HOISINGTON - Hoisington is gearing up for the 117th annual Labor Day event with a some new events combined with old favorites, but with all of them "Celebrating Life in the Heartland," the theme of this year's parade. New events this year include a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. Confederate Railroad will perform after a community barbecue and beer garden, all located under the water tower.
ELLINWOOD - At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Ellinwood City Council discussed the flood issues with a larger than normal crowd. It was reported that 107 homes had damage.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Emergency Medical Services Director Debbie Glenn has received the Kansas Emergency Medical Services Association Administrator of the Year.
HOISINGTON - As a testament to his years of dedication to Hoisington, of devotion to the youth of Hoisington, and of joy that he brought to others through laughter, Troy Bressler has named Hoisington's 117th annual Labor Day parade Grand Marshal. Troy passed away in the fall of 2012.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington approved the budget for the 2014 year at the regular city council meeting on Monday.
HOISINGTON - Not everyone gets engaged in a trauma room at the hospital. In fact, it is quite an unusual place for such an event to occur.
HOISINGTON - Hoisington Middle School students will now join Hoisington High School students with an iPad to use of their own during the school day, beginning this fall.
HOISINGTON - Cody Stetler of Hoisington has been chosen to play on the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game scheduled for Wednesday evening in Topeka. He was one of 24 players from all leagues selected to play.
ELLINWOOD - The newly formed Ellinwood Recreation Commission has been meeting monthly and making plans for new programs that will begin after March 2014 when the city will hand over the recreation department to the ERC.
Beauticians at Head Quarters beauty shop cut hair on Saturday to benefit Great Bend cancer victim Annetta Mermis. Mermis, a customer at the business, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in April.
ELLINWOOD - The City of Ellinwood meets it electrical usage needs through the Kansas Power Pool and its own electrical generation.
Willie Reed, an African-American man in Mississippi in 1955, saw a young man, Emmett Till, murdered.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council recently learned that upgrades are needed to the municipal sewage lagoon to bring it back into compliance with Environmental Protection Agency requirements.
In 2006, the state of Kansas took an aggressive stance against an invasive species that now occupies nearly every state in the United States and several Canadian provinces.
ELLINWOOD - At one time, kindergarten was a place where students learned social skills, to sit still, and even to take a nap during their half day of school. No more.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting on Monday, the USD 431 heard a report from board member Deb Stephens on a new K-6 after school program which, she said, "is a desperate need in the community." It would be held at the Hoisington United Methodist Church on school evenings until 6:30 p.m.
There are new audio books at the Ellinwood School/Community Library. They are:
The U.S. Supreme court refused Monday to hear a case by Amazon and Overstock.com challenging the state of New York's ability to collect sales tax on items sold online. Good for them - and especially to do so on Cyber Monday.
The Central Kansas Dream Center continues offering help and hope to those hurting people who have fallen through the cracks of the system. And with that thought in mind plans have begun for a unit for young adults aging out of foster care, called the Dream Center Living Youth.
ELLINWOOD - Decorated Christmas trees, German food, a living nativity, and shopping galore all marked Ellinwood's first ever Christkindlmarket on Sunday.
Thanksgiving Holiday is traditionally a time to give thanks for bountiful blessings, food and family.
BUSHTON - Central Plains Middle School students recently wrote an essay on "What Patriotism Means to Me?" as part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Patriots Pen essay contest.
Birds have always known that Cheyenne Bottoms is an important stop on the central flyway for the hundreds of thousands of water fowl and shore birds that migrate south each winter and north each spring. Although it's not always recognized as such by humans, Cheyenne Bottoms was designated a wetlands of international importance in 1971.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate for governor, Paul Davis, made a campaign stop in Great Bend on Saturday and spoke to a crowd of about 50 people. Davis expressed concerns about sales tax, property tax, college tuition and utility rates all rising.
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