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Keeping House

Saturday, Barton County Habitat for Humanity will host the fourth annual Barton County's Got Talent show at 7 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 210 McKinley. Director Rachel Mawhirter said this is the all volunteer organization's main fundraiser for the year, and the outcome will help determine how soon the next build will happen. It will also help kick off a new service for Habitat applicants who are struggling to maintain their homes.

January 17, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Planning for Action

Two weeks into the new year, and many have already forgotten their resolutions for 2013. But many have not, and Barton County Extension FCS agent Donna Krug offered suggestions for how to take the first step towards meeting these goals Wednesday. Over the noon hour, she presented a talk, "An action plan for healthy living," at the Great Bend Recreation Center. Each person in attendance left with a plan to take one simple step which could be achieved in the next week.

January 16, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Award-winning board meeting

January is School Board Recognition Month, and the administration, faculty and staff of USD 428 made a point of doing just that at Monday night's school board meeting. Each board member received a gift of a pie.

January 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Vernon speaks out on reading scores and school funding

At the USD 428 Board of Education meeting Monday night, Superintendent Tom Vernon prepared board members for some of the questions they will likely receive from patrons. He also addressed recent developments with the Gannon Decision concerning school funding by the state.

January 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Doyle D. Folkerts 1928-2013

Doyle D. Folkerts, 84, died Jan. 13 at Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita. Born March 21, 1928 at Rush County, he was the son of Carl and Anna Marie (Steitz) Folkerts.

January 14, 2013 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


Roberts, Moran, Huelskamp weigh in on Fiscal Cliff

A week ago, President Obama and Congress avoided sending the country over the fiscal cliff, at least for a few months. Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran and House Representative Tim Huelskamp have issued their statements about their positions on the last second agreement.

January 13, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Preparing for a “Point in Time”

They live in cars or trucks with all their belongings, parked along the road or in parking lots. They live in abandoned houses, mobile homes or other buildings. They live in campgrounds in rickety trailers or tents. Sometimes, they can only find the shelter of a bridge, overpass, or dumpster. And if they aren't spending their days or nights working or going to school, they may be walking from place to place, resting in libraries, department stores, fast food restaurants and parks. They are the rural homeless.

January 10, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


Paperboys, 5 cent stamps, prayers and more in 1963

The Great Bend Tribune ran a half-page advertisement in January, 1963 for newspaper delivery boys: "Buying at wholesale , selling at retail, and figuring his own profits -- the newspaper boy puts into practice everyday what he is learning at school. That is why many boys become better students after they have a newspaper route. And calling on prospects and signing up new subscribers does much more than teach salesmanship -- it develops poise and a winning personality. No wonder so many present-day employers--when they have job openings with big possibilities--say, 'Find me a young man who has had newspaper route experience."

January 09, 2013 | Veronica Coons | News


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


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USD 428 saves Christmas

Uncomfortable silence fell over the USD 428 school board meeting Thursday at a noon meeting at Eisenhower Elementary School. With two choices on the table for next year's school calendar, two opposing motions died for lack of a second in a battle of wills over to days leading up to Christmas.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue

This week in 1955, US Customs seized copies of Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl" as obscene. A year later, it was judged to be not obscene. The song, "Ballad of Davy Crockett" became the top record in the US, and "On the Waterfront," starring Marlon Brando and Grace Kelly won at the 27th Academy Awards.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Trimming day at Heartland Farm

Arriving at Heartland Farm early Wednesday morning, volunteers were greeted by Lenny and Lilly, the pair of part Brittany, part blue heeler dogs that guard the Dominican Sisters of Peace homestead a few miles north of Pawnee Rock. Twice a year, they trim toenails and perform dental care on their herd of 18 alpacas. While sister Jane admits the process could be managed with two people, the more hands the better.

March 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Vote for goodness sake

DeleteTuesday could mark one of the last times voters in Kansas have a regular spring election. Simply by showing up and voting, you can become part of history.

March 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


A colorful heritage

Communities along the route for June Jaunt will feature popular art to draw visitors along the tour from Tribune to Ellinwood. It's part of this year's "heritage" theme.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Facts trump ‘talking heads’

Last week, videos of a fight that occurred at Great Bend High School went viral. That means that it was seen by so many people, it was picked up by several online magazines and is now circulating worldwide through their subscribers. These magazines failed to follow up with even a little bit of reporting. They rushed to post the videos, and assigned "talking heads" to tell viewers what they are watching without regard for the facts.

March 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 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.

March 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Competition dance members ‘Euphoric’ about Bravo

After months of practice and improving technique, dance competition season has arrived. Members of Euphoria Dance Center's competition team attended Bravo Regional Dance Competition at Maize High School Feb. 28 through March 1. Members with less than two years competition experience or less than two hours of weekly studio time competed in the "overture" class. Many of these students fall into the under 14-years-old categories, though there are some late comers who have shown a great deal of dedication to their art and are ready for competition. The dances included solos, trios, and small group numbers.

March 17, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Holmes, Edmonds weigh in on SB7

A proposal to eliminate the way Kansas currently decides how much funding a school district receives in favor of block grants was the main topic of conversation at a legislative coffee held in Hoisington Saturday morning.

March 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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