HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting moved to Dec. 26, agreed to hire three part-time Emergency Medical Services workers. They will be given a list of job duties which will include keeping the facilities and equipment restocked and clean.
HOISINGTON -New Pastors Steve and Jennifer Hopkins moved to Hoisington last August and have begun ministering at Living Joy Community Church, 354 W. 1st. They have taken over the position from Dale and Cheryl Curtis, who are preparing for retirement.
Part of the lethality of a gun is determined by the person behind it. However, the rules governing gun control are too loose and new legislation, screening and registration are needed.
A new Adopt-A-Dog program has begun in Great Bend to help lost or unadopted dogs to find their forever home. Volunteer RaShann Southard and the Golden Belt Humane Society will take adoptable dogs to the Orschselen Farm and Home store, 5320 10th St., for viewing once a month with dates and times to be announced, beginning in February.
ELLINWOOD - Using real looking paper mache masks, Ellinwood Grade School fifth graders used the opportunity to decorate their annual Barton Community College Christmas tree with paper mache masks of a wide variety of animals including the cute, cuddly panda bear, a dog and a bat.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Utility Task Force met on Tuesday and reviewed the findings of Sawvel and Assoc. Inc., the engineering firm hired to look into the electric utility and find savings if possible.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Grade School fourth graders learned practical measurement skills to supplement in-the-classroom learning on Tuesday, spending the day at Ellinwood High School using the student kitchens and wood lab.
HOISINGTON - The steam whistles sounds, the conductor hollers, "All aboard" and students from second grade at Roosevelt Elementary School quickly walk to board the imaginary Polar Express Train which annually passes through Hoisington close to Christmas time.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Commission on Aging has a new used minivan which will be used to transport seniors and others who need a ride in Ellinwood.
ELLINWOOD - Ryan J. Placher, 25, of Ellinwwod was travelling west on highway U.S. 56 approximately half a mile east of Ellinwood when the vehicle went off the right shoulder at about 5 p.m. on Tuesday evening. He overcorrected, came back onto the roadway, and slid sideways in to oncoming traffic. According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash log, a Ford 2008 F250 driven by Marion D. Newkirk, 55, of Lyons saw the vehicle , but was unable to avoid the collision.
It's that time of the year when colds, influenza, viruses abound. Stay home please!
HOISINGTON - The residents of Hoisington will see a drop of about 7 percent in overall electric bills, the Hoisington city council approved on Monday.
CLAFLIN - Life seemed normal this year for 18-year-old Bryce Steiner, Claflin. He was captain of the Central Plains football team, which his father coaches, and he is affectionately known as "Tiny" to all of his teammates and students at the school.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Christmas Lighting Contest will be sponsored this year by the Ellinwood Historical Society.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington School Board at its regular meeting, heard a presentation from Christina Lamoureaux and Amanda Brack about their trip to Washington D.C. to participate in the Character Education Partnership. The seminar taught the two how to promote the school's Core Values, chosen by the students, in the district.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council passed an ordinance in June requiring rental homes in the community be maintained and inspected yearly. However, the agreement sparked outrage among property owners.
HOISINGTON - After the conclusion of the landowner/property agreement portion of the city council meeting, the council continued with the regular meeting on Monday.
HOISINGTON - Traumatic brain injuries and the possibility of cumulative, lingering effects from concussion have led the Hoisington School District to begin using IMPACT-a computer concussion evaluation system for student athletes.
The recent suicide of Robin Williams brought to the forefront issues of depression, drug abuse and chronic illness. Every day, every where and every place in this nation, someone commits suicide. No group is immune.
Celebrating life will be the point of the Golden Belt Glow for Life, the second annual fundraiser for the Suicide Prevention Task Force. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Veteran's Memorial Park at the west shelter.
HOISINGTON - 21st century skills for students today involve knowledge that is different than it was a hundred years ago. With that in mind, the Hoisington School District is working towards an entrepreneurship project that will provide tools for students, including time management, accountability, responsibility, and hands-on employee skills.
USD 431 School Board, decided at a special meeting on Monday, to proceed with an entrepreneurship program similar to the Stafford Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Program (SEED).
ELLINWOOD - Those who attend football games at Ellinwood will have an entirely new experience this fall due to upgrades at the field. The entire area is undergoing renovation.
HOISINGTON - Walking or riding a bike is a healthy, wholesome activity, and students walking to and from school gives kids great outdoor exercise. USD 431 Hoisington School District has received two grants for a Walking School Bus that begins this fall, from Oct. 1-Nov. 14. A Walking School Bus, where a parent volunteers walk with the kids to school, is one of the latest initiatives to get kids outside and combat obesity.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington was built in the 1920s and needs to be updated for changing technology and standards. With this in mind, consultant Kent Stewart was contracted by the USD 431 school district to study the facilities in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Hometown holds a special place in the heart for many, and this year, Hoisington will celebrate hometown and those that are homeward bound at the 118th annual Labor Day Celebration Aug. 28-Sept. 1.
ELLINWOOD - At the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, James McCormick was named by Mayor Frank Koelsch to fill the seat on the city council left open by Ken Lebbin, who was appointed as a county commissioner in May.
This week, we as a nation, said farewell to the brilliant, frenetic genius that was Robin Williams-a man that befriended gorillas and entertained us for decades with his quirky sense of humor.
HOLYROOD - Work is progressing on the construction at Central Plains High School in Claflin, the USD 112 school board heard at its regular meeting on Monday, new superintendent, Greg Clark, said.
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