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Museum hosts 'Ghosts of Christmas Past'

Another Great Bend tradition returns Sunday with "Ghosts of Christmas Past" at the Barton County Historical Society Museum. Each year, the museum sponsors an afternoon slate of entertainment and a free come and go complete with cookies and refreshments at the museum.

December 11, 2014 | 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 10, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Shopping is Childs Play

Thursday afternoon, the Subway restaurant in the Great Bend Walmart filled briefly with excited children dressed in red t-shirts, checking in with adults, barely able to contain themselves. They were the third and fourth grade students that are part of this year's class of America's Promise participants, and they were ready to do some holiday shopping.

December 07, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Christkindlmarket sets tone for holiday

Before the spectacles of Christmas lights and stories, the special dinner and the ball, Main Street in Ellinwood was bustling with activity Saturday afternoon. Children enjoyed the interactive story walk, stopping at several shop windows to read passages and act out the instructions at each. A German St. Nick strolled along, handing out small candy canes to children as they passed, on his way to the Abendbrot (German dinner) to be held at the Ellinwood Senior Center. Inside, authentic German ornaments adorned an old-fashioned style feather tree, and William Keel of the German Department of Kansas University met with locals ...

December 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellinwood community rallies around living nativity

A shared desire to bring back something authentic about Christmas drew two friends, Sharon Schartz and Dr. Catherine Strecker. Together they created a tradition the people of Ellinwood have been celebrating together since 2007.

December 05, 2014 | 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 04, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


A question of pride

Great Bend City Administrator Howard Partington had a good point to make at the city council meeting Monday, as reported in the Tribune. Snow removal is not just a safety issue. It's a pride issue. The city ordinance, Section 121.12.02, makes it clear that it is the duty of the owner or the occupant of a property to keep the sidewalks cleared. But Partington goes on to suggest that those who can should help their neighbors if they are struggling, either from old age or other impediments. It's the right thing to do for many reasons ...

December 04, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Christkindlemarket

On Saturday, Ellinwood will display its German ancestry with the return of Chirstkindlmarket.

December 03, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Santa’s workshop draws hundreds

Monday night, the Great Bend Recreation Commission, with the help of students from several of Great Bend High School's service clubs and the support of several area businesses, pulled off another successful Santa's Workshop. Each year for several years now, it has provided an evening of free family entertainment as well as a chance for area children to craft, play games, and visit with Santa. Snacks and entertainment, like that provided by the GBHS El Sol Folk Dancer Club, made for a festive event.

December 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Riley third graders receive gift of words

Third grade students in the Bonnie Ward's, Casey Gatton's and Mira Hammond's classes at Riley Elementary School had visitors during lunch Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Roger Marshall and fellow Rotarians Harry Willems and Terry Vink had lunch with students prior to visiting them in their classrooms where they distributed dictionaries to each student.

November 25, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


‘Fantastic’ gains reported at GBMS

After learning Tami Shepman, reading lab instructor and Julie Buzard, reading facilitator at Great Bend Middle School had seen 80 percent gains in reading fluency and 77 percent gains in reading comprehension amongst nearly 20 percent, the USD 428 Board of Education had questions. Vice-president Joyce Carter asked on what assessments the gains were based. In May, when the district adopted the in-house assessment tool AIMSWeb, students were given benchmark tests. It's from these results, and subsequent AIMSWeb short assessments given every two weeks, that the results come from.

November 20, 2014 | 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.

November 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 vocal music students visit seniors

Riley and Park elementary students brought their winter music programs on the road Wednesday morning, and visitors at the Great Bend Senior Center benefitted. Larissa Blackwell, Park's music teacher, led her students in popular movie songs from "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Rachel McCaulley, Riley's music teacher, led students in selections from their musical production of "A Kid's Life," in which grandparents come to visit during a power outage, and help their grandchildren find non-electronic ways to entertain themselves.

November 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Community-funded hospital expansion a boon

In just two years, Clara Barton Hospital in Hoisington has seen a 17 percent increase in the need for physical therapy services, according to hospital foundation spokesperson Michelle Moshier. Two factors have driven this--the addition of orthopedic services and an aging population. Thursday, the hospital will hold an open house so the public can see their answer to this need.

November 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


STUDENT SPIRIT

Friday afternoon, the Barton Community College Spirit Squad visited Riley Elementary. They were there to reinforce this year's motivational theme, "Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow." Principal JoAnn Blevins worked with a group of hand-picked student leaders before students arrived in the lunchroom for the assembly, instructing them on how students would be seated. Then, as students arrived, class by class, her helpers jumped into action, making sure the kids stayed in straight lines with the proper amount of space between. The close quarters were necessary because the group would need plenty of room to perform.

November 17, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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Unsafe properties focus of Hoisington City Council

The Hoisington City Council met Monday night and finally approved a resolution to approve the option to purchase real-estate between the city and Housing Opportunities Inc. for $21,500. The approval had been held up because of legal concerns over wording of the agreement which have since been worked out between the parties. This paves the way for additional duplex units to be constructed in Hoisington. The council also approved an option and sale contract to purchase property located at 309 E. Fifth for use by the city. A lien that had previously held up this agreement has been resolved.

January 28, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


A healthy approach

Be Well Barton County welcomed David Toland, executive director of Thrive Allen County, to a special meeting Tuesday that included several community leaders from Great Bend, Hoisington and Ellinwood.

January 27, 2015 | 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 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


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