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West Nile cases inch up slightly in county

According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the numbers of West Nile virus cases in Kansas have inched up slightly. Barton County still has the most cases in the state.

October 08, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


USD 431 to hold meetings about LIncoln School modernization plans

HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington is the oldest school in the USD 431 school district, and the school board has been considering plans for modernization of the building.

October 07, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


Hoisington history intertwined with church as they celebrate 125th birthday

HOISINGTON - The settlers of the 1880s were hardy souls, enduring frequent prairie fires, grasshopper, droughts, and an untamed land filled with promise. And in those days, the settler's sought solace from the uncertainty, the tornadic winds, and the loss through their faith.

October 03, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


Gambling wager: When the price becomes too high

A quick roll of the dice, the purchase of lottery tickets, playing bingo for money, or a wager at the blackjack table provides a welcome temporary distraction for some. However, it becomes a problem when a person can't stop playing or thinking about betting.

October 03, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


Taxing issue: Kansas shows astounding decline in revenue

According to the AP on Tuesday, "Tax collections by the Kansas state government in September fell a sobering $21 million below projections to mark the fourth time in the past six months revenue failed to match targets, officials said Tuesday.

October 02, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Program assists Kansas foster kids to ‘Gear Up’ for college

Foster kids may lack encouragement and resources to achieve a college degree and that's why a program called "Gear Up" assists them with intervention activities, financial assistance, and tools for college success.

October 01, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


EDH to host health walk

ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood District Hospital Physical Therapy Department will host a health walk this Saturday at 8 a.m. promoting the benefits of walking.

September 30, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


More West Nile cases found in Barton County

Additional cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in Barton County, bringing the numbers to the highest in the state. There have been two neuroinvasive cases and five non-neuroinvasive cases for a total of seven as of Sept. 20.

September 27, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


‘Giddy up 409’ racers remember the good old days

"She's real fine, my 4-0-9," sang the Beach Boys in the early 1960s. For car enthusiasts who grew up in that era, they do regard Chevrolet cars from 1958-1965 as fine indeed.

September 27, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


Hoisington waste water lagoon project on hold

HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council learned at its regular meeting that the wastewater lagoon project will be temporarily placed on hold. Hoisington's lagoons were found to be short circuiting and improperly functioning last year.

September 26, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


Let Orman and Roberts run on merits

According to the Associated Press, the Kansas Supreme Court has sent a lawsuit attempting to force Democrats to name a new U.S. Senate nominee for the November ballot to a district court.

September 25, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | Viewpoint


Eagle Backers Club supports Ellinwood athletics

ELLINWOOD - USD 355 has added a new program, the Ellinwood Eagle Backers Club, to support athletic and activity programs of Ellinwood High School.

September 23, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


Small town librarians make a difference through reading

HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents will see new faces in October when they visit the Hoisington Library as long term employees Pat Brown and Susan Willis officially retire at the end of September. Both have truly enjoyed assisting patrons.

September 20, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


New council member sworn in at Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - A new city council member, James Cornwell, was sworn in at the regular meeting of the Ellinwood City Council last Tuesday. Cornwell was appointed by Mayor Frank Koelsch to replace Ken Lebbin, who was appointed as a Barton County Commissioner in May.

September 16, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


New council member sworn in at Ellinwood

ELLINWOOD - A new city council member, James Cornwell, was sworn in at the regular meeting of the Ellinwood City Council last Tuesday. Cornwell was appointed by Mayor Frank Koelsch to replace Ken Lebbin, who was appointed as a Barton County Commissioner in May.

September 16, 2014 | Karen LaPierre | News


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