With over 80,000 readers across southwestern Kansas, The Hutchinson News is the third-largest daily paper in the state. Founded on the fourth of July in 1872, the publication draws from a rich legacy of respected, professional journalism, covering everything happening in the state, from bills making their way through the legislature to current events in small towns and rural counties. National and international stories give readers a wider perspective on the world, and thought-provoking editorial pieces interpret the news from multiple viewpoints. Lifestyle reporting, sports coverage, and special features keep readers in the know with rundowns of high school, college, and pro sporting events, upcoming festivals, and listings for jobs, properties, and sales.
As a nationally renowned tutoring program, Sylvan Learning Center helps kids catch up, keep up, and get ahead in school by utilizing a personalized tutoring approach to develop a learned legion of students of all ages. During the initial visit, your child will partake in a Sylvan skills assessment (a $195 value), which highlights any trouble spots or unflattering stripes and serves as a baseline for future progress.
The staff members at Four Seasons Firewood possess an encyclopedic knowledge of firewood and smoking wood, able to articulate each wood's properties the way a sommelier articulates a wine's flavors. They know which woods ignite the easiest, which release the best aromas, which burn the longest, and which are best for smoking meats or staking down sentient scarecrows. At any given time of year, Four Seasons' lot stocks ricks and cords of split oak, walnut, hickory, pecan, apple, and more, all available for pickup or delivery.
Imaginary Designs' catalog of recycled and fused glass earrings, necklaces and bracelets, and jewelry-making kits offer a kaleidoscope of glittery accouterments. Adorn your ears with earrings that come in all shapes and sizes, including the butterscotch truffle ($14.95) and the green apple sparkle drops ($7.95), or tie your head and neck together with a matching earring and necklace set ($20.95–$54.95). For thematic self-decorating, peruse a plethora of product lines including the whimsical Signature Line and the Lost My Marbles! collection, which repurposes marbles for fashion and ensures heroism when faced with clumsy home invaders, or daring DIYers can determine their own bejeweled beautification with glass jewelry-making kits ($8.95–$13.95). The owners, a husband-and-wife team named Frank and Nancy, turn amateur artists into competent craftsmen with jewelry-making, crocheting, and algebra classes.
Twin canine greeters, Jake and Roper, roam the aisles of Woodard Mercantile, welcoming guests to Gerald and Leslye Woodard's expansive store. It's that kind of character that sets the family-owned shop apart. Each aisle offers row upon row of an eclectic variety of brand name supplies and gifts, including pet and horse supplies, lawn and garden goods, jewelry, and purses. Knowledgeable staff members stand at the ready to assist with selections or special-order goods that aren't in stock.