One of the last acts of some sorrowful, angry minds, a suicide shatters everyone it touches. From the searing, indescribable pain afflicted upon family members, friends and even acquaintances, suicide wounds the hearts of loved ones, and what they thought they once knew, changed.
Shame on federal judge, Mark Wolf, in Boston who ordered the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to provide sex-change surgery to a transgender inmate serving life in prison for murdering his wife in 1990.
HOISINGTON - Resplendent in jewels, colorful ballerina dresses, and twirling and blowing kisses to the friendly audience, the Hoisington Labor Day Princess was once again coronated the 116th annual Hoisington Labor Day Celebration.
HOISINGTON - Along with the decorative pole art depicting soaring birds and historic scenes from Cheyenne Bottoms, new benches with creatures of the earth now line Main Street in Hoisington as well.
The development of the Santa Fe Trail is a good idea. It passed through Barton and Pawnee County during the 1800s as a major wagon route to the west.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting on Monday night, the Hoisington City Council discussed ways to encourage citizens with low hanging trees branches over public streets to trim back those trees.
BARTON COUNTY - At the state Kansas Department of Parks, Wildlife and Tourism commission meeting held Thursday at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Manuel Torres, Region 3 Public Lands supervisor, presented recommendations for new signs at Cheyenne Bottoms.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School had a successful first day of school for incoming freshman with a 100 percent participation in a new mentoring program called Link Crew on Tuesday. Entering high school as a freshman is definitely transition period for students, but this year the students will have some help from upperclassmen.
BARTON COUNTY - The new educator at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Jean Aycock, is excited about her new job and is ready to begin teaching children and adults about wetlands.
HOISINGTON - Manweiler Chevrolet, an 84-year-old business in Hoisington, has received designation on the Kansas Register of Historic Places and will seek designation on the National Register, particularly for its exterior look.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council voted Tuesday at its regular meeting to adopt the budget reducing the mill levy assessment from 39.825 to 39.391 mills for 2013. A mill is one dollar for every $1,000 in value that a house is assessed. In addition, the council learned that they had received $35,000 in a class action lawsuit involving atrazine, an agricultural chemical, in water.
Compromise is defined as a settlement of differences by mutual concession. Or a more common sense definition would be that compromise is when both parties walk away unhappy.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Utility Task Force met Tuesday with Joe Herz and DeAnn Dotson of Sawvel and Associates to discuss electrical rates and questions that the board had for the consultants.
HOISINGTON - Which is the better, faster, stronger tractor? Allis Chalmers, John Deere? Massey Ferguson?
ELLINWOOD - Motivational speaker Joe Coles spent the day Wednesday at Ellinwood Middle and High School teaching the students life skills, positive changes, and including everyone.
ELLINWOOD - The planning stage is nearly over as USD 355 will soon be installing electronic locking doors at district schools, beginning the first of May. They will be done shortly thereafter.
The federal Food Stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, underwent changes beginning in October of 2013, and as a result, local charities that provide food are now seeing an increase in usage.
Prevention is the best medicine.
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.