeds bolstering the general funds of the acting police department. He wanted answers about why the same wasn't true at the federal level.

December 26, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Barton County’s First Christmas Tree

In 1874, Kansas was plagued with locusts (grasshoppers), which descended on the area and ate all the crops and any other living plant material in the area.

December 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Last-minute, no-cost, stuff-on-hand Christmas gifts for the procrastinator

You've procrastinated, and the big day is already here. Now, the stores are closed and there's still a few people you haven't gotten a gift for. Here are three last-minute ideas that won't come off as last minute (if you're careful).

December 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


THE COMMON SOLDIER

HOISINGTON - Mike and LaVetta Stephens operate The Museum of the Common Soldier out of their home in La Crosse. Since the 1970s, Mike has been collecting war memorabilia, and has amassed a collection that includes artifacts from the Civil War, World Wars I and II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and two Gulf Wars. On Saturday, Dec. 9, they brought several items of militaria to the Hoisington Public Library for a presentation about the Korean War.

December 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Kansas gubernatorial candidate Ed O’Malley gearing up for campaign

Thursday morning, attendees at the Great Bend Area Chamber of Commerce coffee at Community Bank of the Midwest got a chance to meet Kansas Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed O'Malley. He's the founder of the Kansas Leadership Center, located in Wichita, where countless business and community leaders have undergone leadership training over the years.

December 22, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Gail Santy to be the new face of GBPL and CKLS

After 10 years as a consultant for the Central Kansas Library System, Gail Santy will become director of it and the Great Bend Public Library in January. One morning last week, we met with Santy in the office she will soon occupy. Most of the books and photos that had filled the shelves during Willems directorship had been removed, and Santy's were yet to be unpacked. They shared the space together easily.

December 21, 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 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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


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Claflin City Council to discuss funding for new building for fire department

CLAFLIN - Mayor Mike Urban and members of the city council will meet on Wednesday, May 23, to further discuss the topic of an additional structure ...

May 20, 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 ...

May 16, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council hears two TGT fund requests

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council approved two requests for transient guest tax (TGT) grants Monday night totaling $11,200. Both requests put marketing and promotion ...

May 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Prairie Treasures

LARNED - Each spring, on select days in April and May, the Larned State Hospital offers the surrounding community the chance to fill their planter boxes ...

May 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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