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Controversy in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- Downtown blight is a tricky problem to deal with, as many rural cities have found. Ellinwood is finding that out too, and the learning process is causing acute hardship for one couple whose business and livelihood are now at risk because of what started out as the city's good intentions. Early in 2014, the city acquired two dilapidated buildings at 100 and 102 N. Main Stret at a county tax sale. They intended to tear them down, ridding the city of an eyesore. But, as the demolition began, it became clear that the south wall of the adjoining ...

July 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Hometown Teams says thanks to community

The Great Bend Public Library lower meeting room was filled to standing room only Saturday afternoon for the dedication of the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps The Hometown Teams exhibit dedication. Alumni and their parents, including members of the Legion Riders, past instructors and past participants in the corps, some of whom travelled from out of the state to attend, were there to celebrate and reminisce about the years the drum and bugle corps brought national attention to Great Bend.

July 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Former Argonne drum major will be guest speaker

Sometimes, being a rebel can be a good thing. Just ask Dr. Steven L. Walts, Superintendent of Prince William County Public School in Virginia. In 1971 he and fellow drum major Steve Rothenberger led the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps to their first American Legion Natinal Championship at the Houston Astrodome, and in 1972, retained the crown in Chicago. He will return to his home town Saturday as the keynote speaker at the dedication of "The Hometown Team: How our Community Championed Its Youth" exhibit at the Great Bend Public Library. Walts's time with Rebels taught him a ...

July 09, 2015 | 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.

July 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Letting in the light

Kudos to the Barton County Sheriff Dept., the Great Bend Police Dept., and the Kansas Bureau of Investigations for the efforts that have paid off in past weeks with several drug busts across the county.

July 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Pawnee Rock firetruck nearing end of phase one

Pawnee Rock City Council met on Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m. at the Pawnee Rock City offices, with Council President Deb Bader leading the meaning due to the absence of Mayor Linda McCowan.

July 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Freak accident shuts down Hwy 56 Thursday

At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a three vehicle accident occurred on Hwy 96 between Great Bend and Ellinwood. Barton County Sheriff and the Kansas Highway Patrol were both on the scene. An eastbound truck towing a horse trailer lost two tires which collided with an eastbound van and a westbound SUV. The windshield of the van and the grill of the SUV were smashed. It is unknown at this time if there were any injuries. The roadway was closed down for about 10 minutes. More details to come.

July 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Great Bend Vietnam vet receives service medal after 50 years

Gerald Kenyon joined the United States Air Force out of highschool, and in 1964, he completed training as a weapons mechanic at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. A short while later, he was sent to Vietnam where he served a tour of duty, stationed at DaNang Air Base where he loaded guns on a Republic F-105 Thunderchief.

July 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Garments were scrutinized, outfits evaluated, and decision making skills questioned Wednesday morning. The halls of Trinity Lutheran Church's education wing were filled with 4-Hers of all ages dressed in an assortment of outfits from the simple to the simply elegant and everything in between. These participants in clothing construction, fiber arts and buymanship projects in the county's 4-H clubs underwent judging of their projects, leading up to the moment they could take the stage at The Crest Theater in Great Bend later that night for the annual 4-H Fashion Revue, marking the beginning of Barton County's fair ...

July 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Tummies rumbling this week

Last week, summer meals ended in Great Bend for youngsters participating in the free summer lunch and breakfast program at area elementary schools. For the past four weeks, they've had access to nutritious meals, but now parents will need to provide those meals for their kids until school starts mid-August.

July 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Hoisington Fun Day Saturday

With wheat harvest underway, it's time to take a break and have some fun, said Patty Horton of Hoisington Main Street. Saturday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m., HMS will host Hoisington Fun Day. Sponsors include the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #23, First Kansas Bank, Cates Carquest, Manweiler Chevrolet, A & F Enterprises, City of Hoisington EMS, Police and Fire Dept., State Farm Insurance - Kathy Burt, Roadway Inn & Suites, and The Lodge Micro Motel.

June 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Cities discuss following county on fireworks decision

Hoisington's City Council agreed to call a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss altering the city's ordinance to allow fireworks to be discharged on both July 3 and 4, following suit with the Barton County Commission's Monday decision. The county commission's decision applies only to unincorporated areas. Some, but not all, cities have been following suit. In order to allow the extra day, the council would need to approve the change, and it would need to be printed once in the official city newspaper, The Hoisington Dispatch, two weeks prior to the date. With the Dispatch ...

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Wheat harvest coming in strong

According to Duane Reif, manager at Hoisington's United Ag Service, The high temperatures and wind are working in concert with farmers who are well on their way to getting the 2015 wheat harvest cut and transported to elevators all around the county.

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Lower cost, tasty lunches ahead for USD 431

The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.

June 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Claflin cleans up

Monday, June 8, the Claflin City Council met and agreed to pay the back taxes and write off the cost of demolition of a house located at 304 Albro. The demomolition expense is expected to be $2,000.

June 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

Nearly 30 families share Thanksgiving thanks to one Great Bend man

One Great Bend man has found the spirit of Thanksgiving and is acting on it. Joseph Trimmer, a young oil field pipe repair worker, was ...

November 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Doyle Rand 1927 - 2015

Doyle Rand, 88, died on Nov. 21, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 15, 1927, in Rodney, Ark., he was the ...

November 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


Heather Schneider, Great Bend, has been working with poultry through Barton County Extension's 4-H since she joined 10 years ago. She remembers her dad ...

November 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Thursday afternoon, Ellinwood first graders from Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph's Catholic School, clutching stuffed toy bears, monkeys, and even a giraffe made ...

November 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Oh deer

Before sunrise on Sunday morning, enduring winds in gusts of 30 mph, Texas hunter Philip Kalmbach, with guide Tevor Olsen of Central Kansas Whitetails, a ...

November 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Ellinwood City Council working with Scouts to repair cabin

Tuesday night the Ellinwood City Council met to hear progress on two projects that affect buildings in the city, and receive an update on developments ...

November 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Out of the Morgue

The day before Great Bend was touched by a devastating tornado, the discussion of traffic rules and was beginning, and the discussion of lighted streets ...

November 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Keep watching and plan to vote

Watching the Republican debates over the last few months has been a bit like watching episodes of The Apprentice, as each debate the playing field ...

November 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Claflin city council committed to keeping on top of blight

Monday night, the Claflin city council met at the city offices and heard from the owner of property at 409 3rd Street. The code enforcement ...

November 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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