Birds have always known that Cheyenne Bottoms is an important stop on the central flyway for the hundreds of thousands of water fowl and shore birds that migrate south each winter and north each spring. Although it's not always recognized as such by humans, Cheyenne Bottoms was designated a wetlands of international importance in 1971.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate for governor, Paul Davis, made a campaign stop in Great Bend on Saturday and spoke to a crowd of about 50 people. Davis expressed concerns about sales tax, property tax, college tuition and utility rates all rising.
Ellinwood will transform into an authentic German holiday village brimming with traditional Christmas activities at the first-ever Christkindlmarket on Dec. 1. The roots of its German heritage run deep in the community that was settled by Germans in the late 1800s.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood High School students learned about careers from the workers in the trenches during a career fair earlier this week.
For 117 years, people from throughout the state of Kansas have congregated in Hoisington for an old-fashioned parade, for contests, the demolition derby, street dance and carnival. It is now a four day event.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Board of Education met at its regular meeting on Monday evening.
HOISINGTON - In a moving Veterans' Day Program, Hoisington Middle and High School Kays Club honored veterans past and present Monday morning.
ELLINWOOD - Celebrating the cool, crisp fall air and marking the beginning of the holiday season, Ellinwood will hold its annual Holiday Open Haus with events ranging from an art show to gift wrapping to retail sales. It will be held from noon to 4 p.m. today.
BARTON COUNTY - Barton County lost eight people to suicide in 2012. That number is down from last year from 2011 when the county lost 11.
HOISINGTON - Three Hoisington School District students recently used school acquired skills in a real life film for Ellsworth Correctional Facility. The video will be submitted for a marketing grant, which if the facility receives it, will be used to market the bicycle refurbishing program and the upgrades to the Spiritual Life Center.
In 2012, the teen pregnancy rate for Barton County went down from 2011, according to the Kansas 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics. There were 43 pregnancies down from 54 for 2011 in the 10-19 age group.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting on Monday, discussed at length the issue of trash carts being left at the curb all week, particularly on the east side of town, south of 9th Street.
ELLINWOOD - With a eye towards the surreal and with the deep roots of faith, Ellinwood native Todd Fox will exhibit his artwork of the "Passion of Christ" at the Ellinwood School/Community Library this week and during November.
ELLINWOOD - Interwoven into rich brocade, the lives of three children are forever changed interacting with each other on the English moor. A fiction book called "The Secret Garden" by Frances Burnett depicts these children who become family to each other. Their lives are regenerated by being at one with nature in the secret garden and with each other.
PAWNEE ROCK - The Hoisington High School Student Council recently spent the day at Praise Ranch in Pawnee Rock in a service learning project. Twelve students and Principal Meg Wilson assisted with clean up of the gymnasium at the old Pawnee Rock Elementary School.
ELLINWOOD - At one time, kindergarten was a place where students learned social skills, to sit still, and even to take a nap during their half day of school. No more.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting on Monday, the USD 431 heard a report from board member Deb Stephens on a new K-6 after school program which, she said, "is a desperate need in the community." It would be held at the Hoisington United Methodist Church on school evenings until 6:30 p.m.
There are new audio books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
The U.S. Supreme court refused Monday to hear a case by Amazon and Overstock.com challenging the state of New York's ability to collect sales tax on items sold online. Good for them - and especially to do so on Cyber Monday.
The Central Kansas Dream Center continues offering help and hope to those hurting people who have fallen through the cracks of the system. And with that thought in mind plans have begun for a unit for young adults aging out of foster care, called the Dream Center Living Youth.
ELLINWOOD - Decorated Christmas trees, German food, a living nativity, and shopping galore all marked Ellinwood's first ever Christkindlmarket on Sunday.
Thanksgiving Holiday is traditionally a time to give thanks for bountiful blessings, food and family.
BUSHTON - Central Plains Middle School students recently wrote an essay on "What Patriotism Means to Me?" as part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Patriots Pen essay contest.
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