HOISINGTON - After being President and Chief Executive Officer of Clara Barton Hospital for four years, Chuck Waters is retiring, but will continue working through January 2011.
CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - The annual National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count was held in December, and the results showed that the 95 species of birds were present at Cheyenne Bottoms this winter. The numbers were up.
HOISINGTON - After being the Plant Manager of Superior Essex in Hoisington for 24 years and 8 months, Brent Rensch is retiring and plans to spend his days doing a lot of hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling. He will stay in the area.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting Monday night, the Hoisington City Council discussed the blight ordinance for the city.
GREAT BEND - The Kansas Department of Transportation recently met in Great Bend with members of the local Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway committee to present the unified marketing plan for all of the byways in the state.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council met at its regular meeting on Tuesday night.
HOISINGTON - To promote awareness of the Barton County-wide teen binge drinking problem, the Hoisington City Council and USD 431 will have a joint meeting on Jan. 3, 2011 at the Hoisington Activity Center. The state-wide Communities That Care survey showed that Barton County is higher than state average in binge drinking and liquor during the last 30 days.
HOISINGTON - With a great ability to connect with teenagers, motivational speaker Mike Donahue spoke to Hoisington High School students on Monday and urged the students to stop self-medicating with alcohol, drugs and negative behavior, and to begin treating the pain underneath the mask.
To spread the Christmas spirit throughout the library, Great Bend Children's Librarian Eric Coulbourne held the first ever tree trimming Christmas party on Saturday.
HOISINGTON - Brent Rouse has recently been hired as the new Emergency Medical Services director in Hoisington, moving from Larned.
ELLINWOOD - Provided with a box of odds and ends such as straws, foil, paper and scissors, and armed with keen determination, seventh and eighth grade students from throughout central Kansas competed in the Science Olympiad at Ellinwood High School on Friday.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington School District USD 431 received the Standard of Excellence in grades: Lincoln Elementary, third and fourth grade and Building Wide Reading and Math; Hoisington Middle School, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth, and building-wide reading and math; Hoisington High School building-wide Reading and Math.
HOISINGTON - Duckwall-ALCO stores announced today it will close all 44 Duckwall stores including the one in Hoisington. Forty-three of the stores will be closed permanently, except for one in Hettinger, N.D. which will be reopened as an ALCO.
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.
HOISINGTON - At the Hoisington School Board meeting on Monday, the school board heard preliminary plans for separating the Hoisington Middle School Library into two rooms.
CLAFLIN - The Claflin Independent Township Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 14-19, showcasing the new copies of micro film of historic Claflin Clarion, Claflin Gazette and Claflin Banner newspapers and having an open house.
Miss Sally visited the Kansas Wetlands Education Center this week for the first time since its opening in 2009.