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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


Cauble wins seat, Wilson to continue work with Governor

Sally Cauble, Liberal, will remain in her seat as the Dist. 5 chairperson of the Kansas State Board of Education following the election Tuesday, Aug. 5.

August 06, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Moving Forward

The Great Bend City Council unanimously threw their support behind a request by Be Well Barton County to become partners in the installation of signage and sharrows relating to bicycles Monday night.

August 04, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Prairie Godmothers making wishes come true

Wishes granted. That's what Prairie Godmothers are all about, said Melanie Calcarra, one of the founding Godmothers. They may not carry a wand or say "Bippity-boppity-boo," but for the women of Barton County who need a hand, the magic is real.

August 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Canning class brings together diverse mix

As tomatoes begin to ripen and cucumbers are dripping off the vine, it's time to consider what to do with the harvest. For some, it will mean bringing produce to the office to share with co-workers, or to give to family and friends. For others, preserving summer's bounty for later in the year is the solution.

August 01, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Earthquake felt locally

According to the United States Geological Survey, the 4.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred near Medford, Okla. on Monday, July 29, was felt well into Kansas, and that includes a handful of local persons who contacted the USGS through their internet website to report their experiences. By answering questions on the Calculating Community Internet Intensity survey, respondents help determine the varying intensities felt by zip code. This helps researchers document the size and scope of the event almost instantly. The information is compatible with the ShakeMap which records actual ground motion picked up by seismometers after an event.

August 01, 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.

July 31, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Helping birds and bees

Seventy percent of the vegetation in Kansas is pollinated by insects. That includes 90 different crops requiring honeybee pollination. When pollination is interrupted, plants not only can't replicate themselves, they aren't available for food and cover in the environment, said Chip Taylor, the director of Monarch Watch, an organization that promotes conservation and education about the importance of the Monarch butterfly. He spoke with the Great Bend Tribune Monday, July 21, by telephone.

July 28, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Treasurer's office ‘humiliated’; problems continue

Barton County Treasurer employees asked to meet with The Tribune Wednesday to talk about problems that are ongoing with a conversion to new software that is preventing them from being able to reliably complete their work for the county. Incomplete work that has left County Treasurer Kevin Wondra in the hot seat for several months.

July 25, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Out of the Morgue, July 24, 2014

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.

July 23, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


‘Battle of Badges’ blood drive challenge brings in donations

Monday, volunteers were on hand at the St. Rose Auditorium for the day-long 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive that has become an annual tradition in Great Bend. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, Great Bend Chief of Police Dean Akings and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano were some of the first in line to roll up their sleeves to give blood. Community members who donate blood can vote for their favorite agency. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year.

July 21, 2014 | Veronica Coons | News


Standards provide peace of mind

It occurred to me when I was on a trip to Jamaica a few years ago. We're really lucky in America to have building codes, established several years ago, that most houses on the market in just about any city must adhere to.

July 20, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Opinion


‘Jelly lady’ serves up sweet summer sunshine...even on a rainy day

Winnie Ashley, better known to her customers as "the jelly lady," has been selling homemade jam and jelly since 1996. She sets up her tent at the farmers market at the Great Bend Public Library parking lot three days a week from May through September. From peach to apple, choke cherry or marmalade, she is ready with the small, jewel-toned jars full of captured seasonal flavors to be released whenever the urge strikes.

July 17, 2014 | 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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