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Senior volunteers honored for service to elderly

Juanita Lumpkins of Great Bend was honored for ten years of service as a Senior Companion at the in-service meeting on May 21, in Great Bend. Lumpkins provides daily assistance and friendship to adults needing support to enable them to remain living in their homes as independently as possible.

June 01, 2014 | | Local Life


Unusual Strawberry

The great part about living in a community like Great Bend is the friendliness of neighbors. Virgil Kober, Great Bend, stopped in to the Tribune office Tuesday afternoon to share some homegrown strawberries with us and show off this unusual looking specimen. This is the second year he's been growing this particular strawberry patch at 126 Kiowa Road, he said. We can state for a fact the berries had good flavor and were juicy. Virgil planned to share the odd one with his wife.

May 27, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local Life


Do You Know the Signs of Stroke?

For 25 years the month of May has been designated as National Stroke Awareness Month. It seems fitting that I take a few minutes of your time and bring you up to date on the statistics and ways to lower your risks. Strokes can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. In 2008 alone, more than 133,000 Americans dies from stroke – or about one person every four minutes. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

May 25, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Nix the ticks: Expert has tips on how to protect yourself from summer pest

If you're spending the holiday weekend outdoors, be extra cautious of ticks. A Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine tick expert says in some areas, you can be exposed to one a minute.

May 25, 2014 | | Local Life


Green caffeine: Researchers develop composting program with used coffee grounds

An interdisciplinary Kansas State University research group is turning garbage into gourmet food.

May 25, 2014 | | Local Life


Airman Keil graduates

Airman Spencer Keil graduated from the Aviation Structural Mechanic School on board Naval Air Technical training Center in Pensacola, Fla. with honors on February 26th. The Navy's Honor Student program is designed to recognize only those students who excel professionally, academically and physically with consistent distinction. Airman Keil is currently stationed with the Navy's Strategic Communications Wing ONE unit at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Okla. as a structural mechanic where he works on the Navy's E-6 Mercury airplanes, which provide secure communication links to the United State Navy's submerged fleet of ballistic missile ...

May 25, 2014 | | Local Life


Walk Kansas program success stories

There was a lot to celebrate at the conclusion of the 2014 Barton County Walk Kansas campaign. The eight week fitness challenge has become a signature program of K-State Research and Extension with nearly 20,000 participants state wide. Locally, 50 teams of six (300 participants) met or exceeded the goal of walking 423 miles, the distance across Kansas. An additional 75 people put their time in as well.

May 16, 2014 | BY DONNA KRUG | Local Life


Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake

May 11, 2014 | | Local Life


Bike to School Day was Successful

Over a month ago the Be Well Barton County team I have been working with brought flyers promoting the Bike or Walk to School day event on May 7th. In order to get the word out it seemed fitting that I should include a bicycle safety message and do it in person. Contacts were made with each elementary school principal and the dates were set. John and I arrived at each school on our tandem bike that we literally ride everywhere.

May 11, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Bike to School Day was successful

For over a month, the Be Well Barton County team I have been working with brought flyers promoting the Bike or Walk to School day event on May 7. In order to get the word out, it seemed fitting that I should include a bicycle safety message and do it in person. Contacts were made with each elementary school principal and the dates were set. John and I arrived at each school on our tandem bike that we literally ride everywhere.

May 08, 2014 | BY DONNA KRUG | Local Life


Tribute to a 4-H mom

What would 4-H be without our 4-H moms? I love to listen to the stories that are specific to only 4-H moms. The stories I love are about a first project talk, the cake that flipped upside down right before the fair, the tears that can't be held back when the first 4-H steer is loaded on the trailer.

May 08, 2014 | BY BERNY UNRUH | Local Life


Technology: Are You Keeping Up?

About a year ago my kids were encouraging me to take the plunge and invest in a smart phone. It would certainly make keeping up with growing grandchildren easier. One year later I am finding many positive uses in my day to day work activities as well. Being able to keep up with e-mail or texts when I am away from the office attending a conference helps me stay connected. I really have tried to keep up with technology over the years, but things change so rapidly it can be a bit overwhelming for this middle aged educator.

May 04, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


May is Bike Month

The beautiful spring weather we have had lately has been great for the bicycling. Several years ago we decided to bike to work and run our close-to-home errands by bike. It only takes 5 minutes longer to ride to work and there are several benefits. The health benefits of exercise and saving at the pump are the main ones that come to mind.

April 27, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Divis appointed to US Academy at West Point

Bryce Alan Divis, son of Steve and Dixie Divis of Great Bend, has received an appointment to the Class of 2018 at the United States Military Academy at West Point.

April 20, 2014 | | Local Life


Heirloom Treasures Refinished and Restored

Have you uncovered an old trunk or piece of furniture that has been in the family forever that is in need of refinishing? If you don't know where to start, keep reading to find your answer. I have hosted refinishing workshops in the past and have enjoyed the friendship and comraderie of others while sanding away on a special treasure.

April 20, 2014 | | Local Life


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Slow cooker meals

If some fresh ideas for freezer ready slow cooker meals are what you are looking for then the upcoming program at the Great Bend Activity Center is one you won't want to miss. Especially during the winter months it is so nice to come home from a busy day at work and be greeted with the smell of supper ready to serve. The educational program "Freezer Ready Slow Cooker Meals" is designed to give you the tools to put together ingredients and freeze them properly; then cook them in your crockpot for a hearty and healthy meal. Jamie Rathbun ...

January 25, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Think your life is complicated? Not until you buy your daughter a horse

This column was originally published in 2006

January 25, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Study leave

Wow! Writing 2015 on correspondence is taking some getting used to. It does not seem like it has been that many years since we celebrated the arrival of a new century. As we reflect on one year and look forward to the next I hope you are reaching some of your lifelong ambitions. Working as an Extension agent allows me to continue learning through in-service trainings scattered throughout the year. Another opportunity I am excited about is the study leave I will be taking from January 8th through the 23rd. For two weeks I will be working away from the ...

January 11, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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


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