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.
Ellinwood will transform into an authentic German holiday village brimming with traditional Christmas activities at the first-ever Christkindlmarket on Dec. 1. The roots of its German heritage run deep in the community that was settled by Germans in the late 1800s.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood High School students learned about careers from the workers in the trenches during a career fair earlier this week.
For 117 years, people from throughout the state of Kansas have congregated in Hoisington for an old-fashioned parade, for contests, the demolition derby, street dance and carnival. It is now a four day event.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Board of Education met at its regular meeting on Monday evening.
HOISINGTON - In a moving Veterans' Day Program, Hoisington Middle and High School Kays Club honored veterans past and present Monday morning.
ELLINWOOD - Celebrating the cool, crisp fall air and marking the beginning of the holiday season, Ellinwood will hold its annual Holiday Open Haus with events ranging from an art show to gift wrapping to retail sales. It will be held from noon to 4 p.m. today.
BARTON COUNTY - Barton County lost eight people to suicide in 2012. That number is down from last year from 2011 when the county lost 11.
HOISINGTON - Three Hoisington School District students recently used school acquired skills in a real life film for Ellsworth Correctional Facility. The video will be submitted for a marketing grant, which if the facility receives it, will be used to market the bicycle refurbishing program and the upgrades to the Spiritual Life Center.
In 2012, the teen pregnancy rate for Barton County went down from 2011, according to the Kansas 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics. There were 43 pregnancies down from 54 for 2011 in the 10-19 age group.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting on Monday, discussed at length the issue of trash carts being left at the curb all week, particularly on the east side of town, south of 9th Street.
Catholic students from the Dodge City Diocese learned about the importance of forming healthy habits and spoke about their knowledge at the annual Civic Oration Contest held Saturday in Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington had a major community water leak on Tuesday when the main transmission line to the community failed.
Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley wants to bring poetry home to Kansans, and in that vein, is beginning a weekly poetry column that will be published in the Great Bend Tribune.
ELLINWOOD - Wyatt Townley, Shawnee Mission, finds poetry in every day life, in trains, in the Kansas wind, and in nature. Imaging magical ways to weave words, she comes home to poetry.
ELLINWOOD - At its regular meeting on Tuesday, the Ellinwood City council discussed traffic flow in front of Ellinwood Grade School on Sixth Street.
An early morning fire destroyed the Camp Aldrich dining hall on Saturday. It created an orange glow that could be seen from Claflin.
HOISINGTON - At the Hoisington School Board meeting on Monday, the school board heard preliminary plans for separating the Hoisington Middle School Library into two rooms.
CLAFLIN - The Claflin Independent Township Library will celebrate National Library Week, April 14-19, showcasing the new copies of micro film of historic Claflin Clarion, Claflin Gazette and Claflin Banner newspapers and having an open house.
Miss Sally visited the Kansas Wetlands Education Center this week for the first time since its opening in 2009.
CLAFLIN - In an agreement designed to be mutually beneficial, the Ellinwood Chamber of Commerce and Claflin have joined forces to promote rural Kansas, market events and promote businesses.
ELLINWOOD - Anticipation abounds at Ellinwood School District this spring as 5th and 12th graders receive cutting edge technology that allows them to search for the front door of Ellinwood Grade School on Google Earth or message a teacher with a question about an assignment.
Monday following the Barton County Commission meeting, the below explanation was given on the dispute between Sheriff Brian Bellendir and County Attorney Richard Boeckman on the county's Facebook page. It said:
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Police Department has added an improved tool to its tool chest to fight crime-digital cameras, replacing older cameras that were failing.
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