BUSHTON - Harkening back to the days of yesteryear prior to rural electrification in central Kansas, food was kept in the first half of the 20th century by home canning and smoking. Women would work through the night to ensure that food was safely preserved for their families.
CLAFLIN - Republican candidate Don Cates will be the new Fourth District County Commissioner defeating Ellinwood resident and Democrat Frank Koelsch with 100 percent of the votes counted. A Claflin resident, Cates won 1,038 to 650 with 61 percent of the votes for Cates.
ELLINWOOD - For those who like to throw the dice, the Kansas Sidewinders Motorcycle Club, 21 N. Main, in Ellinwood will hold a Casino Night United Way Fundraiser from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington will celebrate its kick-off for holiday shopping by holding the Shop Chimney Hop and Ladies Night Out at 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, providing food and fun for bargain hunters.
BARTON COUNTY - Elementary schools in Ellinwood and Hoisington are celebrating Red Ribbon Week which is observed across the nation to highlight the issues of substance abuse and its negative impact on schools, communities and the nation.
BARTON COUNTY - Regional Prevention Centers around the state are highlighting the 2010 Communities That Care student school surveys, and the results show Barton County's rates for overall alcohol use, binge drinking and drug use is higher than the average for the state and surrounding counties.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting Monday evening, the Hoisington City Council heard a presentation from Nickie Lee, Efficiency Kansas team leader. Two programs are available, Efficiency Kansas and the Weatherization Assistance Program, to provide home weatherization assistance as cost savings measures.
CLAFLIN - Kans for Kids held an informational meeting for Claflin High School students last Wednesday, providing information about childhood cancer victims in Barton County.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Public Library is displaying a series of gnomes at the library, owned by Bruce Custer.
Michelle Kaiser's three-year-old preschool class at Roosevelt Elementary School learned about healthy habits with the help of PBS Kids.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council heard at its Wednesday night about the new expansion at the Hoisington Public Library from Library Director Pat Brown and board member Judy Ray.
ELLINWOOD - Long-time Ellinwood resident Katie DeWerff moved to Haiti in June and works full-time as an administrator in the Project Pep La camp, which is a 20,000 person tent camps. They emphasize a hand-up not a hand-out, trying to teach spiritual values along the way.
HOISINGTON - Parents will no longer have to struggle to find care for their elementary age children for those extra couple hours per day after school in Hoisington when a new after school care program begins next fall. The name of the new business is GPS Kids Club.
It's time to adjust to changing times and to collect Internet sales tax. The U.S. House of Representatives is debating the issue today. The bill requiring collection of Internet sales tax has already passed the Senate.
ELLINWOOD - Curious about life, about people and places, author Cynthia Kadohata, became fascinated with custom harvesting, and her book, "The Thing About Luck," is loosely based on an Ellinwood family she met when receiving the "William Allen White Award."
HOISINGTON - In order to build student engagement, responsibility and leadership, students K-12 at USD 431 will for the first time ever, lead parent-teacher grade conferences next week at the schools.
Ewalt Elementary School Principal Greg Clark of Augusta has been hired as the new superintendent for Central Plains USD 112 School District. Clark will begin his duties July 1.
Kansas House Bill 2210 is frightening.
HOISINGTON - Building skills and real life experiences, USD 431 Hoisington Future Business Leaders of America have opened a coffee shop serving beverages to student and staff.
HOISINGTON - Like many small communities throughout the area, Hoisington currently has a shortage of Emergency Medical Technician volunteers. In an effort to address the shortage, Hoisington is offering a full scholarship to Barton Community College for tuition and books with a total value of $1200.
Miss Sally Wolf sprawled in bed in the Bed and Breakfast area of the Historic Wolf Hotel, hunched over her cell phone and eating potato chips. She hadn't moved all day.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 Ellinwood School Board approved in a special meeting, a new track, bleachers and fencing at the high school football field. Construction is projected to start the last day of track season and last all summer with a finish date of Sept. 1 in time for football season.
The Topeka Capital Journal broke a story on Feb. 22, 2014 about U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf who is running against U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington has received complaints about trash polycarts being left on the street long after trash pickup days, and, as a result is considering new rules.
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