Being older means being able to remember the interesting things in life- John and Yoko, "Pet Sounds", and "Stairway to Heaven" along with sit ins, Kent State and life-size David Cassidy posters. It means remembering being able to drive a 1970 Impala with a small block engine that could single handedly take a out telephone pole with a barely visible dent and that 13 people could actually fit in one. (It was okay, I was the driver). The speedometer went up to 140 mph.
HOISINGTON - Engines will once again roar as adults try their hands at running a truck through the mud at the third annual Mud Run at 1 p.m. on June 2 in Hoisington in conjunction with the Kansas Mud Racing Organization. The cost is $5 with children 5 and under free. There will be concessions and a beer garden.
The American Legion of Kansas held its 94th annual convention in Great Bend this weekend in conjunction with the 92nd American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion. The convention alternates each year between Topeka and Great Bend.
PAWNEE ROCK - On May 28, the city of Pawnee Rock will celebrate 125 years, beginning the day with a parade at 10 a.m. An event button will be for sale for $3 with different historic scenes. Activities are free with the button.
ELLINWOOD - A man that honorably served his country during Korea and paid with his life, Thomas Edward Cooney, will be remembered this Memorial Day with a flag folding and rededication of the war dead memorial at the Ellinwood American Legion. Cooney's name has been added to the memorial.
Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to cut income taxes for successful small businesses is not a good idea.
HOISINGTON - For those who like playing dirty, in the mud that is, the Hoisington Labor Day clown committee will hold a co-ed mud volleyball fundraiser on June 16 at the 4-H grounds between Great Bend and Hoisington.
ELLINWOOD - From June through July, the Ellinwood school district will be offering free lunches for children ages one to eighteen at Ellinwood High School commons area from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
ELLINWOOD -The city of Ellinwood continues to go green with the planting of 15 blaze maple trees with the help of a $1500 donation from the Rotary Club.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting on Monday, USD 431 considered sharing the cost of purchasing a artificial turf machine that does deep cleaning with Great Bend and the junior college. The Hoisington High School football field is artificial turf.
CLAFLIN - The city of Claflin will be celebrating its 125th anniversary as a community from May 25-27 with a full range of activities.
CLAFLIN - A new bar has opened in Claflin at 217 N. Main. Called Beer:30, it currently serves sandwiches and beer on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and is owned by Mike Hirst.
Fourteen Belgian Malinois K-9s and human police officers reported this week for yearly recertification with the Kansas Police Dog Association. While the humans looked at it as work, the dogs just enjoyed it as play.
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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