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Music, mud, munchies

Saturday night, country singer Curtis Grimes, should feel at home even though it will be his first visit to Great Bend, where he will perform at Al Burns Memorial Field. The headline entertainer for Great Bend's Party in the Park, began his college career playing baseball.

August 13, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Breathing Room

The USD 428 Board of Education started off Monday evening with a budget hearing, approving the 2014-2015 school budget. This year, thanks to the Gannon decision earlier this spring, the state will provide more favorable capital outlay matching, which the district will use to help rebuild cash balances that have become increasingly depleted over the past few years, said Director of Finance Khris Thexton. This year, the Full Time Enrolled base state aid per pupil will be $3,852, up from last year's $3,838. As the district did not levy any dollars out of capital outlay last year ...

August 11, 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.

August 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Cauble wins seat, Wilson to continue work with Governor

Sally Cauble, Liberal, will remain in her seat as the Dist. 5 chairperson of the Kansas State Board of Education following the election Tuesday, Aug. 5.

August 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Moving Forward

The Great Bend City Council unanimously threw their support behind a request by Be Well Barton County to become partners in the installation of signage and sharrows relating to bicycles Monday night.

August 04, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Prairie Godmothers making wishes come true

Wishes granted. That's what Prairie Godmothers are all about, said Melanie Calcarra, one of the founding Godmothers. They may not carry a wand or say "Bippity-boppity-boo," but for the women of Barton County who need a hand, the magic is real.

August 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Canning class brings together diverse mix

As tomatoes begin to ripen and cucumbers are dripping off the vine, it's time to consider what to do with the harvest. For some, it will mean bringing produce to the office to share with co-workers, or to give to family and friends. For others, preserving summer's bounty for later in the year is the solution.

August 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Earthquake felt locally

According to the United States Geological Survey, the 4.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred near Medford, Okla. on Monday, July 29, was felt well into Kansas, and that includes a handful of local persons who contacted the USGS through their internet website to report their experiences. By answering questions on the Calculating Community Internet Intensity survey, respondents help determine the varying intensities felt by zip code. This helps researchers document the size and scope of the event almost instantly. The information is compatible with the ShakeMap which records actual ground motion picked up by seismometers after an event.

August 01, 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 31, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Helping birds and bees

Seventy percent of the vegetation in Kansas is pollinated by insects. That includes 90 different crops requiring honeybee pollination. When pollination is interrupted, plants not only can't replicate themselves, they aren't available for food and cover in the environment, said Chip Taylor, the director of Monarch Watch, an organization that promotes conservation and education about the importance of the Monarch butterfly. He spoke with the Great Bend Tribune Monday, July 21, by telephone.

July 28, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Treasurer's office ‘humiliated’; problems continue

Barton County Treasurer employees asked to meet with The Tribune Wednesday to talk about problems that are ongoing with a conversion to new software that is preventing them from being able to reliably complete their work for the county. Incomplete work that has left County Treasurer Kevin Wondra in the hot seat for several months.

July 25, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue, July 24, 2014

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 23, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


‘Battle of Badges’ blood drive challenge brings in donations

Monday, volunteers were on hand at the St. Rose Auditorium for the day-long 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive that has become an annual tradition in Great Bend. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, Great Bend Chief of Police Dean Akings and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano were some of the first in line to roll up their sleeves to give blood. Community members who donate blood can vote for their favorite agency. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year.

July 21, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Standards provide peace of mind

It occurred to me when I was on a trip to Jamaica a few years ago. We're really lucky in America to have building codes, established several years ago, that most houses on the market in just about any city must adhere to.

July 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


‘Jelly lady’ serves up sweet summer sunshine...even on a rainy day

Winnie Ashley, better known to her customers as "the jelly lady," has been selling homemade jam and jelly since 1996. She sets up her tent at the farmers market at the Great Bend Public Library parking lot three days a week from May through September. From peach to apple, choke cherry or marmalade, she is ready with the small, jewel-toned jars full of captured seasonal flavors to be released whenever the urge strikes.

July 17, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Dream Center hosts open house and tours Saturday

Over the past 17 years, the building that once housed Roosevelt Middle School at 2100 Broadway in Great Bend has slowly evolved into a center that is making profound differences in the lives of people in the county that have weathered storms the vast majority have through grace been able to avoid. The result is uplifting, not only for those who receive help at what is now the Central Kansas Dream Center, but also for those that take time to help, to pray and to care about their fellow neighbors. On Saturday, an open house will give others who haven ...

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Religion


Barton County Extension one of six in state picked for expansion grant

With the start of school right around the corner, its almost time for clubs to become active again, and with church and sports gearing up too, there will be plenty of groups vying for what seems to be an ever shrinking slice of free time for families. Still, the benefits of young people getting involved with community clubs are far reaching. Friends are made, and projects and field trips provide fun learning experiences, and long-time involvement can even lead to better performance in school and the possibility of college scholarships too. For those itching to get involved in 4-H, new ...

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local 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 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local 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 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


State legislature has plenty to learn from local bodies

"I feel like we abdicated our responsibility," Sen Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, was quoted in the AP story "Kansas cash balance to be lower than expected," in Wednesday's Great Bend Tribune.

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Rush County wind farm helping to decrease Yahoo! carbon footprint

The Alexander Wind Project in Rush County is beating the odds that face proposed wind energy projects, and will be going online very soon. That's good news for the landowners who have leased the land where the turbines have been erected, and it's good news for the environment, as green-centric corporations, like Yahoo! Inc., opt for ways to offset their power consumption using renewable energy sources. Its yet another way rural communities make a measurable difference in the lives of those who live, work, and do business in metropolitan areas around the world.

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hinton, Outreach for America founder, bringing Good News to Pawnee County

David Worth Hinton with Outreach For America will be ministering at Rozel Christian Fellowship at 7 p.m. Saturday July 25. The founder of the non-profit ministry designed to win the lost to Jesus Christ and train up disciples to do the same leads worship through country gospel music on guitar. With the assistance of RCF Pastor Stan Bryant, he will also appear at four other Pawnee County churches throughout the week.

July 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Religion


Scam alert

The Hoisington Police Department responded to the report of a FRAUD/SCAM to a local business. Investigation revealed that a male caller had contacted a Hoisington business alleging they had not paid their City utility bill for two months.

July 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Take a long view

A backlash is beginning to be felt in Kansas finally, after years of cheap and stingy actions taken to constantly reduce what the state pays out for education. Teachers are getting tired of complaining, and tired of fighting, and some are beginning to leave, making it more difficult to find replacements. Sadly it will be students that feel the brunt of it, and the effects will be long-lasting if good teachers can't be recruited to fill openings statewide.

July 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Business Olympics bring smiles, laughter to AHF

Ellinwood's After Harvest Festival got off to a fun start Thursday evening when six teams were fielded for the Business Olympics at the entertainment tent in City Park. They included two teams from Ellinwood Hospital, the administration competing against staff, and one team each from H & B Communications, Shartz Building, RMAC, and Bartlett Grain.

July 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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