HOISINGTON - Andrea Dolezal, Hoisington Middle School science and social studies teacher, received the Kansas Horizon Award sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education. The award identifies and recognizes exemplary first-year teachers who perform in a way that distinguishes them as outstanding.
LORRAINE - After serving for one year, the seats of the Central Plains USD 112 interim school board will be up for election on April 5, and the elected members will take office July 1. The filing deadline is Jan. 25.
ELLINWOOD - A bomb threat was called into Ellinwood District Hospital early Wednesday morning. The threat turned out to be phony, but all patients and staff were evacuated while a search was conducted.
CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - Twenty-six Hoisington High School art students had the opportunity to visit the Kansas Wetlands Education Center at Cheyenne Bottoms on Thursday to study art in nature, and the ceramic display by Fort Hays State University students.
HOISINGTON - In a joint meeting of the USD 431 school board and the Hoisington City Council, Christina Hayes, prevention consultant for the Regional Prevention Center of NWKS, presented data to the boards and approximately 60 patrons on the Communities that Care survey data which shows that Barton County teens have higher than state averages in alcohol use and cigarette use.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington School Board has added a new one-half credit requirement for students graduating in 2014. The class will be Nutrition and Wellness.
Editors note: Ellinwood historians Mary Jo Cunningham and Robert Yarmer provided information for this story.
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.