CLAFLIN - A new bar has opened in Claflin at 217 N. Main. Called Beer:30, it currently serves sandwiches and beer on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and is owned by Mike Hirst.
Fourteen Belgian Malinois K-9s and human police officers reported this week for yearly recertification with the Kansas Police Dog Association. While the humans looked at it as work, the dogs just enjoyed it as play.
Change is hard. Even change for good is hard. It's much easier to sit still and not take any risks.
HOISINGTON - Entering high school as a freshman is a difficult transition period for students. The upperclassmen are larger, and there have never been so many choices. To make that transition easier, Hoisington High School will be implementing the Link Crew next fall.
BARTON COUNTY - Transcending politics, Gov. Sam Brownback hosted an ecotourism summit at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Saturday.
Great Bend celebrated the achievements of one of its own on a calm and peaceful Saturday evening when the new Jack Kilby sculptures were commemorated.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood is gearing up for June Jaunt from June 1-3 when central to western Kansas will be partying. Plans are progressing for Ellinwood's part in the celebration.
Rabies cases are on the upswing this year, most likely due to the mild winter, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. A total of 21 cases have been identified in the state since Jan. 1.
HOISINGTON - Someone in Hoisington is improperly disposing of hazardous waste and the result was a city waste collector was injured from muriatic acid during the Thursday route, the city council heard at its regular meeting on Monday.
HOISINGTON - Twenty seniors from Hoisington High School were recognized on Monday at the HHS Senior Honors Banquet for having a grade point average of 3.5 or greater for seven consecutive semesters.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Elementary School fifth graders recent study of the Civil War came to life when they made Gatling guns and paper covered wagons as a part of their study.
Boy Scouts from the Kanza District had the opportunity to enjoy the "Wild West" right here in Barton County on a beautiful spring day on Saturday. The Jamboree is an annual event held each fall and spring.
HOISINGTON - The author of "Harry Hornacre, First Day of School", Jennifer Dizmang, was in Hoisington on Thursday talking to USD 431 preschoolers about living their dreams and positive behaviors.
The U.S. Senate voted down the Warren Buffet rule, a minimum tax on millionaires in a party line vote this week.
The Great Bend Convention and Visitor's Bureau has released a new Visitor Guide for Great Bend, Ellinwood and Hoisington featuring historic, recreation and business sites from throughout the area. It includes colorful photos of creatures great and small, and people of the area.