Michael Stavola, The Hutchinson News

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The Hutchinson News

Hutchinson, KS, United States

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Past articles by Michael:

GeoChemicals plans $4M investment in Hutchinson, seeks tax abatement

Hutchinson council member Jon Daveline lauded Jason West and his family as substantial economic drivers before the council set an Aug. 6 public hearing → Read More

Week of the Young Child events conclude at Third Thursday

Skye Taylor yelled out “I know how to fly kites” while chasing Dillon Nature Center Education Coordinator Stephanie Carlson to a grassy → Read More

Parks and recreation: Hutchinson master plan starts to take shape

Hutchinson officials heard a brief review of the hundreds of pages of data and survey information collected by Colorado-based Greenplay last fall to help → Read More

Reins of Hope founder returns as a horseback riding client

Carol Bridgess, a retired nurse, still rode horses when founded Reins of Hope in 1994 -- a nonprofit providing therapeutic horseback rides to people with → Read More

Plevna walker hit by truck in critical condition

A Plevna woman struck by a truck mirror while walking on a county road early Wednesday morning is listed in critical condition at a Wichita hospital. → Read More

The oldest building left in Hutchinson gets a new life

With each Swiffer stroke, 8-year-old Landry Cooley restores the decades-old wood floors in Hutchinson's oldest standing building.But to him, it → Read More

Cookies crumble between political rivals

Political trash talk filled the sidewalk of Main Street for Third Thursday.Baked goods were the spark.The 104th House District challenger Paul Waggoner, R- → Read More

Hutch all but finalizes budget

Final job loss — 10.On Thursday, the Hutchinson City Council accepted what will likely be the final recommendations of about $400,000 in cuts from → Read More

NASA awards Cosmosphere more than $650,000

The Cosmosphere will receive roughly $650,000 through a NASA program to further STEM education.NASA last Tuesday announced the Cosmosphere as one of three → Read More

5 takeaways from Kansas ag forum with Kansas gubernatorial candidates

SOUTH HUTCHINSON — About 50 people attended a gubernatorial forum Thursday night hosted by the Reno County Farm Bureau at the new Agri Center in South Hutchinson.Questions revolved around farm policy. Here are five takeaways from the three Republican candidates and one Democratic candidate, via The Hutchinson News. Millennials don’t like to be called millennialsJim Barnett said involving young… → Read More

Pride event comes to town

Years of work has finally come to fruition for Jon Powell and Julia Johnson.The Salt City Pride event is here.The event at the Atrium Hotel & Conference Center starts at 6 p.m. on Friday night and runs through Sunday. Live music, food, authors and games will be packed into the three-days of entertainment aimed at all age groups.A full list of events can be found on the 28-page pride guide at… → Read More

What roads to avoid during summer construction

The City of Hutchinson has three summer projects estimated to cost just over $4 million underway that will affect commuters.Here’s a closer look at each project:An estimated $1.64 million mill and resurface toward the east side of town: The project done by APAC Kansas will start on the south end of Airport Road where work spans from nearly Fourth Avenue to about Halstead Street. Additionally,… → Read More

Artwork attracts a crowd

The Reno County Farmers’ Market had an extra bit of zeal on Saturday.Children played with chalk and jumped around on the hopscotch. They, along with their parents, also were captivated watching Brady Scott spray paint a mural. Live music by “50 years late” serenaded market goers and art enthusiasts as well.Scott began working on the mural last week and hopes to finish on Sunday or early next… → Read More

Cowboy shakes demons by breaking horses

Lucas Willhite is a cowboy making the most out of his prison sentence.The tall, lean man with a horseshoe mustache feels the time he’s spent working with wild horses and burros through a prison program better prepares him for his release. He will be released from the Hutchinson Correctional Facility minimum-security unit in December.On Friday, he worked with the horses and mingled with potential… → Read More

Pregnant in prison: what it's like for women expecting behind bars in Kansas

Alexa Baugh eagerly waits for the day she can hold her son outside of a Kansas prison.The 25-year-old from Hutchinson sees her son, Angel, on weekends → Read More

Skateboard contest in rural S. Hutch

Skateboarders tapped on the half-pipe and cheered as 11-year-old Austin Lindahl tried and tried his trick until the Buhler boy finally landed it.It was an → Read More

Playscape unveiled at Hutch zoo

Children wasted no time frolicking around on the new playscape at the Hutchinson Zoo.Staff from the zoo, Heartland Credit Union and Hutchinson Community → Read More

High school music students hit high notes at state

Area results from the Kansas State Solo and Ensemble Festivals → Read More

Wanted: new ideas, people to fill jobs

Conversations over coffee turned into a task force that aims to help Hutchinson start new businesses.The Entrepreneurship Task Force began at the end of → Read More

Ways to celebrate MLK Day in Hutchinson

The holiday weekend to celebrate a civil rights leader who had a dream features events around town.“Everyone is welcome,” event organizer Hence Parson said about the two days of events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Events begin 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hutchinson Community College Stringer Fine Arts Center. Music by Dr. Nick Schroeder’ HutchCC Jazz Band and a welcoming by HCC President Dr. Carter… → Read More