BARTON COUNTY - The new educator at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Jean Aycock, is excited about her new job and is ready to begin teaching children and adults about wetlands.
HOISINGTON - Manweiler Chevrolet, an 84-year-old business in Hoisington, has received designation on the Kansas Register of Historic Places and will seek designation on the National Register, particularly for its exterior look.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council voted Tuesday at its regular meeting to adopt the budget reducing the mill levy assessment from 39.825 to 39.391 mills for 2013. A mill is one dollar for every $1,000 in value that a house is assessed. In addition, the council learned that they had received $35,000 in a class action lawsuit involving atrazine, an agricultural chemical, in water.
Compromise is defined as a settlement of differences by mutual concession. Or a more common sense definition would be that compromise is when both parties walk away unhappy.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Utility Task Force met Tuesday with Joe Herz and DeAnn Dotson of Sawvel and Associates to discuss electrical rates and questions that the board had for the consultants.
WASHINGTON D.C. -The Character Education Partnership in Washington D.C. has announced Hoisington High School will receive a Promising Practices award for implementing unique, specific and effective character education strategies as a part of the National Schools of Character program.
The Internet has grown exponentially before our very eyes. It is hard to believe that wide-spread usage only began 17-18 years ago and even harder to believe that we could function without it.
HOISINGTON - At its budget hearing on Monday, the Hoisington USD 431 School Board approved the 2012-13 budget, which lowers the mill levy assessment to 56.870 for 2012-13. The mill levy assessment in 2011-12 was 59.030, which will result in a drop of 2.160 mills for the current year.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting Monday, the USD 431 Board of Education voted to change the student insurance for students involved in activities due to cost.
Youth Academy alumni enjoyed a morning of play on Friday morning, racing go-carts, bowling, playing video games and miniature golf.
Residents of Barton County have endured two summers of drought and extreme heat, along with the rest of much of Kansas.
HOISINGTON - Area students will have the opportunity to practice skills with the Back to School Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by Hoisington Main Street Inc from Aug. 9-16.
While many states and countries have abolished capital punishment, some crimes are so heinous that death seems the only appropriate sentence.
BARTON COUNTY - The Kansas Department of Alcohol Beverage Control conducted a second sting for 2014 on April 11 and while the results have improved from the first sting, more needs to be done.
You know you have a good friend when they change you just by being a friend.
HOISINGTON - A cross-curricular study aimed at teaching history, English, speech, character qualities, technology and collaborative work, Hoisington High School juniors each studied a Medal of Honor recipient, stirring feelings of patriotism and admiration for American heroes.
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.
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