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Progress Report 2012

The 2012 Progress Report features stories on community economics and growth, education, housing, and tourism.

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Area counties see major construction projects

Published 4/2/2012

New hospital, energy projects among regional developments.

By JOSEPH JACKMOVICH

jjackmovich@gctelegram.com

Counties around the region have some noteworthy projects and construction planned or ongoing, including a new hospital in Scott City.

Scott City's new $24 million hospital is set to open ...

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Plans for historic Windsor Hotel move forward

Published 4/2/2012

By JOSEPH JACKMOVICH

jjackmovich@gctelegram.com

As you travel through downtown Garden City, it is difficult to miss the Windsor Hotel. Opened in 1889, the Windsor Hotel has been a centerpiece of the city, though it's seen some changes along the way.

The Windsor served as a hotel until 1977, whe ...

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G.C. continues to have a healthy heart

Published 4/2/2012

By JOSEPH JACKMOVICH

jjackmovich@gctelegram.com

In an era of big-box retail, downtown Main Streets can sometimes be overlooked. While small, independent stores may not have the large fluorescent retailscapes of big-box stores, what they do have is a piece of the core retail district of a city or ...

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New era in education

Published 4/2/2012

New Garden City High School set to open in August.

By RACHAEL GRAY

rgray@gctelegram.com

In the fall, students at Garden City high school will be switching from the campus on North Main Street to a 21st century state-of-the-art building on East Mary Street.

The building upgrade comes with many ...

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Producers adapting to dry agricultural conditions

Published 4/2/2012

By RACHAEL GRAY

rgray@gctelegram.com

A steady drizzle of rain wet the streets and sidewalks early in the morning on a Wednesday in late March in Garden City.

John McClelland, Garden City Co-op CEO, looked out the window of his office, hoping it would continue.

Usually a wetter than average yea ...

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Hotel, restaurants may be on the horizon for Holcomb

Published 4/2/2012

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

In December, Finney County Economic Development Corp. President Lona DuVall presented a development proposal to the Holcomb City Council for land located near the U.S. Highway 50/Big Lowe Road intersection in Holcomb.

The new T-shaped intersection at Big ...

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Community endures despite Sunflower delay

Published 4/2/2012

By SHAJIA AHMAD

sahmad@gctelegram.com

With plans to build a new coal-fired electric generation plant still tied up in the courts, local officials say the community continues to grow at its own pace, regardless of the delay on the Sunflower Electric Power Corp. project.

Sunflower's plans to buil ...

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City looks ahead to proposed new shopping center

Published 4/2/2012

By SHAJIA AHMAD

sahmad@gctelegram.com

Where to shop and eat in Garden City could get a lot more interesting if and when a new shopping center comes to fruition.

City officials have been working for several months with Charlotte, N.C.-based Collett & Associates, a commercial real estate comp ...

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Building permits in Garden City down in 2011

Published 4/2/2012

New GPCU headquarters among city's newest buildings.

BY DEREK THOMPSON

dthompson@gctelegram.com

With 1,290 building permits filed in Garden City, 2011 was a down year for the overall building environment.

That's according to Kaleb Kentner, director of Planning and Community Development with th ...

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City officials aim to alleviate local housing shortage

Published 4/2/2012

By ANGIE HAFLICH

ahaflich@gctelegram.com

The housing dilemma, or what some call the housing crisis, has been in the spotlight for some time now. It has prompted city officials to try to come up with various incentive plans aimed at spurring development. Some of these plans have gone by the waysi ...

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Director: Southwest Kansas tourism flourishing

Published 4/2/2012

By SHAJIA AHMAD

sahmad@gctelegram.com

There's plenty to see and do in southwest Kansas.

Garden City — the jewel of the southwest — has been a draw for travelers through the High Plains since the founding fathers first laid claim to the fertile river bottomland more than a century ago.

Today, ...

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