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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


SIGN OF THE SEASON

Tonight, members of Great Bend High School Future Business Leaders of America and sponsor Cody Lee will be getting together in the PAC, but playing ball isn't on the agenda. They'll be doing the initial set-up for the annual Christmas Craft Fair. Students will make sure there are the right sized tables, chairs, and electrical hook-ups if needed at each space. All three gymnasiums will be filled with 83 craft and vendor booths from all over the state, when doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

November 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Saturday is open season on upland birds

Cris Collier, president of Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau said Tuesday that Barton County will certainly enjoy more hunters this year than in the past two. Water at Cheyenne Bottoms is, of course, the main reason.

November 05, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


LIONS, LIONS, LIONS

It was the "mane" event Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Elementary School.

November 02, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Fall Concert marks 20 years with Stambaugh and Baxter

Tuesday night, the Great Bend High School vocal music department performed the Fall Concert at the high school auditorium. Freshman and Sophomore choirs, A Cappellas, Madrigals, and a Male Chorus performed from a wide variety of genres including pop, spiritual, and traditional choir songs. This year marks 20 years that Vocal Director Susan Stambaugh and piano accompanist Nancy Baxter have worked together to develop and showcase the talent of Great Bend's youth.

October 29, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Profiling the uninsured has to stop

Take a look at the comments following most mainstream reports about the Affordable Care Act rollout. There is some serious profiling going on.

October 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Marketplace App is no party

So far this month, many people have visited HealthCare.org attempting ot check out their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. For the majority, frustration has been a common refrain. Completing the application, let alone setting up an account, has been about as easy as trying to get into a Los Angeles A-list nightclub on a Friday night. Always up for a challenge, the Tribune gave it a try. Here's what we learned.

October 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Getting Covered

Love it or hate it, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and if you aren't already covered by a qualified employer or individual plan or Medicaid, the time to learn about your options is now. In Kansas 13.1 percent of the population is uninsured, and 5.5 percent have individual insurance. Some people that fall into this category include individuals that are self employed, including farmers.

October 24, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Preliminary inspection made, USD BOE demands changes

USD 428 Board of Education members met for a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon at Great Bend Middle School. They were joined by Gib Compton, president of Compton Construction Corporation, general contractor, and Project Manager at HTK Architects, Charley Sexton, the architect, who discussed progress on the gymnasium project and completion timelines.

October 24, 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.

October 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 BOE to tour middle school gym addition

USD 428 Board of Education members will meet for a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 23 at noon at Great Bend Middle School at 1919 Harrison for a tour of the new gymnasium led by Khris Thexton, Director of Finance, Operations for the district. Gib Compton, president of Compton Construction Corporation, the general contractor, and Project Manager at HTK Architects, Charley Sexton, the architect, will discuss the progress and completion timelines.

October 21, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Area Briefs


USD 428 prepares to replace Vernon

With the upcoming retirement of USD 428 Superintendent Dr. Tom Vernon, the USD 428 Board of Education will officially begin the process of searching for his replacement in November. Board president Joyce Carter said the Kansas Association of School Boards will announce the vacancy on Nov. 14. Vernon made his public announcement at the September BOE meeting, and the board at that time voted to use the services of the KASB Leadership Services Field Specialist Gary Sechrist and staff.

October 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


SHAKY SITUATION

ELLINWOOD – After 10 months of drama, Mark and Cassie Batchman, owners of The Cutting Edge Salon in Ellinwood, remain in limbo over the fate of ...

July 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Step up and make a splash

The dog days of summer are here, and they are sure to last well into September. But soon, city pools in the county will close ...

July 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Dream Center hosts open house and tours Saturday

Over the past 17 years, the building that once housed Roosevelt Middle School at 2100 Broadway in Great Bend has slowly evolved into a center ...

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Religion


Barton County Extension one of six in state picked for expansion grant

With the start of school right around the corner, its almost time for clubs to become active again, and with church and sports gearing up ...

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local 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 ...

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local 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 ...

July 23, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


State legislature has plenty to learn from local bodies

"I feel like we abdicated our responsibility," Sen Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, was quoted in the AP story "Kansas cash balance to be lower than ...

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Rush County wind farm helping to decrease Yahoo! carbon footprint

The Alexander Wind Project in Rush County is beating the odds that face proposed wind energy projects, and will be going online very soon. That ...

July 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Hinton, Outreach for America founder, bringing Good News to Pawnee County

David Worth Hinton with Outreach For America will be ministering at Rozel Christian Fellowship at 7 p.m. Saturday July 25. The founder of the ...

July 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Religion


Scam alert

The Hoisington Police Department responded to the report of a FRAUD/SCAM to a local business. Investigation revealed that a male caller had contacted a ...

July 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Take a long view

A backlash is beginning to be felt in Kansas finally, after years of cheap and stingy actions taken to constantly reduce what the state pays ...

July 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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