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Heartland Farms 25th Anniversary sees nationwide turnout

To celebrate 25 years promoting the simplicity of a sustainable rural lifestyle, the Dominican Sisters of Peace were joined by a host of supporters from around the country Saturday at Heartland Farm west of Great Bend, as well as many from the local community. From 1:30 to 2 p.m., local musicians Alex and Nicholas Cartwright, Ian McGilber and Trisha Weilert and Travis Marler performed as visitors enjoyed lunch and a chance to explore the farm.

September 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

KANSAS CITY, MO — Michelle Annette Starkey passed away on Sept. 1, 2013, and is now home with our

Wonder and fascination with nature took wing Saturday as people of all ages, from mothers with babies to retired persons, came to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center north of Great Bend to lend a hand capturing tagging Monarch butterflies. But the late summer beauties failed to show once more in significant numbers, though a handful were caught over the course of the morning. Still, kids, had a great time catching other varieties, as well as abundant dragonflies and toads.

September 14, 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.

September 11, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


September 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Local Sports

Sports, tests, and mentors Board focus

Seventh grade competitive league athletics is new to the district this year, and Administrators David Reiser and Kathy Hafner provided a status report to the USD 428 Board of Education Monday evening.

September 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Heartland Farm celebrates silver anniversary

Saturday, Sept. 14, marks the 25th anniversary of the Dominican Sisters of Peace opening of Heartland Farm west of Great Bend. What started as a testament to the value of small, privately owned farms and an experiment with organic farming has evolved over a quarter century to become an example of what agri-tourism in the local economy can look like.

September 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Sister Terry Wassinger sits on the swing near the circular driveway at Heartland Farm. Beside her sit Lily and Lennie, brother and sister farm dogs. It is her favorite place to sit and rest. But soon, she will be say goodbye to the farm that has been her home for 21 years. She's heading to Kentucky on Sunday, Sept. 15, the day after Heartland Farm celebrates its 25th anniversary.

September 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Illuminating the game

How many people does it take to change a stadium light bulb? Four - two in the air, one in a truck and one on the ground.

September 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Sister Amata Pantel 1918 2013

Sister Amata Pantel, 95, died Aug. 24, at the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary, in Great Bend. Born April 25, 1918, in Wakefield, as Josephine Pantel, Sister Amata was the daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Bower Pantel. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community Aug. 28, 1934, and pronounced her first vows on Aug. 12, 1937. She celebrated 75 years of religious profession in 2012. Sister Amata gave much of her ministerial life to domestic work in the sisters' missions, laundries, kitchens and sewing rooms. Later she served as a teacher aide, gardener at the motherhouse, and in home health ...

August 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries

New Keenan album released

"Imagination to the Nation", the new album by Great Bend's John Keenan, is now available on iTunes for digital download, or on CD at Perks. The Tribune met with Keenan on Thursday to talk about the direction his music is taking him as he continues exploring today's independent music scene.

August 22, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Monday and Tuesday afternoons this week, Great Bend Police Sgt. Rod Weber arrived at Great Bend Middle School well before the 3:10 p.m. dismissal bell rang. He was there to remind parents that some common practices from years past are no longer allowed. They include double parking and stopping in the road to drop-off or pick up. Those transporting kids to and from school must legally park before anyone may exit the car, Weber told driver after driver.

August 20, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Point in Time homeless count results released

This month, social workers and volunteers who help with the homeless across Kansas finally get to see what a picture, taken eight months ago, has developed into. But some significant data is missing from the picture.

August 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

USD 428 approves GBRC request on mill levy

Monday night, USD 428 School Board approved a request by the Great Bend Recreation Center to ask for a mill levy increase from 5.000 to 7.000. However, the request is being contested by a local private busniess owner, Caron Zager of Club 1 Fitness. The issues presented are complicated, with both entities providing the community a valuable service.

August 13, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Memories of Pawnee Rock High School resurrected at alumni gathering Saturday

The evidence of the aftermath of rural school closures is as close as a fifteen minute drive west of Great Bend. Alumni of Pawnee Rock High School, which was closed in 1972, against the wishes of the patrons, came together Saturday in Great Bend for an all-class reunion. While most have moved away, they recalled fond memories of the town they grew up and went to school in. For many, like Steve Crosby, coming home and seeing how their hometown has fared since the school closed and their lives have carried them off to points elsewhere was sobering.

August 12, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

Poetry Rendezvous draws large crowd

After a morning field trip to Carol Long Pottery Gallery in St. John, participants and passersby began filtering into the Barton County Arts Council Gallery Saturday afternoon for live poetry readings by local and imported poets. Soon, every seat in the performance space was filled, and it was standing room only for the 25th anniversary of the Poets Rendezvous, organized in part by Michael Hathaway of St. John. The gatherings started in August 1988 at the Great Bend Public Library, and later evolved into a writers group, ending up as an organic event with a life of its own, he ...

August 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News

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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons

Ellinwood abduction concern matter of miscommunication

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Chief of Police Art Keffer Monday confirmed that an alleged abduction attempt in Ellinwood over the weekend was simply a matter of miscommunication.

August 31, 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 ...

August 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


ELLINWOOD - In 15 seconds, a person who weighs 165 pounds can be engulfed up to their waist inside a grain bin under some conditions.

August 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News

Forgetting isn’t an option

Monday, Barton County Health Department Director Shelly Schneider reported the turnout at the immunization carnival held earlier this month wasn't as great as they ...

August 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint

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 ...

August 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Donald G. McMican, president of DGM Consultants, PA, a structural engineering and masonry consulting company, met with Ellinwood City Manager Bud Newberry, Mark and Cassie ...

August 18, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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