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Air Force Airman Cordell W. Merten graduates

Air Force Airman Cordell W. Merten graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

January 11, 2015 | | Local Life


Replace Resolution with Action Plan This Year

With 2015 just days old, I would like to take advantage of the opportunity to share a thought or two about plans for the New Year. No doubt you have been thinking about something you would like to resolve to do in the coming year. Many times resolutions focus on things like weight loss, getting out of debt, or breaking a bad habit. Research shows that success in achieving these resolutions is often low. In fact, studies show that after six months, fewer than half the people who make New Year's resolutions have stuck with them, and, after a ...

January 04, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Older Worker and Oldest Worker Awards nominations

The Kansas Department of Commerce and the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging (SWKAAA) Older Kansas Employment Program (OKEP) are proud to announce the yearly Older Workers and Oldest Worker Award program. Each year the Older Kansas Employment Program and the Southwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging ask area businesses to nominate an Older Kansan (age 55 or older) whose dedication and hard work has helped make a difference in their company.

January 04, 2015 | | Local Life


Parents Set the Tone with Christmas Lists

An article from a child development expert at Kansas State University caught my eye this week with some great advice on Christmas gift giving. I wholeheartedly agree with Bronwyn Fees when she says, "the best gift parents can give their children for Christmas may be helping them understand less can be more. Be careful not to confuse more things with more love."

December 21, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Arym Pvt. Kira Curtis graduates

Army Pvt. Kira D. Curtis has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Leonard Wood, Waynesville, Mo. The course of instruction included basic combat military training and advanced individual training (AIT).

December 21, 2014 | | Local Life


Parenting 101: The Sure Things ...

My wife and I have 10 years of parental experience raising four children through the high school years.

December 21, 2014 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Area Agency on Aging recognizes focal Point Centers

Twenty-nine senior centers from across southwest have been recognized and designated a 2014 Focal Point by the SouthWest Kansas Area Agency On Aging (SWKAAA) according to Dave Geist Executive Director. These centers were recognized for the programs and services that were provided Oct. 1, 2013 thru Sept. 30, 2014.

December 21, 2014 | | Local Life


Five generations

December 14, 2014 | | Local Life


The day I played Santa to four hundred children

Television these days is featuring programming about tough jobs. You have the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs with Mike Row," a huge hit. Then came oil workers in "Black Gold." Tough guys all over the country sit on their couch, holding the remote, eating their chili cheese dogs and declare, "I can do that." But none of these shows depict what is, in fact, the toughest job on the planet-playing Santa Claus to hundreds of toddlers. I know. Ten years ago I did just that, and I've been in therapy ever since.

December 14, 2014 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


December is National Pear Month

Many fruits are out of season during the winter months, but pears are available nearly year-round, which makes them a great addition to any meal. I just bought some wonderful fresh pears locally last week so when I saw that December is National Pear Month I thought it would be a good time to share some information on buying, storing and adding pears to a healthful eating plan. Pears come in a variety of shapes, sizes and skin colors, including green, golden, yellow and red. Pears can be eaten raw or cooked. They are great as a quick snack, to ...

December 14, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Accommodating Special Diets during the Holidays

Hostesses often worry about what to feed guests with special dietary needs at holiday time. This is especially true for a guest with a strong allergy against wheat, for example, or someone with insulin-dependent diabetes. Providing several simple whole food choices and staying away from so many highly processed foods is the best plan I can offer.

December 07, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cancer prevalent in pets but treatable, says Kansas State University veterinarian

About 50 percent of dogs and 33 percent of cats age 10 years and older will develop cancer. Although it is very prevalent in these animals, a Kansas State University veterinarian says depending upon the type of cancer, it may be very treatable and doesn't have to be a life-limiting disease.

December 07, 2014 | | Local Life


A Season of Giving

Dec. 2, is a planned day of giving for many organizations and Barton County 4-H is a part of the Golden Belt Community Foundation's Match Day. Barton County 4-H would like to invite you to "Pancakes for Partners" on Tuesday, December 2nd from 7 - 9 a.m. at the Barton County Extension Office, 1800 12th Street here in Great Bend. We will provide pancakes and fruit for our friends of 4-H who would like to donate to our Barton County 4-H Council Endowment Fund through the Golden Belt Community Foundation. All donations received at Pancakes for Partners will be ...

November 30, 2014 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


It’s About the Leftovers

For some people, the best meal of the holiday season is the leftovers. So here are some ideas to savor the meal again.

November 30, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


It’s Great to be a Grandparent

Besides the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, today marks the start of "Family Life Week." At the Krug household we certainly have a lot to celebrate. The newest addition to our family, Boland Garet Baker, arrived mid-day on the 18th. He weighed in at just over 9 pounds and is 21 and ½ inches long. To say that his big sisters are thrilled with his arrival would be an understatement. His mom and dad, all the grandparents, aunts, and uncles are equally happy to welcome him into the family.

November 23, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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Grow Your Best Tomato Yet

Nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Make this your biggest and tastiest tomato harvest yet with proper planting and care.

May 17, 2015 | Melinda Myers | Local Life


Responding to Invitations is Common Courtesy

With graduations, weddings and other special occasions upon us I am guessing you have received a few invitations in your mailbox asking for your RSVP. The term RSVP comes from a French expression, meaning "please respond". If RSVP is written on an invitation it means the invited guest must tell the host whether or not they plan to attend the party. It does not mean to respond only if you're coming, and it does not mean respond only if you're not coming (the expression "regrets only" is reserved for that instance). It means the host needs a definite ...

May 17, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


College: the years of living dangerously

Today our son Robert is graduating from KU. We are celebrating. Not his graduation with a job, but something else: He's still living.

May 17, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Plan for a safe canning season

One ritual of spring is planting a garden. And for many home gardeners, this includes plans for preserving and canning the year's bounteous produce.

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Celebrate Bike to Work Week

Since May 11-15, is designated as "Bike to Work Week" it seems fitting that I share my passion for this fun activity in my column space today. Although research shows around 1 percent of adult Americans commute to work by bicycle, roughly 41 percent of work commutes are shorter than 5 miles. If I ride to work in the morning, home for lunch and home again at the end of the day I will log a total of 7 miles. Unless it is below 20 degrees or icy underfoot, you are likely to see me in my hi-vis green jacket ...

May 10, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cinco de Mayo committee

May 10, 2015 | | Local Life


Ode to Ramona Jean and her baby grand piano

There was a time in this country when every home included three things: green shag carpet, an RCA record player and an ashtray. In the late '60s you could add something else to that list: an upright piano.

May 10, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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