HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council accepted by consensus a hazard mitigation grant to digitize mapping of the electric utility as a part of its regular meeting last week. The mapping project will cost $17,380.35 of which the grant from FEMA pays 70 percent. The city will pick up the remaining cost.
ELLINWOOD - In a short city council meeting last Tuesday, City Administrator Robert Peter reported that Emergency Medical Services received a grant to purchase a second defibrillator. The grant will pay around $26,577 and the city will pay the remainder of $8,858.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents will soon have new, improved city sidewalks for walking or strolling through the Safe Routes to School Plan, which the city council approved at its regular meeting on Monday. The SRTS provides $250,000 in grant money to improve sidewalks and provide ADA sidewalk ramps.
Governor Sam Brownback will be coming to Great Bend on April 28 and will take a part in the Jack Kilby Plaza dedication, according the governor's spokeperson Sherriene Jones-Sontag. Kilby invented the integrated circuit or microchip.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School's Mystic Blues will rock at 7 p.m. Saturday to the retro tunes of American Bandstand in the auditorium. Homemade desserts will follow at the annual after dinner theater.
ELLINWOOD - The Presson family, from Karrsjo Ornsleoldsvile, Sweden has moved to the United States and is working with Star of Hope International in Ellinwood to spread the word of SOH's mission. The SOH American headquarters are in Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - For the 2012-13 school year, each Hoisington High School student will get a new iPad2 to use during their high school years, the USD 431 school board approved Monday night after extensive discussion.
Kansas' own son, Skip Yowell, was recently back in town to share his journey from small town boy to one of the founders of an international company. He spoke to the entrepreneurship class at Great Bend High School, juniors and seniors, and did a library presentation to community members.
ELLINWOOD - In a take-off of the wildly popular book, "The Hunger Games', students from Ellinwood Middle and High School enjoyed the day off from classes Wednesday to participate in a "The Hunger Games" day of their own making.