Ellinwood teen takes part in Monarchs on the Move Challenge

Straub sharing new-found knowledge with area youth By Mike Courson Each fall, millions of monarch butterflies travel thousands of miles to escape cold weather. With declining populations, however, the color is fading on one of North America’s most famous insects. Now an endangered species, a handful of area 4-H youth are doing their part to…

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Scientists in Ellinwood conducting research

Scientists in Ellinwood conducting research By Karen La Pierre Scientists from across the nation are conducting research on grassland birds, insects and grazing on CRP land while staying in Ellinwood. It is a joint project between Wichita State University, Emporia State University, Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism and the USDA. “It requires a…

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Great Bend player competes at Kauffman Stadium

Kern competes as sectional Hitch, Pitch & Run winner By Mike Courson Hundreds of youth baseball players took to the fields Saturday and Sunday as part of the June Hap Dumont Feature Tournament in Great Bend. Only one of those players also spent time on the field at Kauffman Stadium over the weekend. Great Bend’s…

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Lasting marks: Lyons resident shares dog attack story

Gomez attacked by pit bull on Good Friday By Mike Courson With a day off and a paycheck in hand heading into a three-day Easter weekend, Friday, March 30 was indeed looking like a Good Friday for Lyons resident Montey Gomez. Things took a turn for the worse just after noon that day when Gomez…

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Group of LHS athletes reunites for Wheaton Relays

Wheaton led Lyons High to three state titles By Mike Courson Garrett Wheaton impacted many lives in his tenure at Lyons High School and beyond. Minus some wind and thunderstorms, Tuesday’s Wheaton Relays at Lyons High School provided the perfect meeting place for a handful of Wheaton’s former athletes. “One of the biggest reasons I’m…

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Interior Dept. pauses protections for migrating birds

These cranes are some of the birds that migrate each fall and spring through central Kansas. Photo courtesy of Dr. Dan Witt By Karen La Pierre For 100 years, migrating birds have been protected by Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Barton County is the temporary home to hundreds of thousands of migrating birds each fall and…

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Class 3-2-1A State Wrestling Preview

Hoisington still a contender for team title By Mike Courson The brackets are set. This weekend, the top wrestlers around the state will meet for the biggest tournament of them all. Wrestlers in Class 3-2-1A open at 10 a.m. Friday morning at Fort Hays State University. For much of the season, Hoisington sat atop the 3-2-1A…

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Joiner earns Distinguished Citizen Award

Ellinwood businessman earns 2018 Rotary honor By Mike Courson The biggest surprise at this year’s Rotary Sweetheart Banquet is that the big event fell on the Thursday after Valentine’s Day. The winner of the Most Distinguished Citizen Award is usually caught off guard, but this year’s winner found out a few days in advance. “I…

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Ryan fires in 54 against Ness City

Central Plains sophomore sets new career high in 94-14 win By Mike Courson GREAT BEND, Kan. – Emily Ryan has a new career high. That says a lot for the Central Plains sophomore who entered Tuesday’s round-one game of the Hilltop Hoops Classic at Barton Community College averaging better than 37 points a night. Her…

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‘Cloud’y Christmas: cat returns home after six months

Missing cat returns home Christmas morning By Mike Courson Another cat, another Christmas miracle. Last week in Lyons, Herbie returned home after missing for more than five weeks (click here for that story). On Christmas morning, Cloud went a step further in Hutchinson. Missing for six months, the two-year-old cat gave his family a memorable…

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