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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.

March 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Rain slows Ellinwood KDOT project

ELLINWOOD - No one in Ellinwood is complaining about the rain the area has received in the past 48 hours, but it has temporarily stopped the KDOT project along Santa Fe Ave. where storm sewers are being updated and new concrete is being poured.

March 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Remodel bid sparks council debate

HOISINGTON - City Council members were uncertain how to proceed Monday night after they were presented with three bids for the construction and installation of new cabinets and counter tops for the city offices. In February, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell said money had been set aside for a few years for the remodeling of the offices. Still, when he shared that office staff recommended the high bid, which was nearly 50 percent higher than the other two bids, eyebrows were raised.

March 29, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Library board updated on outreach efforts

Members of the Great Bend Public Library Board of Directors Monday were reminded that to remain relevant,libraries need to evolve. Rather than just a ...

September 22, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBFD awarded SAFER grant

A federal grant will help pay for three additional firefighters in Great Bend, Battalion Chief Eugene Perkins announced this week.

September 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 ...

September 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington will supply more water to Kansas Brick and Tile

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council has granted Kansas Brick and Tile Co.'s request to install a 2-inch tap into the city's transmission line.

September 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Grant will help add 3 firefighters

A federal grant will help pay for three additional firefighters in Great Bend, Battalion Chief Eugene Perkins announced this week.

September 20, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Community support evident at start of Dolly Parton program in Great Bend

Tuesday morning at the Great Bend Public Library a larger than average gathering of parents and toddlers attended the special storytime for the kickoff of ...

September 20, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HELLO, DOLLY

Tuesday morning at the Great Bend Public Library a larger-than-average gathering of parents and toddlers attended the special story time for the kickoff of Dolly ...

September 19, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Kaleidoscope

Butterflies were in abundance at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center nature trail Saturday, enough to hold the interest of hundreds of young butterfly hunters and ...

September 16, 2017 | BY VERONICA COONS | 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 ...

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood Council OKs Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

ELLINWOOD - A small quorum of three Ellinwood City Council members met Monday night in regular session, and took action on a number of business items ...

September 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hoisington City Council approves next steps in CDBG application

HOISINGTON -- Mayor Clayton Williamson opened Monday night's Hoisington City Council meeting with a hearing about the proposed CDBG Wastewater Application, which could pay for ...

September 13, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


2017 Usd #431 Educational Foundation Scholaship Golf Tournament raises $4,800 for Class of 2018

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington USD 431 Education Foundation hosted its 8th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament Saturday, Sept. 2 at Lake Barton Golf Club. The weather cooperated ...

September 08, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Education


Larned City Council revisits pool concerns

LARNED - Depending on what time of the year the discussion of a city swimming pool comes up, it can be seen as either a bane ...

September 08, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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