HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents will soon have new, improved city sidewalks for walking or strolling through the Safe Routes to School Plan, which the city council approved at its regular meeting on Monday. The SRTS provides $250,000 in grant money to improve sidewalks and provide ADA sidewalk ramps.
Ha Choo! comes the sound from someone nearby. Even with a mild cold and flu season this year, just a reminder that it's polite to stay at home while sick.
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.
HOISINGTON - Miss Minnie travels the state in the comfort of a 30 foot trailer, teaching kids about where ice cream really come from. She doesn't get car sick either, but lays down, snacks on hay, and enjoys the ride.
regular city council meeting last week, the Hoisington City Council once again discussed code enforcement and the direction that the city will take in the coming year.
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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