ELLINWOOD - USD 355 Board of Education is continuing with a series of strategic planning meetings for the district that includes residents, employees and others interested in the future of the district. The group met on Monday night.
ELLINWOOD - Long-time Ellinwood resident Richard Kimple has been named the Rotary Club's "Distinguished Citizen" at the club's annual Valentine's Banquet on a cool, crisp late winter evening.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council met at its regular meeting on Tuesday and approved a request from Rob Dove is to lease a tract 100 feet by 175 feet at the airport under the same terms and conditions as a recent lease by Dennis Lebbin. The requested tract lies directly east of the tract of Dennis Lebbin.
HOLYROOD - The USD 112 Board of Education met at its regular meeting on Monday night. The board is discussing the possibility of adding a steel building to use as the weight room, concession stand and restroom facilities.
Great Bend High School sophomore Nick Gerdes has recently attained the prized Eagle Scout status by installing a light for the U.S. flag surrounded by a rock garden at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center last summer.
HOISINGTON - After two years of bountiful harvests, Teddy Williamson, 72, is ready to retire from her job as the volunteer director at the Hoisington Community Garden.
HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education approved two changes to the district handbook concerning arrival and departure time for middle school students and concussions at its recent meeting.
HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education approved last Monday, in a 5-2 vote, Resolution 2013-10 to authorize the possibility of a mill levy from the Capital Outlay Fund up to eight mills.
According to recent surveys, some people are taking a break from Facebook. What will be the future of this social media? Will it go the way of email, which is mostly used for business?
HOISINGTON - Cardiac Rehabilitation Week is Feb. 13-19, and Clara Barton Hospital is a hospital that offers the therapy.
BARTON COUNTY - Two Barton County Schools, Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend and St. Joseph Catholic School in Ellinwood have earned the Governor's Achievement Award. Forty-two Kansas elementary schools, 11 middle/junior high schools and 18 high schools have been recognized as part of the sixth annual Governor's Achievement Awards, honoring top performing schools in the state.
HOISINGTON - The Clara Barton Foundation reported a successful year of fundraising for the hospital at its annual meeting last week. The foundation ended the year with $777,098 in assets and $280,747 in net income.
HOISINGTON - Superintendent of USD 431 Bill Lowry was named "Citizen of the Year" at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce annual banquet last weekend. In addition, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt spoke.
While they were once called strays, they are now called feral. Feral cats have become one of the largest invasive species in the United States, including even in Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - For the volunteer activities that he organizes or participates in, Bill Lowry earned the 'Citizen of the Year' award from the Chamber of Commerce for the many hats he wears, both as leader and follower.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council passed an ordinance in June requiring rental homes in the community be maintained and inspected yearly. However, the agreement sparked outrage among property owners.
HOISINGTON - After the conclusion of the landowner/property agreement portion of the city council meeting, the council continued with the regular meeting on Monday.
HOISINGTON - Traumatic brain injuries and the possibility of cumulative, lingering effects from concussion have led the Hoisington School District to begin using IMPACT-a computer concussion evaluation system for student athletes.
The recent suicide of Robin Williams brought to the forefront issues of depression, drug abuse and chronic illness. Every day, every where and every place in this nation, someone commits suicide. No group is immune.
Celebrating life will be the point of the Golden Belt Glow for Life, the second annual fundraiser for the Suicide Prevention Task Force. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Veteran's Memorial Park at the west shelter.
HOISINGTON - 21st century skills for students today involve knowledge that is different than it was a hundred years ago. With that in mind, the Hoisington School District is working towards an entrepreneurship project that will provide tools for students, including time management, accountability, responsibility, and hands-on employee skills.
USD 431 School Board, decided at a special meeting on Monday, to proceed with an entrepreneurship program similar to the Stafford Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Program (SEED).
ELLINWOOD - Those who attend football games at Ellinwood will have an entirely new experience this fall due to upgrades at the field. The entire area is undergoing renovation.
HOISINGTON - Walking or riding a bike is a healthy, wholesome activity, and students walking to and from school gives kids great outdoor exercise. USD 431 Hoisington School District has received two grants for a Walking School Bus that begins this fall, from Oct. 1-Nov. 14. A Walking School Bus, where a parent volunteers walk with the kids to school, is one of the latest initiatives to get kids outside and combat obesity.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington was built in the 1920s and needs to be updated for changing technology and standards. With this in mind, consultant Kent Stewart was contracted by the USD 431 school district to study the facilities in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Hometown holds a special place in the heart for many, and this year, Hoisington will celebrate hometown and those that are homeward bound at the 118th annual Labor Day Celebration Aug. 28-Sept. 1.
ELLINWOOD - At the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, James McCormick was named by Mayor Frank Koelsch to fill the seat on the city council left open by Ken Lebbin, who was appointed as a county commissioner in May.
This week, we as a nation, said farewell to the brilliant, frenetic genius that was Robin Williams-a man that befriended gorillas and entertained us for decades with his quirky sense of humor.
HOLYROOD - Work is progressing on the construction at Central Plains High School in Claflin, the USD 112 school board heard at its regular meeting on Monday, new superintendent, Greg Clark, said.
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