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‘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


Out of the Morgue, July 17, 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 16, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Changing of the Guard

The USD 428 Board of Education welcomed Superintendent Brad Reed to his first meeting Monday evening. At the beginning of each year, nominations and votes are made for president and vice president of the board. This year, the board was faced with the choice between Kevin Mauler, nominated by Dwight Young and seconded by Larry Kutina, and the incumbent, Joyce Carter, nominated by Doug Bender and seconded by Cheryl Rugan. Khris Thexton, director of business operations, called for a vote, which predictably saw the candidates and their supporters vote for themselves, resulting in a tie. Board member Wade Babcock's ...

July 16, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


EDC dancers travel to Tulsa nationals

Dancers from Euphoria Dance Center in Great Bend traveled to Tulsa, Okla. in June to compete in the Talent on Parade National Dance Competition where they performed a slate of solos, two duos, and a small group dance featuring several high placers from the regional competition held in Wichita in May.

July 15, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Business


USD 428 summer projects wrapping up

USD 428 Director of Business Operations Khris Thexton gave a brief update on the progress of various capital improvement projects at learning centers around the district Monday night at the July meeting of the Board of Education.

July 15, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend High School places 3rd among top honors

More than 10,000 of America's best and brightest youth traveled to the historic city of Nashville to make some history of their own as they showcased their talents as future business leaders and vied for the opportunity to win over $165,000 in cash awards.

July 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton County Museum receives rare gift

Recently, the Barton County Historical Society Museum received an exceptional gift from the Prosser family of Barton County. The surviving brothers of Maj. Bernard "Barney" J. Prosser, USMC (Ret.) gifted his military dress uniform jacket, complete with his many medals of commendation earned over a career spanning 31 years, hat and dress gloves.

July 03, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Barton County 4H fashion forward

Wednesday morning, Barton County 4-Hers arrived bright and early at the annex of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Great Bend. Some came loaded down with clothing and home decorating projects, others with dress bags and hangers full of tops, skirts, dresses and pants. They came hoping to impress judges with their skills in buymanship and construction.

July 02, 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 02, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


WE ARE FAMILY

Dr. Mirta M Martin attended a reception in her honor, courtesy of the Great Bend location of Farmers Bank and Trust and bank president William R. Robbins. It was her first official function on her first official day as the first female president of Fort Hays State University. When Dr. Martin took her turn at the podium, she talked about her journey as a refugee from Cuba, at the age of five, to Spain, where she lived for five years before she immigrated to the United States with her grandmother.

July 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Wales 4-H member visiting Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - Carys Vaughan, a college student from Pembrokeshire, Wales, is an Interviewed International Four-H Youth Exchange student staying with the Taff and Wendy Hughes family in Ellinwood. She is halfway through her five week stay in the United States.

June 21, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Gonzalez's art about missing happiness

Great Bend artist Hugo Gonzalez was asked to contribute to the Shafer Art Gallery's exhibit, "Estamos Aqui: We are here" which is on display now through Aug. 20. The theme of the show brought to mind charcoal drawings he created over the past few years. The Half Tones series seeks to bring awareness of what happiness is by examining the missing parts in people's lives.

June 21, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


HOPE IS ALIVE

Children attending Camp Hope spent Wednesday morning at Stoneridge Country Club. While some came for the chance to play golf, others took part in a scavenger hunt that took teams around the club house grounds on a quest to play games, win stickers, and have fun.

June 18, 2014 | Campers enjoy golf, bowling, scavenger hunt | News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Preparations peak for Party in the Park

The third annual Great Bend Party in the Park is Saturday, Aug. 8 at Veterans' Memorial Park, and promises to be another fun-filled day, with ...

August 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


SHAKY SITUATION

ELLINWOOD – After 10 months of drama, Mark and Cassie Batchman, owners of The Cutting Edge Salon in Ellinwood, remain in limbo over the fate of ...

July 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Step up and make a splash

The dog days of summer are here, and they are sure to last well into September. But soon, city pools in the county will close ...

July 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

July 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Religion


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