CLAFLIN - Claflin United Methodist Church's 54th Groundhog and Pancake Supper will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7. Admission is by freewill donation. Proceeds will go to scholarships. To arrange for delivery to shut-ins (Claflin only), call the church office, 587-3505.
HOISINGTON - Everyone is invited to a prime rib dinner with salad, baked potato, rolls, dessert, coffee and tea for $20 per person from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the Hoisington Knights of Columbus Hall, 114 N. Main. This dinner is a benefit to raise funds to improve the air conditioning in the hall and to install a fire suppression system in the kitchen.
Sen. Jerry Moran often talks about his "common sense" solutions, but they aren't always an easy sell in Congress. On Wednesday, the Senate rejected an amendment sponsored by Moran that would have removed the lesser prairie chicken from the federal government's threatened species list.
KINGMAN - The Historic Kingman Theatre Association and Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce have announced a special event for Valentine's night. International Elvis Entertainer Marshall Matthews and The Memphis Kings with Debbi Cay will perform in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at the theater located on Main Street in Kingman.
The future of Fort Riley will be the subject of a town hall meeting Feb. 9 in Junction City. Barton Community College representatives plan to attend and be heard as officials from the Department of the Army listen to community members' input on how possible personnel reductions on the base could affect them.
Last May, Governor Sam Brownback issued an executive order declaring a drought emergency in most of Kansas. That order, which includes Barton County remains in effect, said Barton County Emergency Management Director Amy Miller.
Last Friday, Jan. 23, Hoisington Middle School students recognized National Handwriting Day by competing in a handwriting contest. Teachers Karisa Kaiser and Shari Blase collected samples from students, and also awarded a prize to the student that could guess the highest number of teacher handwriting samples.
This week, events around the country will highlight the importance of parental control of education as part of National School Choice Week. This year's events should attract more attention than prior years because of the growing rebellion against centralized education sparked by the federal Common Core curriculum.