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USD 428 summer projects wrapping up

USD 428 Director of Business Operations Khris Thexton gave a brief update on the progress of various capital improvement projects at learning centers around the district Monday night at the July meeting of the Board of Education.

July 15, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Great Bend High School places 3rd among top honors

More than 10,000 of America's best and brightest youth traveled to the historic city of Nashville to make some history of their own as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $165,000 in cash awards.

July 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Barton County Museum receives rare gift

Recently, the Barton County Historical Society Museum received an exceptional gift from the Prosser family of Barton County. The surviving brothers of Maj. Bernard "Barney" J. Prosser, USMC (Ret.) gifted his military dress uniform jacket, complete with his many medals of commendation earned over a career spanning 31 years, hat and dress gloves.

July 03, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Barton County 4H fashion forward

Wednesday morning, Barton County 4-Hers arrived bright and early at the annex of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend. Some came loaded down with clothing and home decorating projects, others with dress bags and hangers full of tops, skirts, dresses and pants. They came hoping to impress judges with their skills in buymanship and construction.

July 02, 2014 | 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.

July 02, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Dr. Mirta M Martin attended a reception in her honor, courtesy of the Great Bend location of Farmers Bank and Trust and bank president William R. Robbins. It was her first official function on her first official day as the first female president of Fort Hays State University. When Dr. Martin took her turn at the podium, she talked about her journey as a refugee from Cuba, at the age of five, to Spain, where she lived for five years before she immigrated to the United States with her grandmother.

July 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Wales 4-H member visiting Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - Carys Vaughan, a college student from Pembrokeshire, Wales, is an Interviewed International Four-H Youth Exchange student staying with the Taff and Wendy Hughes family in Ellinwood. She is halfway through her five week stay in the United States.

June 21, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Gonzalez's art about missing happiness

Great Bend artist Hugo Gonzalez was asked to contribute to the Shafer Art Gallery's exhibit, "Estamos Aqui: We are here" which is on display now through Aug. 20. The theme of the show brought to mind charcoal drawings he created over the past few years. The Half Tones series seeks to bring awareness of what happiness is by examining the missing parts in people's lives.

June 21, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Children attending Camp Hope spent Wednesday morning at Stoneridge Country Club. While some came for the chance to play golf, others took part in a scavenger hunt that took teams around the club house grounds on a quest to play games, win stickers, and have fun.

June 18, 2014 | Campers enjoy golf, bowling, scavenger hunt | News

Rocket demonstration draws crowd to library

The parking lot of the Great Bend Public Library was blocked all day Wednesday in anticipation of a rocketry demonstration that afternoon. Chuck McClary, Education Staff for the Kansas Cosmosphere explained the history of liquid fueled rockets and demonstrated the power of ignited methanol in the library basement, thrilling a larger than anticipated crowd. Then, it was time for an even great demonstration outside.

June 18, 2014 | 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.

June 18, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Catapults capture imaginations of teens

At the Great Bend Public Library basement Tuesday afternoon, teens made miniature catapults out of wooden craft sticks and rubber bands. It was one of the "Spark a Reaction" weekly teen activities planned in conjunction with the library's summer reading program led by librarian Jennifer King.

June 17, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

GBFD determines structure fire electrical

Great Bend Police and Fire responded to a structure fire Tuesday morning. The 8:51 a.m. fire occurred at 1108 Morton St. Neighbor Dave Welch, 1114 Morton St., arrived home and smelled smoke and investigated. He saw smoke pouring out of the rear of the adjacent house and contacted authorities. No people were home at the time, but a small dog escaped the fire, according to Great Bend Police.

June 17, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Bushton Habitat for Humanity build complete

by Veronica Coons

June 14, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Interns seek to bring first-gen families to 4-H

by Veronica Coons

June 14, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

Ellinwood High School FBLA sponsors Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce coffee

On Friday, April 24, members of the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce attended a weekly coffee hosted by the Ellinwood High School FBLA chapter. Sponsor Lorie Betts opened the program, asking each member to introduce themselves and talk about the projects they participated in at the state competition, and whether they would be attending the national competition to be held in Chicago during the summer. Nearly half the members appeared on stage at the state competition, something Betts noted was much better than hoped for.

April 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

EDC Dancers Edge out the competion

Euphoria Dance Company's competition dance team attended the Edge Dance Competition held April 11 – 12 at the Century II Performing Arts Center in Wichita.

April 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Business

USD 355 changing math offerings

Ellinwood USD 355 Superintendent Ben Jacobs confirmed the district will eliminate 8th grade algebra next year.

April 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Taking out the trash

When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.

April 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

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 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Waystations needed to save monarchs

With the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms in its backyard, Barton County is no stranger to butterfly tagging, and the each year, butterfly enthusiasts take part in butterfly counts throughout the warmer months. These efforts have shown numbers have dropped to critical levels over the past few decades. Barbara Green, a representative of Monarch Watch, hopes more people will respond by creating monarch waystations.

April 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Playing politics

The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Tractors pull generations closer

Antique tractors mixed with modern, ranging in size from full-sized beasts of the field all the way down to lawn tractors at the Hoisington tractor pull Saturday afternoon. From all over Kansas and surrounding states, participants had come to compete. John Deere verses Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson, Cub-Cadet versus International Harvester. Some stock, some custom, some using diesel and others nitro.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Wednesday morning, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce officers and ambassadors were on hand at the Great Bend Expo Complex to open the 2015 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. President Jan Peters welcomed the many farmers, ranchers, and members of the community who stopped in first thing in the morning to check out the vendors while a cool mist slowly burned off. It was better than in years past, she noted, and the forecast for the next two days the show will run is predicted to be mild also.

April 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

Hoisington EMS team honored at KEMTA

Hoisington was in the spotlight last weekend as two dedicated EMS personnel were honored by their peers in Topeka.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News

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