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USD 112 BOE considers building

HOLYROOD - The USD 112 Board of Education met at its regular meeting on Monday night. The board is discussing the possibility of adding a steel building to use as the weight room, concession stand and restroom facilities.

February 12, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


Gerdes soaring as an Eagle Scout

Great Bend High School sophomore Nick Gerdes has recently attained the prized Eagle Scout status by installing a light for the U.S. flag surrounded by a rock garden at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center last summer.

February 12, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Fruitful garden needs new director

HOISINGTON - After two years of bountiful harvests, Teddy Williamson, 72, is ready to retire from her job as the volunteer director at the Hoisington Community Garden.

February 11, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


USD 431 BOE makes changes to handbook

HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education approved two changes to the district handbook concerning arrival and departure time for middle school students and concussions at its recent meeting.

February 08, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


USD 431 BOE approves resolution for mill levy

HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education approved last Monday, in a 5-2 vote, Resolution 2013-10 to authorize the possibility of a mill levy from the Capital Outlay Fund up to eight mills.

February 07, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


What will be the future of Facebook?

According to recent surveys, some people are taking a break from Facebook. What will be the future of this social media? Will it go the way of email, which is mostly used for business?

February 06, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Clara Barton Hospital offers cardiac rehabilitation

HOISINGTON - Cardiac Rehabilitation Week is Feb. 13-19, and Clara Barton Hospital is a hospital that offers the therapy.

February 05, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


Governor's Achievement Award

BARTON COUNTY - Two Barton County Schools, Holy Family Catholic School in Great Bend and St. Joseph Catholic School in Ellinwood have earned the Governor's Achievement Award. Forty-two Kansas elementary schools, 11 middle/junior high schools and 18 high schools have been recognized as part of the sixth annual Governor's Achievement Awards, honoring top performing schools in the state.

February 01, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | News


Clara Barton Foundation holds annual meeting

HOISINGTON - The Clara Barton Foundation reported a successful year of fundraising for the hospital at its annual meeting last week. The foundation ended the year with $777,098 in assets and $280,747 in net income.

February 01, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


Hoisington chamber celebrates ‘Citizen of the Year’

HOISINGTON - Superintendent of USD 431 Bill Lowry was named "Citizen of the Year" at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce annual banquet last weekend. In addition, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt spoke.

January 31, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


Tameless Issue

While they were once called strays, they are now called feral. Feral cats have become one of the largest invasive species in the United States, including even in Great Bend.

January 30, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Lowry awarded Citizen of the Year

HOISINGTON - For the volunteer activities that he organizes or participates in, Bill Lowry earned the 'Citizen of the Year' award from the Chamber of Commerce for the many hats he wears, both as leader and follower.

January 29, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


USD 112 8th graders’open businesses

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.

January 29, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


USD 355 begins a series of strategic planning

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.

January 24, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


Students learn to adjust to the updated school menus

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.

January 22, 2013 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News


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