ORCHARD, Neb. - Jonathan Carl Lehmann, 48, died Jan. 9, 2014. Born July 9, 1965, in Papua, New Guinea, he was the son of Arlo and Euleen "Joyce" (Werth) Lehmann. In 1984 he graduated from Claflin High School. He received his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice from Barton Community College and attended Kansas State University. On June 1, 1991, he married Michelle Nordstrom in Manhattan. To this marriage three children were born, Seth, Ashton, and Shay.
GARDEN CITY - Thursday, farmers, ranchers, and related professionals from western Kansas met at the Finney County Fairgrounds for a workshop focused on managing drought. Climatologists were on hand to give an overview of the current drought. In a nutshell, it's not over.
Friday afternoon, Lauren Suppes, a member of the Busy Buzzers 4-H club, learned to sew with the help of volunteer Kallie Petersen, a member of the South Bend Jolly Workers 4-H club. It was part of a two-day workshop made possible thanks to a Golden Belt Foundation Youth Engagement Grant.
by Veronica Coons
Now that the trees and bushes have lost their leaves, and a blanket of snow covers the ground, it's a great time to get out and spot wildlife. While in Barton County, we don't have to go far -- the nearest field, trail, or windbreak -- because of it's proximity to water and food, the Cheyenne Bottoms is guaranteed to be a good place to see native species and start identifying tracks.
Eisenhower elementary school is the recipient of a Blue Cross Blue Shield Healthy Habits for Living grant for a program to be team taught for kindergarteners and first graders this spring, it was announced in a press release last week.
Looking ahead to tomorrow at noon, when all the Christmas gifts have been opened, an unsung ritual will take place across the area. While the kids play busily with new toys, parents will be folding tissue paper and gift bags to stash for next year, and gathering wrapping paper and stuffing it into the giant sack that will later be carried to the curb with all the other debris that inevitably comes with Christmas morning.
Winter break has arrived, and this year, students at Great Bend High School Kayettes kicked it off in grand style with the annual Holly Ball affair. This year's theme, "Elegance under the sea," transformed the high school gym into a magical coral reef, complete with giant clams, glittery seaweed and a sunken ship.
Great Bend High School once again took making a gingerbread house to a whole new level this month.
Dennis Neeland, operation manager at Great Bend Co-op, spoke Tuesday with The Tribune about a new elevator the company is building at Boyd, west of Hoisington.
At the December school board meeting Monday evening, USD 428 Director of Curriculum John Popp presented the 2013 Kansas Communities that Care survey results. They provide a picture of how students in the district feel the community and schools are doing in addressing serious issues like drug and alcohol use and abuse and bullying in schools. Board members learned students in the district had more struggles with the prevalence of drugs and alcohol than the state average, but that some of the measures undertaken by the district to combat bullying were having a positive results.
Tuesday, the Kansas Association of School Boards pulled out of the Smarter Balanced testing consortium, deciding instead to continue having the University of Kansas' Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation produce state assessment tests as it has for over 30 years.
This week in 1903, while the people of Great Bend....., half way across the country, in Kittyhawk, N.J., Orville and Wilbur Wright completed their first flight at 10:35 in the morning on the 17th. While they weren't the first to make it into the air--several glider pilots before them succeeded--they were the first to sustain and control their flight.
HOISINGTON - Eldon Mayford Myers, 92, died Dec. 8 at Great Bend Health and Rehabilitation Center. Services are pending with Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home in Hoisington.
"It's so nice just to go hear live music," said Vern Fryberger, director of the Barton County Hilltop Singers. "This is kind of fun because it's mostly big band music but there's also some 50s and 60s and other more modern pieces."
Fourth grade teacher Tammy Cale and physical education teacher Bryan Scott, both of Riley Elementary School, were given well-deserved recognition by the USD 428 Board of Education, led by Kevin Mauler, president, Monday night.
Riley Elementary School in Great Bend and Hoisington's elementary schools were among 15 schools in Kansas that launched a Walking School Bus program Oct. 1. On Tuesday, two weeks into the program, Robert Johnson, a consultant with PedNet, visited with volunteers of both districts, walked with students, and shot video footage for a documentary PedNet will produce to introduce schools to the program in the future.
Jose Reza, Great Bend Fire Department's newest firefighter, visited students at Riley Elementary School Tuesday morning as part of a four-man team teaching fire safety. Reza attended school at Riley as a child, a fact Battalion Chief John Stettinger passed on to kids as they gathered around the young fireman to learn about the gear he uses in his job every day.
Randy Wetzel, Great Bend High School assistant principal, presented a proposal to the USD 428 Board of Education that will give students a leg up on pursuing careers in STEM fields. STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
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.
Jazz filled the air in the Great Bend High School auditorium Tuesday night as the GBHS Jazz Band took the stage for its fall concert, which was open to the public. Soloists include Ben Diel, Aaron Schultz, Michael Raymer, Michelle Rooney and Allison Regehr, practicing since August, weeks before classes started, were polished and ready to show their chops.
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