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 - The Catholic community of Ellinwood has welcomed a new priest, John Forkuoh, from Ghana, Africa. With a bright smile and lively spirit, Father John comes to Ellinwood after training in Cincinnati, Ohio.
HOISINGTON - In an effort to promote school unity, build leadership skills and help foster student growth, Hoisington Middle School held Spirit Week last week.
HOISINGTON - The USD 431 Board of Education passed a resolution supporting the College and Career Ready standards at its regular meeting on Monday.
ELLINWOOD - In response to the flooding issue from August, the City of Ellinwood has requested qualifications for resolving flooding from seven engineering firms, the Ellinwood City Council heard at its regular meeting on Tuesday. City Administrator Bob Peter said that he has received responses from two of them.
Enough already! It's time for the government shutdown to end.
Kansas Secretary of Commerce, Pat George, spoke to members of the Rotary Club, community members and select groups of high school students on Monday.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Recreation Commission has begun looking for a full-time director and will begin advertising for the position. The job begins on January 15, 2014 when the commission begins to collect its mill levy taxes, passed at the election in April. The commission has been meeting monthly to discuss and make plans for the upcoming year.
ELLINWOOD - Get out your costumes and try a variety of soups, chili or a hot dog on Halloween evening. Families can skip cooking supper that night.
ELLINWOOD - Ellinwood will be the site of the area's first ever Zombie apocalypse, stirring up the deepest and murkiest and creative parts of the mind. The evening starts with a 5K run or 1 mile walk, starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the corner of Santa Fe and Main, followed by a Zombie Prom later in the evening.
When the personal computer came out in the late twentieth century, the world changed forever. They were clunky machines, but they took over jobs that once were done by hand.
HOISINGTON - A cross-curricular study aimed at teaching history, English, speech, character qualities, technology and collaborative work, Hoisington High School juniors each studied a Medal of Honor recipient, stirring feelings of patriotism and admiration for American heroes.
HOISINGTON - Which is the better, faster, stronger tractor? Allis Chalmers, John Deere? Massey Ferguson?
ELLINWOOD - Motivational speaker Joe Coles spent the day Wednesday at Ellinwood Middle and High School teaching the students life skills, positive changes, and including everyone.
ELLINWOOD - The planning stage is nearly over as USD 355 will soon be installing electronic locking doors at district schools, beginning the first of May. They will be done shortly thereafter.
The federal Food Stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, underwent changes beginning in October of 2013, and as a result, local charities that provide food are now seeing an increase in usage.
Prevention is the best medicine.
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.
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