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FINAL WALKTHROUGH

Thursday morning, members of the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce arrived at the Great Bend Middle School gymnasium for a symbolic ribbon cutting event. While the space has been put to use hosting basketball games over the past nine weeks, work was still underway on the $2.7 million dollar facility.

February 13, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Local retailers feel the love

While the National Retail Federation said consumers are still cautious coming out of the 2013 holiday shopping season, some shoppers may have been holding back in anticipation of the next big retail holiday, Valentines Day.

February 12, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend sounds off on snow removal

The city has endured a handful of snow storms so far this winter.

February 11, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Calendar Questions

Monday night's USD 428 Board of Education meeting started with a nod of appreciation to volunteers.

February 10, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Singing their way into your heart

Ask anyone who has ever received or witnessed a Singing Valentine delivery, and they can't help but brighten up. A coworker's remembered blush, the costume and the brief spectacle leaves an impression that often outlasts more traditional Valentine gifts.

February 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Slipping into a new habit this year

I began my year of walking more right after Thanksgiving. I live in a very walkable neighborhood in Great Bend. My house is just blocks from most of the things I need, as well as my job. There are restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment of all sorts, clothing stores, gift stores, grocery stores, banks, doctors and dentists offices, schools, convenience stores--you name it, it's probably within walking distance of where I live. And for me, walking distance is about a half-mile. That's six blocks, for simplicity's sake. Not even enough to work up a sweat.

February 04, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Healthy Living


Slipping into a new habit

I began my year of walking more right after Thanksgiving. I live in a very walkable neighborhood in Great Bend. My house is just blocks from most of the things I need, as well as my job. There are restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment of all sorts, clothing stores, gift stores, grocery stores, banks, doctors and dentists offices, schools, convenience stores--you name it, it's probably within walking distance of where I live. And for me, walking distance is about a half-mile. That's six blocks, for simplicity's sake. Not even enough to work up a sweat.

February 04, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Lifestyle


CANES ENABLE

Wendell Hinkson, Great Bend, liked the feel of the gearshift knob he found at a local auto parts store. So much so, he paired it with a stick of bamboo, a rubber tip, and voila, a unique and functional cane was born.

February 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


No money for lunch?

Frustration about how public schools deal with the problem of unpaid lunches has been simmering under the surface of public scrutiny for weeks now. It began to boil locally last week when several parents began commenting on a social media site about their outrage at the local school district for refusing a school lunch to a child whose account was apparently overdrawn, and the parent claimed no knowledge of the arrears.

January 31, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


‘School choice’ should be transparent

This past week, The Tribune received a press release asking us to consider running a story about National School Choice Week, Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. However, most of the resources they pointed to were directed towards large metropolitan areas. In addition, we could not locate in these materials what organization(s) were sponsors of this national campaign.

January 31, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Columnists


SOARING SPIRITS

At 14:30 hours Central Time Wednesday afternoon, several small aircraft launched from the playground at Great Bend's Lincoln Elementary School, blew across the ball field and the newly planted grass, and a few lucky spheres were lifted on the wind. Within a week or so, second-grade students in Susan Young's and Meredith Ramsey's classes should receive responses to their messages with letters and maps of where the remnants of these tiny aircraft were located, if history is any guide.

January 30, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Dance Party

"Volunteering is fun, and it makes you feel good," said Great Bend High School senior Jami McVay and junior Sarah Niederee Wednesday afternoon.

January 29, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Chocolate for a cause

For a few hours Saturday night, its time to put the New Year's resolutions aside and indulge in a little chocolate for a good cause at the 9th Annual Central Kansas CASA Chocolate Auction at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Great Bend, said CASA Director Angela Schepmann.

January 28, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


New man in town

USD 428 Great Bend has a new Superintendent of Schools. Monday night, the B.O.E. held a special called meeting to unanimously approve a motion to enter into an agreement with Dr. Brad Reed. He will step into the position July 1, 2014. Long-time Superintendent Tom Vernon announced in September his retirement effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. He plans to stay in the community.

January 27, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


CARS FOR A CAUSE

Earlier this month, on Jan. 7, Marmies Great Bend took possession of a very special vehicle, purchased August 10, 2013, by Donald and Kathleen Damon, owners of D & B Motors, LLC of Great Bend, from the Reno/ Tahoe Barrett-Jackson Auction. The 2014MY Ford Shelby GT500 convertible brought in $500,000 for the Brain Injury Association of America. Thursday, Jan. 9, the Damons were met by Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison, who handed them the keys, and offered his appreciation for their continued economic and charitable activity.

January 25, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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Pawnee Rock firetruck nearing end of phase one

Pawnee Rock City Council met on Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m. at the Pawnee Rock City offices, with Council President Deb Bader leading the meaning due to the absence of Mayor Linda McCowan.

July 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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


YOUNG STYLE

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


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