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Sister Amata Pantel 1918 2013

Sister Amata Pantel, 95, died Aug. 24, at the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, in Great Bend. Born April 25, 1918, in Wakefield, as Josephine Pantel, Sister Amata was the daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Bower Pantel. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community Aug. 28, 1934, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 12, 1937. She celebrated 75 years of religious profession in 2012. Sister Amata gave much of her ministerial life to domestic work in the sisters' missions, laundries, kitchens and sewing rooms. Later she served as a teacher aide, gardener at the motherhouse, and in home health ...

August 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


New Keenan album released

"Imagination to the Nation", the new album by Great Bend's John Keenan, is now available on iTunes for digital download, or on CD at Perks. The Tribune met with Keenan on Thursday to talk about the direction his music is taking him as he continues exploring today's independent music scene.

August 22, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


STUCK AT SCHOOL

Monday and Tuesday afternoons this week, Great Bend Police Sgt. Rod Weber arrived at Great Bend Middle School well before the 3:10 p.m. dismissal bell rang. He was there to remind parents that some common practices from years past are no longer allowed. They include double parking and stopping in the road to drop-off or pick up. Those transporting kids to and from school must legally park before anyone may exit the car, Weber told driver after driver.

August 20, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Point in Time homeless count results released

This month, social workers and volunteers who help with the homeless across Kansas finally get to see what a picture, taken eight months ago, has developed into. But some significant data is missing from the picture.

August 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 approves GBRC request on mill levy

Monday night, USD 428 School Board approved a request by the Great Bend Recreation Center to ask for a mill levy increase from 5.000 to 7.000. However, the request is being contested by a local private busniess owner, Caron Zager of Club 1 Fitness. The issues presented are complicated, with both entities providing the community a valuable service.

August 13, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Memories of Pawnee Rock High School resurrected at alumni gathering Saturday

The evidence of the aftermath of rural school closures is as close as a fifteen minute drive west of Great Bend. Alumni of Pawnee Rock High School, which was closed in 1972, against the wishes of the patrons, came together Saturday in Great Bend for an all-class reunion. While most have moved away, they recalled fond memories of the town they grew up and went to school in. For many, like Steve Crosby, coming home and seeing how their hometown has fared since the school closed and their lives have carried them off to points elsewhere was sobering.

August 12, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Poetry Rendezvous draws large crowd

After a morning field trip to Carol Long Pottery Gallery in St. John, participants and passersby began filtering into the Barton County Arts Council Gallery Saturday afternoon for live poetry readings by local and imported poets. Soon, every seat in the performance space was filled, and it was standing room only for the 25th anniversary of the Poets Rendezvous, organized in part by Michael Hathaway of St. John. The gatherings started in August 1988 at the Great Bend Public Library, and later evolved into a writers group, ending up as an organic event with a life of its own, he ...

August 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


DOWN MEMORY LANE

The evidence of the aftermath of rural school closures is as close as a 15-minute drive west of Great Bend. Alumni of Pawnee Rock High School, which was closed in 1972, against the wishes of the patrons, came together Saturday in Great Bend for an all-class reunion. While most have moved away, they recalled fond memories of the town they grew up and went to school in. For many, coming home and seeing how their hometown has fared since the school closed and their lives have carried them off to points elsewhere was sobering.

August 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Don't save history for later

Tuesday evening, I worked with volunteers clearing out a muddy basement in Ellinwood. Flooding from last weekend's rain filled it with both mud and water. With more rain expected throughout the week, we realized the top priority had to be removing items, rather than shoveling mud.

August 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Poetry Rendezvous draws full house to Silver Anniversary event

After a morning field trip to Carol Long Pottery Gallery in St. John, participants and passersby began filtering into the Barton County Arts Council Gallery Saturday afternoon for live poetry readings by local and imported poets. Soon, every seat in the performance space was filled, and it was standing room only for the 25th anniversary of the Poets Rendezvous, organized in part by Michael Hathaway of St. John. The gatherings started in August 1988 at the Great Bend Public Library, and later evolved into a writers group, ending up as an organic event with a life of its own, he ...

August 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


LOCAL ACTION

Monday night, Aug. 5, Hulu aired episode one of "Quick Draw," and Great Bend, the setting for the web-exclusive series, jumped onto Hollywood's radar. It's part of a trend in bringing original content to audiences that once only came from the big three networks and later cable television. One caveat: the show is definitely geared toward a mature audience.

August 08, 2013 | 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 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Corps flooded with comments against proposed drilling

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public comment period for two proposed oil wells inside the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Refuge came to an end July 14. The vast majority of comments collected indicate public concern for the wildlife that inhabits and uses the wetlands area as a migration stop-over. Overwhelmingly, both private individuals and governmental organizations ask the applications by H&C Oil Operating, Inc. and L.D. Drilling, Inc. be denied.

August 06, 2013 | 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 01, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


The bugs are back!

While the ongoing drought has been a concern for all, it has allowed a brief reprieve from the usual swarms of bugs typical during the summer months. With the past week's rain, that reprieve is now over. While humans may not be pleased with their return, many of the species we share space with couldn't be more happy.

July 31, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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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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