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.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council accepted by consensus a hazard mitigation grant to digitize mapping of the electric utility as a part of its regular meeting last week. The mapping project will cost $17,380.35 of which the grant from FEMA pays 70 percent. The city will pick up the remaining cost.
ELLINWOOD - In a short city council meeting last Tuesday, City Administrator Robert Peter reported that Emergency Medical Services received a grant to purchase a second defibrillator. The grant will pay around $26,577 and the city will pay the remainder of $8,858.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents will soon have new, improved city sidewalks for walking or strolling through the Safe Routes to School Plan, which the city council approved at its regular meeting on Monday. The SRTS provides $250,000 in grant money to improve sidewalks and provide ADA sidewalk ramps.
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.
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.
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