ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Grade School was awarded a Certificate of Recognition in the Challenge Award Program from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force. This award recognizes the EGS third grade for outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishments based on Kansas Assessment results from 2011 and other qualifying factors.
BARTON COUNTY - Ellinwood and Hoisington both have several positions on the city council open in the April 3 election. The deadline to file was Tuesday, Jan. 24 at noon.
ELLINWOOD - Sixteen student leaders from Ellinwood, along with 16 students each from Sterling and Lyons, all completed a series of three leadership classes, ending last week in Ellinwood.
CLAFLIN - For school board appreciation month, Superintendent Steve Woolf thanked the board for their time and effort, and a job well done at their recent meeting.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Country Living Memory Care and Home Plus has added some new features to its services. They are now offering memory care for individuals with confusion, wandering or dementia.
HOISINGTON - Pat Horton, a lifetime Hoisington resident, was named "Citizen of the Year" at the recent Chamber of Commerce banquet in the Knights of Columbus Hall.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington received very good news for the community when 6.7 acres of land were donated for residential development to its land bank, the Hoisington City Council learned at its recent meeting.
ELLINWOOD - The City of Ellinwood will purchase property at 511 E. Santa Fe to provide additional storage of city equipment, the Ellinwood City Council decided at its meeting on Tuesday. An open-front shed will be built on the property which is located east of the city shop.
CLAFLIN - Claflin High School and Claflin Elementary School have both received the Governor's Achievement Awards for the 2010-11 school year, and Ellinwood's St. Joseph School have also received the award.
ELLINWOOD - The school district has made some video improvements to the gym to showcase student athletes, the Ellinwood School Board heard at its regular meeting. These improvements will be unveiled during the game with Hoisington Friday evening.
ELLINWOOD - State Treasurer Ron Estes was in Ellinwood on Tuesday, explaining to high school students and elementary school students the importance of managing credit cards, savings, and budget.
ELLINWOOD - Sometimes it is the extra special lengths a few go to that makes a difference for many, providing a moment during parades to honor veterans and to provide an educational opportunity. The Ellinwood American Legion provides such a moment with its flag trailer.
ELLINWOOD - Learning of pyramids, and Africa and the Great Sphinx, sixth graders at Ellinwood Grade School also dissected frogs to learn the mummification process used by the ancient Egyptians.
Editor's note: A fifteen year-old girl attending a Barton County high school is having an unplanned pregnancy. She has agreed to share her journey, anonymously, with the Great Bend Tribune. We plan to check in on this story monthly. She can tell us what it is like to be a teenager in Barton County having a baby. This story contains adult themes and may be unsuitable for young children.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting the Hoisington City Council heard a proposal from Rottinghouse franchises to open a Subway restaurant at 169 S. Main in four to eight months.
HOISINGTON - Welcome to the world of the big rigs. Something about large trucks and heavy machinery attracts the old and young alike, eager to see the inner workings.
HOISINGTON - What was it used for? is the big question Hoisington Community Historical Society members are asking about the big, red banner they recently received from Becky Jamison of Canon City Colo.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council passed an ordinance in June requiring rental homes in the community be maintained and inspected yearly. However, the agreement sparked outrage among property owners.
HOISINGTON - After the conclusion of the landowner/property agreement portion of the city council meeting, the council continued with the regular meeting on Monday.
HOISINGTON - Traumatic brain injuries and the possibility of cumulative, lingering effects from concussion have led the Hoisington School District to begin using IMPACT-a computer concussion evaluation system for student athletes.
The recent suicide of Robin Williams brought to the forefront issues of depression, drug abuse and chronic illness. Every day, every where and every place in this nation, someone commits suicide. No group is immune.
Celebrating life will be the point of the Golden Belt Glow for Life, the second annual fundraiser for the Suicide Prevention Task Force. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Veteran's Memorial Park at the west shelter.
HOISINGTON - 21st century skills for students today involve knowledge that is different than it was a hundred years ago. With that in mind, the Hoisington School District is working towards an entrepreneurship project that will provide tools for students, including time management, accountability, responsibility, and hands-on employee skills.
USD 431 School Board, decided at a special meeting on Monday, to proceed with an entrepreneurship program similar to the Stafford Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Program (SEED).
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.
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