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.
ELLINWOOD - With a eye towards the surreal and with the deep roots of faith, Ellinwood native Todd Fox will exhibit his artwork of the "Passion of Christ" at the Ellinwood School/Community Library this week and during November.
ELLINWOOD - Interwoven into rich brocade, the lives of three children are forever changed interacting with each other on the English moor. A fiction book called "The Secret Garden" by Frances Burnett depicts these children who become family to each other. Their lives are regenerated by being at one with nature in the secret garden and with each other.
The ecosystem of the prairie grasslands, including buffalo wallows and playas are far more complex than explorers, who once called the area the Great American desert, thought. They are crucial to the health and well-being of humans as well as animals, reptiles and plants.
TOPEKA -The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) issued an Emergency Order of Suspension on Oct. 17 to a day care home at 901 Stone in Great Bend, Kan., licensed under the name Rhonda's Day Care Home. It is operated by Rhonda Weingrad.
The story of 15-year-old Davion Only, the foster child who asked for a family at church, touched the collective heart of the nation.
CLAFLIN -Prior to 1980, vehicle repair involved changing four v-belts to run each engine accessory, including air conditioning, alternator, water pump and air pump. Jim Vance, currently of Claflin, knew there could be a better way.
Ellinwood Grade School, Central Plains Grade School-Holyrood, and several Great Bend schools have been notified that they are recipients of Certificates of Merit as a part of the 11th annual Challenge Awards from the Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force. This award recognizes schools for outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishment based on 2013 Kansas Assessment results and other qualifying factors, such as sample size and socioeconomic status.
BARTON COUNTY - Barton County has received good news in that teen pregnancy numbers are down in 2012 from 2011, according to the Kansas 2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics, with 43 pregnancies for ages 10-19. The county teen pregnancy rate is 23.5 per 1,000 girls, which ranks 27th in the state.
BUSHTON - The USD 112 School Board met at its regular meeting on Monday. Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball presented its audit report.
Food stamp recipients in Louisiana on Monday flooded Walmart stores, emptying entire shelves of food, using benefit cards that mistakenly had no limits.
HOISINGTON - As a part of Spirit Week last week and after hearing a presentation from Kans for Kids, Hoisington High School students collected aluminum cans for Kans for Kids and food for the Hoisington Food Bank.
Kammeron Haggerty, 16, of Holyrood died Saturday in a farming related accident.
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.