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World traveler glad to call Hays home

Christophe Cheroret has traveled to nearly 20 different countries and now enjoys living in rural Kansas even better than his native Paris. Really.

July 12, 2015 | Diane Gasper-O’Brien | Local Life


Check It Out!

Every Hero Has a Story is the theme for the Summer Reading Program at Ellinwood School/Community Library. Students are enjoying hero-based activities as they continue to read to meet their goals. Our participants are beginning to earn prizes; our 4th, 5th, and 6th graders made blankets for the Humane Society to use for the pets that are waiting for a good home; and all are being led by Shatlyn Thomas with the assistance of Michele Martin and Julie Blakeslee.

July 05, 2015 | | Local Life


When I was young

When I was young ... a long time ago ... when I liked fireworks.

July 05, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Barton County Fair

Next week marks the beginning of my 26th year as your Barton County Family and Consumer Science Agent. The old adage "Time flies when you are having fun" is definitely true. It does not seem like a year has passed since I was ordering bread for the 4-H barbecue or lining up roasters for preparing the baked beans. Hopefully you have connected with a 4-H member to purchase your barbecue ticket. Prices do increase after July 1st.

June 28, 2015 | | Local Life


Who Knows What????

Harvest is here. Combines, trucks, chaff and grain. Kansas big heart is beating in the hot sun and wind. The heritage of history to support our families and validate the wisdom of our forefathers who risked everything to come here is palpable and visible in the faces of our farmers. It is religious to watch this process draw families, neighbors, custom-cutting visitors and friends together to process the harvest. It was nail-biting to get the rain and risk not getting into the fields in time. Kansas seems to grin at that possibility and solved the problem with 100 degrees and ...

June 28, 2015 | Dr. Dan Witt | Local Life


Celebrating Dads on Father’s Day

I hope that your family takes time to celebrate with dad on his special day. Not a day goes by that I don't think of my own father. Even though he's been gone nearly 10 years I appreciate the role model he was to our family. A hard working farmer, he was totally outnumbered with a wife and three daughters. He taught us a lot of things and provided opportunities for us to attend college. He even took the time to be a 4-H community club leader for many years. He was a wonderful caregiver to my mother ...

June 21, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


There’s nothing like a vole-filled yard to put a DIY guy up on a ladder

A long time ago, I was a "do it yourself" guy. All that changed in roughly December 1991. I remember it well.

June 21, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Simple seasonal

The calendar says the first day of summer is just a week away. With warmer temperatures here for awhile you may be looking for some recipes that are healthy but won't heat up the kitchen. My "go to" cookbook to utilize summer produce is the Rolling Prairie Cookbook authored by Nancy O'Connor. The book, divided into three categories: fruits, herbs and vegetables includes over 130 recipes celebrating fresh produce. I visited with the author earlier this year and received permission to include several recipes in a new fact sheet I have written. The fact sheet titled, "Simple Seasonal ...

June 14, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Watkins military promotion

Adam Watkins and his wife Caitlyn Watkins were recently honored by Major General Scott Miller, the commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga. General Miller promoted Adam from the rank of Sergeant to Staff Sergeant and also officiated a swearing-in ceremony on Adam for an additional four years of service. Caitlyn was presented a Certificate of Appreciation.

June 14, 2015 | | Local Life


Bird graduates basic training

U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Samuel T. Bird graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

June 07, 2015 | | Local Life


National American Miss Kansas pageant

June 07, 2015 | | Local Life


USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association reunion

The 2015 reunion of the USS Long Beach CGN-9 Association will be held from Sept. 14 to Sept. 20 at the Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk in Jacksonville, Fla. For more information call Don Shade at 866-352-2469 or 716-569-2314 or email lbcgn9@aol.com.

June 07, 2015 | | Local Life


Working Women of WWII

American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women who worked on the home front during World War II. Thousands of women worked to support the war effort as riveters, welders, electricians, inspectors in plants, sewing clothing and parachutes for the military, ordnance workers, rolling bandages, clerical, farming, and many other jobs such as volunteer workers collecting scrap metals and other critical materials. These women have stories of their WWII experiences that are of historical value and perhaps have never been told. American Rosie the Riveter Association would like to acknowledge these women with a certificate and have their ...

June 07, 2015 | | Local Life


The Fair is Coming

In less than a month pre-fair activities will be history and the opening day of the 2015 version of the Barton County Fair will be here. I hope many of you reading this column will consider making an exhibit of your own this year. Whether it is a jar of jelly or freshly baked pie, a crocheted afghan, quilt, or other handiwork, there is a class for just about everything. I am always amazed at the talent shown by exhibitors in the arts and crafts, woodworking, and photography division. Garden produce and flowers may also be entered and they really ...

June 07, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Here is an idea: save a selfie for a real accomplishment!

There are signs that the hottest fad of pop culture is having a bad year: The selfie. And I'm ecstatic.

June 07, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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Home Canning Gaining in Popularity Again

Just as fashions repeat themselves every 20 – 30 years and home décor makes us think "déjà vu" home canning is currently enjoying resurgence ...

August 02, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Beat the Heat with Plenty of Fluids

We made it through the Barton County Fair with just a couple of really hot days. Some of the surrounding counties have not been that ...

July 26, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


It’s time to divide Bearded Iris

Showy, elegant, and easy are terms that describe bearded iris flowers, and because they grow so well in the heartland, it's a good idea ...

July 26, 2015 | | Local Life


Fashion Revue Champs

July 19, 2015 | | Local Life


Kansas Profile – Now That’s Rural: Matt Deighton – Molly and the Tornado

When a disaster strikes, what do we need? First aid, emergency help, transportation, supplies, and more. Maybe we also need something to lift our spirits ...

July 19, 2015 | By Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State Un | Local Life


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