ELLINWOOD - Gerald "Jerry" F. Menges was named "Distinguished Citizen of the Year" at the Ellinwood Rotary Club's Sweetheart Banquet on Thursday evening. He is the 35th award winner.
CLAFLIN - The patrons of school district USD 112 will go the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on March 1 to choose the three candidates for school board Position 7 at-large to move on to the April 5 ballot.
For teens who like to grab their boots and climb mountains, or paddle a raft through whitewater, a new scouting troop, Venture Crew 157, for youth ages 14 through 20, will soon be starting. In addition, other scouting activities have been reactivated.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood School District has named a new principal, Shawn Henderson, for the 2011-12 school year.
HOISINGTON - Long-time Hoisington residents Duane and Debbie Reif have dedicated their lives to service, not only with the Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation, but in service to other charitable organizations.
BARTON COUNTY - Many of the schools in the state of Kansas are running out of snow days for the school year and may have to make up time. However, area schools are okay with the number of snow days so far this year.
HOISINGTON - Three businesses were burglarized in Hoisington sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
The Ellinwood Fire Department hosted an area-wide firefighters conference on Rapid Intervention Techniques to rescue trapped firefighters on Monday night at St. Joseph Parish Hall in Ellinwood.
HOISINGTION - The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce celebrated it's annual banquet on Saturday, announcing the Citizens of the Year, Duane and Debbie Reif, and recognizing them for their work with Kans for Kids.
ELLINWOOD- In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, St. Joseph Catholic School in Ellinwood held a full week of activities. In addition, the school is celebrating 125 years of education.
Monday is HIV Awareness Day, and the Barton County Health Department would like everyone to know their HIV status.
HOISINGTON - On Wednesday morning, Clara Barton Hospital Director of Nursing Jane Schepmann facilitated a winter weather exercise for emergency service personnel from throughout Barton County.
CLAFLIN - Studying the lives of bees, along with other creatures, Claflin Elementary School students learned all about Kansas state facts from the educators at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Thursday last week.
BARTON COUNTY - The Kansas Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a second sting for 2014 on April 11 and while the results have improved from the first sting, more needs to be done.
You know you have a good friend when they change you just by being a friend.
HOISINGTON - A cross-curricular study aimed at teaching history, English, speech, character qualities, technology and collaborative work, Hoisington High School juniors each studied a Medal of Honor recipient, stirring feelings of patriotism and admiration for American heroes.
HOISINGTON - Which is the better, faster, stronger tractor? Allis Chalmers, John Deere? Massey Ferguson?
ELLINWOOD - Motivational speaker Joe Coles spent the day Wednesday at Ellinwood Middle and High School teaching the students life skills, positive changes, and including everyone.
ELLINWOOD - The planning stage is nearly over as USD 355 will soon be installing electronic locking doors at district schools, beginning the first of May. They will be done shortly thereafter.
The federal Food Stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, underwent changes beginning in October of 2013, and as a result, local charities that provide food are now seeing an increase in usage.
Prevention is the best medicine.
Catholic students from the Dodge City Diocese learned about the importance of forming healthy habits and spoke about their knowledge at the annual Civic Oration Contest held Saturday in Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington had a major community water leak on Tuesday when the main transmission line to the community failed.
Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley wants to bring poetry home to Kansans, and in that vein, is beginning a weekly poetry column that will be published in the Great Bend Tribune.
ELLINWOOD - Wyatt Townley, Shawnee Mission, finds poetry in every day life, in trains, in the Kansas wind, and in nature. Imaging magical ways to weave words, she comes home to poetry.
ELLINWOOD - At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Ellinwood City council discussed traffic flow in front of Ellinwood Grade School on Sixth Street.
An early morning fire destroyed the Camp Aldrich dining hall on Saturday. It created an orange glow that could be seen from Claflin.
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