ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce will host a "Hometown Christmas" from 4-? p.m. this Saturday with stores serving refreshments and having specials.
HOISINGTON -The Hoisington City Council, at its meeting on Monday, will move forward with creating an ordinance limiting the number of cats or dogs to a total of six in any combination in the city.
The city of Ellinwood, the Ellinwood School Foundation and the Golden Belt Community Foundation will evenly split nearly $3 million dollars in a bequest from Vivian Archer, formerly of Ellinwood.
HOISINGTON - "Light up Hoisington" became a community project in 1999, and homes and buildings throughout the city are now illuminated throughout the Christmas season.
ELLINWOOD - The featherless construction paper turkey at Ellinwood Grade School regained his plumage when third graders brought back to school uniquely designed feathers, each distinct with the personality of the family and child just in time for the holiday.
HOLYROOD -Central Plains USD 112 school district heard at its regular monthly meeting that Wilson school has cut its trash collection fee from one-half to one-third primarily by recycling.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington residents will see a slight increase in sewer rates with January bills. The Hoisington City Council adopted the increase at its regular meeting on Monday after budget reviews last summer.
rinlee of Hoisington has been hired as the new director of Hoisington Main Street Inc. and began her duties on Nov. 7.
The body of a Great Bend man was found southwest of Great Bend by hunters Saturday morning, according to Barton County Sheriff Greg Armstrong.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington School District USD 431 has received a grant for $43,362 to take a leadership role in providing Barton County school districts and communities with an alcohol and drug plan of action for teens. The grant is from the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood High School will present "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday night at the EllinwoodHigh School auditorium.Tickets are $5.
"Have a spoonful of kindness with your coffee in the morning," says Kirk Sinclair, who is walking the American Discovery Trail across America to promote the humanitarian needs of housing, health and hunger. Having walked from the coast, he was in Great Bend on Wednesday and Thursday.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Middle School Principal Pat Reinhardt has been chosen as one of three Kansas Association of Middle School Administrator's Exemplary Principal. In addition to Reinhardt, Brad Miner, principal of Royster Middle School of Chanute, and Dr. Michael Wolgast, principal of Pioneer Trail Middle School of Olathe were also chosen.
ELLINWOOD - With new Ellinwood High School principal Shawn Henderson, the school is starting new programs to build a positive school atmosphere for learning.
CLAFLIN - Twenty-three -year-old Fort Hays State University student Jessica Thayer and her dog Addie, were heading back to Fort Hays after spending a few days with family in her hometown of Wichita early in the morning on Oct. 28.
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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