HOISINGTON - At the Hoisington City Council meeting on Monday, several landlords were present, upset about the rental licensing agreement just passed by the council. The Great Bend Tribune featured a story on the program on July 6. The rental agreement requires minimum standards for rental housing and rental inspection.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council has approved a new ordinance requiring rental properties be properly maintained and inspected. The purpose is to protect both renters and homeowners, protect the value of land and dwellings throughout the city, and to protect the public from increased criminal activity that tends to occur in residential areas that are unstable due to blight.
Kansas is in desperate need of immediate CPR due to the failing tax policies of the current state administration.
ATWOOD - Noel Arthur Lipton, 71, died June 29, at the Rawlins County Hospital. Born Sept. 9, 1942, in Seattle, Wash., he was the son of Fredrick and Francis (Kelly) Lipton. On Sept. 9, 1972, he married Betty Ruckman in Great Bend. He was a mechanic and proudly served in the United States Army.
After record breaking drought and heat, the past few years have not been easy ones for farmers and gardeners. However, this June has provided much needed moisture, 8.34 inches as of Monday afternoon, according to John Feerick, senior meteorologist at accuweather.com.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting last week, passed an ordinance disallowing the storage of vehicles or parking in the front yard on residential property. The ordinance went into effect last Friday.
Editor's note: The Kansas Press Association, in cooperation with the Great Bend Tribune, is collecting photos of Vietnam soldiers who died in service for the Education Center at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. There are 265 photos of Kansas soldiers needed. The Tribune has located two photos, Kent Amerine and Edward Saenz.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington is facing major infrastructure upgrades, including city sewage lagoons that are short-circuiting, causing problems with under treated sewage. In light of that issue as well as other infrastructure upgrades needed such as a leaking swimming pool, the Hoisington City Council discussed at its meeting on Monday, adding a one cent sales tax for items purchased in Hoisington.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood School/Community Librarian Sharon Sturgis closes a book, but starts a new chapter in her life as she retires this month from the position she has held for two decades.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that police need a search warrant to search an arrested person's cell phone except in extreme emergency, such as immediate terrorist activity.
HOISINGTON - On June 12, Marline and Richard Amerine received a phone message on their landline phone from an individual claiming to be from the IRS.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood residents may soon have a Wellness Center if the Ellinwood Recreation Commission has it way. There is currently no fitness facility in Ellinwood.
BARTON COUNTY - The winds of war periodically have swept the U.S. over the last 100 years. Many soldiers arrived back stateside with little fanfare and continued their lives the best way they knew how.
HOISINGTON - For the first time ever, the Kansas High School Activities Association executive board has placed middle schools into an activities league. Pratt, Larned and Hoisington were placed into the Central Kansas League for middle schools starting with the 2015-2016 school year.
ELLINWOOD - Get together and talk about the special or everyday food dishes one used to make. Remember those recipes one wanted to ask mom about or grandmother. Perhaps it would be how to make an authentic German Chocolate Cake with the fudge frosting or a banana cream pie. It is time to spend some hours this summer in front of the air conditioner looking through the old cookbooks and recipe boxes.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Recreation Commission hired its first ever director, Kyle Chamberlin who began last January, and the community has seen a whirlwind of activity since then. The commission continues to dream big and have proposed renting the second floor of Sunflower Bank for use as a fitness facility.
HOISINGTON - Starting out the day with fresh air and exercise prepares energetic kids for learning and school. Hoisington now buzzes with activity in those early morning hours that once saw mostly vehicle traffic.
A Walking School Bus is where kids walk to school with an adult volunteer, and Riley School and USD 431 Hoisington received grants for Walking School buses.
ELLINWOOD - High school students participating in the St. Joseph PSR will be having a breakfast/brunch fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 at St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood. Cost is a free will offering with proceeds going towards the PSR mission trip and local charities.
HOISINGTON - Ghouls, ghosts and goblins fill Hoisington's Haunted Heights Haunted House, and for those who want to shiver, shake and scream their way through this scary delight, the attraction opens at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17-18, 24-25, and 31-Nov. 1.
HOISINGTON - In rural Kansas, a strong hospital is vital to a community and when a need arises, friends and neighbors pull together to make it work. When the need became apparent, the Hoisington community of 2,700 people, pulled together to expand a vital facility.
ELLINWOOD - From ales to ports, the third annual Ellinwood Craft Beer Festival celebrates the best beer the heartland has to offer. The beer connoisseur can sample 15 different regional beers, ranging from vanilla flavor to espresso to chocolate from breweries in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri at this year's event. It is from 2-8 p.m. on Oct. 18 and costs $25.
A support group, called Sisters of Hope, for recently widowed women will soon start up again.
The NFL provides an interesting diversion for many in a variety of ways.
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.
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.
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