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Barton Community College's Shafer Gallery hosted Central Prairie League Art Day April 27, featuring the works of student artists from nine area high schools. The students were honored with a reception and awards ceremony on the day of the exhibit.
For the next two Saturdays, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program will be selling recycled Memorial Day flowers in the Zarah Mall.
TOPEKA – U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack notified Kansas Governor Sam Brownback Tuesday he has granted the Governor's request for the USDA to issue a drought disaster declaration for 21 Kansas counties as well as 18 contiguous counties.
HOISINGTON - LaShon Van Scyoc has taken over as the new owner of the downtown barbershop at 119 Main in Hoisington. Van Scyoc has lived all of life in Hoisington and is taking over from the former owner, Bob Vincent, who also happens to be his wife's grandfather.
ELLINWOOD - Government commodities will be distributed from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, May 16, at the United Church of Christ in Ellinwood. For more information, call 620-564-2695.
Claflin High School will hold the All-Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. on May 11 at the Claflin High School gym. The meal is pot luck and service with drink will be provided. The community is welcome to attend.
The Great Bend Speed team qualified a full entry (which is 16 events) to the 5A Speech Championship held at Topeka Seaman High School, on Saturday, May 7th.
This week's Chamber of Commerce Coffee will be hosted by Image Total Fitness, 1209 Main, at 9:30 a.m., Thursday. Ambassador in charge will be Scott Donovan with greeters Jim Vopat and Shawn Panzer. Coffee, doughnuts and door prizes will be available.
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Beginning mid-May and running through the summer months, Barton County Appraiser's Office personnel will conduct their annual re-inspection of real property, which includes residential, commercial and vacant properties.
In strife-torn Sudan - land of the Darfur murder and rape atrocities and a per-capita annual income of $2,200 - an epic, year-long Ponzi scheme engineered by a lowly former police officer has enticed nearly 50,000 victims to invest an estimated $180 million, according to a dispatch on Slate.com.
HOUSTON - James Shields struck out 12 in eight innings and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 5-1 win on Thursday night.
To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
ST. JOHN - The St. John-Hudson High School boys' golf team won its own invitational on Wednesday.
LARNED - While most of the world is focused on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial (What is it about a guy that runs on blades instead of feet that creates so much interest?) a lot is happening that might escape you.
When Cathy Estes reviews new information about autism, it is obvious to her that "something is very wrong."
HOISINGTON - The Central Plains High School Oilers tennis team placed first at the Hoisington Invitational on April 10, with a total of 28 team points - 12 points over second-place Scott City in the four-team tournament.
The Great Bend Recreation Commission will host "Gardens For Our Varying Climate" from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23, at the Great Bend Activity Center, 2715 18th St. This free Stop 'N Learn program will be presented by Alicia Boor, Barton County agriculture and natural resource agent.
The seventh Annual Barton Foundation Sporting Clay Shoot scheduled for May 4 has been canceled due to the fire in the dining hall at Camp Aldrich this past weekend.
ELLINWOOD - Teresa "Toni" Batchman, 87, died April 17, 2014, at Hospice House in Hutchinson. She was born Jan. 19, 1927, at Milwaukee, Wis. Toni graduated from Colorado Springs High School. She married Vernon Batchman on Aug. 5, 1944, at Colorado Springs, Colo. He died Jan. 29, 1995. An Ellinwood resident since 1944, she was a homemaker and artist.
Average retail gasoline prices in Kansas have risen 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.51 per gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 1,329 gas outlets in Kansas. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59.
PHILADELPHIA – Just a few years ago, the region's refineries were on life support, hurt by high prices of oil imported from foreign countries. Now, they're humming again with the daily deliveries of domestic crude in mile-long trains.
The first ever Hoisington Antique Tractor Pull contest will be held starting a 1 p.m. on April 27 in Hoisington, south of the railroad tracks.
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