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‘Dance Opposition’ recital debuts Friday

Just Dance Studio, Great Bend, will present a spring recital Friday, May 23. "Dance Opposition," a study of opposites such as Lost and Found, Good and Bad (competition winner), and Captive and Free, will start at 7 p.m. at the Great Bend High School Auditorium.

May 16, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Business


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


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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


Lower cost, tasty lunches ahead for USD 431

The USD 431 Board of Education decided in favor of hiring a food service company to manage the school lunch and breakfast program at a savings of nearly $100,000 for the coming school year. With the specter of budget cuts looming makes this 80 percent cost cutting measure particularly significant.

June 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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