ELLINWOOD - The year was 1950, and in November of that year, the United States was mired in battle in Korea, fighting the spread of Communism. Two young men from Barton County answered the call to service and paid the highest price.
The Heart of Kansas Family Health Care Inc. employees celebrated the completion of the clinic expansion project on Thursday at a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce After Hours. The building is now 12,000 square feet, doubling its size, and eight exam rooms have been added for a total of 17.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Police Department will add Tasers for police officers, the Hoisington City Council heard at its regular meeting.
HOISINGTON - Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks game wardens Brian Hanzlik of Hoisington and Phil Kirkland based out of Stafford County played an integral role in the investigation of James and Marlin Butler, two men recently convicted in a deer poaching scheme.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington 4-H Jets have worked hard getting projects ready and learning new skills for the Barton County Fair on July 6-10. The group showed their work at the Hoisington Chamber of Commerce coffee on Thursday.
ELLINWOOD - At its meeting this week, the Ellinwood District Hospital Board of Directors heard that usage of the facility and clinic is going up.
HOISINGTON - Intricate, unique and delicate metalwork is the hallmark of Hoisington artist Bruce Bitter. For this reason, the Transportation Security Administration approached Bitter earlier this year to craft a 9/11 Memorial for Kansas airports using a steel I-beam from the World Trade Center.
ELLINWOOD - The USD 355 Board of Education will slightly increase the cost to eat meals for the 2011-12 school year. All meal prices went up five cents. The meal fees are: breakfast (K-6) $1.15, (7-12) $1.55, (adult) $1.55; lunch, (K-6) $1.90, (7-12) $2.15, (adult) $3.15, and extra milk (K-12) 40 cents; Other fees are: book rental (K-6) $50, activity fee and books (7-12) $75; athletic fees (middle school) $20 ...
HOISINGTON - No, not real ones. Local Hoisington dignitaries will be locked-in jail as part of a fundraising event for Hoisington Main Street Inc. from 10 a.m. to noon on June 27, and the "jail" complete with bars is being constructed. The jail will be located on Main Street in front of HMSI.
ELLINWOOD - At its meeting this week, the Ellinwood City Council approved the annual city fireworks show for July 3. Private fireworks can be shot on July 4 only. The show will honor long-time resident Jerry Menges.
WICHITA - Gene Roberson, 74, passed away on June 16 surrounded by his family at St. Francis Hospital. He was born on June 17, 1936 in Great Bend. After serving in the United States Army, he spent his career as a sales representative of wholesale steel products until his retirement.
BARTON COUNTY - Sewing gifts of caring, area seamstresses have been making baby blankets on a volunteer basis for infants born in Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council voted Monday night to allow fireworks on July 3, 2011 from 1-11 p.m. for this year only. The shut-down times will be enforced.
HOLYROOD - USD 112 Central Plains Superintendent Jim Runge will retire effective June 30, 2014.
ELLINWOOD - Last August, Ellinwood had serious problems with flooding after torrential rains, particularly on the north side of town. The city has narrowed engineering firm choices to one and is in negotiations with them.
Pope Francis was named Time's Person of the Year. He is a good choice.
ELLINWOOD - Four juveniles were apprehended in Ellinwood for shooting out car windows Monday between 6-8 p.m., according to Ellinwood Police Chief Art Keffer. There are 11 reported cases at press time from within the city limits.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council approved two new water wells for the Hoisington Recreation Commission for the Legion Field and softball diamond at Bicentennial Park at its regular meeting on Monday.
PAWNEE ROCK - The Hoisington High School Student Council recently spent the day at Praise Ranch in Pawnee Rock in a service learning project. Twelve students and Principal Meg Wilson assisted with clean up of the gymnasium at the old Pawnee Rock Elementary School.
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.
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