BARTON COUNTY - The new educator at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center, Jean Aycock, is excited about her new job and is ready to begin teaching children and adults about wetlands.
HOISINGTON - Manweiler Chevrolet, an 84-year-old business in Hoisington, has received designation on the Kansas Register of Historic Places and will seek designation on the National Register, particularly for its exterior look.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council voted Tuesday at its regular meeting to adopt the budget reducing the mill levy assessment from 39.825 to 39.391 mills for 2013. A mill is one dollar for every $1,000 in value that a house is assessed. In addition, the council learned that they had received $35,000 in a class action lawsuit involving atrazine, an agricultural chemical, in water.
Compromise is defined as a settlement of differences by mutual concession. Or a more common sense definition would be that compromise is when both parties walk away unhappy.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Utility Task Force met Tuesday with Joe Herz and DeAnn Dotson of Sawvel and Associates to discuss electrical rates and questions that the board had for the consultants.
WASHINGTON D.C. -The Character Education Partnership in Washington D.C. has announced Hoisington High School will receive a Promising Practices award for implementing unique, specific and effective character education strategies as a part of the National Schools of Character program.
The Internet has grown exponentially before our very eyes. It is hard to believe that wide-spread usage only began 17-18 years ago and even harder to believe that we could function without it.
HOISINGTON - At its budget hearing on Monday, the Hoisington USD 431 School Board approved the 2012-13 budget, which lowers the mill levy assessment to 56.870 for 2012-13. The mill levy assessment in 2011-12 was 59.030, which will result in a drop of 2.160 mills for the current year.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting Monday, the USD 431 Board of Education voted to change the student insurance for students involved in activities due to cost.
Youth Academy alumni enjoyed a morning of play on Friday morning, racing go-carts, bowling, playing video games and miniature golf.
Residents of Barton County have endured two summers of drought and extreme heat, along with the rest of much of Kansas.
HOISINGTON - Area students will have the opportunity to practice skills with the Back to School Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by Hoisington Main Street Inc from Aug. 9-16.
While many states and countries have abolished capital punishment, some crimes are so heinous that death seems the only appropriate sentence.
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.
ELLINWOOD - The community of Ellinwood had a successful 41st annual After Harvest Festival with mild temperatures and large crowds at the July event, according to Chamber of Commerce Administrator J. Basil Dannebohm.
HOISINGTON - A group of community partners, including e-community, Hoisington Chamber of Commerce and the city of Hoisington have formed in Hoisington to consider buying a downtown building for use by the high school entrepreneurship class and possibly community members as a place to form small businesses and sell merchandise.
For those young people in need of a job, but are in need of assistance, the Flint Hills Job Corps, located in Manhattan, provides free job training for those who qualify. The program provides training in carpentry, cement-masonry, construction craft laborer, dental assistant, facility maintenance technology, plumbing, security & protective services, CNA, Home Health aide, and recently revamped high school academics or high school equivalency for those ages 16 through 24.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 Ellinwood School District has hired a new athletic director, Derek Schoenthaler, who moved to Ellinwood three weeks ago.
There isn't any significant voter fraud in Kansas or anywhere else for that matter. According to the Wichita Eagle, Aug. 13, 2012, out of 146 million nationwide voters over 12 years, there was one case for every 15 million prospective voters. Half of those cases were not prosecuted because of confusion about eligibility.
BARTON COUNTY -The 2013-14 Communities that Care data for the area once again shows that Barton County teens drink at a higher rate than teens from the remaining portions of Kansas, although the good news is that the numbers are trending downward across the state, including here. The report shows that area teens tend to smoke less and use marijuana less than the state average.
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