BARTON COUNTY - Ellinwood and Hoisington both have several positions on the city council open in the April 3 election. The deadline to file was Tuesday, Jan. 24 at noon.
ELLINWOOD - Sixteen student leaders from Ellinwood, along with 16 students each from Sterling and Lyons, all completed a series of three leadership classes, ending last week in Ellinwood.
CLAFLIN - For school board appreciation month, Superintendent Steve Woolf thanked the board for their time and effort, and a job well done at their recent meeting.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Country Living Memory Care and Home Plus has added some new features to its services. They are now offering memory care for individuals with confusion, wandering or dementia.
HOISINGTON - Pat Horton, a lifetime Hoisington resident, was named "Citizen of the Year" at the recent Chamber of Commerce banquet in the Knights of Columbus Hall.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington received very good news for the community when 6.7 acres of land were donated for residential development to its land bank, the Hoisington City Council learned at its recent meeting.
ELLINWOOD - The City of Ellinwood will purchase property at 511 E. Santa Fe to provide additional storage of city equipment, the Ellinwood City Council decided at its meeting on Tuesday. An open-front shed will be built on the property which is located east of the city shop.
CLAFLIN - Claflin High School and Claflin Elementary School have both received the Governor's Achievement Awards for the 2010-11 school year, and Ellinwood's St. Joseph School have also received the award.
ELLINWOOD - The school district has made some video improvements to the gym to showcase student athletes, the Ellinwood School Board heard at its regular meeting. These improvements will be unveiled during the game with Hoisington Friday evening.
ELLINWOOD - State Treasurer Ron Estes was in Ellinwood on Tuesday, explaining to high school students and elementary school students the importance of managing credit cards, savings, and budget.
ELLINWOOD - Sometimes it is the extra special lengths a few go to that makes a difference for many, providing a moment during parades to honor veterans and to provide an educational opportunity. The Ellinwood American Legion provides such a moment with its flag trailer.
ELLINWOOD - Learning of pyramids, and Africa and the Great Sphinx, sixth graders at Ellinwood Grade School also dissected frogs to learn the mummification process used by the ancient Egyptians.
Editor's note: A fifteen year-old girl attending a Barton County high school is having an unplanned pregnancy. She has agreed to share her journey, anonymously, with the Great Bend Tribune. We plan to check in on this story monthly. She can tell us what it is like to be a teenager in Barton County having a baby. This story contains adult themes and may be unsuitable for young children.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting the Hoisington City Council heard a proposal from Rottinghouse franchises to open a Subway restaurant at 169 S. Main in four to eight months.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce will holds its annual banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the Knights of Columbus, 114 N. Main. The theme will be "There is no place like home."
HOISINGTON - Parents will no longer have to struggle to find care for their elementary age children for those extra couple hours per day after school in Hoisington when a new after school care program begins next fall. The name of the new business is GPS Kids Club.
It's time to adjust to changing times and to collect Internet sales tax. The U.S. House of Representatives is debating the issue today. The bill requiring collection of Internet sales tax has already passed the Senate.
ELLINWOOD - Curious about life, about people and places, author Cynthia Kadohata, became fascinated with custom harvesting, and her book, "The Thing About Luck," is loosely based on an Ellinwood family she met when receiving the "William Allen White Award."
HOISINGTON - In order to build student engagement, responsibility and leadership, students K-12 at USD 431 will for the first time ever, lead parent-teacher grade conferences next week at the schools.
Ewalt Elementary School Principal Greg Clark of Augusta has been hired as the new superintendent for Central Plains USD 112 School District. Clark will begin his duties July 1.
Kansas House Bill 2210 is frightening.
HOISINGTON - Building skills and real life experiences, USD 431 Hoisington Future Business Leaders of America have opened a coffee shop serving beverages to student and staff.
HOISINGTON - Like many small communities throughout the area, Hoisington currently has a shortage of Emergency Medical Technician volunteers. In an effort to address the shortage, Hoisington is offering a full scholarship to Barton Community College for tuition and books with a total value of $1200.
Miss Sally Wolf sprawled in bed in the Bed and Breakfast area of the Historic Wolf Hotel, hunched over her cell phone and eating potato chips. She hadn't moved all day.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 Ellinwood School Board approved in a special meeting, a new track, bleachers and fencing at the high school football field. Construction is projected to start the last day of track season and last all summer with a finish date of Sept. 1 in time for football season.
The Topeka Capital Journal broke a story on Feb. 22, 2014 about U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf who is running against U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington has received complaints about trash polycarts being left on the street long after trash pickup days, and, as a result is considering new rules.
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