HOISINGTON - At a lively meeting on Monday night, the Land Bank board and potential buyers in the new McKenna Meadows discussed layout of the subdivision.
BARTON COUNTY - Barton County ranks high in the state of Kansas for teen risk behaviors including alcohol use along with four other counties including Barton, Rush, Pawnee and Stafford.
Newspapers are the bedrock of our community.
With an enjoyment of adventure and a desire to serve, Dr. Randall Hildebrand recently returned from medical missionary trip to the beautiful third world country of Cameroon, Africa where the major forms of transportation are walking or motorcycle riding. The green, country side full of waterfalls was beautiful in an area that receives 10 feet of rain in six months.
HOISINGTON - The Family Career and Community Leaders of America program at Hoisington High School bustles with activity throughout the school year and even during the summer months.
ELLINWOOD - At the Ellinwood City Council meeting on Tuesday, the council discussed the new street signs the city is getting.
Governor Sam Brownback has made another misstep in regards to the School Efficiency Task Force designed to find efficiencies in schools by not appointing any educators.
ELLINWOOD - Superintendent Ben Jacobs has reported that enrollment is up for the first time since 1999 in the Ellinwood School District at the school board's regular Monday meeting.
Due to the Great Recession, both individuals and governmental entities have had to make cuts and forgo without raises.
HOISINGTON - The National Wetlands and Wildlife Scenic Byway professionals and volunteers met for a brain storming session on Wednesday in Hoisington to celebrate successes of the past seven years and plan for the future.
HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Hoisington School Board met Monday night at its regular meeting, and discussed at length adding digital cameras, particularly for Lincoln School and the high school, which both have blind entrances.
Great Bend Police Officers' Brian Dougherty and Jefferson Davis will present a "True Lies" program for parents or anyone who cares about the youth of today at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Great Bend High School auditorium. They will talk about the issues 7th-12th graders are dealing with.
ELLINWOOD - For those with champagne tastes and a beer budget, the Ellinwood American Legion will host the first ever Craft Beer Festival featuring stouts, ales and delicate artistic flavors from micro breweries in Kansas and Colorado. German food such as bratwurst with sauerkraut, bier rocks and home-made bread will also be for sale.
ELLINWOOD -Melting and then pouring searingly hot molten iron into molds of his own, Ellinwood native, Aaron McCaffery, is an artist of a different kind, and he will demonstrate an iron art pour at the American Legion Craft Beer Festival Oct. 13.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Free Land Program will give an approximately 12,000 square foot lots to 12-15 families on a first come first serve basis to build a home at the location of the old mobile home park, the City Land Bank committee decided Monday. A $500 earnest fee is required which will be refunded upon completion of the home.
ELLINWOOD - At a meeting with a light agenda, the USD 355 Ellinwood School Board celebrated successes at its regular meeting on Monday.
Boot kicking cowboy fun will entertain the entire family at the second annual Healing Hearts Ranch Rodeo fund raiser scheduled for Oct. 4 at the Barton County Fair Grounds, Arena Expo Complex. Real cowboys will show real ranch activities.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting on Monday, unanimously rescinded the rental agreement ordinance that had landlords in an uproar.
Barton County has many mosquitoes and this time of year, unfortunately, West Nile Virus has popped up. One case has been identified by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment as a neuroinvasive case and one as a non-neuroinvasive case.
HOISINGTON - Joe Coles, consultant, was in Hoisington last Thursday discussing business etiquette and leadership skills with Hoisington High School students, Ellinwood High School students and St. John-Hudson High School students. Sixty-six students participated.
ELLINWOOD - Returning to its roots, the Historic Wolf Hotel in Ellinwood, purchased only one year ago, is well on its way to its former grandeur.
The sting of a mosquito bite, while unpleasant, may carry a greater bite lately to some living in Barton County.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 began a full roll out of one-on-one iPad to student from kindergarten to 12th grade this fall, and so far, it has changed up learning for the kids. From music class to English to science, the students are using the tablet.
HOISINGTON - A Family Fun 5K Run/Walk will be held at 8 a.m. on Sept. 27 in Hoisington at Bicentennial Park. The cost is $15 for youth and $20 for an adult. \
In the U.S., we tend to have a mentality that no matter how bad we feel, we must drag ourselves to church, to work, to recreational activities. So when the sniffles, colds, influenza, and stomach flu attack, out the door we go.
HOISINGTON - An accident occurred Monday morning at about 10:30 a.m. when Ruth Brack, 82 of Hoisington, was traveling east in the 400 block of 7th street in a white 4-door Chevrolet.
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