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Great Bend High School among 2014 Best High Schools

In April, U.S. News and World Report released their annual ranking of the United State's best high schools, and Great Bend High School made the list.

May 15, 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 15, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Kansas Extension helps gardeners choose best performers

Recently, Alicia Boor, Barton County Extension Agent, introduced Great Bend gardeners to water wise plants endorsed by Kansas State University. It's part of a statewide effort to help Kansans make better choices that will add beauty while conserving water in the landscape.

May 13, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 starting training program this summer

USD 428 Board of Education officials Monday met in regular session at the District Office where they heard from Great Bend High School basketball and football coaches Chris Battin and Tony Crough about the summer weights program and from Athletic Director David Meter about the summer athletics program plans for the coming months.

May 12, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Jefferson sixth grade beautifies zoo

Jefferson Elementary School sixth grade students helped brighten a new area of the zoo Wednesday afternoon. Nestled between the black and spotted leopards and the tiger, an area is being created where visitors can relax and enjoy a good book. It will be called the Jefferson Readers Corner, in honor of the students who have been returning each year for the past six years to give back to the community by helping with various grounds projects, said zookeeper John Zimmerman.

May 09, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


COMMUNITY COLOR

Jefferson Elementary School sixth-grade students helped brighten a new area of Brit Spaugh Zoo Wednesday afternoon. Nestled between the black and spotted leopards and the tiger, an area is being created where visitors can relax and enjoy a good book. It will be called the Jefferson Readers Corner, in honor of the students who have been returning each year for the past six years to give back to the community by helping with various grounds projects, said Zookeeper John Zimmerman.

May 09, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


History lesson

Third grade students in Great Bend got a reprieve from indoor school work Wednesday and had a chance to enjoy the seasonal spring weather while exploring the Barton County Historical Museum village.

May 07, 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 07, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Encouraging tomorrow’s leaders

A focus on the need for a new crop of leaders to step into community service was the underlying message at the Great Bend Rotary/Optimist Club luncheon held Monday at the Highland Hotel.

May 07, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Fiscal responsibility keeping USD 428 in black

"USD 428 is fortunate that it hasn't had to make cuts," said Khris Thexton, USD 428 Director of Business. "We've been in a good financial situation thanks to the administration and the school board managing money wisely."

May 04, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Euphoria Dance Center takes gold at Edge

Euphoria Dance Center of Great Bend has committed to a full schedule of dance competitions this season. On April 12 and 13, dancers attended the Edge competition in Wichita for the first time, and came home with plenty of gold.

May 02, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Business


Blooming with Pride

Three decades ago, the Great Bend City Tree Board took part in a Tree City USA challenge, issued by the Arbor Day Foundation. The tree board met regularly, the mayor proclaimed Great Bend a Tree City and proclaimed April 25 National Arbor Day, encouraging people to plant trees, and the Tree Board began an ongoing project to beautify the city through the planting of redbud trees.

April 26, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


A+ FOR EFFORT

Visitors to Great Bend this coming weekend will find a more clean and tidy city thanks to the efforts of Great Bend High School students. They donned bright chartreuse shirts Wednesday morning and hit the streets of the city on a mission to give back to the community. By the time the school day was done, walls were painted, gardens and landscaping tidied, storm windows installed, studies completed and lots of cleaning done.

April 23, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


RITE OF SPRING

It only took minutes for hundreds of area children to clean the Argonne Forest floor of thousands of pieces of colorful foil-wrapped chocolates Saturday morning. Great Bend's Kiwanis Club arrived early that morning to scatter boxes of candy around the area in Veterans Memorial Park where the club has planted several varieties of trees for public enjoyment and education.

April 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Teachers react to bill that removes due process

Members of Great Bend's National Education Association still wait for answers from legislators they feel turned their back on them. The education finance bill took educators by surprise as it quickly made its way through the Senate and the House, to be passed on to Governor Brownback April 6. It includes legislation that takes away hard-fought protections against arbitrary termination. The bill, HB 2506, is now in the hands of Governor Sam Brownback, who indicated Monday during a visit to Emporia State University that he would sign it into law.

April 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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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


On the run

ELLINWOOD - Nothing says school's out like field day. Ellinwood Grade School students participated in several events at the Ellinwood City Park Wednesday morning.

May 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington City Council, RHP, ponder proposed housing

Ross Vogel of Rural Housing Partners and Jason Hogan, contractor for RHP, one of the builder's to propose the construction of new homes in Hoisington, met with the Hoisington City Council Monday night. He came to ask the city to agree to pave Vine Street, where RHP proposes to build on seven lots on both sides of the cul-de-sac.

May 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Pool proposal still up in air for USD 428

By Veronica Coons

May 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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