ELLINWOOD - Since the early 1940s, the 3 Coin Club, a group of businessmen and farmers in Ellinwood has been meeting each day for coffee. Now mostly retired, they shoot the bull, tell tall tales also known as lies, and talk about sports and politics in the company of good friends every day for half an hour.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents, led by Teddy Williamson, have once again planted a community garden full of tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, herbs, beets, potatoes, corn, onions, sweet peas and strawberries.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Activity Center's Director Rae Ann Hayes is leaving her position sometime this summer to move to Goodland. Her husband's family owns a farm there, and he intends to work it.
Being older means being able to remember the interesting things in life- John and Yoko, "Pet Sounds", and "Stairway to Heaven" along with sit ins, Kent State and life-size David Cassidy posters. It means remembering being able to drive a 1970 Impala with a small block engine that could single handedly take a out telephone pole with a barely visible dent and that 13 people could actually fit in one. (It was okay, I was the driver). The speedometer went up to 140 mph.
HOISINGTON - Engines will once again roar as adults try their hands at running a truck through the mud at the third annual Mud Run at 1 p.m. on June 2 in Hoisington in conjunction with the Kansas Mud Racing Organization. The cost is $5 with children 5 and under free. There will be concessions and a beer garden.
The American Legion of Kansas held its 94th annual convention in Great Bend this weekend in conjunction with the 92nd American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion. The convention alternates each year between Topeka and Great Bend.
PAWNEE ROCK - On May 28, the city of Pawnee Rock will celebrate 125 years, beginning the day with a parade at 10 a.m. An event button will be for sale for $3 with different historic scenes. Activities are free with the button.
ELLINWOOD - A man that honorably served his country during Korea and paid with his life, Thomas Edward Cooney, will be remembered this Memorial Day with a flag folding and rededication of the war dead memorial at the Ellinwood American Legion. Cooney's name has been added to the memorial.
Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to cut income taxes for successful small businesses is not a good idea.
HOISINGTON - For those who like playing dirty, in the mud that is, the Hoisington Labor Day clown committee will hold a co-ed mud volleyball fundraiser on June 16 at the 4-H grounds between Great Bend and Hoisington.
ELLINWOOD - From June through July, the Ellinwood school district will be offering free lunches for children ages one to eighteen at Ellinwood High School commons area from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
ELLINWOOD -The city of Ellinwood continues to go green with the planting of 15 blaze maple trees with the help of a $1500 donation from the Rotary Club.
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.
HOISINGTON - At the Hoisington School Board meeting on Monday, the school board heard preliminary plans for separating the Hoisington Middle School Library into two rooms.
CLAFLIN - The Claflin Independent Township Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 14-19, showcasing the new copies of micro film of historic Claflin Clarion, Claflin Gazette and Claflin Banner newspapers and having an open house.
Miss Sally visited the Kansas Wetlands Education Center this week for the first time since its opening in 2009.
CLAFLIN - In an agreement designed to be mutually beneficial, the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce and Claflin have joined forces to promote rural Kansas, market events and promote businesses.
ELLINWOOD - Anticipation abounds at Ellinwood School District this spring as 5th and 12th graders receive cutting edge technology that allows them to search for the front door of Ellinwood Grade School on Google Earth or message a teacher with a question about an assignment.
Monday following the Barton County Commission meeting, the below explanation was given on the dispute between Sheriff Brian Bellendir and County Attorney Richard Boeckman on the county's Facebook page. It said:
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Police Department has added an improved tool to its tool chest to fight crime-digital cameras, replacing older cameras that were failing.
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