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Gymnasium construction starts

Great Bend Middle School principal David Reiser sent notices out to parents on Tuesday, Jan. 8 advising them that construction of the new gymnasium and multipurpose room/storm safety shelter addition to the middle school located in the current south parking lot began Monday.

January 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend sixth-grade basketball team takes second in Dodge Round Robin

The 6th grade Great Bend Panthers boys MAYB basketball team brought home a trophy Saturday, Jan. 5 from the round robin tournament at Dodge City High School. Eight teams made up two pools, with each playing a round robin, with records in pool play to determine seeding in championship play. Great Bend won against the Southard Cyclone, Hays Cavs White and the Liberal Indians. They lost their championship game to Hays Tribe, which ultimately put them in second place overall. The Tribe came in first, and the Dodge City Bulls came in third. Front row: Chance Perry, Zack Jacobs and ...

January 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Local Sports


Prairie Enterprise Project faces “most crucial” time

Editors note: It's no secret that the biggest driver of the rural economy is small business. In fact, small businesses and entrepreneurs are the vehicles that bring diversity and quality of life to rural communities all over Barton County and surrounding counties. One important resource, the Prairie Enterprise Project, has helped to pave the way for several small businesses for the past decade. Due to the elimination of tax credit sales by the State of Kansas, a major source of funding for this program has disappeared. This is the second of two stories detailing the impact the program has ...

January 07, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Voice of experience should not be silenced

It's ironic. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants Kansas to become one of the most hospitable states in the nation for business, but one of the steps he's taking to do this might spell the end of a proven program that helps business start-ups get off to the right start and offers continuing assistance into the future.

January 06, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Columnists


Cuts threaten to close doors on business coaching program

For 10 years, the Prairie Enterprise Project has been offering free and confidential business coaching to entrepreneurs in Barton, Russell, and Edwards counties. Karmi Green, the non-profit organization's Enterprise Facilitator, has helped business start-ups get off to a good start and helped tweak existing businesses, bringing and helping to retain jobs and tax dollars to the towns and counties where they locate. Sadly, unless it can secure new funding, the project will have no choice but to close its doors. That's especially bad news at a time when many in the Golden Belt area are experiencing unemployment for ...

January 06, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


New Year’s baby 2013 arrives

The first baby of the new year is a special club, and Wednesday, Jan. 2, Mason Allen Leroy Verstraete became the latest member when he was delivered at 4:28 p.m. at Great Bend Regional Hospital to mom Brandi Cook and dad Dylan Verstraete of Stafford.

January 03, 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.

January 03, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Kids Day Out makes 'full hit'

The Great Bend Recreation Center hosted Kids Day Out Thursday and Friday, December 27 and 28. The two-day camp offers kids ages six to 12 a break after several days home from school during winter break. The kids played games, made crafts, decorated cookies and had snacks, watched movies and went bowling.

December 29, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


New Year means time to dream

The year 2012 was not my most eventful year ever but it definitely made the top ten list. I have to say, the events were mostly all life-affirming. They represented finally reaching the light at the end of a tunnel. I finished phase one of a college experience, married a wonderful man, travelled outside the United States for the first time ever, found a new and better job and moved to my new home. Of all that I left behind, the things I miss most are some very good neighbors and friends, and a really wonderful garden.

December 29, 2012 | Veronica Coons | Columnists


Diversions for dipping digits

Students have been out of school enjoying winter break, and there's still another six days to go. As temperatures dip into the teens and 20s, and snow remains elusive, kids are either reaching ever increasing levels and high-scores on popular video games, making ever deeper indentations on the family sofa as they watch yet one more episode of Good Luck Charlie or Phineas and Ferb, or driving their siblings and/or parents up a wall out of sheer boredom.

December 26, 2012 | 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.

December 24, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Ghosts of Christmas trees past

"I'll be home for Christmas," the song says.

December 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


Vandalism at Vets Park

Great Bend city workers discovered extensive vandalism of Trail of Lights lighting displays at Veterans Park Friday morning during a routine check of the area and reported damage to Great Bend Police. The majority of the damage was done to the "12 Days of Christmas" displays on the north end of the park, in addition to a Santa and sleigh display pulled down on the roof of the picnic shelter and two displays in front of the shelter mangled and pushed over.

December 21, 2012 | Veronica Coons | Local News


GBHS go-getter new intern

Recently Great Bend city Manager Howard Partington gave the nod to community coordinator Christina Hayes to hire an intern to assist her. After observing her outstanding organizational skills at work with the Panther Paw Craft Fair, Hayes knew GBHS junior Sara McAfee was just the person for the position.

December 18, 2012 | 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.

December 17, 2012 | Veronica Coons | News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


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 21, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


LOCAL ROYALTY

Hannah Maddy, Ellinwood, and Courtney Blankenship, Pratt, achieved royalty status Saturday night at the Miss Barton County and Miss Golden Belt Scholarship Pageant.

January 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hog Feed Sunday to help GBHS A Capella Choir

The Great Bend High School A Capella Choir will hold a hog feed Sunday afternoon from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the high school commons. All proceeds will be applied to the choir's much anticipated annual trip to Washington D.C. Tickets can be purchased in advance from A Capella members or at the door on Sunday. They cost $10 each. Supporters can designate an individual student or the choir in general when purchasing at the door. The meal will consist of a hearty serving of pork, dressing, beans, bread, a desert of your choice, and a ...

January 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Getting in on the act

Great Bend High School presents a night of one-act plays Thursday night. The three plays include "Boy Meets Girl: A Young Love Story," "Lockdown," and "Dinner with the MacGuffins."

January 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Sizing things up

It was literally standing room only Monday night at the USD 428 District Education Center as Jefferson Elementary School students and their parents filled all available seats. They were there to be recognized by Jefferson Elementary School physical education teacher Tyler Shirley. Fourteen students received Shirley's Sportsmanship Awards over the fall semester for demonstrating impressive actions worthy of all-school recognition.

January 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hotel with local ties nominated for listing in National Register

Kansas is among 13 states and territories nominating historic properties to be included on the National Register of Historic Places to The National Park Service. Two of the sites are within an hour's drive of Great Bend. One, the Hotel Roberts, once belonged to the former Great Bend hoteliers Clement C. "Monte" and Ruth "Betty" Parrish.

January 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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