Editors note: Because she was a victim of child abuse, this woman's name was changed to Jaine to protect her identity.
"You're an overcomer," is the message that Sarah Schenek, coordinator for the Dell Hayden Memorial Advocacy Center (CAC), wants to send to victims of childhood sexual abuse.
Cheyenne Bottoms is a wetlands of international importance, attracting visitors from across the world.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council agreed Monday night to have a resolution drawn up with fines of $25-$75 plus $110 court costs for leaving trash carts on the street for more than 24 hours after pickup day.
Following an internal clock, water fowl have begun spring migration and Cheyenne Bottoms, filled with plenty of water, is a stopping point on the trip north.
HOISINGTON - A fire damaged two Hoisington homes, at 2:20 p.m. March 15. The fire began at 223 E. First St. When fire fighters arrived, flames were coming from two west windows and heavy smoke from the upstairs.
Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf made a stop in Great Bend on Friday on a tour that started in north part of Kansas and crossed to the south, stopping in Wyandotte County, Hutchinson, Kingman, Hays, and Hutchinson.
"Sailing to the Shores of America" and across the plains to Great Bend is the work of Valery Shiljaev, a well-known Russian maritime artist. Colorful, realistic oil paintings showing historic ships battling ocean waves will be featured in an art show in April at Petr's Frame House, 2009 16th St., from March 31 - April 25.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington United Way board of directors voted this week to stay in operation.
The Kansas Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a sting in Barton County last Saturday to ascertain whether minors are being carded to prevent sales of alcohol. Out of the 14 businesses tested, four of them sold alcohol to an underage buyer.
Between spanking, opt-in sex education in schools, banning incompatibility divorces, banning surrogacy, to moving the date to change voter registrations from two weeks prior to the primary to prior to candidate filing deadline, to school finance, and gun rights, the Kansas Legislature has been very busy this year.
ELLINWOOD - At its regular meeting last week, the Ellinwood City Council heard about the conditions of two dilapidated Main Street buildings from local historian Robert Yarmer.
The suicide of a family member leaves a lasting legacy that lingers on for remaining family members. But Sharon Engle, whose grandson Robert Shewbart committed suicide, has a message of hope.
A legislative coffee with Kansas State Senator Mitch Holmes (R-St. John) and House Representative John Edmonds (R-Great Bend) was held Saturday at the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum with about 15 people present.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its meeting on Monday, discussed a resolution to add fines for those that leave polycarts out on the street for more than 24 hours after trash pickup.
Catholic students from the Dodge City Diocese learned about the importance of forming healthy habits and spoke about their knowledge at the annual Civic Oration Contest held Saturday in Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington had a major community water leak on Tuesday when the main transmission line to the community failed.
Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley wants to bring poetry home to Kansans, and in that vein, is beginning a weekly poetry column that will be published in the Great Bend Tribune.
ELLINWOOD - Wyatt Townley, Shawnee Mission, finds poetry in every day life, in trains, in the Kansas wind, and in nature. Imaging magical ways to weave words, she comes home to poetry.
ELLINWOOD - At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Ellinwood City council discussed traffic flow in front of Ellinwood Grade School on Sixth Street.
An early morning fire destroyed the Camp Aldrich dining hall on Saturday. It created an orange glow that could be seen from Claflin.
HOISINGTON - At the Hoisington School Board meeting on Monday, the school board heard preliminary plans for separating the Hoisington Middle School Library into two rooms.
CLAFLIN - The Claflin Independent Township Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 14-19, showcasing the new copies of micro film of historic Claflin Clarion, Claflin Gazette and Claflin Banner newspapers and having an open house.
Miss Sally visited the Kansas Wetlands Education Center this week for the first time since its opening in 2009.
CLAFLIN - In an agreement designed to be mutually beneficial, the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce and Claflin have joined forces to promote rural Kansas, market events and promote businesses.
ELLINWOOD - Anticipation abounds at Ellinwood School District this spring as 5th and 12th graders receive cutting edge technology that allows them to search for the front door of Ellinwood Grade School on Google Earth or message a teacher with a question about an assignment.
Monday following the Barton County Commission meeting, the below explanation was given on the dispute between Sheriff Brian Bellendir and County Attorney Richard Boeckman on the county's Facebook page. It said:
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Police Department has added an improved tool to its tool chest to fight crime-digital cameras, replacing older cameras that were failing.
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