Kennedy Dyer, 3, the daughter of Nick and Jennifer Dyer enjoys playing at Ellinwood Grade School during Open House last week.
HOISINGTON - Brent Rensch, retired plant manager of Superior Essex, is known for his love of people and for this reason, was named Hoisington Labor Day Grand Marshal.
CLAFLIN - Former NFL player for the Minnesota Vikings and team captain in 1983, Keith Nord, was in Claflin last week to work with students and parents of USD 112 on coming together, leadership and character education.
BARTON COUNTY - The Communities That Care data, which is a survey of 6th, 8th, 10th and 12th graders from across the state, has been released from the 2010-11 school year for Barton County. Some good news is reported in data.
HOISINGTON - Dubbed Hoisington's finest school by "The Catholic Advance" when it was built in 1930, St. John School will be torn down in October, marking the end of an era for Catholic students. The school had already closed to students in 1990 due to low enrollment.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council met at its regular meeting on Monday night.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Main Street Inc. held a quarterly training session in Hoisington for the state-wide Main Street Inc. program with over 80 people from across the state in attendance last Thursday. On Friday, about 30 directors also attended the directors-only conference.
HOISINGTON - For 115 years and with the theme of "There's No Place Like Home," Hoisington will once again celebrate Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-5 with a full round of activities. The city of Hoisington is also celebrating its 125th birthday.
Friends of the four-footed variety cooled off, swam, played on the grass and chased balls at the 2nd annual Bark in the Water Park at the Great Bend Aquatic Center. With tails wagging and perked ears, their joy was evident with their day of sunbathing and swimming.
HOLYROOD - USD 112 teachers and administrators attended the Jostens Renaissance conference in Anaheim, Calif. to inspire students and staff to build a positive school atmosphere, generate school pride and promote education and attendance during their break this summer.
HOISINGTON - Made out of stainless steel and the I-beam from the World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorials by B & B Metalarts were on display in Hoisington on Thursday.
HOISINGTON - The studio of Hoisington metal artists Bruce and Brent Bitter will be a busy place today when a representative from the Transportation Security Administration will be present to highlight the progress on the World Trade Center memorials that will be displayed at various Kansas airports.
HOLYROOD - USD 112 Central Plains school district will begin a new wind energy program for their students to allow for education and some electrical generation.
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.
ELLINWOOD - The community of Ellinwood had a successful 41st annual After Harvest Festival with mild temperatures and large crowds at the July event, according to Chamber of Commerce Administrator J. Basil Dannebohm.
HOISINGTON - A group of community partners, including e-community, Hoisington Chamber of Commerce and the city of Hoisington have formed in Hoisington to consider buying a downtown building for use by the high school entrepreneurship class and possibly community members as a place to form small businesses and sell merchandise.
For those young people in need of a job, but are in need of assistance, the Flint Hills Job Corps, located in Manhattan, provides free job training for those who qualify. The program provides training in carpentry, cement-masonry, construction craft laborer, dental assistant, facility maintenance technology, plumbing, security & protective services, CNA, Home Health aide, and recently revamped high school academics or high school equivalency for those ages 16 through 24.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 Ellinwood School District has hired a new athletic director, Derek Schoenthaler, who moved to Ellinwood three weeks ago.
There isn't any significant voter fraud in Kansas or anywhere else for that matter. According to the Wichita Eagle, Aug. 13, 2012, out of 146 million nationwide voters over 12 years, there was one case for every 15 million prospective voters. Half of those cases were not prosecuted because of confusion about eligibility.
BARTON COUNTY -The 2013-14 Communities that Care data for the area once again shows that Barton County teens drink at a higher rate than teens from the remaining portions of Kansas, although the good news is that the numbers are trending downward across the state, including here. The report shows that area teens tend to smoke less and use marijuana less than the state average.
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