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KSBE Cauble hears the good and the bad from patrons

Sally Cauble, District 5 board member of the Kansas State Board of Education, visited Great Bend June 5. She and Superintendent Tom Vernon led a focus group meeting at which the public was invited to weigh in on what qualities they felt the next Commissioner of Education should possess.

June 10, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Vernon recognized for service

At Monday's USD 428 BOE meeting, board member Dwight Young presented retiring Superintendent Tom Vernon with a plaque recognizing him for his years of service.

June 09, 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.

May 29, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


They brake for ducks

Like a sequel to the award winning children's story, "Make Way for Ducklings," residents of one Great Bend neighborhood took part in a duck tale of their own over Memorial Day weekend.

May 28, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Unusual Strawberry

The great part about living in a community like Great Bend is the friendliness of neighbors. Virgil Kober, Great Bend, stopped in to the Tribune office Tuesday afternoon to share some homegrown strawberries with us and show off this unusual looking specimen. This is the second year he's been growing this particular strawberry patch at 126 Kiowa Road, he said. We can state for a fact the berries had good flavor and were juicy. Virgil planned to share the odd one with his wife.

May 27, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local Life


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.

May 22, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


BUBBLES BUBBLES AND MORE BUBBLES

Tuesday afternoon, preschoolers from Helping Hands Preschool walked to the Great Bend Public Library to visit Children's Librarian Amanda Moran-Jones to hear stories about bubbles. As a special treat, Amanda invited the kids to blow bubbles on the library lawn.

May 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Kansas State Board of Education focuses on new Commissioner search

Great Bend will host one of three district focus groups on June 5 at 7 p.m. at USD 428 District Office at 201 S. Patton Rd. District 5 Board Vice-Chair Sally Cauble will lead focus groups in order to gather constituent feedback as to what they believe to be the most critical educational issues in Kansas, and the experiences and skills they feel are essential forthe next Kansas Commissioner of Education. The meeting is open and educators, parents and interested patrons are encouraged to attend.

May 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Pocketing Love and Concern

Members of Central Kansas Threadbenders Quilt Guild spent Tuesday cutting, piecing and stitching together another batch of small quilts destined to be used by Great Bend youngsters, making the transition from home to school a more loving and caring experience.

May 18, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Pocketing Love and Concern

Members of Central Kansas Threadbenders Quilt Guild spent Tuesday cutting, piecing and stitching together another batch of small quilts destined to be used by Great Bend youngsters, making the transition from home to school a more loving and caring experience.

May 17, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


‘Dance Opposition’ recital debuts Friday

Just Dance Studio, Great Bend, will present a spring recital Friday, May 23. "Dance Opposition," a study of opposites such as Lost and Found, Good and Bad (competition winner), and Captive and Free, will start at 7 p.m. at the Great Bend High School Auditorium.

May 16, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Business


Great Bend High School among 2014 Best High Schools

In April, U.S. News and World Report released their annual ranking of the United State's best high schools, and Great Bend High School made the list.

May 15, 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.

May 15, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Kansas Extension helps gardeners choose best performers

Recently, Alicia Boor, Barton County Extension Agent, introduced Great Bend gardeners to water wise plants endorsed by Kansas State University. It's part of a statewide effort to help Kansans make better choices that will add beauty while conserving water in the landscape.

May 13, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


USD 428 starting training program this summer

USD 428 Board of Education officials Monday met in regular session at the District Office where they heard from Great Bend High School basketball and football coaches Chris Battin and Tony Crough about the summer weights program and from Athletic Director David Meter about the summer athletics program plans for the coming months.

May 12, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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USD 431 calls for bond election

At the Monday, March 2 meeting of the USD 431 Board of Education meeting, members approved a resolution calling for a bond election in hopes of gain approval to issue a General Obligation Bond to fund the building of a new school building for Lincoln Elementary School and to upgrade security and other systems at the district's other three buildings.

March 05, 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.

March 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Pertussis case confirmed at GBHS

Wednesday afternoon, USD 428 sent an email letter to parents informing them that a chase of Pertussis (whooping cough) had been confirmed at the high school. The letter warned of the symptoms and what parents need to do if they suspect their child is infected.

March 04, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Pawnee Rock Council ponders new fire truck

If all goes well, soon the City of Pawnee Rock will not need to depend on an antique fire truck to ensure the safety of its residents. The city council met Monday night and continued to wrestle with the details of acquiring instead a somewhat newer truck.

March 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington honors Seuss

Monday, March 2, was "Read Across America Day". This year, the book is the Seuss classic, "Oh, The Places You'll Go." At Hoisington Middle School several activities were planned such as crazy sock day, guess the number of gold fish in a bowl, dress like your favorite Seuss character, etc.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


For the Love of Reading

Students at Lincoln Elementary school arrived at school Monday morning dressed in the costumes of beloved book characters. Hours of work went into preparations for the school's celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday. The popular children's author would be 111 years old this year.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington gaining ground on EMT shortage

At the Hoisington City Council meeting Feb. 23, EMS Director Scott Fleming announced the successful completion of Emergency Medical Technician training for five new volunteers.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Dale May 1936 - 2015

ST JOHN - Dale May, 79, died Feb. 27, at Via Christi St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita. Born Feb. 12, 1936, he was the son of Carl and Flossie May. On Oct. 7, 1974, he married Judy in Macksville. He was employed by Edmiston Oil Company as a Superintendent. He enjoyed cowboying, camping, hunting, fishing, golfing, gardening, and four-wheeling.

March 02, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Obituaries


Pawnee Rock taking ‘small steps’ toward future

Soon, notices from Pawnee Rock's ordnance officers will have some teeth, said Mayor Linda Mccowan. That's because the city council approved the reinstatement of a Municipal Court. The western Barton County town has been without one for over 10 years, and it has been an uphill battle to get absentee owners and landlords to keep up their properties ever since.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington City Council opposed to election move

At Hoisington's City Council meeting Monday night, Hoisington City Manager Jonathan Mitchell read Resolution 03-2015, which voiced opposition to legislation that would move city election to the fall and make those elections partisan. Last year, the governing body voted unanimously to oppose a similar piece of legislation. This year, while the resolution still passed, council person Brian Wilborn, Ward 4, said he favored changing the elections to the fall in order to boost participation.

February 26, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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


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