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ELEGANCE UNDER THE SEA

Winter break has arrived, and this year, students at Great Bend High School Kayettes kicked it off in grand style with the annual Holly Ball affair. This year's theme, "Elegance under the sea," transformed the high school gym into a magical coral reef, complete with giant clams, glittery seaweed and a sunken ship.

December 21, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


CANDY LAND

Great Bend High School once again took making a gingerbread house to a whole new level this month.

December 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


NEW BEGINNING

Dennis Neeland, operation manager at Great Bend Co-op, spoke Tuesday with The Tribune about a new elevator the company is building at Boyd, west of Hoisington.

December 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Student survey shows fewer students using drugs and alcohol, less bullying

At the December school board meeting Monday evening, USD 428 Director of Curriculum John Popp presented the 2013 Kansas Communities that Care survey results. They provide a picture of how students in the district feel the community and schools are doing in addressing serious issues like drug and alcohol use and abuse and bullying in schools. Board members learned students in the district had more struggles with the prevalence of drugs and alcohol than the state average, but that some of the measures undertaken by the district to combat bullying were having a positive results.

December 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 will ‘stay the course’ despite state test delay

Tuesday, the Kansas Association of School Boards pulled out of the Smarter Balanced testing consortium, deciding instead to continue having the University of Kansas' Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation produce state assessment tests as it has for over 30 years.

December 12, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1903, while the people of Great Bend....., half way across the country, in Kittyhawk, N.J., Orville and Wilbur Wright completed their first flight at 10:35 in the morning on the 17th. While they weren't the first to make it into the air--several glider pilots before them succeeded--they were the first to sustain and control their flight.

December 11, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Eldon Mayford Myers

HOISINGTON - Eldon Mayford Myers, 92, died Dec. 8 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

December 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


‘BUST LOOSE, CHARLIE’

"It's so nice just to go hear live music," said Vern Fryberger, director of the Barton County Hilltop Singers. "This is kind of fun because it's mostly big band music but there's also some 50s and 60s and other more modern pieces."

December 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Louise Brock Hamilton 1932 - 2013

TOPEKA - Noted local artist, Louise Brock Hamilton, passed away on Dec. 5. She was born in Great Bend on April 25, 1932, to George and Ella Jane Heim of Ellinwood. Louise completed her early education in the Ellinwood schools. She majored in drawing and painting in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, where she was a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. She continued her education at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo., and Washburn University, Topeka.

December 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


Great Bend novelist to visit Lyons Public Library

Author Tammy Pugh.

December 05, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


A (personal) walking revolution

Lifestyle changes are what's going around the office here at the Tribune this season. It's time for me to jump on board too.

December 05, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Healthy Living


TREE SKIRT STORIES

A year ago, on the morning of Dec. 14, the news of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., shocked and saddened people all over the country, as well as the world. Twenty children and six educators were killed when a gunman entered the secure school, walked into a classroom and began shooting.

December 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend seamstress sends love and remembrance to Sandy Hook Elementary

A year ago, on the morning of Dec. 14, the news of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., shocked and saddened people all over the country, as well as the world. Twenty children and six educators were killed when a gunman entered the secure school, walked into a classroom and began shooting.

December 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


New standards, new measures: what it means

Editor's note: The Kansas State Department of Education earlier this month released it's 2013 School Report Card. At first glance, it appears Kansas kids are scoring poorly compared to even a year or two ago. But with schools all over the country rolling out of the new Common Core and College and Career Readiness standards, the rules of the game have changed. The tests haven't however, and that skews the data scores are supposed to provide.

November 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


KSBE gets 411 from USD 428

Monday, Dr. Max Heim and Gary Secrest from the Kansas State Board of Education arrived in Great Bend to meet with patrons, faculty and staff, administration and USD 428 board members to discuss the newly begun search for a superintendent.

November 25, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Building strong kids

Crunch Out Obesity may take a bite out of Barton County's obesity problem. That's what Becca Maxwell, board member with the United Way of Central Kansas, hopes. The six-week project encouraging kids to log exercise and the food they eat is designed to help Ellinwood students adopt healthy habits that could drive Barton County's ranking in health in the opposite direction – up. (View the complete study at http://www.countyhealthrankings.org. )

March 31, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


O-Rotunda

by Veronica Coons

March 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


EDC shines at Starpower International

Attending their second comptetion of the year, students at Euphoria Dance Center earned several first overall in category awards in all three divisions of the Starpower International Dance Competition held March 13-15 at Century II, Mary Jane Teall Theater in Wichita.

March 29, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Business


USD 428 saves Christmas

Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Vote for goodness sake

DeleteTuesday could mark one of the last times voters in Kansas have a regular spring election. Simply by showing up and voting, you can become part of history.

March 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A colorful heritage

Communities along the route for June Jaunt will feature popular art to draw visitors along the tour from Tribune to Ellinwood. It's part of this year's "heritage" theme.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Facts trump ‘talking heads’

Last week, videos of a fight that occurred at Great Bend High School went viral. That means that it was seen by so many people, it was picked up by several online magazines and is now circulating worldwide through their subscribers. These magazines failed to follow up with even a little bit of reporting. They rushed to post the videos, and assigned "talking heads" to tell viewers what they are watching without regard for the facts.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Competition dance members ‘Euphoric’ about Bravo

After months of practice and improving technique, dance competition season has arrived. Members of Euphoria Dance Center's competition team attended Bravo Regional Dance Competition at Maize High School Feb. 28 through March 1. Members with less than two years competition experience or less than two hours of weekly studio time competed in the "overture" class. Many of these students fall into the under 14-years-old categories, though there are some late comers who have shown a great deal of dedication to their art and are ready for competition. The dances included solos, trios, and small group numbers.

March 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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