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USD 428 prepares to replace Vernon

With the upcoming retirement of USD 428 Superintendent Dr. Tom Vernon, the USD 428 Board of Education will officially begin the process of searching for his replacement in November. Board president Joyce Carter said the Kansas Association of School Boards will announce the vacancy on Nov. 14. Vernon made his public announcement at the September BOE meeting, and the board at that time voted to use the services of the KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist Gary Sechrist and staff.

October 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


That’s not investigative journalism

Ten years ago, Rosilyn Wells filed for bankruptcy.

October 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Columnists


Bringing thinking for yourself back

At parent/teacher conferences this week, I was further impressed with what Common Core curriculum will mean to my kids.

October 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Negotiations, gym issues discussed at USD 428 BOE meeting

DeleteDiscussions about the position board members plan to take on a KASB question about teacher negotiations and disappointment with several aspects of the nearly finished gymnasium dominated Monday night's USD 428 Board of Education meeting.

October 15, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Firefighters respond to house fire Tuesday morning

At approximately 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, Great Bend firefighters responded to a house fire at 3223 24th St., at the corner of 24th and Harrison. A neighbor, Sonny Tran, said he noticed the smoke coming from the house, went over and knocked on the door, then called 911 to report the fire when no one answered. Tran said the former occupant, Richard B. "Dick" Blazek, had died days before, and people had been at the house the day before.

October 15, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


October is start of new year for 4-H clubs

October means the start of the new 4-H year. Oct. 6 - 12 is National 4-H Week, and members have been promoting area clubs by wearing 4-H T-shirts, hanging banners, and speaking about their clubs at school or at church. In addition to projects, camp and fair, they also talk about the friends they've made and the fun they've had with their families. For one Barton County family, 4-H has been a tradition for several generations.

October 11, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


FOND MEMORIES

PAWNEE ROCK - Tuesday morning, the parking lot of the Bergthal Mennonite Church north of Pawnee Rock was lined with trucks, SUVs and minivans. Former members and neighbors of the 98-year-old church arrived early to register to bid on church pews, stained glass windows, and other items left before the final demolition of the building later this year.

October 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


HIGH-CALIBER HISTORY

During World War II, the U.S. Air Force bomber pilots flew Kansas-made bombers overseas to bomb Axis strongholds. Leading up to their missions, those pilots practiced by dropping bombs over Cheyenne Bottoms. Debris from these practice runs prompted Chad Hobson, a Kansas State University graduate student, to include the wetlands area in a study recently.

October 08, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


OLD FRIENDS & MARATHONS

Supporting a friend through a cancer journey can be both heartbreaking and inspiring. For Great Bend High School English teacher Jessica Ferguson, the struggle of her long time high school friend, Kimberly Jessop, through treatment and subsequent remission of Stage IV melanoma and leukemia helped her to step way out of her comfort zone. Next Sunday, Oct. 13, she will travel to Chicago and run her first full marathon in honor of her friend.

October 05, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Three injured in 3 vehicle crash

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a three vehicle accident occurred Monday evening at 5:08 p.m. on US281 at milepost 109 approximately 5.5 miles North of Great Bend.

September 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Camp lets kids get up close to law enforcement

For 11 years, the Barton County Sheriff's Office Reserve has held Kids' Camp at the Barton County Sheriff's Office Range and Training Facility. On Sept. 14, kids ages 8-14 arrived early for a day of positive interaction with law enforcement and emergency service personnel.

September 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


“Mad about Monarchs”

By Veronica Coons

September 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Heartland Farms 25th Anniversary sees nationwide turnout

To celebrate 25 years promoting the simplicity of a sustainable rural lifestyle, the Dominican Sisters of Peace were joined by a host of supporters from around the country Saturday at Heartland Farm west of Great Bend, as well as many from the local community. From 1:30 to 2 p.m., local musicians Alex and Nicholas Cartwright, Ian McGilber and Trisha Weilert and Travis Marler performed as visitors enjoyed lunch and a chance to explore the farm.

September 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


KANSAS CITY, MO — Michelle Annette Starkey passed away on Sept. 1, 2013, and is now home with our

Wonder and fascination with nature took wing Saturday as people of all ages, from mothers with babies to retired persons, came to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center north of Great Bend to lend a hand capturing tagging Monarch butterflies. But the late summer beauties failed to show once more in significant numbers, though a handful were caught over the course of the morning. Still, kids, had a great time catching other varieties, as well as abundant dragonflies and toads.

September 14, 2013 | 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.

September 11, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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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


YOUNG STYLE

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


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