BUSHTON - Eighth graders at Central Plains Middle School - Bushton begin working last fall on developing actual businesses for their computer applications class. After working much of the fall, the two best business ideas had a business ribbon cutting and will begin operation.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 Board of Education is having a series of strategic planning meetings for the district that includes residents, employees and others interested in the future of the district.
CLAFLIN -Although complaints arose from the new school lunch guidelines from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that were implemented in schools across the country this year, USD 112 students are becoming used to it. Plus, Family and Consumer Teacher Sharon Cooper is using the lunches as a teaching tool for students each day.
HOISINGTON - After years of preparing students for state exams, USD 431 educators are being reminded of the higher levels of learning such as analysis, evaluation and creating, to teach their students, as compared to rote memorization.
CLAFLIN - The 94 Store Cafe in Claflin, 200 E. Front St., reopened about a month ago and is serving fresh ground hamburgers from Bailey's, fresh cut French fries and hash browns, and breakfast all day. They are open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays. The gas station portion closes at 4 p.m.
HOISINGTON - With a light agenda, the USD 431 Board of Education met at its regular meeting Monday night.
In Florida, recently, a family has been growing a vegetable garden in the front yard. It is generating some controversy as the city of Orlando wants the homeowner to pull up the micro-irrigated 25 by 25 foot plot. The condition of the garden is well kept, but it is against city code.
ELLINWOOD - Star of Hope of Ellinwood has several upcoming trips planned in order to strengthen the roofs of the buildings at its school sites in Haiti. They encourage anybody including youth group or adults that might be interested in going to go.
ST. JOHN - The twentieth century saw great technological, sociological and historical changes, perhaps more than any other century before. At it's opening, ladies wore long dresses that brushed the floor, everyone rode in a wagon and faced disease and death without the benefit of antibiotics.
ELLINWOOD - A sophomore at Ellinwood High School, Forrest Williams and his friend Collin Werhahn have an unusual hobby for boys of that age-they collect war memorabilia.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington will soon be receiving a new 20 passenger trolley, but they need volunteer drivers during the weekdays to take people to doctor's appointments, grocery shopping and to the bank.
A new program has begun to encourage local families to Adopt-A-Dog. It's a great program.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Veterans of Foreign War Hall, 256 S. Main, closed after its last event on New Years Eve.
BARTON COUNTY - About two miles east of Great Bend in the 300 block of East Barton County Rd., Dianna L. Werick of Hoisington was eastbound at 8:40 a.m. on Saturday. She lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway, went through the south ditch and struck a tree, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash Log.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Area Health Foundation newest project is to provide a wireless telemetry system for cardiac patients at the hospital. The amount needed to complete the project is $15,000-$16,000. Donations are tax deductible.
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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