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Super charged weekend

This weekend, racers from all over the region will be bearing down on Great Bend for an event that ties together three big races at the SRCA dragstrip west of town.

August 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

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

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Freak accident shuts down Hwy 56 Thursday

At about 4:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a three vehicle accident occurred on Hwy 96 between Great Bend and Ellinwood. Barton County Sheriff and the Kansas Highway Patrol were both on the scene. An eastbound truck towing a horse trailer lost two tires which collided with an eastbound van and a westbound SUV. The windshield of the van and the grill of the SUV were smashed. It is unknown at this time if there were any injuries. The roadway was closed down for about 10 minutes. More details to come.

July 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Great Bend Vietnam vet receives service medal after 50 years

Gerald Kenyon joined the United States Air Force out of highschool, and in 1964, he completed training as a weapons mechanic at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado. A short while later, he was sent to Vietnam where he served a tour of duty, stationed at DaNang Air Base where he loaded guns on a Republic F-105 Thunderchief.

July 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Garments were scrutinized, outfits evaluated, and decision making skills questioned Wednesday morning. The halls of Trinity Lutheran Church's education wing were filled with 4-Hers of all ages dressed in an assortment of outfits from the simple to the simply elegant and everything in between. These participants in clothing construction, fiber arts and buymanship projects in the county's 4-H clubs underwent judging of their projects, leading up to the moment they could take the stage at The Crest Theater in Great Bend later that night for the annual 4-H Fashion Revue, marking the beginning of Barton County's fair ...

July 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Tummies rumbling this week

Last week, summer meals ended in Great Bend for youngsters participating in the free summer lunch and breakfast program at area elementary schools. For the past four weeks, they've had access to nutritious meals, but now parents will need to provide those meals for their kids until school starts mid-August.

July 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Hoisington Fun Day Saturday

With wheat harvest underway, it's time to take a break and have some fun, said Patty Horton of Hoisington Main Street. Saturday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m., HMS will host Hoisington Fun Day. Sponsors include the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #23, First Kansas Bank, Cates Carquest, Manweiler Chevrolet, A & F Enterprises, City of Hoisington EMS, Police and Fire Dept., State Farm Insurance - Kathy Burt, Roadway Inn & Suites, and The Lodge Micro Motel.

June 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Cities discuss following county on fireworks decision

Hoisington's City Council agreed to call a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss altering the city's ordinance to allow fireworks to be discharged on both July 3 and 4, following suit with the Barton County Commission's Monday decision. The county commission's decision applies only to unincorporated areas. Some, but not all, cities have been following suit. In order to allow the extra day, the council would need to approve the change, and it would need to be printed once in the official city newspaper, The Hoisington Dispatch, two weeks prior to the date. With the Dispatch ...

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Wheat harvest coming in strong

According to Duane Reif, manager at Hoisington's United Ag Service, The high temperatures and wind are working in concert with farmers who are well on their way to getting the 2015 wheat harvest cut and transported to elevators all around the county.

June 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Lower cost, tasty lunches ahead for USD 431

The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.

June 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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