A year ago, on the morning of Dec. 14, the news of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., shocked and saddened people all over the country, as well as the world. Twenty children and six educators were killed when a gunman entered the secure school, walked into a classroom and began shooting.
Editor's note: The Kansas State Department of Education earlier this month released it's 2013 School Report Card. At first glance, it appears Kansas kids are scoring poorly compared to even a year or two ago. But with schools all over the country rolling out of the new Common Core and College and Career Readiness standards, the rules of the game have changed. The tests haven't however, and that skews the data scores are supposed to provide.
Monday, Dr. Max Heim and Gary Secrest from the Kansas State Board of Education arrived in Great Bend to meet with patrons, faculty and staff, administration and USD 428 board members to discuss the newly begun search for a superintendent.
Each November, the USD 428 Board of Education plans a noon meeting at Great Bend High School. Not only is it their opportunity to learn first-hand from Principal Tim Friess about the ongoing school improvement program and get vital information about the academic programs, it's also a chance to shine a light on the culinary skills of students and faculty at the school. Kerri Batman, Family and Consumer Science teacher, and her students prepared a formal luncheon for the administration, including take-away loaves of coconut and pecan bread.
Dr. David Kohl was one of three guest speakers at the 2013 Fall Ag Conference sponsored by American State Bank Tuesday at the Great Bend Convention Center. Kohl had a lot of information to share about global economics, mega trends in agriculture, and proactive ag management to the room packed with the area's top producers, and a smattering of young agricultural producers.
You might say Dean Weis was born into oil. While he wasn't the heir of an oil fortune, he marks his own timeline parallel to when oil really became a fiscal force in Kansas to the present day. The curator at the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum in Great Bend was born in 1929, just as the oil boom hit the Barton County area. By 1930, the county received more than $20 million a year from the oil and gas industry according to some estimates. Weis began working in the industry in his mid-20s, first as an equipment operator ...
Veterans of all branches of the armed forces gathered Friday morning for Veterans Appreciation Day at the KansasWorks office in Great Bend. Several, sporting Kansas Honor Flight T-shirts, had recently returned from Washington D.C.
Tonight, members of Great Bend High School Future Business Leaders of America and sponsor Cody Lee will be getting together in the PAC, but playing ball isn't on the agenda. They'll be doing the initial set-up for the annual Christmas Craft Fair. Students will make sure there are the right sized tables, chairs, and electrical hook-ups if needed at each space. All three gymnasiums will be filled with 83 craft and vendor booths from all over the state, when doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Cris Collier, president of Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau said Tuesday that Barton County will certainly enjoy more hunters this year than in the past two. Water at Cheyenne Bottoms is, of course, the main reason.
Tuesday night, the Great Bend High School vocal music department performed the Fall Concert at the high school auditorium. Freshman and Sophomore choirs, A Cappellas, Madrigals, and a Male Chorus performed from a wide variety of genres including pop, spiritual, and traditional choir songs. This year marks 20 years that Vocal Director Susan Stambaugh and piano accompanist Nancy Baxter have worked together to develop and showcase the talent of Great Bend's youth.
So far this month, many people have visited HealthCare.org attempting ot check out their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. For the majority, frustration has been a common refrain. Completing the application, let alone setting up an account, has been about as easy as trying to get into a Los Angeles A-list nightclub on a Friday night. Always up for a challenge, the Tribune gave it a try. Here's what we learned.
Love it or hate it, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and if you aren't already covered by a qualified employer or individual plan or Medicaid, the time to learn about your options is now. In Kansas 13.1 percent of the population is uninsured, and 5.5 percent have individual insurance. Some people that fall into this category include individuals that are self employed, including farmers.
USD 428 Board of Education members met for a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon at Great Bend Middle School. They were joined by Gib Compton, president of Compton Construction Corporation, general contractor, and Project Manager at HTK Architects, Charley Sexton, the architect, who discussed progress on the gymnasium project and completion timelines.