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Hair raising experience

Editor's note: In the interest of full disclosure, this reporter owns alpacas, and participated in shearing day, both as an owner and as a volunteer.

May 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Kids get free lunch in June

The countdown is on for the last day of school. And with the last day of school comes the last day many students will receive free and reduced lunch. This puts the squeeze on already tight wallets, and for some kids, that translates to either poor food choices or no food choices for at least part of the day.

May 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


USD 431 counselor blazing way for new pathways

"Pathway" is another buzz word parents of middle and high school students will need to get used to in coming years. Picture clusters of classes, with each class being essential to a particular group of similar careers. This was the main focus of new business at the USD 431 Hoisington Board of Education meeting Monday night.

May 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Local first responders are keeping it real

All week, the national news has brought us more footage of young people protesting the actions of police, looting and burning, and throwing things at officers dressed in S.W.A.T. gear. Meanwhile, the police and fire and rescue personnel of Great Bend and the surrounding jurisdictions continued to go about the business of keeping the public safe.

May 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Guns and Hoses a blast

Smoke, sirens, firehoses, hats and badges, and Kia the K-9 officer drew a sizable turnout to the first annual Guns and Hoses open house Saturday morning. Great Bend Police, Fire and Rescue collaborated on the event that showcased the elements of how these men and women work and train to keep the people of Great Bend safe each day.

May 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hayden featured speaker at Cheyenne Bottoms Rotary visit

Rotarians flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center Saturday to hear 41st Kansas Governor Michael Hayden talk about the importance of the Cheyenne Bottoms wetlands as a natural resource and of water conservation in light of increased demands on a finite supply.

May 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Park 6th grade creates hunger piece

Paige Koehn, a sixth-grader at Park Elementary School, helped her classmates create a public art piece by sticking 2,704 white plastic forks in the courthouse lawn Friday afternoon. Each fork, she explained, represents 1,000 kids who suffer from hunger each day.

May 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellinwood Wellness Center open

After four years of planning and work by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission, the dream of opening a year-round fitness facility was realized Friday morning with the grand opening of the Ellinwood Wellness Center.

May 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellinwood kids versus cops in dodgeball match

Meanwhile, over at the Ellinwood Elementary School, students were enjoying a break from the usual P.E. program. Friday, members of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 23, met in the gym for several friendly rounds of dodge ball.

May 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Education


Playing through

Thanks to the ever growing reach of social media, the world continues to grow...cozier. The Great Bend Tribune received a submission through its website April 21 from a New Zealander concerned about what happened in a YouTube video taken on April 10. A golf cart crossing US 56 at the Ellinwood golf course, in the midst of traffic backed up from road construction west of the city, zipped across the road in front of the driver who was filming her trip with a dashboard mounted camera.

May 01, 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.

April 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Show and tell

Show and tell ranks along with gym, recess and lunch as one of the more fun parts of school. Some students from Shelly Hanzlik's fourth grade class at Hoisington's Lincoln Elementary School were picked to provide just that to members of the local media Tuesday afternoon. They came to hear a practice run of the talk students will present during an open house Sunday afternoon at the school.

April 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Show and tell

Show and tell ranks along with gym, recess and lunch as one of the more fun parts of school. Some students from Shelly Hanzlik's fourth grade class at Hoisington's Lincoln Elementary School were picked to provide just that to members of the local media Tuesday afternoon. They came to hear a practice run of the talk students will present during an open house Sunday afternoon at the school.

April 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Condemnation process started on Hoisington house

The Hoisington City Council Monday night considered an immediate hazard designation for the property located at 522 E. Fifth St. The property burned Wednesday night, April 22, and claimed the life of its sole resident, LeRoy George Schartz, Jr., age 62. Don Doerschlag, Hoisington's code enforcement officer, provided the council with a written report concerning his findings. The fire is still under investigation, so he opted not to display pictures publicly. The house was a complete loss.

April 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington extends pound contract to Mitchell

The Hoisington City Council will continue to contract with Lindsay Mitchell, D.V.M. and Hoisington Veterinary Hospital for municipal pound services. During the discussion, City Manager Jonathan Mitchell removed himself due to a perceived conflict of interest.

April 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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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


Hoisington City Council, RHP, ponder proposed housing

Ross Vogel of Rural Housing Partners and Jason Hogan, contractor for RHP, one of the builder's to propose the construction of new homes in Hoisington, met with the Hoisington City Council Monday night. He came to ask the city to agree to pave Vine Street, where RHP proposes to build on seven lots on both sides of the cul-de-sac.

May 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Pool proposal still up in air for USD 428

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May 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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