Monday night, it was once again confirmed that Kansas is currently the nation's cautionary tale. The Late Night with Seth Meyers bit, "Kansas tax cuts: A closer look," summed up how far the great experiment in tax elimination has failed.
Frustration over bills that seemingly target western and rural Kansas unfairly was evident from some of the questions asked by attendees at the Hoisington Legislative Coffee Saturday. Hoisington School Board President Dean Stoskopf. and Superintendent Bill Lowry were vocal on a bill that would limit a district's ability to raise funds for capital improvements and one that sought to consolidate small school districts, as well as the ongoing legal battles to define the Gannon decision on school funding. Hoisington City Council member Brian Wilborn also questioned the logic of the state legislature's decisions to seek passages of some ...
Cool weather puts people in the mood for hot pancakes, Albert Volunteer Fire Chief Charles Keller said. He's a man who knows what he's talking about. Hundreds turned out Saturday evening for the annual Albert Volunteer Firefighters Pancake Feed and Raffle. Each year for 27 years, the town of about 175 population located in southwest Barton County swells to over 600 as people from the surrounding area come for all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage and the chance to win their share of $100s in prizes donated by area businesses and individuals.
At the Hoisington legislative coffee Saturday morning, Rep. John Edmonds, Rep. Troy Waymaster, and Sen. Mitch Holmes talked on issues and actions of note in their respective houses before opening up the floor to questions.
Hoisington EMS Director Scott Fleming shared news with the city council Monday evening concerning the status of a grant requested from the Kansas Board of EMS to replace a monitor on the city's second-out truck. The original application was for the purchase price of a Zoll M-Series monitor for $31,804.77. The grant application requested a split of 75-25, with the city's share to be $7,915.19. Fleming reported the Board of EMS had contacted him to determine if the city would be willing to accept a reduced grant of $20,000 if it were offered ...
Civic engagement is vital to Kansas' rural communities. That was the driving theme behind the 2016 Big Rural Brainstorm, sponsored through the Kansas Sampler Foundation, that was held last Monday at Newton's Meridian Event Center. People from all walks of life with a passion for breathing new life into small towns from every corner of the state converged to share ideas and knowledge about what has worked and what hasn't for economic development, preservation, and community building in their areas. But for many, the idea of civic engagement was both foreboding and foreign. This year, the BRB focused ...
Great Bend is home to the Central Kansas Library System, CKLS, which operates out of the same building as the Great Bend Public Library. It is one of seven regional library systems in the state. A late bill that the Kansas House is considering now could spell the elimination of this and the other six library systems in the state.
Megan Nemnich Fyler and Brandon Fyler welcomed four new additions to their family a little over two weeks ago. Four boys, Ayden, Braxton, Cameron and Dexter, were born on Feb. 23, five days after reaching their goal of making it to 30 weeks gestation. All four were born naturally, with an entire room filled with nurses and doctors on hand to receive each tiny baby.
There's a lot more to manners than simply saying please and thank you and it's never been more evident than in recent weeks that it's time for parents to step in and do a better job of instilling manners in their children.
The Ellinwood City Council welcomed the opportunity to hear from two different sources vying to bring new housing to the city. Vicky Dayton, Executive Director of Housing Opportunities Inc., and Justin Joiner of Joiner Construction both indicated their desire to secure funding through the state's Moderate Income Housing Program (MIH) in order to bring additional moderate income housing to the city. Therefore, both made a case in favor of the city conducting a market study for housing.
Despite years of classroom instruction devoted to curbing bullying among school-aged children, problems persist, leaving some parents wondering what can be done to protect their children on the bus and and at school. Monday night, four Hoisington parents brought their concerns to the USD 431 Board of Education. Complaints ranged from the need to block students from inappropriate internet usage, sexting, and social and physical bullying on school buses.
Members of the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce, Hoisington City Council, and Barton County Habitat for Humanity gathered at 322 E. 6th Street in Hoisington Thursday morning to break ground on a project that will make the dreams of one as yet undetermined Barton County family come true. This is not the first such build in the city.