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 - The Hoisington Chamber of Commerce will holds its annual banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the Knights of Columbus, 114 N. Main. The theme will be "There is no place like home."
HOISINGTON - At its last city council meeting, the Hoisington City Council approved making Kindscher's Mule Barn, 157 and 161 S. Main St. a Community Improvement District which will allow for the collection of an extra half-cent sales tax only at that location, after a public hearing.
BUSHTON - USD 112 Central Plains Middle School students spent a couple of hours last week performing plays of the six pillars of character.
HOISINGTON - Since last April, the city of Hoisington has torn down two blighted houses, is accepting bids for the tear down of three more, and the police department has issued 70 property improvement requests for junked vehicles, all in an effort to reduce city blight.
ELLINWOOD - At its regular meeting last Tuesday, the Ellinwood City Council approved an increase in the utility shut-off fee for non-payment effective Jan. 1. 2012.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood KAY Club, which is an organization which builds leadership and character in high schools, recently participated in Citizenship Week.
ELLINWOOD -Ellinwood School first grade teachers Linda Duncan and Katie Hook, received a grant for $200 to buy materials for a program where first graders go to the ELllinwood Country Living and do a project with the seniors.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington school district volleyball coach Tina Johnson submitted her resignation from her position with the school, and the USD 431 Board of Education accepted that resignation on Monday night at its regular board meeting.
HOISINGTON - A fierce-looking 125 pound German shepherd with ears about the size of an adult's hand, bounds for the door of the Hoisington Power Plant at the sound of strangers approaching, barking loudly and warning employees. His job done, and after some petting, he flops down in the main office on the floor.
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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