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SIGN OF THE SEASON

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.

November 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Saturday is open season on upland birds

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.

November 05, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


LIONS, LIONS, LIONS

It was the "mane" event Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Elementary School.

November 02, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Fall Concert marks 20 years with Stambaugh and Baxter

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.

October 29, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Profiling the uninsured has to stop

Take a look at the comments following most mainstream reports about the Affordable Care Act rollout. There is some serious profiling going on.

October 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Marketplace App is no party

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.

October 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Getting Covered

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.

October 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Preliminary inspection made, USD BOE demands changes

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.

October 24, 2013 | 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.

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


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Hoisington rewards good handwriting

Last Friday, Jan. 23, Hoisington Middle School students recognized National Handwriting Day by competing in a handwriting contest. Teachers Karisa Kaiser and Shari Blase collected samples from students, and also awarded a prize to the student that could guess the highest number of teacher handwriting samples.

January 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Education


Unsafe properties focus of Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.

January 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


A healthy approach

Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.

January 27, 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.

January 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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