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BOE recognized for service

DeleteIn recognition of Board Appreciation Month, Superintendent Tom Vernon thanked board members for their service at the start of Monday night's USD 428 Board of Education meeting. Each member received an apple pie and a verbal pat on the back.

January 13, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Jonathan Carl Lehmann 1965 - 2014

ORCHARD, Neb. - Jonathan Carl Lehmann, 48, died Jan. 9, 2014. Born July 9, 1965, in Papua, New Guinea, he was the son of Arlo and Euleen "Joyce" (Werth) Lehmann. In 1984 he graduated from Claflin High School. He received his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Barton Community College and attended Kansas State University. On June 1, 1991, he married Michelle Nordstrom in Manhattan. To this marriage three children were born, Seth, Ashton, and Shay.

January 13, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries

Farmers, ranchers learn that drought won't end until El Nino arrives

GARDEN CITY - Thursday, farmers, ranchers, and related professionals from western Kansas met at the Finney County Fairgrounds for a workshop focused on managing drought. Climatologists were on hand to give an overview of the current drought. In a nutshell, it's not over.

January 11, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Pillowcase Project

Friday afternoon, Lauren Suppes, a member of the Busy Buzzers 4-H club, learned to sew with the help of volunteer Kallie Petersen, a member of the South Bend Jolly Workers 4-H club. It was part of a two-day workshop made possible thanks to a Golden Belt Foundation Youth Engagement Grant.

January 04, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Out of the Morgue

by Veronica Coons

January 02, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News

Tracking down an outdoor adventure

Now that the trees and bushes have lost their leaves, and a blanket of snow covers the ground, it's a great time to get out and spot wildlife. While in Barton County, we don't have to go far -- the nearest field, trail, or windbreak -- because of it's proximity to water and food, the Cheyenne Bottoms is guaranteed to be a good place to see native species and start identifying tracks.

December 28, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Eisenhower team receives grant for K-1 program

Eisenhower elementary school is the recipient of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Habits for Living grant for a program to be team taught for kindergarteners and first graders this spring, it was announced in a press release last week.

December 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Looking ahead to tomorrow at noon, when all the Christmas gifts have been opened, an unsung ritual will take place across the area. While the kids play busily with new toys, parents will be folding tissue paper and gift bags to stash for next year, and gathering wrapping paper and stuffing it into the giant sack that will later be carried to the curb with all the other debris that inevitably comes with Christmas morning.

December 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Winter break has arrived, and this year, students at Great Bend High School Kayettes kicked it off in grand style with the annual Holly Ball affair. This year's theme, "Elegance under the sea," transformed the high school gym into a magical coral reef, complete with giant clams, glittery seaweed and a sunken ship.

December 21, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend High School once again took making a gingerbread house to a whole new level this month.

December 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Dennis Neeland, operation manager at Great Bend Co-op, spoke Tuesday with The Tribune about a new elevator the company is building at Boyd, west of Hoisington.

December 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Student survey shows fewer students using drugs and alcohol, less bullying

At the December school board meeting Monday evening, USD 428 Director of Curriculum John Popp presented the 2013 Kansas Communities that Care survey results. They provide a picture of how students in the district feel the community and schools are doing in addressing serious issues like drug and alcohol use and abuse and bullying in schools. Board members learned students in the district had more struggles with the prevalence of drugs and alcohol than the state average, but that some of the measures undertaken by the district to combat bullying were having a positive results.

December 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

USD 428 will ‘stay the course’ despite state test delay

Tuesday, the Kansas Association of School Boards pulled out of the Smarter Balanced testing consortium, deciding instead to continue having the University of Kansas' Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation produce state assessment tests as it has for over 30 years.

December 12, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Out of the Morgue

This week in 1903, while the people of Great Bend....., half way across the country, in Kittyhawk, N.J., Orville and Wilbur Wright completed their first flight at 10:35 in the morning on the 17th. While they weren't the first to make it into the air--several glider pilots before them succeeded--they were the first to sustain and control their flight.

December 11, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Eldon Mayford Myers

HOISINGTON - Eldon Mayford Myers, 92, died Dec. 8 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.

December 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

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

Orchard shooting up, improvements anticipated

Five months after volunteers planted a community apple orchard in Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo, the dream has taken root and, so far, is flourishing.

September 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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