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Brother to Brother

This is part three of a four part series which began Sunday. The Matthews brothers, veterans of World War II and the Cold War during the Korean Conflict, share their stories. Today, Jack Matthews' memoir describes the bond between soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge.

September 08, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Brother to Brother

Sunday, part one of a four-part series about the military experiences of two Barton County veterans introduced readers to the memoir of Jack Matthews, Great Bend, who served his country during World War II in Northern France and during the Battle of the Bulge. Here is part two.

September 08, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Brother to Brother

Jack and Don Matthews each served their country, and will be memorialized on the Golden Belt Veterans Memorial at Golden Belt Memorial Park. Here is part one of a four part series that tells the stories of their service and beyond.

September 08, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local News


Group takes aim at tanning laws, cigarette taxes

Kansas is falling short when it comes to passing policies to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. Of 12 measured areas, Kansas measured up to only two benchmarks, having a smoke-free law and having effective pain policy.

September 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Born racer

While the majority of racers at the Sunflower Rod and Custom Association drag strip are adults with a passion for power and speed, it's not a "kid-free" zone. In fact, many professional racers, like top fuel racer Morgan Lucas, pro stock driver Erica Anders, and drag racer Antron Brown, have gotten their start the same way as Aleah Peres, Galva. The 11-year-old junior drag racer has been attending events at the race track since she was days old, and has been behind the wheel since she was eight. That's the youngest age the National Hot Rod Association will ...

September 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Electronic permits online in time for dove opening

Dove season is synonymous with the opening of the fall hunting season in Kansas, and this year officials will be implementing a new electronic permitting system which should help KDWPT officials to better track hunting activity and species numbers better.

August 31, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Celebrating the Circles of CKMC

The Sunday, Jan. 28, 1962, edition of the Great Bend Tribune has a front page photo of a partially built round tower at what was then known as Central Kansas Medical Center.

August 28, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Signage tells tale of trail

Thursday morning, at Great Bend's Santa Fe Trail Park located at the intersection of 10th and Frey St., Great Bend Foundation representative Bob Parish was on hand as historical signs were erected which tell about the trail and how Lt. Zebulon Pike of the U.S. Army passed this way in 1806 while exploring along the Arkansas River. The foundation funded the sign project which will help visitors and residents alike to have a deeper appreciation of the historical significance of Great Bend, Parish said.

August 24, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Signage tells tale of trail

Thursday morning, at Great Bend's Santa Fe Trail Park located at the intersection of 10th and Frey St., Great Bend Foundation representative Bob Parish was on hand as historical signs were erected which tell about the trail and how Lt. Zebulon Pike of the U.S. Army passed this way in 1806 while exploring along the Arkansas River. The foundation funded the sign project which will help visitors and residents alike to have a deeper appreciation of the historical significance of Great Bend, Parish said.

August 23, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Where have all the fish gone?

Wilson Reservoir, about an hour north of Great Bend, attracts 'staycationers' for miles in every direction to camp and play along the shores of its clear water, and to enjoy boating, water skiing, and fishing. But ongoing drought has led to lower water levels which have some residents and visitors concerned.

August 21, 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.

August 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Super charged weekend

This weekend, racers from all over the region will be bearing down on Great Bend for an event that ties together three big races at the SRCA dragstrip west of town.

August 19, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Music, mud, munchies

Saturday night, country singer Curtis Grimes, should feel at home even though it will be his first visit to Great Bend, where he will perform at Al Burns Memorial Field. The headline entertainer for Great Bend's Party in the Park, began his college career playing baseball.

August 13, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Breathing Room

The USD 428 Board of Education started off Monday evening with a budget hearing, approving the 2014-2015 school budget. This year, thanks to the Gannon decision earlier this spring, the state will provide more favorable capital outlay matching, which the district will use to help rebuild cash balances that have become increasingly depleted over the past few years, said Director of Finance Khris Thexton. This year, the Full Time Enrolled base state aid per pupil will be $3,852, up from last year's $3,838. As the district did not levy any dollars out of capital outlay last year ...

August 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.

August 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


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Waystations needed to save monarchs

With the Kansas Wetlands Education Center and Cheyenne Bottoms in its backyard, Barton County is no stranger to butterfly tagging, and the each year, butterfly enthusiasts take part in butterfly counts throughout the warmer months. These efforts have shown numbers have dropped to critical levels over the past few decades. Barbara Green, a representative of Monarch Watch, hopes more people will respond by creating monarch waystations.

April 19, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Claflin to open new and improved history museum

Five years ago, Claflin, a northern Barton County city, received a couple blows. First, it's elementary school was closed when the district consolidated with Bushton, Holyrood, and Wilson. Second, its history museum had to close unexpectedly when the building, one of Claflin's original structures, had severe structural problems.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Project taking root

Saturday afternoon, community volunteers from several organizations met at the Brit Spaugh zoo to plant the seeds of a project that years from now will bear fruit for the city – literally.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Playing politics

The Kansas legislature, through Senate Sub for HB2258, has made it harder to remain stuck in poverty. Not by providing more resources to the poor, but by taking more away.

April 16, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Viewpoint


Question of quality

School sports is an important part of education, both for students and parents. Showing up to the game, cheering from the stands, they gain a sense of pride watching their children reach new milestones like making a critical play. And sharing those moments with friends and family sends a message to teens that they are supported.

April 14, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Board wrestles with picture-perfect compromise

Before the USD 428 Board of Education dove into their business meeting Monday evening, President Kevin Mauler recognized retired teacher Jean Cavanaugh as A Friend of Education. Former superintendent, Tom Vernon, came to offer his support.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Tractors pull generations closer

Antique tractors mixed with modern, ranging in size from full-sized beasts of the field all the way down to lawn tractors at the Hoisington tractor pull Saturday afternoon. From all over Kansas and surrounding states, participants had come to compete. John Deere verses Massey-Harris and Massey-Ferguson, Cub-Cadet versus International Harvester. Some stock, some custom, some using diesel and others nitro.

April 13, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


EXPO TIME

Wednesday morning, Great Bend Chamber of Commerce officers and ambassadors were on hand at the Great Bend Expo Complex to open the 2015 Great Bend Farm & Ranch Expo. President Jan Peters welcomed the many farmers, ranchers, and members of the community who stopped in first thing in the morning to check out the vendors while a cool mist slowly burned off. It was better than in years past, she noted, and the forecast for the next two days the show will run is predicted to be mild also.

April 08, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


New faces on USD 428 Board of Education

With four positions available and seven candidates, there is passion for education amongst patrons of USD 428 Great Bend. While board member Cheryl Rugan held onto her seat, she was joined by three new faces. The front-running winner of Tuesday's election, Susan Young, is a recently retired teacher for Lincoln Elementary School. Another newcomer to the Board of Education is Lori Reneaux, who has been the president of the Park Elementary School booster club for the past seven years. Chris Umphres, currently the sports director at the Great Bend Recreation Commission, has been a long time community supporter.

April 07, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Hoisington EMS team honored at KEMTA

Hoisington was in the spotlight last weekend as two dedicated EMS personnel were honored by their peers in Topeka.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Just Dance scales Olympus, qualifies for national competition

The competition dance team at Just Dance Studio in Great Bend traveled to Kansas City March 21 for the Dance Olympus/Dance America competition.

April 05, 2015 | Veronica Coons | Business


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.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


Housing news looking up in Hoisington

Hoisington is finally on a builder's radar.

April 03, 2015 | Veronica Coons | News


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