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Bill proposes to take back over $360K from county USDs

A bill introduced by the Kansas Senate Committee on Ways and Means, SB 71, would cut $362,671 from Barton County USD's 428, 431 and 355 current school budget. It would do this by altering the way supplemental general state aid is calculated.

February 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 431 moves closer to bond issue

The USD 431 Board of Education welcomed newly appointed member Ben Brewer who filled a position formerly occupied by Maggie Alderdice. Alderdice filled the position formerly occupied by Deb Stevens, who resigned in January. Now, with all the seats filled, the board went to work sorting through several applications for the Construction At Risk Manager position.

February 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington rewards good handwriting

Last Friday, Jan. 23, Hoisington Middle School students recognized National Handwriting Day by competing in a handwriting contest. Teachers Karisa Kaiser and Shari Blase collected samples from students, and also awarded a prize to the student that could guess the highest number of teacher handwriting samples.

January 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Education


Unsafe properties focus of Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.

January 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


A healthy approach

Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.

January 27, 2015 | 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 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.

January 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


LOCAL ROYALTY

Hannah Maddy, Ellinwood, and Courtney Blankenship, Pratt, achieved royalty status Saturday night at the Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Scholarship Pageant.

January 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hog Feed Sunday to help GBHS A Capella Choir

The Great Bend High School A Capella Choir will hold a hog feed Sunday afternoon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the high school commons. All proceeds will be applied to the choir's much anticipated annual trip to Washington D.C. Tickets can be purchased in advance from A Capella members or at the door on Sunday. They cost $10 each. Supporters can designate an individual student or the choir in general when purchasing at the door. The meal will consist of a hearty serving of pork, dressing, beans, bread, a desert of your choice, and a ...

January 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Getting in on the act

Great Bend High School presents a night of one-act plays Thursday night. The three plays include "Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love Story," "Lockdown," and "Dinner with the MacGuffins."

January 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Sizing things up

It was literally standing room only Monday night at the USD 428 District Education Center as Jefferson Elementary School students and their parents filled all available seats. They were there to be recognized by Jefferson Elementary School physical education teacher Tyler Shirley. Fourteen students received Shirley's Sportsmanship Awards over the fall semester for demonstrating impressive actions worthy of all-school recognition.

January 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hotel with local ties nominated for listing in National Register

Kansas is among 13 states and territories nominating historic properties to be included on the National Register of Historic Places to The National Park Service. Two of the sites are within an hour's drive of Great Bend. One, the Hotel Roberts, once belonged to the former Great Bend hoteliers Clement C. "Monte" and Ruth "Betty" Parrish.

January 11, 2015 | 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 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.

January 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington to build new elementary school

The USD 421 Board of Education made some important decisions Monday evening that will ensure the district's school buildings provide more safety and allow for innovative teaching techniques in the years to come. They also helped set the course for the district's band program into the future.

January 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Valetta Stroble 1934 - 2015

NEWTON - Following a courageous battle with cancer Valetta Stroble went on to be with the Lord Jan. 4. She was surrounded by her five children at her passing. Born March 9, 1934, in Larned, she was the daughter of John and Mary Penka. In 1954, she was married at the age of 20 to the love of her life, Bob Stroble. To this happy union were born five children, two daughters, Jan Plummer of Newton and Julie Taylor of Joplin Mo., and three sons John Stroble of Edmond Okla., Bob Stroble of Manhattan and Wade Stroble of Newton. Bob and ...

January 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


New regulations for farmers market vendors

As the popularity of farmers markets grows in Kansas, the number of vendors is expected to grow. Not only do consumers benefit from having fresh, locally grown produce available, vendors have an opportunity to either add value to an already established farm or business, or start their own from scratch.

January 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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Glen, retiring, honored at Ellinwood Chamber Coffee

The City of Ellinwood sponsored a Chamber Coffee Friday morning in honor of the retirement of EMS Director Debbie Glen. Ellinwood Mayor Irlan Fullbright gave a run-down of Glen's accomplishments and the awards the city's Fire and EMS service had won over her 33-year career.

May 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Pawnee Rock appoints new fire chief

Following her swearing in as Mayor of Pawnee Rock once more, Linda McCowan presented appointments for city council approval Monday night, May 4 at the regular city council meeting at the Pawnee Rock city office.

May 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Claflin community rallies for all school reunion

Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.

May 21, 2015 | 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 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.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Future Looks Bright

After days of rain and storms, the future was so bright for Great Bend High School seniors, many had to wear shades.

May 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellinwood kids putting the crunch on obesity

Crunch Out Obesity, the six-week program Ellinwood students in grades 4-6 participated in during April and May, came to an end Tuesday. Sponsors visited classes and awarded prizes to winners at both Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph School.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week, we offer a clip show of sorts from previous Out of the Morgue columns. Great Bend has forever been a place where interesting people have passed through, and many have decided to stay a while. It has been something to commemorate and celebrate.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Honoring EMS volunteers

The City of Hoisington has gone to great lengths over the past year to recruit and support a fine group of Emergency Medical Technicians. Several members of that community have made the commitment to go through extensive training, and to be on call for several hours a month in order to safeguard the community and those that pass through it. As their numbers increase, so does the reliability of the service, and that is to be congratulated.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


On the run

ELLINWOOD - Nothing says school's out like field day. Ellinwood Grade School students participated in several events at the Ellinwood City Park Wednesday morning.

May 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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