One of the basic rules of elementary school is to learn to stand in line, wait your turn and cooperate and compromise until a solution where everyone is a little happy and everyone is a little unhappy.
HOISINGTON - USD 431 Board of Education approved the purchase of six new Lochinvar Boilers for the Hoisington Activity Center for the amount of $49,932 at its regular meeting on Monday. Two of the six current boilers were unrepairable with parts that were no longer made, and the HAC had been running on four.
HUDSON - Living it up with the lowly "poor man's vegetable," the city of Hudson celebrated the cruciferous white, purple turnip with older and young alike at the 4th annual Turnip Festival . Although the Kansas earth did not yield much fruit this year, turnips runneth over in the planted field with the addition of a little water.
HOISINGTON - Craig Sowards is the new Emergency Medical Services director for the Hoisington Ambulance Service, coming from Clay Center after having grown up in southwest Nebraska.
CLAFLIN - The United States Postal Service has announced a strategy to preserve rural post offices by reducing hours to match customer use, according to the U.S. Post Plan. There are 13,000 post offices that will be reviewed with this strategy, according to the USPS website and is expected to save half a billion dollars per year after 2014.
Tattoos-once the forte of motorcyclists and Marines have over the past number of years become common amongst the young an the young at heart, perhaps as a way to separate themselves as a generation.
HOISINGTON - At the Hoisington City Council meeting last week, the council authorized $500 of the Transient Guest Tax be awarded to Cheyenne Inn and Suites for leasing hunting license application equipment. The idea behind it was to keep the hunters in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - The consultants hired to study Hoisington electrical rates made a very preliminary report to the Hoisington Utility Task Force on Tuesday.
HOISINGTON - At a lively meeting on Monday night, the Land Bank board and potential buyers in the new McKenna Meadows discussed layout of the subdivision.
BARTON COUNTY - Barton County ranks high in the state of Kansas for teen risk behaviors including alcohol use along with four other counties including Barton, Rush, Pawnee and Stafford.
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With an enjoyment of adventure and a desire to serve, Dr. Randall Hildebrand recently returned from medical missionary trip to the beautiful third world country of Cameroon, Africa where the major forms of transportation are walking or motorcycle riding. The green, country side full of waterfalls was beautiful in an area that receives 10 feet of rain in six months.
HOISINGTON - The Family Career and Community Leaders of America program at Hoisington High School bustles with activity throughout the school year and even during the summer months.
ELLINWOOD - At the Ellinwood City Council meeting on Tuesday, the council discussed the new street signs the city is getting.
HOISINGTON - Miss Minnie travels the state in the comfort of a 30 foot trailer, teaching kids about where ice cream really come from. She doesn't get car sick either, but lays down, snacks on hay, and enjoys the ride.
regular city council meeting last week, the Hoisington City Council once again discussed code enforcement and the direction that the city will take in the coming year.
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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