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USD 428 Reed: 2014-2015 off to a good start

Superintendent Brad Reed visited each school in the district on the first day of school this year and was impressed, he told USD 428 Board of Education members Monday.

September 09, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Brother to Brother

Sunday, the Tribune began a four part series about the military service of brothers Jack and Donald Matthews, two Great Bend veterans who served their country during World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict. Both will be memorialized at the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at the Golden Belt Memorial Park. Don Matthews shared his brother's memoirs with readers, which covered the period between D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge during 1944. Today, some history about Donald's service as the Cold War began.

September 08, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Brother to Brother

This is part three of a four part series which began Sunday. The Matthews brothers, veterans of World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict, share their stories. Today, Jack Matthews' memoir describes the bond between soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.

September 08, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Brother to Brother

Sunday, part one of a four-part series about the military experiences of two Barton County veterans introduced readers to the memoir of Jack Matthews, Great Bend, who served his country during World War II in Northern France and during the Battle of the Bulge. Here is part two.

September 08, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Brother to Brother

Jack and Don Matthews each served their country, and will be memorialized on the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. Here is part one of a four part series that tells the stories of their service and beyond.

September 08, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Group takes aim at tanning laws, cigarette taxes

Kansas is falling short when it comes to passing policies to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Of 12 measured areas, Kansas measured up to only two benchmarks, having a smoke-free law and having effective pain policy.

September 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Born racer

While the majority of racers at the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association drag strip are adults with a passion for power and speed, it's not a "kid-free" zone. In fact, many professional racers, like top fuel racer Morgan Lucas, pro stock driver Erica Anders, and drag racer Antron Brown, have gotten their start the same way as Aleah Peres, Galva. The 11-year-old junior drag racer has been attending events at the race track since she was days old, and has been behind the wheel since she was eight. That's the youngest age the National Hot Rod Association will ...

September 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Electronic permits online in time for dove opening

Dove season is synonymous with the opening of the fall hunting season in Kansas, and this year officials will be implementing a new electronic permitting system which should help KDWPT officials to better track hunting activity and species numbers better.

August 31, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Celebrating the Circles of CKMC

The Sunday, Jan. 28, 1962, edition of the Great Bend Tribune has a front page photo of a partially built round tower at what was then known as Central Kansas Medical Center.

August 28, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Signage tells tale of trail

Thursday morning, at Great Bend's Santa Fe Trail Park located at the intersection of 10th and Frey St., Great Bend Foundation representative Bob Parish was on hand as historical signs were erected which tell about the trail and how Lt. Zebulon Pike of the U.S. Army passed this way in 1806 while exploring along the Arkansas River. The foundation funded the sign project which will help visitors and residents alike to have a deeper appreciation of the historical significance of Great Bend, Parish said.

August 24, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Signage tells tale of trail

Thursday morning, at Great Bend's Santa Fe Trail Park located at the intersection of 10th and Frey St., Great Bend Foundation representative Bob Parish was on hand as historical signs were erected which tell about the trail and how Lt. Zebulon Pike of the U.S. Army passed this way in 1806 while exploring along the Arkansas River. The foundation funded the sign project which will help visitors and residents alike to have a deeper appreciation of the historical significance of Great Bend, Parish said.

August 23, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Where have all the fish gone?

Wilson Reservoir, about an hour north of Great Bend, attracts 'staycationers' for miles in every direction to camp and play along the shores of its clear water, and to enjoy boating, water skiing, and fishing. But ongoing drought has led to lower water levels which have some residents and visitors concerned.

August 21, 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 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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


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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


Controversy in Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD -- Downtown blight is a tricky problem to deal with, as many rural cities have found. Ellinwood is finding that out too, and the learning process is causing acute hardship for one couple whose business and livelihood are now at risk because of what started out as the city's good intentions. Early in 2014, the city acquired two dilapidated buildings at 100 and 102 N. Main Stret at a county tax sale. They intended to tear them down, ridding the city of an eyesore. But, as the demolition began, it became clear that the south wall of the adjoining ...

July 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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