ELLINWOOD - Building on a theme of reading fluency for preschoolers and kindergarteners through books, interactive games and on the computer, the Ellinwood School Community Library held a "Furry Friends" party showcasing the many programs the library has in place to achieve that goal. Last Saturday, the event included were Alpha Bags, AWE computer, Books for Babies, Tumblebooks, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
ELLINWOOD -For beer connoisseurs and for people who just like sampling ale to stout regional beer, the Ellinwood American Legion will hold its second annual Craft Beer Fair from 3-8 p.m. on Sept. 28.
Engaging both the visual and audio senses, Petr's Frame House, 2009 16th St., will hold an performance arts evening with a book reading and signing, artwork and music from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 28. There will be book reading and signing by Diana Webster, original artwork by Heath Duntz of St. John, and original music by the Luna Copii Quintet with Jered Becker, formerly of Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - Ruth Stephens undoubtedly never dreamed that her 15 minutes of fame would come later in life. But the story of the retired woman who is influencing others to crochet bird nests for the Bird Recovery Center in Santa Rosa, Calif. has touched many people after a Great Bend Tribune article earlier this month.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood District Hospital is replacing its boiler, and the work is nearly complete, according to Lloyd Kurtz who is on the board of directors.
The Central KS Dream Center is, well, a dream come true for those in the county who the people caught in the cycle of poverty, abuse, and homelessness that need extensive help but that help is unavailable in many situations.
Four hundred second graders from throughout Barton County, the largest amount ever, flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Wednesday to learn about the wetlands in their own backyard on a warm sunny fall day.
For those overcoming life-controlling relationship addictions and other destructive cycles, help may be hard to come by. The new Central KS Dream Center in Great Bend opened in August to fill that gap.
HOISINGTON - Stacey Bressler, who has worked the last 26 years as the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce executive vice-president, has submitted her resignation to the board of directors.
HOISINGTON - At its meeting on Monday, the Hoisington City Council approved a lease with "The Long Drive" driving range for property located south of the city. It will be owned by Mark and Kristi Lovett.
The Suicide Prevention Task Force, a sub-committee of the Central Kansas Partnership, will hold a Walk/Run/Bike Fundraiser on Sept. 28 to create awareness and raise funds for education and community awareness.
Yesterday, several families in America lost a young adult child to suicide. Today, several more families will lose a young adult child to suicide. And tomorrow, several more families will lose a young adult child to suicide. Mental health professionals and families would like these deaths to drop to zero.
OTIS - USD 403 Otis-Bison School District rolled out its iPad initiative for the second grade classroom this Thursday as a part of the continuing move towards the use of technology. Each student received an iPad Mini for use in the classroom. The iPad Mini is a tablet that has a smaller screen size as compared to a regular iPad tablet.
Recent studies indicate that parents are reading to children less and less with video games taking its place.
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.
The Central Kansas Dream Center, 2100 Broadway in the chapel, will graduate its first group at 2 p.m. this Sunday. The three students, who faced life altering addictions, will share their stories.
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