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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.

October 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

USD 428 BOE to tour middle school gym addition

USD 428 Board of Education members will meet for a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon at Great Bend Middle School at 1919 Harrison for a tour of the new gymnasium led by Khris Thexton, Director of Finance, Operations for the district. Gib Compton, president of Compton Construction Corporation, the general contractor, and Project Manager at HTK Architects, Charley Sexton, the architect, will discuss the progress and completion timelines.

October 21, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Area Briefs

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


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


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


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

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

Moran discusses Choice Act and refugees at Larned town hall

LARNED - U.S. Senator Jerry Moran stopped in Larned Wednesday, his last on his town hall tour before heading home to spend the Thanksgiving holiday ...

November 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Dolores Kipper is the first to tell you she is no expert when it comes to dealing with stray cats. But since taking the position ...

November 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Christmas is coming

Saturday, Great Bend officially welcomes the Christmas season. The City of Great Bend's Community Coordinator, Christina Hayes, in conjunction with several businesses and organizations ...

November 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Nearly 30 families share Thanksgiving thanks to one Great Bend man

One Great Bend man has found the spirit of Thanksgiving and is acting on it. Joseph Trimmer, a young oil field pipe repair worker, was ...

November 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Doyle Rand 1927 - 2015

Doyle Rand, 88, died on Nov. 21, 2015, at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born Nov. 15, 1927, in Rodney, Ark., he was the ...

November 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


Heather Schneider, Great Bend, has been working with poultry through Barton County Extension's 4-H since she joined 10 years ago. She remembers her dad ...

November 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Thursday afternoon, Ellinwood first graders from Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph's Catholic School, clutching stuffed toy bears, monkeys, and even a giraffe made ...

November 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Oh deer

Before sunrise on Sunday morning, enduring winds in gusts of 30 mph, Texas hunter Philip Kalmbach, with guide Tevor Olsen of Central Kansas Whitetails, a ...

November 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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