BARTON COUNTY - The elm leaf beetle, which has recently made a reappearance in Barton County, is a relatively harmless beetle that may cause the leaves from the tree to drop, but should not cause permanent harm to a healthy tree, according to Jim Strine, Kansas Forest Ranger.
ELLINWOOD - City tornado sirens have been randomly sounding in the middle of the night in error, the Ellinwood City Council heard as its regular meeting on Tuesday.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Grade School students recently wore black to support anti-bullying. In addition, each spring semester they work on a six week course to create a positive school atmosphere.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School have recently focused on anti-bullying, according to the councilor at the school Leonard Kaiser.
HOISINGTON - Four individuals have expressed interest in becoming city council members in Ward 4, the Hoisington City Council heard Monday night. They will be interviewed at the regular Oct. 24 council meeting by the council, which meets at 7:30 p.m.
HOLYROOD - USD 112 elementary and middle school teacher Jennifer Berg has found a new way to display her student's artwork. They are all in an online gallery at www.artsonia.com where parents or grandparents who live in faraway places can see their students' art.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington School Board learned at its regular monthly meeting that the district's finances are in very sound financial footing according to the 2010-11 audit report by Ken Beran of Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington's second annual ATV rodeo was held yesterday in south Hoisington on a bright, sunny day with comfortable temperatures.
HOISINGTON - Volunteers from Superior Essex in Hoisington and from the Methodist Church spent some time on Wednesday evening at the Methodist Cemetery located outside of Hoisington restoring tombstones to their proper place. The Barton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the vandalism..
HOISINGTON - A group of concerned citizens approached the city council with a proposal to upgrade Pride Park. They would add shelters, parking, a new playground and refurbish the restrooms and basketball court, as well as add landscaping.
SEWARD - With a crowd that overflowed the sanctuary, St. Francis Xavier Church in Seward celebrated its 125th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the priesthood of Father Rene Guesnier on Sunday.
HOISINGTON - Avid outdoorsmen, hunter and photographer, Dr. Dan Witt of Hoisington has announced that he will retire from his job after 38 years as a urologist. He will devote himself full-time to his first three hobbies.
HOISINGTON - The 2nd annual ATV Rodeo will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 on the south side of the railroad tracks in Hoisington. Admission is $5. Children under 12 are free.
In a solemn ceremony remembering those lives taken and those lives given, the 9/11 Memorial for the Great Bend Airport was revealed Wednesday morning in Great Bend. It will be on permanent display in the airport.
ELLINWOOD - The "Gathering of the Eagles" alumni event, which happens every three years, will be held this year during Ellinwood High School's Homecoming on Sept. 30.- Oct.1.
CLAFLIN - In an agreement designed to be mutually beneficial, the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce and Claflin have joined forces to promote rural Kansas, market events and promote businesses.