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USD 428 BOE meets

USD 428 Board of Education members arrived at the library of Great Bend High School's library Tuesday afternoon to find a feast set before them. A themed table arrangement included candles, and at each setting a complimentary small loaf of bread. Students in Kerri Batman's family and consumer science classes had prepared a menu which included beef brisket, roasted potatoes, seasoned green beans, garden salad and fresh cracked wheat berry bread, followed by a dessert of apple crisp with homemade cinnamon ice cream. Principal Tim Friess pointed out that this was one example of the expertise high school ...

February 25, 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.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Serving our servicemen

Listening to the national news, let alone the state news, has lately been depressing. But on a local level, there's plenty to feel good about. People in Barton County have heart, and last weekend a select few had a chance to show it in a big way. While many donned their best formal attire to attend the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, these men donned field gear and welcomed some honest-to-goodness heros to our home.

February 25, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


Becoming ‘Organ Wise’

First grade students at Eisenhower Elementary School ended the day Friday in a special assembly courtesy of Barton County Extension Agents Bernie Unruh and Donna Krug. Forty-five boys and girls crowded into the classroom where they met "Miguel," the Organ Wise Kid, and several organs in his body, including his heart, brain, lungs, intestines and many more.

February 20, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Webster’s passion is hope Barton offers

Steve Webster, a sports commentator with local Great Bend radio station 1590 KVGB, took his turn at the podium Friday afternoon at Barton Community College.

February 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Great Bend meets potential new chief

The public and Great Bend City Council had a chance to meet and talk with the final candidate for the position of Great Bend Chief of Police Thursday evening. An informal come and go reception was held at the city offices.

February 19, 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.

February 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Education is near and dear to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

The Ministry Against Domestic Violence of Great Bend has received the Community Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV).

February 18, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Education is ‘near and dear’ to Bogner, BCC Foundation candidate

Lindsey Bogner, Clara Barton Hospital's foundation assistant, was on the hot seat Tuesday afternoon as she fielded questions at a forum at Barton Community College. One of two candidates for the position of Executive Director of Institutional Advancement, having already met with Barton Community College Foundation board members, it was the faculty and staff's turn, as well as members of the community, to interview her and provide their written feedback.

February 17, 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.

February 12, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Ellinwood business in jeopardy as wall crumbles

The Ellinwood City Council was visited by business owners Cassie and Mark Batchman at Tuesday's meeting held at the Ellinwood City Office. They were there to clear the air and inquire what could be done to expedite the repairs to their building located at 104 North Main, which was compromised during the demolition of a neighboring building owned by the city in September. They operate Cutting Edge Hair and Nail salon out of the building, as well as provide offices for two other businesses. For six months, as they have waited, they've watched their dreams crumble away.

February 11, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Curriculum and testing discussed by USD 428 BOE

Getting down to the business of education, board members for USD 428 met Monday night to hear the first reading of a proposal and presentations by the K-6 math adoption team for a new district-wide math curriculum. After reviewing two options, the teachers came to a unanimous decision with overwhelming support for one that includes text and web-ready lessons, training and professional development, tech-support and consumables over a seven year period.

February 09, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Elections and funding focus of legislative coffee

Sen. Mitch Holmes, Rep. John Edmonds and Rep. Troy Waymaster attended a legislative coffee held at the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce meeting room Saturday morning. School funding and April elections were the main points of discussion.

February 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Bill proposes to take back over $360K from county USDs

A bill introduced by the Kansas Senate Committee on Ways and Means, SB 71, would cut $362,671 from Barton County USD's 428, 431 and 355 current school budget. It would do this by altering the way supplemental general state aid is calculated.

February 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 431 moves closer to bond issue

The USD 431 Board of Education welcomed newly appointed member Ben Brewer who filled a position formerly occupied by Maggie Alderdice. Alderdice filled the position formerly occupied by Deb Stevens, who resigned in January. Now, with all the seats filled, the board went to work sorting through several applications for the Construction At Risk Manager position.

February 03, 2015 | 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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