Alden, KS

Everything and the kitchen sink: USD 428 approves $4.8 million plan

The 2022-23 school year has yet to begin but already, some blockbuster moves are being made. At Monday's USD 428 Great Bend Board of Education meeting, the board voted 7-0 to move forward with a $4.82 million renovation plan to the support services facility located on east 10th Street. Once complete, the building will house both the district's food services and maintenance departments.
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Buffalo Injures Kansas Deputy; Animal’s Owner Found Gored to Death

BUSHTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a buffalo charged and seriously injured a Kansas sheriff’s deputy one day before the animal’s owner was found gored to death. Ellsworth County Sheriff Murray Marston said in a news release that the buffalo had wandered onto a state highway and the deputy was trying to get the animal back in a pasture when it charged.
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Caleys to celebrate 60 years of marriage

The family of Larry and Sharon Caley, Stafford, invite friends and family to join them for an Open House to celebrate the Caley’s 60th wedding anniversary. It will be held at the Stafford Senior Center, 130 S. Main Street, Stafford, Kansas from 2-4 p.m. on August 20, 2022. They were married August 24, 1962 in Council Grove.

Who Will You See Live At The Kansas State Fair, Sept. 9-18 in Hutchinson?

Sat, Sept. 10 | Parker McCollum with Priscilla Block. Tues, Sept. 13 | Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry. Sun, Sept. 18 | Championship Dirt Track Auto Racing. Nex-Tech Grandstand is sponsored by Nex-Tech Wireless and Nex-Tech. Special Seating Areas:. MEL HAMBELTON FORD PARTY PIT. Want to party alongside the 2022...

Rise Up Reno Fundraiser Friday at Sleep Shoppe

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Rise Up Reno Annual fundraising event: Detention for Prevention is coming up Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sleep Shoppe and Furniture Gallery in downtown Hutchinson. Each celebrity needs to raise $1000 from online donations to be released from detention. Here are...
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Charging bison injures deputy; animal’s owner found dead

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH/Gray News) - Authorities in Kansas say the owner of a bison was found gored to death the day after a sheriff’s deputy was injured by the animal. KWCH reports that Ellsworth County 911 received a call around 9 a.m. Monday from the aunt of 56-year-old Scott Schroeder, of Bushton, who found her nephew dead in a pen. She said she thought that a bison had killed him.

Women's Soccer: HutchCC picked third in Jayhawk West

The Hutchinson Community College women’s soccer team was picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the Jayhawk West in 2022 after the league’s annual coaches poll was released on Monday. The Blue Dragons were picked third in the five-team KJCCC Western Division by the league’s...

HutchCC board to look over budget Thursday

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Hutchinson Community College Board of Trustees will take action on the 2023 budget during the monthly meeting Thursday evening. The proposed budget will not make the revenue neutral rate for the year, although the mill levy will stay the same. The driving force, as with all government entities and schools, is the increase in assessed valuation for the area, which for the college stands at more than $675 million.

Joyce (Phillips) Essmiller, age 96

Joyce Deanne (Phillips) Essmiller, 96, passed away August 7, 2022, at HaysMed, Hays, Kansas, after a short illness. She was born February 11, 1926, in Hoisington, Kansas to Mark Paul and Ida Marie (Willcutt) Phillips. She spent her early years in Hoisington before moving to Great Bend. She graduated from Great Bend High School and married her high school sweetheart, Arnold Essmiller, Jr. on January 19, 1944. They celebrated almost 74 years of marriage before his passing on November 21, 2017.

Sherry Smolik, age 61

Sherry Eyvonne Smolik, 61, passed away August 4, 2022, at the University Of Kansas Health System - Great Bend Campus, Great Bend, Kan. She was born October 20, 1960, in Heizer to Manuel and Claudia (Piland) Biles. Sherry married Tom Smolik in 1978 in Great Bend. They later divorced, but maintained their friendship.

Johnson to speak at hospital First Course event Aug. 16

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System is holding its First Course events again. The next event is Tuesday, August 16 at the Hutchinson Regional Medical Center Pavilion. Attendees will hear from Dr. Rogena Johnson about her new practice at Hutch Regional and the importance of routine preventative care and screenings.

Hutchinson Board of Education approves pay raise for bus drivers

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) — The USD 308 Board of Education approved a pay increase for bus drivers contracted through Durham School Services at a meeting on Tuesday. In the addendum to their current contract for student bus transportation with Durham School Services, the Hutchinson Public Schools administration requested a 6.1% increase as opposed to the […]