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Giving the gift of good books

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island," Walt Disney is quoted as having said. And soon, foster kids in Great Bend will be receiving some of that loot.

March 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


THE WEAVERS

Before you could make a trip to your local department store and pick up a $5 throw rug for your entry, the bathroom or the kitchen, it was up to people to make their own. It was a common skill most women and some men learned before they married, said Heartland Farm's Sister Jane Belanger, O.P. She helped students attending Fiber Space 2014 workshops on weaving recapture those skills.

March 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Riley HVAC project moves ahead

Thursday, the USD 428 Board of Education met at a noon meeting at Great Bend Middle School. Principal David Reiser and staff took the opportunity to update board members of committee efforts of the school's Professional Learning Communities model.

February 27, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Kansas Humanities Co. gives thumbs up to South Hoisington project

Murl Reidel, Director of Grants with the Kansas Humanities Council, felt the story of South Hoisington was a unique story that had not been heard before. So, when the Barton County Historical Society applied for a Heritage Grant to collect and preserve the oral histories of former residents of the now razed town, he was excited to make that partnership possible.

February 24, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Annual hunt supports 10-year old Wounded Warrior Project

"Pheasants Forever does amazing things for the Wounded Warrior Project every year," said Troy Brien, the newly appointed alumni manager of the newest Wounded Warrior Project office expected to open in Kansas City in mid summer 2014. "We're excited they've chosen to give back in this way."

February 22, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


On Target

Friday evening, nine men, warriors of various conflicts that have spanned a decade and a half involving America, hopped in their vehicles and began driving mostly west. They traveled interstates, two-lane highways and paved roads that eventually turned into dirt roads flanked on both sides by fields and farm houses, until they finally arrived at a lone country church, Peace Lutheran, the landmark for the last turn west that would deliver them to Hidden Hollow Lodge at Albert.

February 22, 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.

February 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Business Basics

When the Great Bend High School Future Business Leaders of America team went to the annual State Leadership Conference in 2013, watching eight of her fellow classmates win a trip to the FBLA Nationals lit a fire under Selam Ball.

February 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Kansas gets a C for quality of education

Education Week, a news and analysis media has been reporting on education reform since the early 1980s. Recently the media company released it's 2014 Education Week Quality Counts report which ranks each state and Washington D.C. in order, awarding a letter grade to each state in each of six areas. Kansas gets a C average.

February 17, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Final Walkthrough

Thursday morning, members of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce arrived at the Great Bend Middle School gymnasium for a symbolic ribbon cutting event. While the space has been put to use hosting basketball games over the past nine weeks, work was still underway on the $2.7 million dollar facility. The board dipped into its capital outlay fund to completely pay up-front for the new gym, wrestling facility and safe room. The safe room can hold the entire school population, including staff when weather dictates it. Chamber members were impressed.

February 14, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


FINAL WALKTHROUGH

Thursday morning, members of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce arrived at the Great Bend Middle School gymnasium for a symbolic ribbon cutting event. While the space has been put to use hosting basketball games over the past nine weeks, work was still underway on the $2.7 million dollar facility.

February 13, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Local retailers feel the love

While the National Retail Federation said consumers are still cautious coming out of the 2013 holiday shopping season, some shoppers may have been holding back in anticipation of the next big retail holiday, Valentines Day.

February 12, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend sounds off on snow removal

The city has endured a handful of snow storms so far this winter.

February 11, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Calendar Questions

Monday night's USD 428 Board of Education meeting started with a nod of appreciation to volunteers.

February 10, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Singing their way into your heart

Ask anyone who has ever received or witnessed a Singing Valentine delivery, and they can't help but brighten up. A coworker's remembered blush, the costume and the brief spectacle leaves an impression that often outlasts more traditional Valentine gifts.

February 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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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


EXPO TIME

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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