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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


Board approves change order

Each November, the USD 428 Board of Education plans a noon meeting at Great Bend High School. Not only is it their opportunity to learn first-hand from Principal Tim Friess about the ongoing school improvement program and get vital information about the academic programs, it's also a chance to shine a light on the culinary skills of students and faculty at the school. Kerri Batman, Family and Consumer Science teacher, and her students prepared a formal luncheon for the administration, including take-away loaves of coconut and pecan bread.

November 21, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Don't be fooled, ag economy driven by global forces

Dr. David Kohl was one of three guest speakers at the 2013 Fall Ag Conference sponsored by American State Bank Tuesday at the Great Bend Convention Center. Kohl had a lot of information to share about global economics, mega trends in agriculture, and proactive ag management to the room packed with the area's top producers, and a smattering of young agricultural producers.

November 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


IN OIL FROM DAY ONE

You might say Dean Weis was born into oil. While he wasn't the heir of an oil fortune, he marks his own timeline parallel to when oil really became a fiscal force in Kansas to the present day. The curator at the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum in Great Bend was born in 1929, just as the oil boom hit the Barton County area. By 1930, the county received more than $20 million a year from the oil and gas industry according to some estimates. Weis began working in the industry in his mid-20s, first as an equipment operator ...

November 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Oil & Gas


Students come face to face with history

Veterans of all branches of the armed forces gathered Friday morning for Veterans Appreciation Day at the KansasWorks office in Great Bend. Several, sporting Kansas Honor Flight T-shirts, had recently returned from Washington D.C.

November 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Playing politics

The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tractors pull generations closer

Antique tractors mixed with modern, ranging in size from full-sized beasts of the field all the way down to lawn tractors at the Hoisington tractor pull Saturday afternoon. From all over Kansas and surrounding states, participants had come to compete. John Deere verses Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson, Cub-Cadet versus International Harvester. Some stock, some custom, some using diesel and others nitro.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


EXPO TIME

Wednesday morning, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce officers and ambassadors were on hand at the Great Bend Expo Complex to open the 2015 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. President Jan Peters welcomed the many farmers, ranchers, and members of the community who stopped in first thing in the morning to check out the vendors while a cool mist slowly burned off. It was better than in years past, she noted, and the forecast for the next two days the show will run is predicted to be mild also.

April 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington EMS team honored at KEMTA

Hoisington was in the spotlight last weekend as two dedicated EMS personnel were honored by their peers in Topeka.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Just Dance scales Olympus, qualifies for national competition

The competition dance team at Just Dance Studio in Great Bend traveled to Kansas City March 21 for the Dance Olympus/Dance America competition.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Business


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.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Housing news looking up in Hoisington

Hoisington is finally on a builder's radar.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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