HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education approved hiring personnel after an executive session on Monday, according to the meeting minutes.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Grade School 3rd-6th grade students along with Ellinwood High School students once again learned about the intricate mechanics of the earth and materials in it during Einstein Day, so named after science pillar and genius Albert Einstein.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and the legislature enacted massive tax cuts in 2012, eliminating state taxes on the profits from 191,000 small businesses, including those owned by highly compensated professionals. The top income tax rate was lowered from 6.45 percent to 4.9 percent. The lowest income tax bracket is 3 percent.
ELLINWOOD -The Ellinwood High School Forensics Team competed at the KSHSAA 2A State Forensics Championships held at Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita on Saturday, May 3. Competing with a team of only four students and a total of seven entries, EHS placed 6th out of 35 schools.
HOISINGTON - Several individuals spoke at the Hoisington City Council meeting on Monday and those that spoke were in favor of allowing chickens in the city limits of Hoisington at the special meeting.
Miss Sally was pleased with her new outfit. She dressed up as a Harvey House waitress for the 120th celebration at the Historic Wolf Hotel, proudly wearing starched black and white as did the women who helped develop tourism in the prairie and southwest.
The Fourth District of Barton County will hold a convention of eligible voting delegates to name a Barton County Commissioner for the unexpired term of Don Cates at 7:30 p.m. on May 12 at the Barton County courthouse. The meeting is open to the public.
ELLINWOOD - There are new books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
Ten vehicles were involved in multiple crashes in western Barton County Monday afternoon due to low visibility from blowing dust shortly after 4 p.m. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir said an additional four vehicles were in the ditch to avoid crashing.
HOISINGTON - The possibility of allowing laying chicken hens in the city limits of Hoisington is ruffling the feathers of some Hoisington residents.
HOISINGTON - A fire occurred at 9:07 a.m. on Tuesday at 510 E. 3rd St. in Hoisington.
Seven members of the extended Koelsch family completed the 5k/3k walk at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Saturday. They walked as a unit over the rocky roads of Cheyenne Bottoms, supporting each other in the true meaning of family.
The wind was blowing seemingly from all directions on Monday, and it was exceedingly unpleasant in town. Highway conditions were dangerous and ten cars had crashed with multiple injuries. More travelers were in ditches.
The clouds rolling over the prairie over these most unpleasant few days have been brown instead of the usual grey. Filled with roiling dirt from dry soil, strong winds have sand blasted the area, bringing up remembrances of dust bowl years.
HOISINGTON - The City of Hoisington has hired a new Emergency Medical Services Director, Scott Fleming, who will begin his work on May 5 in Hoisington.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Recreation Commission hired its first ever director, Kyle Chamberlin who began last January, and the community has seen a whirlwind of activity since then. The commission continues to dream big and have proposed renting the second floor of Sunflower Bank for use as a fitness facility.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
A Walking School Bus is where kids walk to school with an adult volunteer, and Riley School and USD 431 Hoisington received grants for Walking School buses.
ELLINWOOD - High school students participating in the St. Joseph PSR will be having a breakfast/brunch fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. Cost is a free will offering with proceeds going towards the PSR mission trip and local charities.
HOISINGTON - Ghouls, ghosts and goblins fill Hoisington's Haunted Heights Haunted House, and for those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, and 31-Nov. 1.
HOISINGTON - In rural Kansas, a strong hospital is vital to a community and when a need arises, friends and neighbors pull together to make it work. When the need became apparent, the Hoisington community of 2,700 people, pulled together to expand a vital facility.
ELLINWOOD - From ales to ports, the third annual Ellinwood Craft Beer Festival celebrates the best beer the heartland has to offer. The beer connoisseur can sample 15 different regional beers, ranging from vanilla flavor to espresso to chocolate from breweries in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri at this year's event. It is from 2-8 p.m. on Oct. 18 and costs $25.
A support group, called Sisters of Hope, for recently widowed women will soon start up again.
The NFL provides an interesting diversion for many in a variety of ways.
According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the numbers of West Nile virus cases in Kansas have inched up slightly. Barton County still has the most cases in the state.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington is the oldest school in the USD 431 school district, and the school board has been considering plans for modernization of the building.
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