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Wendell Hinkson, Great Bend, liked the feel of the gearshift knob he found at a local auto parts store. So much so, he paired it with a stick of bamboo, a rubber tip, and voila, a unique and functional cane was born.

February 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

No money for lunch?

Frustration about how public schools deal with the problem of unpaid lunches has been simmering under the surface of public scrutiny for weeks now. It began to boil locally last week when several parents began commenting on a social media site about their outrage at the local school district for refusing a school lunch to a child whose account was apparently overdrawn, and the parent claimed no knowledge of the arrears.

January 31, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

‘School choice’ should be transparent

This past week, The Tribune received a press release asking us to consider running a story about National School Choice Week, Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. However, most of the resources they pointed to were directed towards large metropolitan areas. In addition, we could not locate in these materials what organization(s) were sponsors of this national campaign.

January 31, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Columnists


At 14:30 hours Central Time Wednesday afternoon, several small aircraft launched from the playground at Great Bend's Lincoln Elementary School, blew across the ball field and the newly planted grass, and a few lucky spheres were lifted on the wind. Within a week or so, second-grade students in Susan Young's and Meredith Ramsey's classes should receive responses to their messages with letters and maps of where the remnants of these tiny aircraft were located, if history is any guide.

January 30, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Dance Party

"Volunteering is fun, and it makes you feel good," said Great Bend High School senior Jami McVay and junior Sarah Niederee Wednesday afternoon.

January 29, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Chocolate for a cause

For a few hours Saturday night, its time to put the New Year's resolutions aside and indulge in a little chocolate for a good cause at the 9th Annual Central Kansas CASA Chocolate Auction at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Great Bend, said CASA Director Angela Schepmann.

January 28, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

New man in town

USD 428 Great Bend has a new Superintendent of Schools. Monday night, the B.O.E. held a special called meeting to unanimously approve a motion to enter into an agreement with Dr. Brad Reed. He will step into the position July 1, 2014. Long-time Superintendent Tom Vernon announced in September his retirement effective at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. He plans to stay in the community.

January 27, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Earlier this month, on Jan. 7, Marmies Great Bend took possession of a very special vehicle, purchased August 10, 2013, by Donald and Kathleen Damon, owners of D & B Motors, LLC of Great Bend, from the Reno/ Tahoe Barrett-Jackson Auction. The 2014MY Ford Shelby GT500 convertible brought in $500,000 for the Brain Injury Association of America. Thursday, Jan. 9, the Damons were met by Great Bend Mayor Mike Allison, who handed them the keys, and offered his appreciation for their continued economic and charitable activity.

January 25, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Juanita Mawhirter 1923-2014

HUDSON - Juanita S. Mawhirter, 90, died Jan. 25 at Cherry Village Nursing Home, Great Bend. She was born in rural Stafford County on June 15, 1923 to Henry and Anna Siefkes. She was a lifetime Hudson area resident and member of Trinity Community Church, Hudson. She also owned the liquor store in Hudson for many years. Survivors include daughters, Sandra Watson (Richard) of Peck, Marsha Mawhirter of El Dorado, Jayne Boles (Robert) of Andover, Ks; Son, Dan Mawhirter (Teresa) of Great Bend; a sister, Elmaleda McMinn of Emporia. She was preceded in death by both parents, husband Cecil Mawhirter, and ...

January 25, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries

Novel ‘Dog of the Afterworld’ spotlights Barton County

As a recent transplant to Great Bend, getting to know the area and the people has been a constant activity for the past year and a half. So, when a copy of Dog of the Afterworld by Leon Unruh made it to my desk, I was intrigued.

January 25, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local Life

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.

January 23, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Gameday Funeral Salad a healthy alternative

Earlier this month, a group of five Tribune employees, me included, took up the Club 1 Fitness Challenge, and are working on changing the food we eat to develop healthier lifestyles. Okay--we're on a diet. But you're not supposed to say "diet" anymore, right? But we're working on coming up with good tasting, easy to make dishes. With this in mind, I'm extending that to the meals I make my family and friends.

January 21, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Healthy Living


Student volunteers from Great Bend High School delivered new books to the libraries of each of Great Bend's elementary schools Monday morning. It was one way Martin Luther King Day was celebrated, because as Linn Hogg with Volunteers In Action said, King believed all people should work hard to get the best education they could.

January 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Bullseye on target for growth

After just three years in business, Bullseye Pipe Supply LLC managers Todd Clark and Cortenay Damm are excited about the growth the company has seen recently thanks to oil exploration in Colorado. Last week, they delivered one of their largest orders yet, a 12 tank battery of 400 barrel tanks headed for northern Colorado, near the Brighton and Greeley area.

January 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Oil & Gas

Local artist catches the eye of Wacom, digital leader

Art is in the eye of the beholder, and it's hard to deny the emotion and intrigue present in the photo art produced by Great Bend artist Stephen McAnulla. Industry leader Wacom, makers of digital creative tools that allow artists to sketch, draw, paint digitally, will feature McAnulla as part of a panel of experts in an upcoming one-hour online seminar where he will share some of his work.

January 16, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

County residents give input on developing plan

Martin A. Shukert, a consultant with RDG Planning & Design of Omaha, Neb., Janelle Rose with the Barton County Health Department and Sue Cooper with Be ...

October 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Controlled burn in Stafford county cause of smoke in Great Bend

Brief: Controlled burn in Stafford county cause of smoke in Great Bend

October 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Homecoming tradition returns in style

At the Great Bend Panthers homecoming parade Friday, observers saw a return to a tradition that has taken a hiatus since 2006. While concern over ...

October 06, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Carry the Fallen sheds light on heavy subject

Challenges are faced every day by America's returning veterans. There's the challenge of reintegration into the civilian world, for one. For some, there ...

October 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

GBHS Homecoming bonfire celebration a smashing success

Thursday night, students at Great Bend High School were invited to a bonfire at the rural property of Jeff and Sally Mauler, executive members of ...

October 02, 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 ...

October 01, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Veterans marching at Cheyenne Bottoms Saturday for PTSD awareness

Blake Wornkey, Ellinwood, is an Army veteran, diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, who along with 15 to 18 fellow veterans will lead a Carry ...

September 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Show your colors Friday

Homecoming for the Great Bend Panthers is Friday. The varsity football team will play Dodge City, and all week long students are showing their spirit ...

September 30, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

Excuses wearing thin

The Hoisington City Council met for a brief meeting Monday night, with only one item of unfinished business on the agenda. After extending the deadline ...

September 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

City offers help for trees damaged by storms and drought

When high speed winds pushed through yards in Great Bend Sept. 10 and 11, trees and branches were scattered across yards and driveways in different ...

September 27, 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 ...

September 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Giving back for the fun of it

In Barton County this weekend, it's all about giving back, and having a good time doing it. Three opportunities are on The Great Bend ...

September 24, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


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