"What is the What" by Dave Eggers. This true narrative illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. As a boy, Deng was driven from his home, and forced to walk cross country seeking refuge. As he traveled in desperation, he faced both hostile soldiers and rebels, as well as lions, disease and starvation. Unexpectedly, he also discovered kindness and love. The story continues through his immigrant experience in the United States.
BARTON COUNTY - Elementary schools in Ellinwood and Hoisington are celebrating Red Ribbon Week which is observed across the nation to highlight the issues of substance abuse and its negative impact on schools, communities and the nation.
HOISINGTON - At its regular meeting Monday evening, the Hoisington City Council heard a presentation from Nickie Lee, Efficiency Kansas team leader. Two programs are available, Efficiency Kansas and the Weatherization Assistance Program, to provide home weatherization assistance as cost savings measures.
Barton County Upward Bound at Barton Community College recognizes Robert Fortner Hoisington High School, Kade Cook, HHS and Kimberly Dixon Claflin High School who competed in the national 2010 TRIO Quest activities sponsored by the University of Washington. These students were named semi-finalists for their PhotoEssays. Dixon won a "Best of Contest" medal for her PhotoEssay entry, titled "Eyes."
ELLINWOOD- Barton County Health Department will be providing a special Vote and Vax Flu Clinic on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at the St. Joseph Parish Center in Ellinwood from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Area residents will be able to get their flu shot and take the opportunity to vote in the general election at the same location and the same time.
"Bad Blood" by John Sandford. Virgil Flowers is called in to investigate the murder case of a Minnesota farmer, killed by a young man for apparently no reason. The young killer soon breaks down and confesses, and then unexpectedly kills himself. But is there more to this double tragedy? Flowers soon discovers a multigeneration and multifamily conspiracy of monstrous crimes, that he doesn't know what to do next.