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A question of pride

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington had a good point to make at the city council meeting Monday, as reported in the Tribune. Snow removal is not just a safety issue. It's a pride issue. The city ordinance, Section 121.12.02, makes it clear that it is the duty of the owner or the occupant of a property to keep the sidewalks cleared. But Partington goes on to suggest that those who can should help their neighbors if they are struggling, either from old age or other impediments. It's the right thing to do for many reasons ...

December 04, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


On Saturday, Ellinwood will display its German ancestry with the return of Chirstkindlmarket.

December 03, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Santa’s workshop draws hundreds

Monday night, the Great Bend Recreation Commission, with the help of students from several of Great Bend High School's service clubs and the support of several area businesses, pulled off another successful Santa's Workshop. Each year for several years now, it has provided an evening of free family entertainment as well as a chance for area children to craft, play games, and visit with Santa. Snacks and entertainment, like that provided by the GBHS El Sol Folk Dancer Club, made for a festive event.

December 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Riley third graders receive gift of words

Third grade students in the Bonnie Ward's, Casey Gatton's and Mira Hammond's classes at Riley Elementary School had visitors during lunch Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Roger Marshall and fellow Rotarians Harry Willems and Terry Vink had lunch with students prior to visiting them in their classrooms where they distributed dictionaries to each student.

November 25, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

‘Fantastic’ gains reported at GBMS

After learning Tami Shepman, reading lab instructor and Julie Buzard, reading facilitator at Great Bend Middle School had seen 80 percent gains in reading fluency and 77 percent gains in reading comprehension amongst nearly 20 percent, the USD 428 Board of Education had questions. Vice-president Joyce Carter asked on what assessments the gains were based. In May, when the district adopted the in-house assessment tool AIMSWeb, students were given benchmark tests. It's from these results, and subsequent AIMSWeb short assessments given every two weeks, that the results come from.

November 20, 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.

November 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

USD 428 vocal music students visit seniors

Riley and Park elementary students brought their winter music programs on the road Wednesday morning, and visitors at the Great Bend Senior Center benefitted. Larissa Blackwell, Park's music teacher, led her students in popular movie songs from "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Rachel McCaulley, Riley's music teacher, led students in selections from their musical production of "A Kid's Life," in which grandparents come to visit during a power outage, and help their grandchildren find non-electronic ways to entertain themselves.

November 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Community-funded hospital expansion a boon

In just two years, Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington has seen a 17 percent increase in the need for physical therapy services, according to hospital foundation spokesperson Michelle Moshier. Two factors have driven this--the addition of orthopedic services and an aging population. Thursday, the hospital will hold an open house so the public can see their answer to this need.

November 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Friday afternoon, the Barton Community College Spirit Squad visited Riley Elementary. They were there to reinforce this year's motivational theme, "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow." Principal JoAnn Blevins worked with a group of hand-picked student leaders before students arrived in the lunchroom for the assembly, instructing them on how students would be seated. Then, as students arrived, class by class, her helpers jumped into action, making sure the kids stayed in straight lines with the proper amount of space between. The close quarters were necessary because the group would need plenty of room to perform.

November 17, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Eathquake damage worries homeowners

Wednesday afternoon, people reported feeling the ground shake as far north as Manhattan when a 4.8 magnitude earthquake occurred near Conway Springs, located between 80 and 90 miles from the Oklahoma border, west of Wichita.

November 16, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Out of the Morgue,November 13, 2014

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.

November 13, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

GBHS fall sports All-Conference athletes

Great Bend High School students who participated in six sports were recognized Monday night by the USD 428 board of education for their achievement which resulted in being designated All-Conference athletes. Activities Director David Meter introduced each coach who in turn introduced the members of their teams who made the list, as well as those who were given honorable mention. (Video links can be found with the story at

November 11, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

District recognizes athletes, announces middle school WAC

Monday night, the USD 428 Board of Education was visited by several Great Bend High School students, some who were to be recognized by their coaches for their above-board efforts in fall sports, others who were there to thank the board for their support and to propose ways to increase contributions to the food bank.

November 11, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Representatives from the City of Great Bend, the Chamber of Commerce, and Overland Property Group assembled at the site where the first phase of the apartment complex, "The Reserves at Trail Ridge," will be built for a ceremonial ground breaking Wednesday afternoon.

November 05, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Supporters eager to meet candidate

Supporters of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis waited Monday evening near the corner of Main and Lakin streets in Great Bend, "Davis and Docking" signs in hand, awaiting a brief visit by the man they hope will take up residence at One SW Cedar Crest Road in Topeka in January, 2015.

November 03, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

Great Bend Tree Boards marks Arbor Day with tree giveaway

Michael Fletcher, arborist with the Great Bend Tree Board, marked a decades long Arbor Day tradition with fifth graders at Great Bend elementary schools and ...

April 29, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Out of the Morgue

Thirty years ago this week, the world began to get an inkling of just how destructive nuclear power can be when the Soviet Union's ...

April 28, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Shaping the future, one branch at a time

About a year ago, Great Bend planted a seed that should begin to bear fruit in a few years. Last week was the anniversary of ...

April 27, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Brooklyn, New York, born Don McPherson wasn't shy about sharing his appreciation of his new friends in Great Bend Tuesday. Here for one day ...

April 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Hoisington City Council approves annexation request

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and approved an annexation request from Kenny Schremmer for a property he owns located just south of the ...

April 26, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Red Shoe event Tuesday to include awards, talks, music and more

Sexual and domestic violence continue to have a home here in Barton County, as they do everywhere else in the country. But the Family Crisis ...

April 23, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

USD 431 breaks ground on new Lincoln Elementary School

April 21, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Accountability at the coffee shop

Barton County is fortunate in that our communities make an effort to invite legislators representing the constituents of our area to meet face to face ...

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

State Treasurer visits Ellinwood Rotary Club

State Treasurer Ron Estes presented the program at the Ellinwood Rotary Club Tuesday, April 19. He gave an informative talk about the state's efforts ...

April 20, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

City of Claflin hires new police chief

CLAFLIN - The Claflin City Council met Monday, April 11 at the city building, and City Clerk Patricia Schmidt sent minutes of that meeting to the ...

April 19, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Local News

GB breaks ground on community orchard

In April, 2015, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry

Heartland Farm grows agritourism

Heartland Farm, operated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, is located 10 miles west of Great Bend. They have been an active participants in recent ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Agriculture, Oil & Industry

Hoisington Land Bank expanding housing options

The city of Hoisington's decision to start a land bank is starting to pay off. The Hoisington Land Bank offers free lots in an ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Commerce & Finance

Claflin museum reopens better than ever

CLAFLIN - Claflin's history museum had to close unexpectedly in 2010 when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community

Ellinwood opens wellness center

2015 saw the culmination of a four-year effort by the Ellinwood Recreation Commission and volunteers in the community. The dream of opening a year-round fitness ...

March 04, 2016 | Veronica Coons | Progress: Community


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