ELLINWOOD - Star of Hope of Ellinwood has several upcoming trips planned in order to strengthen the roofs of the buildings at its school sites in Haiti. They encourage anybody including youth group or adults that might be interested in going to go.
ST. JOHN - The twentieth century saw great technological, sociological and historical changes, perhaps more than any other century before. At it's opening, ladies wore long dresses that brushed the floor, everyone rode in a wagon and faced disease and death without the benefit of antibiotics.
ELLINWOOD - A sophomore at Ellinwood High School, Forrest Williams and his friend Collin Werhahn have an unusual hobby for boys of that age-they collect war memorabilia.
HOISINGTON - The city of Hoisington will soon be receiving a new 20 passenger trolley, but they need volunteer drivers during the weekdays to take people to doctor's appointments, grocery shopping and to the bank.
A new program has begun to encourage local families to Adopt-A-Dog. It's a great program.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Veterans of Foreign War Hall, 256 S. Main, closed after its last event on New Years Eve.
BARTON COUNTY - About two miles east of Great Bend in the 300 block of East Barton County Rd., Dianna L. Werick of Hoisington was eastbound at 8:40 a.m. on Saturday. She lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway, went through the south ditch and struck a tree, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash Log.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Area Health Foundation newest project is to provide a wireless telemetry system for cardiac patients at the hospital. The amount needed to complete the project is $15,000-$16,000. Donations are tax deductible.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council, at its regular meeting moved to Dec. 26, agreed to hire three part-time Emergency Medical Services workers. They will be given a list of job duties which will include keeping the facilities and equipment restocked and clean.
HOISINGTON -New Pastors Steve and Jennifer Hopkins moved to Hoisington last August and have begun ministering at Living Joy Community Church, 354 W. 1st. They have taken over the position from Dale and Cheryl Curtis, who are preparing for retirement.
Part of the lethality of a gun is determined by the person behind it. However, the rules governing gun control are too loose and new legislation, screening and registration are needed.
A new Adopt-A-Dog program has begun in Great Bend to help lost or unadopted dogs to find their forever home. Volunteer RaShann Southard and the Golden Belt Humane Society will take adoptable dogs to the Orschselen Farm and Home store, 5320 10th St., for viewing once a month with dates and times to be announced, beginning in February.
ELLINWOOD - Using real looking paper mache masks, Ellinwood Grade School fifth graders used the opportunity to decorate their annual Barton Community College Christmas tree with paper mache masks of a wide variety of animals including the cute, cuddly panda bear, a dog and a bat.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington Utility Task Force met on Tuesday and reviewed the findings of Sawvel and Assoc. Inc., the engineering firm hired to look into the electric utility and find savings if possible.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood Grade School fourth graders learned practical measurement skills to supplement in-the-classroom learning on Tuesday, spending the day at Ellinwood High School using the student kitchens and wood lab.
Copper recycling can be a good thing coming out of old air conditioning or plumbing during replacement. Copper is a non-renewable resource, and apparently recycled copper is worth nearly as much as new copper.
HOISINGTON - The Hoisington City Council decided at its regular meeting last week to continue the animal control options the way they currently are. The city currently takes all stray animals to the Hoisington Veterinary Hospital. The council had looked at a proposal to take care of the animals by the city as a cost saving measure, but turned it down.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood City Council, at its regular meeting on Tuesday, agreed to purchase 11-12 acres of property from Alfred Pohlman for $3,600. The property is located north of 7th St. It is west of Kennedy and north of the water tower.
HOISINGTON - Engines will once again roar as drivers try to drive through the mud at the fourth annual Mud Run at 1 p.m. on June 1 in Hoisington, south of the railroad track on the east side of U.S. 281. It will be held in conjunction with the Kansas Mud Racing Organization.
ELLINWOOD - The USD 355 School Board, at its regular meeting Monday night, agreed to take another step in the iPad initiate. Currently, about twenty percent of the certified staff have iPads. The board agreed to buy approximately 30 more so that the remaining staff would have an iPad.
Travel writer Matt Bates of Scotland and Lisa Weigt, International Program director for Kansas/ Oklahoma Travel and Tourism recently toured Barton County.
In the early 2000s, like so many up and coming children of the prairie, Ellinwood native J. Basil Dannebohm, had the bright lights of the city shining in his eyes.
ELLINWOOD - At its regular monthly meeting, the USD 355 school board made two appointments to the new Ellinwood Recreation Commission Board of Directors. They were Mel Waite for four years, and Rob Fisher for one year. The ERC will soon begin planning a budget, hiring a director, and making plans for 2014.
America's Promise and DARE contest essay winners soared to the highest height on Saturday when members of the Experimental Aircraft Club in Great Bend took them on a 15-20 minutes airplane ride over Great Bend.
HOISINGTON - Touching the lives and improving the minds of over a 1,000 children after three decades of service, USD 431 teachers Darla Clark and Becky Andereck will close the last book bags of their careers this month. Both began and ended their service in Hoisington.
At long last, Congress, yes that gridlocked legislative body in D.C., has made changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. Astoundingly, the new rules actually make sense.
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