On a sunny day in a place that Alvena Spangenberg loved, a statue of a little bronze girl, Emily, was dedicated to the long-time teacher and principal in the butterfly garden at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center. Spangenberg passed away on Aug. 12, 2012.
HOISINGTON -With vision, a love for the outdoors and the peaceful, native Kansas prairie, Terry Nech of Hoisington will be restoring the Shop Creek Nature Area to its natural state. It is located in south Hoisington on Vine St.
HOISINGTON - Several groups of Roosevelt Elementary School children brought imaginations to life when they performed short plays for Roosevelt School first graders from favored books at a Reader's Theater and Book Fair last Friday.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council voted on Tuesday night to approve new bleachers at Worman Field from Terra Bound Solutions at its regular meeting.
HOISINGTON - At its regular council meeting, the Hoisington City Council made a few changes to the solid waste ordinances due to the privitization of the utility, which were approved.
HOLYROOD - Jim Runge has been named the new superintendent for USD 112 Central Plains. He will begin his duties in July.
HOISINGTON - Holding caring and compassion in an open hand reaching to the world, sixth graders from Hoisington Middle School recently had the opportunity to visualize and connect to the image.
ELLINWOOD - At a special meeting on Thursday, USD 355 Board of Education accepted the resignation of Board Member Taunya Schlessiger and appointed Darren Beckwith in her place.
HOISINGTON - A roofing company based out of Topeka , Faith Roofing, has opened a location in Hoisington. They also have locations in St. Louis, Johnson County, Wichita, Kansas City and Lawrence.
HOISINGTON - Many imagine doing good for others, but much of the time, those thoughts never reach fulfillment. However, one young man Brett McMullin, who was born with a club foot, no fibula in his right leg, a heart murmur and a sixth vertebra in his spine, and has had a rod inserted in the femur of his left leg with screws in his knee and hip. His feet are two different sizes, an 11 and a 5 with legs of different lengths.
The Tuesday's general election is in the books. The polls closed at 7 p.m. and the Barton County Clerk's office started continually updating posted results throughout the evening.
HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Hoisington School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday evening, and voted to add or changed new classes for the 2013-14 school year.
ELLINWOOD- Ellinwood voters answered yes to the ballot question regarding a separate Recreation Commission on Tuesday with a vote of 301 to 187. The commission will have the ability to assess up to three mills to residents.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Recreation Commission hired its first ever director, Kyle Chamberlin who began last January, and the community has seen a whirlwind of activity since then. The commission continues to dream big and have proposed renting the second floor of Sunflower Bank for use as a fitness facility.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
A Walking School Bus is where kids walk to school with an adult volunteer, and Riley School and USD 431 Hoisington received grants for Walking School buses.
ELLINWOOD - High school students participating in the St. Joseph PSR will be having a breakfast/brunch fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. Cost is a free will offering with proceeds going towards the PSR mission trip and local charities.
HOISINGTON - Ghouls, ghosts and goblins fill Hoisington's Haunted Heights Haunted House, and for those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, and 31-Nov. 1.
HOISINGTON - In rural Kansas, a strong hospital is vital to a community and when a need arises, friends and neighbors pull together to make it work. When the need became apparent, the Hoisington community of 2,700 people, pulled together to expand a vital facility.
ELLINWOOD - From ales to ports, the third annual Ellinwood Craft Beer Festival celebrates the best beer the heartland has to offer. The beer connoisseur can sample 15 different regional beers, ranging from vanilla flavor to espresso to chocolate from breweries in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri at this year's event. It is from 2-8 p.m. on Oct. 18 and costs $25.
A support group, called Sisters of Hope, for recently widowed women will soon start up again.
The NFL provides an interesting diversion for many in a variety of ways.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the numbers of West Nile virus cases in Kansas have inched up slightly. Barton County still has the most cases in the state.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington is the oldest school in the USD 431 school district, and the school board has been considering plans for modernization of the building.
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