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GBMS Band receives 34th consecutive Superior rating

Tuesday night, Feb. 26, GBMS band teacher Kurtis Koch directed the 7th and 8th grade bands in their spring performances in the middle school gymnasium. A separate concert was held for each grade. The following day, he announced, they would take part in an in-house contest and be judged by a district clinician.

February 28, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Brungardt resigns, Bonner Springs bound

Dr. Tom Vernon, superintendent for USD 428 asked the Board of Education to approve the resignation of Dan Brungardt, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations at the noon meeting Feb. 26 at Great Bend High School.

February 26, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Wounded Warrior Project helps ease way back to civilian life

This is part two of our series about the Wounded Warrior Project coming to Great Bend. Last weekend, a group of five soldiers attended a Wounded Warrior hunt sponsored in part by the WWP and Pheasants Forever Rooster Booster Chapter 504. The Tribune spotlighted each of the soldiers and how they became part of the project. Today, we'll take a closer look at how the Wounded Warrior Project is working to help soldiers transition back into civilian life, and ways the community can help.

February 25, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Wounded Warrior Project comes to Barton County

On Friday night, five soldiers converged on the Great Bend area on a mission. The following morning, they would take part in a European style pheasant hunt, part of a two day event jointly sponsored by a local Pheasants Forever chapter and the national organization, Wounded Warrior Project.

February 25, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


GIVING BACK

This is part of a two part series spotlighting the joint work of a local Pheasants Forever chapter and the Wounded Warrior Project to give back to a group of soldiers who have served post 9-11, sacrificing for their country. Today, a brief overview and an introduction to the soldiers taking part. Tuesday, we'll take a closer look at how the Wounded Warrior Project is helping soldiers transition back into the civilian world, and how local organizations can help.

February 23, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Snow no excuse for inactivity

Employees at the Great Bend Tribune are taking part in the "Give Your Heart a Break" initiative sponsored by the Great Bend Rotary, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and USD 428 Great Bend Schools to encourage fitness. Teams compete in three challenges, including most weight lost by a team, most miles completed by a tem, and most hours of exercise completed by a team.

February 20, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Survey leaves volunteers with mixed feelings

Few people would feel comfortable stopping a complete stranger and asking them to answer a series of questions about their living arrangements. It's even more difficult when you are anticipating finding the person may be in a desperate situation for which you have no immediate answer. But that's exactly what a group of Great Bend volunteers committed to do the last week of January.

February 19, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend dentists speak out

Several Great Bend dentists,Larry Kutina, Ross Hildebrand, Marc Hueslig, Keith Ritter and Mike Allison, and Blake Herres of Hoisington, met Friday at the Tribune offices to discuss House Bill 2157, which seeks to create a mid-level dental provider called a Registered Dental Practitioner. RDPs would be allowed to perform some dental procedures, including surgery, under general rather than direct supervision of a licensed dentist.

February 18, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Pink Out returns

February 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Pilot Club spreads word about car seat safety

In the past month, the Great Bend Pilot Club has donated cash for car seat detector kits and car seats to the Great Bend High School Family and Consumer Science Class, as well as a load of free booster seats to TLC Discoveries after school program. It's part of an effort to help reduce the number of brain injuries to children through proper use of car seats.

February 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Kansas works on filling the dental gap

Thursday, Senators on the Committee on Health and Human Services heard testimony from both sides of House Bill 2157 in Topeka. The bill allows for the creation of a mid-level dental provider called a Registered Dental Practitioner. It was introduced last week following a dental briefing for the committee. Passage of this bill would increase access to dental care by allowing mid-level dental providers to work in dental practices and clinics, proponents say. It could also leave patients open to lower-quality care and botched procedures, opponents say.

February 07, 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.

February 06, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Teachers scramble as Senate hears bill

Soon, it may be illegal for USD 428 to continue to make payroll deductions of Kansas National Education Association dues and political action support by teachers in Great Bend. That's if House Bill 2023 is enacted into law. The bill was passed by the State House of Representatives in a 68 to 56 vote on Thursday, Jan. 31. This week, it is being heard by the Senate, and if passed there, will go on to be signed by Governor Sam Brownback, and will go into effect immediately. It has spurred local teachers to seek alternative ways to protect their ...

February 05, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Protecting a birthright

Recently, I was moving photos and pictures around on my walls. My favorites are two shadow boxes, one with a photo of my great grandmother and great grandfather, their daughters and a photo of their house on the farm. The farm is in Kackley, a tiny almost-ghost town in North Central Kansas. In the other box is a set of hand painted knobs my mother created 20 years ago, which adorned her kitchen cabinets for years until she remodeled. One of them has a miniature painting of the barn from the old farm.

February 04, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Long time Scout leader receives Silver Beaver Award

On Saturday, Jan. 26, a long time Scout leader from Great Bend, Kenton Abbott, was awarded the Silver Beaver Award at the 2013 Council Recognition Dinner and Annual Meeting in Wichita. The award is the highest designation a registered adult leader can receive. Abbott began serving in 1999 and in 2013, became the Kanza District Commissioner of the Quivira Council. All three of Abbott's sons have been active in scouting. Both Michael and Luke acheived the rank of Eagle Scout, and son Daniel is now a Weeblo Scout in Pack 184, which Abbott leads.

February 04, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Local News


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Articles By Author - Veronica Coons


Taking out the trash

When it comes to landfills, Barton County is proof that NIMBY (not in my backyard) is not a universal concept. Here, our commissioners understand the value of having a landfill nearby, accessible to county residents. The news that our landfill's lifetime has been doubled to 60 years from it's previous 30 is fantastic news.

April 22, 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 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.

April 22, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Waystations needed to save monarchs

With the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms in its backyard, Barton County is no stranger to butterfly tagging, and the each year, butterfly enthusiasts take part in butterfly counts throughout the warmer months. These efforts have shown numbers have dropped to critical levels over the past few decades. Barbara Green, a representative of Monarch Watch, hopes more people will respond by creating monarch waystations.

April 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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