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High winds topple tree at Washington Early Ed Center

Tuesday night, Great Bend experienced wind gusts of up to 52 mph, according to the National Weather Service. According to USD 428 assistant superintendent Dan Brungardt, the Great Bend Police Department notified district administration that a tree had blown over into another tree. They expressed concern that if the wind shifted or the other tree gave way, at least part of the original tree would fall into the Washington School building.

May 29, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Aging Out: Gaining a voice

Last week, we ran part one of a series on aging out of foster care. We were introduced to Daniel Martin, a foster alumnus who now works with other fosters in an independent living program in Wichita. His generation of fosters is working to change the system to ensure future fosters are empowered and have a more successful outcome. But it will take a lot of work to turn the system around. Here are a few ways they are making a difference, and ideas they have for the future.

May 29, 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.

May 29, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Breeds are only as good as their owners

At Monday's Great Bend City Council meeting, Great Bend residents George and Zola Weber requested the council consider banning Pit Bulls, as the city of Ellinwood has legislated recently. While their family has not been injured by the breed, their neighbors allegedly allow their dogs to roam the neighborhood. They've been chased, and they are afraid for their health and safety.

May 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Perfect attendance pays off

Perfect attendance is a rare accomplishment for most students. It takes planning and preparation, with illnesses and bad weather to contend with from time to time, to make it in to school every day on time. But for those who achieve it, it's nice to be recognized for the effort. Dale Shaner wanted to do that for USD 428 students. He had an idea, and after sharing it with his wife, Karen, and some friends, the group put the idea into action.

May 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Tornado-safe room building starts

Workers began pouring the foundation of the new Great Bend Middle School tornado safe room Tuesday morning, less than a day after the devastating F4 tornado that struck Moore, Okla., tore the roofs off two elementary schools, injuring many and killing nine confirmed at the time of this writing.

May 21, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


GBHS 2013 grads strive to “have a life worth living”

Great Bend High School principal Tim Friess welcomed family and friends to the graduation ceremony at Panther Stadium Sunday, where he announced the 206 graduates of the Class of 2013. The sun broke through clouds briefly late afternoon, making it possible for the ceremony to be held outside, despite the threat of impending thunderstorms.

May 20, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


First Steps: Aging out of foster care

This is part one of a three part series focusing on youth aging out of foster care.

May 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Important new addition to museum collection

SRCA board member Butch Fry made an important donation to the Barton County Historical Society Museum Saturday afternoon. He presented his SRCA 1964 Record Holder jacket.

May 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


The day the sculptures rolled in

Whether it was dragsters, street rods, Mopars, or vintage cars that struck their fancy, visitors and exhibitors alike were drawn to the Second Annual Barton Historical Society Museum Rolling Sculpture car show Saturday afternoon, May 18.

May 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Edna I. (Craig) Logan Francis, 1913-2013

Edna I. (Craig) Logan Francis, 99, formerly of Claflin, died Friday, May 17 at Woodhaven Care Center in Ellinwood. Born Nov. 5, 1913 near Caldwell, she was the daughter of Homer Francis and Katie Elmira (Siebenthaler) Craig.

May 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


TLC Twisters bring comfort to shelter dogs

The TLC Twisters 4-H club at TLC Discoveries built eight dog beds which they presented to the Golden Belt Humane Society last week. The beds, made of donated PVC pipe and nylon material, will provide a place for puppies and smaller dogs to relax off the cement floor. They are easily hosed off, and are quick drying, making them ideal for a kennel environment.

May 18, 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.

May 15, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Spring and music in the air

The Panther Jazz Band pumped up the audience at the GBHS Panther Bands Spring Contest Concert Monday night with their opening rendition of Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock. It was a night to celebrate the accomplishments of the high school music program and a select group of accomplished musicians who competed at the state level earlier this spring. Senior band members also recognized and thanked their parents for the support offered through the years of their young music careers.

May 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


More sleep time? USD 428 gives a nod

High schoolers may get a few extra zs next year thanks to a proposal approved at the USD 428 board meeting Monday night. But not for teachers. Board members approved a series of late starts for the high school during the 2013-2014 school year that would give teachers the time they need to collaborate, but take away two hours of student contact time a month

May 13, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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Pawnee Rock taking ‘small steps’ toward future

Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington City Council opposed to election move

At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 BOE meets

USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School's library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them. A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread. Students in Kerri Batman's family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...

February 25, 2015 | 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.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Serving our servicemen

Listening to the national news, let alone the state news, has lately been depressing. But on a local level, there's plenty to feel good about. People in Barton County have heart, and last weekend a select few had a chance to show it in a big way. While many donned their best formal attire to attend the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, these men donned field gear and welcomed some honest-to-goodness heros to our home.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Becoming ‘Organ Wise’

First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension Agents Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug. Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met "Miguel," the Organ Wise Kid, and several organs in his body, including his heart, brain, lungs, intestines and many more.

February 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Webster’s passion is hope Barton offers

Steve Webster, a sports commentator with local Great Bend radio station 1590 KVGB, took his turn at the podium Friday afternoon at Barton Community College.

February 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend meets potential new chief

The public and Great Bend City Council had a chance to meet and talk with the final candidate for the position of Great Bend Chief of Police Thursday evening. An informal come and go reception was held at the city offices.

February 19, 2015 | 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.

February 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Education is near and dear to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

The Ministry Against Domestic Violence of Great Bend has received the Community Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).

February 18, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Education is ‘near and dear’ to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

Lindsey Bogner, Clara Barton Hospital's foundation assistant, was on the hot seat Tuesday afternoon as she fielded questions at a forum at Barton Community College. One of two candidates for the position of Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, having already met with Barton Community College Foundation board members, it was the faculty and staff's turn, as well as members of the community, to interview her and provide their written feedback.

February 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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