Governor Sam Brownback will be coming to Great Bend on April 28 and will take a part in the Jack Kilby Plaza dedication, according the governor's spokeperson Sherriene Jones-Sontag. Kilby invented the integrated circuit or microchip.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood High School's Mystic Blues will rock at 7 p.m. Saturday to the retro tunes of American Bandstand in the auditorium. Homemade desserts will follow at the annual after dinner theater.
Barton County residents will soon be seeing the county appraisals on their property value as of Jan. 1. The appraisals are done based on the fair market value.
CHEYENNE BOTTOMS - I learned some significant things on my outing with Eric Giesing and Dr. Dan Witt at Cheyenne Bottoms this week.
ELLINWOOD - The Presson family, from Karrsjo Ornsleoldsvile, Sweden has moved to the United States and is working with Star of Hope International in Ellinwood to spread the word of SOH's mission. The SOH American headquarters are in Ellinwood.
The story in the Great Bend Tribune reported in Wednesday's paper showed only the advanced voting numbers and not the full vote. The Tribune regrets the error. The full vote results are listed below.
HOISINGTON - For the 2012-13 school year, each Hoisington High School student will get a new iPad2 to use during their high school years, the USD 431 school board approved Monday night after extensive discussion.
Kansas' own son, Skip Yowell, was recently back in town to share his journey from small town boy to one of the founders of an international company. He spoke to the entrepreneurship class at Great Bend High School, juniors and seniors, and did a library presentation to community members.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington High School senior Kade Cook is creating a new Cardinal mosaic out of ceramic tiles for the front hall of the school. A Cardinal is the school mascot.
ELLINWOOD - In a take-off of the wildly popular book, "The Hunger Games', students from Ellinwood Middle and High School enjoyed the day off from classes Wednesday to participate in a "The Hunger Games" day of their own making.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting on Monday night, the Hoisington City Council approved renting a city site to a family circus in May.
I recently saw on the internet that Chinese women held an "Occupy the Men's Bathroom." They were protesting the one male to one female bathroom strategy.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council has three at-large positions open for the election on April 3. The Ellinwood District Hospital board has one position open.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Ladies Night Out from 5-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29 for an evening of fun.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood city residents will see some new greenery in city parks for summer, and shades of red in the fall after new trees are planted. The City of Ellinwood and the Ellinwood Rotary Club have combined finances to purchase 15 trees for Wolf Park, City Park and Pohlman Park, and take out some dead or dying trees.
ELLINWOOD - Those who attend football games at Ellinwood will have an entirely new experience this fall due to upgrades at the field. The entire area is undergoing renovation.
HOISINGTON - Walking or riding a bike is a healthy, wholesome activity, and students walking to and from school gives kids great outdoor exercise. USD 431 Hoisington School District has received two grants for a Walking School Bus that begins this fall, from Oct. 1-Nov. 14. A Walking School Bus, where a parent volunteers walk with the kids to school, is one of the latest initiatives to get kids outside and combat obesity.
HOISINGTON - Lincoln School in Hoisington was built in the 1920s and needs to be updated for changing technology and standards. With this in mind, consultant Kent Stewart was contracted by the USD 431 school district to study the facilities in Hoisington.
HOISINGTON - Hometown holds a special place in the heart for many, and this year, Hoisington will celebrate hometown and those that are homeward bound at the 118th annual Labor Day Celebration Aug. 28-Sept. 1.
ELLINWOOD - At the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, James McCormick was named by Mayor Frank Koelsch to fill the seat on the city council left open by Ken Lebbin, who was appointed as a county commissioner in May.
This week, we as a nation, said farewell to the brilliant, frenetic genius that was Robin Williams-a man that befriended gorillas and entertained us for decades with his quirky sense of humor.
HOLYROOD - Work is progressing on the construction at Central Plains High School in Claflin, the USD 112 school board heard at its regular meeting on Monday, new superintendent, Greg Clark, said.
ELLINWOOD - The community of Ellinwood had a successful 41st annual After Harvest Festival with mild temperatures and large crowds at the July event, according to Chamber of Commerce Administrator J. Basil Dannebohm.
HOISINGTON - A group of community partners, including e-community, Hoisington Chamber of Commerce and the city of Hoisington have formed in Hoisington to consider buying a downtown building for use by the high school entrepreneurship class and possibly community members as a place to form small businesses and sell merchandise.
For those young people in need of a job, but are in need of assistance, the Flint Hills Job Corps, located in Manhattan, provides free job training for those who qualify. The program provides training in carpentry, cement-masonry, construction craft laborer, dental assistant, facility maintenance technology, plumbing, security & protective services, CNA, Home Health aide, and recently revamped high school academics or high school equivalency for those ages 16 through 24.
ELLINWOOD - USD 355 Ellinwood School District has hired a new athletic director, Derek Schoenthaler, who moved to Ellinwood three weeks ago.
There isn't any significant voter fraud in Kansas or anywhere else for that matter. According to the Wichita Eagle, Aug. 13, 2012, out of 146 million nationwide voters over 12 years, there was one case for every 15 million prospective voters. Half of those cases were not prosecuted because of confusion about eligibility.
BARTON COUNTY -The 2013-14 Communities that Care data for the area once again shows that Barton County teens drink at a higher rate than teens from the remaining portions of Kansas, although the good news is that the numbers are trending downward across the state, including here. The report shows that area teens tend to smoke less and use marijuana less than the state average.
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