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Pipes, poles and sewer work to begin at McKenna Meadows

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council met at its regular meeting on Monday. The council approved the infrastructure bids from McKenna Meadows. These bids include $4,733.37 for supplies for a four inch water main installed by city workers, $18, 755.23 for electric materials and equipment, curb and guttering from Christian Specialities for $25,175 which includes drive over curbs for driveways and $33,050 for a sewer bid from A&F Enterprises.

November 30, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

Ellinwood Hope Tree provides hope for the needy

ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Hope Tree has been providing a Merry Christmas morning to needy children for 12 years, and this year is no exception.

November 29, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

Hoisington likely to see reduced electrical rates

HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington is likely to see reduced electrical rates after the first of the year with a decrease of 15 percent in the meter and energy charge for 2013 and a reduction of an average of 19.5 percent in 2014 in the meter and energy charge if the recommendations of engineers and consultants, Sawvel and Associates Inc., are followed. At a Tuesday morning meeting, the group presented their recommendations to the Hoisington Utility Task Force.

November 27, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Dogs, mutts and owners walk for GBHS

Labradors, weimaraners and those of mixed descent, also known as mutts, walked with owners in the warm sun at the on Saturday, all in an effort to raise money for the Golden Belt Humane Society at the first annual "Get off your butts and walk your mutts" fundraiser.

November 24, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Ellinwood has new street signs

ELLINWOOD - Members of the Ellinwood boys and girls cross-country teams were present at the November City Council meeting In Ellinwood. The boys are state champs for the second year in a row, and the girls are state champs for the third year in a row and were recognized for their achievement.

November 24, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

USD 431 staff receives ‘Promising Practices’ award

HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School counselor Amanda Brack and art teacher Christine Lamoureaux recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive the National Promising Practice Award in Character Education for Creating the Cardinal Core character education at Hoisington High School, which has involved nearly everyone at the school.

November 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Hoisington acquires 60 acres for use as community property

HOISINGTON - At a special council meeting on Monday, the Hoisington City Council unanimously approved the purchase of 60 acres on the west side of Hoisington as a path for growth.

November 22, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

There has to be a middle ground

Louisiana Republican Governor Bobby Jindal criticized former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on recently for saying that he lost the 2012 election to President Barack Obama in part because Democrats promised "gifts" to minority groups, calling Romney's remarks "absolutely wrong," according to the Los Angeles Times.

November 21, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Opinion

Teen pregnancy up in Barton County for 2011

BARTON COUNTY - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released the 2011 statistics for teen pregnancy in Kansas, and, Barton County, unlike the remainder of the state and nation is showing an upward trend.

November 20, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Students graduate from DARE at Eisenhower School

After 12 weeks of lessons, 46 Eisenhower 5th graders graduated from Drug Abuse Resistance Education or DARE classes on Monday. All 5th graders in Great Bend attend DARE and the Lincoln ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 and at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 28 at Jefferson.

November 19, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Pride Park once again becomes a place of pride

HOISINGTON - Pride Park in Hoisington will once again be a place for pride and be a place the city's children to have fun, fresh air and exercise. When the entire project is funded, there will be a shelter house for picnics and for entire families to make bonds and memories.

November 16, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

Building a playground

November 16, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

Volunteer trolley drivers needed in Hoisington

HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting held on Tuesday, the Hoisington City Council heard of the need for volunteer trolley drivers. The city will be receiving a new trolley next year. The trolley runs five days per week and has 500 passengers per month, according to Pat Conrad, director. The trolley will take people to doctor's appointments and allows them to stay in their homes for a longer period.

November 15, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Barton Co. News

Leave under mandatory evacuation or loose insurance

We all are sympathetic when a natural disaster hits because of lost lives and damage to property. The personal toll can be tremendous as well as the overall economic cost.

November 14, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint

Veteran of Korea receives medal after 60 years

ELLINWOOD - Sixty years after the Korean War, Cpl. Milton Sittingdown, received his Purple Heart medal on Sunday at the Ellinwood American Legion for injuries received during battle.

November 13, 2012 | Karen LaPierre | News

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