ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood will be the site of the area's first ever Zombie apocalypse, stirring up the deepest and murkiest and creative parts of the mind. The evening starts with a 5K run or 1 mile walk, starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the corner of Santa Fe and Main, followed by a Zombie Prom later in the evening.
When the personal computer came out in the late twentieth century, the world changed forever. They were clunky machines, but they took over jobs that once were done by hand.
OTIS-BISON - USD 403 Otis-Bison School District has firmly stepped into the twenty-first century, offering technology as a way to improve the number of available classes and opening a virtual school, Southwinds Academy. This small Kansas town is on the forefront of the future.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood will celebrate the cooler temperatures of fall with a slate of activities on Saturday, Oct. 5. Called the "Fall Frolic," not only will there be the annual city-wide garage sale, but the Peddler's Market has returned after a hiatus of several years. Plus, the day starts off with a two mile Health Walk, promoting healthy lifestyles.
HOISINGTON - United Ag Services Hoisington Co-Op will be undergoing a major upgrade this fall as soon as the fall harvest of milo, soybeans and corn is complete. The estimated cost is $1 million dollars.
Historic Cheyenne Bottoms pictures, including some from Frank Robl the "duck man" of Ellinwood, featuring life in and around Cheyenne Bottoms from the early part of twentieth century, have been donated to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center.
LONGMONT, Colo.- Ada Mae Marquis, 101, died on Sept. 23. She was born Ada Mae Mattal on Jan. 14, 1912, in Bison, to John J. and Sarah C. (Kleweno) Mattal. On May 16, 1929, she graduated from Bison High School. She also attended an all-girl Christian trade school in Kansas City. On June 30, 1938, she married Walter D. Marquis in Hoisington. She lived in Hoisington and Ellinwood before moving to Ogallala, Neb. in 1993 ...
ELLINWOOD - Building on a theme of reading fluency for preschoolers and kindergarteners through books, interactive games and on the computer, the Ellinwood School Community Library held a "Furry Friends" party showcasing the many programs the library has in place to achieve that goal. Last Saturday, the event included were Alpha Bags, AWE computer, Books for Babies, Tumblebooks, and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.
ELLINWOOD -For beer connoisseurs and for people who just like sampling ale to stout regional beer, the Ellinwood American Legion will hold its second annual Craft Beer Fair from 3-8 p.m. on Sept. 28.
Engaging both the visual and audio senses, Petr's Frame House, 2009 16th St., will hold an performance arts evening with a book reading and signing, artwork and music from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 28. There will be book reading and signing by Diana Webster, original artwork by Heath Duntz of St. John, and original music by the Luna Copii Quintet with Jered Becker, formerly of Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - Ruth Stephens undoubtedly never dreamed that her 15 minutes of fame would come later in life. But the story of the retired woman who is influencing others to crochet bird nests for the Bird Recovery Center in Santa Rosa, Calif. has touched many people after a Great Bend Tribune article earlier this month.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood District Hospital is replacing its boiler, and the work is nearly complete, according to Lloyd Kurtz who is on the board of directors.
The Central KS Dream Center is, well, a dream come true for those in the county who the people caught in the cycle of poverty, abuse, and homelessness that need extensive help but that help is unavailable in many situations.
Four hundred second graders from throughout Barton County, the largest amount ever, flocked to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center on Wednesday to learn about the wetlands in their own backyard on a warm sunny fall day.
For those overcoming life-controlling relationship addictions and other destructive cycles, help may be hard to come by. The new Central KS Dream Center in Great Bend opened in August to fill that gap.
ELLINWOOD - At one time, kindergarten was a place where students learned social skills, to sit still, and even to take a nap during their half day of school. No more.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting on Monday, the USD 431 heard a report from board member Deb Stephens on a new K-6 after school program which, she said, "is a desperate need in the community." It would be held at the Hoisington United Methodist Church on school evenings until 6:30 p.m.
There are new audio books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
The U.S. Supreme court refused Monday to hear a case by Amazon and Overstock.com challenging the state of New York's ability to collect sales tax on items sold online. Good for them - and especially to do so on Cyber Monday.
The Central Kansas Dream Center continues offering help and hope to those hurting people who have fallen through the cracks of the system. And with that thought in mind plans have begun for a unit for young adults aging out of foster care, called the Dream Center Living Youth.
ELLINWOOD - Decorated Christmas trees, German food, a living nativity, and shopping galore all marked Ellinwood's first ever Christkindlmarket on Sunday.
Thanksgiving Holiday is traditionally a time to give thanks for bountiful blessings, food and family.
BUSHTON - Central Plains Middle School students recently wrote an essay on "What Patriotism Means to Me?" as part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Patriots Pen essay contest.
Birds have always known that Cheyenne Bottoms is an important stop on the central flyway for the hundreds of thousands of water fowl and shore birds that migrate south each winter and north each spring. Although it's not always recognized as such by humans, Cheyenne Bottoms was designated a wetlands of international importance in 1971.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate for governor, Paul Davis, made a campaign stop in Great Bend on Saturday and spoke to a crowd of about 50 people. Davis expressed concerns about sales tax, property tax, college tuition and utility rates all rising.
Ellinwood will transform into an authentic German holiday village brimming with traditional Christmas activities at the first-ever Christkindlmarket on Dec. 1. The roots of its German heritage run deep in the community that was settled by Germans in the late 1800s.
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