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Rocket demonstration draws crowd to library

The parking lot of the Great Bend Public Library was blocked all day Wednesday in anticipation of a rocketry demonstration that afternoon. Chuck McClary, Education Staff for the Kansas Cosmosphere explained the history of liquid fueled rockets and demonstrated the power of ignited methanol in the library basement, thrilling a larger than anticipated crowd. Then, it was time for an even great demonstration outside.

June 18, 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.

June 18, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Catapults capture imaginations of teens

At the Great Bend Public Library basement Tuesday afternoon, teens made miniature catapults out of wooden craft sticks and rubber bands. It was one of the "Spark a Reaction" weekly teen activities planned in conjunction with the library's summer reading program led by librarian Jennifer King.

June 17, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


GBFD determines structure fire electrical

Great Bend Police and Fire responded to a structure fire Tuesday morning. The 8:51 a.m. fire occurred at 1108 Morton St. Neighbor Dave Welch, 1114 Morton St., arrived home and smelled smoke and investigated. He saw smoke pouring out of the rear of the adjacent house and contacted authorities. No people were home at the time, but a small dog escaped the fire, according to Great Bend Police.

June 17, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Bushton Habitat for Humanity build complete

by Veronica Coons

June 14, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Interns seek to bring first-gen families to 4-H

by Veronica Coons

June 14, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Airborne ... but OK

At approximately 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, Great Bend Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Morton St. and Lakin Ave.

June 11, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


KSBE Cauble hears the good and the bad from patrons

Sally Cauble, District 5 board member of the Kansas State Board of Education, visited Great Bend June 5. She and Superintendent Tom Vernon led a focus group meeting at which the public was invited to weigh in on what qualities they felt the next Commissioner of Education should possess.

June 10, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Vernon recognized for service

At Monday's USD 428 BOE meeting, board member Dwight Young presented retiring Superintendent Tom Vernon with a plaque recognizing him for his years of service.

June 09, 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.

May 29, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


They brake for ducks

Like a sequel to the award winning children's story, "Make Way for Ducklings," residents of one Great Bend neighborhood took part in a duck tale of their own over Memorial Day weekend.

May 28, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Unusual Strawberry

The great part about living in a community like Great Bend is the friendliness of neighbors. Virgil Kober, Great Bend, stopped in to the Tribune office Tuesday afternoon to share some homegrown strawberries with us and show off this unusual looking specimen. This is the second year he's been growing this particular strawberry patch at 126 Kiowa Road, he said. We can state for a fact the berries had good flavor and were juicy. Virgil planned to share the odd one with his wife.

May 27, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local Life


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.

May 22, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


BUBBLES BUBBLES AND MORE BUBBLES

Tuesday afternoon, preschoolers from Helping Hands Preschool walked to the Great Bend Public Library to visit Children's Librarian Amanda Moran-Jones to hear stories about bubbles. As a special treat, Amanda invited the kids to blow bubbles on the library lawn.

May 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Kansas State Board of Education focuses on new Commissioner search

Great Bend will host one of three district focus groups on June 5 at 7 p.m. at USD 428 District Office at 201 S. Patton Rd. District 5 Board Vice-Chair Sally Cauble will lead focus groups in order to gather constituent feedback as to what they believe to be the most critical educational issues in Kansas, and the experiences and skills they feel are essential forthe next Kansas Commissioner of Education. The meeting is open and educators, parents and interested patrons are encouraged to attend.

May 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


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.

May 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Could there be some rational thinking here?

It's too bad the Kansas Legislature had to go into overtime to handle an issue that's been at the forefront of debate long before the session began, but it appears both the Kansas House and Senate are finally beginning to see compromise is not a dirty word.

May 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Debate continues over Hoisington housing options

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, the Hoisington City Council met Tuesday evening to continue a discussion on how to alleviate a housing crunch that is keeping some of the professionals who work in the city from living there too.

May 27, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Glen, retiring, honored at Ellinwood Chamber Coffee

The City of Ellinwood sponsored a Chamber Coffee Friday morning in honor of the retirement of EMS Director Debbie Glen. Ellinwood Mayor Irlan Fullbright gave a run-down of Glen's accomplishments and the awards the city's Fire and EMS service had won over her 33-year career.

May 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Pawnee Rock appoints new fire chief

Following her swearing in as Mayor of Pawnee Rock once more, Linda McCowan presented appointments for city council approval Monday night, May 4 at the regular city council meeting at the Pawnee Rock city office.

May 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Claflin community rallies for all school reunion

Rural high school class reunions offer a unique experience that can't be duplicated by larger districts. With graduating classes numbering in the double digits, an intimacy that draws the whole community in, and a "the more the merrier" attitude prevails. The class year takes back seat to the school and the town the graduate came from.

May 21, 2015 | 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.

May 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Future Looks Bright

After days of rain and storms, the future was so bright for Great Bend High School seniors, many had to wear shades.

May 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellinwood kids putting the crunch on obesity

Crunch Out Obesity, the six-week program Ellinwood students in grades 4-6 participated in during April and May, came to an end Tuesday. Sponsors visited classes and awarded prizes to winners at both Ellinwood Grade School and St. Joseph School.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week, we offer a clip show of sorts from previous Out of the Morgue columns. Great Bend has forever been a place where interesting people have passed through, and many have decided to stay a while. It has been something to commemorate and celebrate.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Honoring EMS volunteers

The City of Hoisington has gone to great lengths over the past year to recruit and support a fine group of Emergency Medical Technicians. Several members of that community have made the commitment to go through extensive training, and to be on call for several hours a month in order to safeguard the community and those that pass through it. As their numbers increase, so does the reliability of the service, and that is to be congratulated.

May 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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