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Hoisington City Council honors Zecha for 30-plus years service

HOISINGTON -- For the last 32-and-a-half years, Paul Zecha, Hoisington's Public Works supervisor, has been serving the citizens of Hoisington, helping to keep the infrastructure of the city in good condition so things like turning on water, driving down the street, and turning on the lights could simply be taken for granted. This week, Zecha will retire, and Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell took time to thank him at the Monday night council meeting.

August 30, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Sen. Mary Jo Taylor stops at Great Bend Rotary

Even though the rest of the Kansas legislature may be taking a break, Sen. Mary Jo Taylor has been busy since the end of the protracted session on June 26. The soon-to-be former Stafford USD 249 superintendent still has two weeks to go before her replacement takes over, and she can officially retire from her school career. Still, that didn't keep the Stafford Republican from attending the Great Bend Rotary Club meeting Monday where she shared insights gleaned from her freshman year as a state Senator.

August 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Old school desk crowning touch on old school project car

On any given Summer weekend, Kansas is ripe with opportunities to get your fix of top-notch examples of classic cars like Ford Model Ts, Plymouth Belvederes, Dodge Chargers, Thunderbirds, and Pontiac GTOs, Bonnevilles and more. And while the cars themselves are testaments to the tender loving care of their owners, each car comes with its own unique story. Saturday morning, Great Bend was the place, featuring Barton County Historical Society's annual Rolling Sculpture car show. Al Denning was on hand to share the story of his Ford UK Anglia with enthusiasts.

August 28, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Rep. Marshall wraps up farm bill listening tour

Editorial note: The 2018 Farm Bill, as every other before it, is a complicated and bulky piece of legislation. It affects every person in America who eats. Because of this, the Great Bend Tribune travelled to Haven for this last of ten stops US Rep Roger Marshall made as he sought feedback from constituents of the Big First. To do the topic justice, throughout the week, we will spotlight some of the insights and concerns shared Saturday morning by the people who attended Marshall's 2018 Farm Bill Listening Tour.

August 26, 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.

August 24, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


USD 431 adopts 2018-2019 budget

HOISINGTON - The Unified School District 431 Board of Education convened a special meeting Monday night in order to hold the 2018 budget hearing. No members of the public were present, so the hearing went quickly. Also, following an executive session at the end of the meeting, the board approved a motion to eliminate coaching duties for Kyle Jeffrey. No explanation for this action was provided. Jeffrey is the special services teacher at Hoisington Middle School, and he coached middle school girls basketball and middle school track.

August 23, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Eyeing the sky

Eclipse viewing glasses were a hot commodity in Great Bend Monday morning. Those looking for a pair began arriving as early as 8 a.m. at the Great Bend Public Library where it had been announced there would be an eclipse viewing party mid-day. While the wait continued until 11:30 a.m., and the line grew to nearly a block-long on the Forest Ave. side of the library, most who waited were not disappointed.

August 21, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts attends Great Bend Chamber Coffee

When he's home in Kansas, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts makes a point of expressing his fondness for long-time friends, and Thursday morning's visit to First Kansas Bank in Great Bend was no exception. A larger-than-normal crowd gathered at the weekly coffee hour organized by the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce. Roberts, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, spoke about his optimism for a timely completion of the 2018 Farm Bill. He also took a few moments to remember a past Great Bend mayor, Robert Parrish, and to share an anecdote about Barton County Commissioner Homer Kruckenberg.

August 18, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Meet the Panthers happening Sunday

The Great Bend High School Booster Club will sponsor the second annual Meet the Panthers event, starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20 at Jack Kilby Square. All Great Bend High School coaches will be on hand to introduce themselves to the community. The Booster Club will provide free hot dogs, chips, and bottled water, and slideshows featuring highlights from the 2016 sports programs from every season will be on display. The public is invited to come and enjoy this opportunity to support our hometown athletes.

August 17, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Weekend accident claims Stafford Co. official

STAFFORD - A current Stafford County Commissioner, Shane Stimatze, was found dead at his home in rural Stafford County on Monday from an apparent accident that occurred sometime over the weekend.

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Vehicle registration snafu uncovered

Claflin Police Chief Gary Vaughan was approached last week by a Claflin man who lent his vehicle to a friend. The friend was stopped by a Kansas Highway Patrol officer and ticketed for illegal registration on his 2002 Toyota Sequoia.

August 15, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GOOD CLEAN FUN

Saturday morning, as 17th Ave. East of McKinley began to fill up with floats and other parade entries, families made their way to the parade route on the South side of Vets Park. They were there for the first ever Party in the Park Wet-Dry parade. The route was divided in two at the railroad tracks just west of the lake, with dry spectators lining up to the East, and wet spectators to the West.

August 14, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Pawnee Rock holds hearings on tornado damaged homes

PAWNEE ROCK - The aftermath of the May 16 tornado that passed through the southwestern Barton County town of Pawnee Rock left seven properties more than 50 percent destroyed.

August 08, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


HELPING HANDS

HOISINGTON - Tuesday morning marked the second day of a community playground build at Hoisington's new Lincoln Elementary School. While USD 431 will save $15,000 in labor, the real winners are the people pitching in, excited to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience that will mark the beginning of a new chapter in the educational history of their town.

August 02, 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.

August 02, 2017 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Claflin council welcomes new members

CLAFLIN - The governing body of the City of Claflin met in regular session at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 8 in the city building. City ...

January 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBPL’s Santy hard at work

BY VERONICA COONS

January 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


It’s cold out there

A dusting of snow clung to the road west of Great Bend Monday morning as January weather returned to the area for a few days ...

January 15, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Woodmansee talks trafficking at Hoisington High

HOISINGTON - In observance of Human Trafficking Awareness month, students at Hoisington High School missed their regular seventh period class Thursday afternoon for an assembly presented ...

January 12, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Ellinwood City Council moves forward with 2018 flood control and street projects

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council includes a new face as of Tuesday night. Newly elected councilman Jon Prescott was sworn in privately on Monday, Jan ...

January 11, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


PASSING THE GAVEL

HOISINGTON - A new mayor and council member, along with re-elected council members, were sworn in by Hoisington City Clerk Donita Crutcher at the start of ...

January 10, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Congressman’s listening tour pauses at The Front Door

Congressman Roger Marshall kicked off a January listening tour this week, stopping at The Front Door Thursday night to answer questions and hear concerns about ...

January 05, 2018 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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