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4-H members honored

Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 80th annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. The theme was "Jazz it up with 4-H". Mikey Hughes, 4-H Council President and Morgan Kaiser, 4-H Council Vice-President served as the emcees. Heather Schneider, Council Treasurer led the members in the Flag Salute and 4-H Pledge.

November 23, 2014 | | Local Life


My idea for a Nobel Prize ... trophy please?

This fall the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded jointly to a couple scientists "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources." The press release from the Nobel Committee hailed their invention of the blue-light emitting diode - LED lights.

November 23, 2014 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Disease could cost black walnut industry millions, forest specialist warns

Several states, including Kansas, are trying to protect their borders from a little beetle that could cost the black walnut industry millions of dollars. Kansas Forest Service specialists at Kansas State University say you could be spreading the disease without knowing it.

November 16, 2014 | | Local Life


Turkey Day

Whether it is your first time to host a holiday meal or you are a seasoned veteran, it never hurts to review the basics of cooking a turkey keeping food safety in mind. Many hostesses are busy getting a head count so that they can purchase the correct sized turkey. A rule of thumb is to purchase at least one pound of uncooked turkey per person. This should allow enough for the feast and for leftovers too. Read on for answers to a few more of your turkey day questions.

November 09, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Next year's programs

When the calendar turns to November, I start thinking about next years' programs. That's right; 2015 is just around the corner. Our program development committees will welcome new members at our upcoming annual meeting and we will have a meeting with all 24 council members after the first of the year. This group helps give direction to the programming we do in Barton County. At our recent annual conference a lot of attention is being focused on the five grand challenges. They include: water, health, global food systems, community vitality, and developing tomorrow's leaders. You don't have ...

November 02, 2014 | | Local Life


Extension elections coming

Each fall, the Barton County Extension Council holds an election to fill positions on our various program development committees. Mark Wednesday, Oct. 29 on your calendar and stop by the Barton County Extension Office at 1800 12th St. to cast your ballot. Election time is 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Any Barton County resident who is at least 18 years of age may vote in this election.

October 24, 2014 | | Local Life


Lost shoes

Editor's note: this week we go back to 2003 ... another Keenan classic ...

October 19, 2014 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Parenting

I still remember the nurses and staff lining the hallways of the Houston hospital as my husband and I were leaving with our two day old daughter. Now, years later, the words they chided, "Your lives will never be the same," still come to mind. Babies don't come with instructions, but wonderful support of family and friends helped us through those first months.

October 19, 2014 | | Local Life


Music theatre aficionados invited to audition to sing with Broadway stars

Aspiring performers will have a chance to sing on stage with five Broadway stars and an all-star New York band during the Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) production of "Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway" at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 7, at Bethel College's Memorial Hall (North Newton).

October 19, 2014 | | Local Life


Air Quality

October is noted as Indoor Air Quality Awareness month. This is such an important topic so today seems like the perfect time to share some updated information on this subject.

October 12, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


"Ignore No More"

Maybe you heard about the app called "Ignore No More" that a Texas mom created. It's pure genius: It will disable a kid's phone if they ignore a call from mom or dad. Once the parent calls and the son or daughter doesn't pick up, you enter a four-digit code and it locks the phone. Suddenly you get their attention.

October 12, 2014 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Sewing Class

The excitement of the six folks who signed up for an adult sewing class earlier this week is nearly indescribable. During introductions it was obvious that it had been more than a few years since any of the participants had sewn. Going back to junior high days, one lady said she had made something but never wore it. Others in the group chimed in with similar stories.

October 05, 2014 | | Local Life


A positive person in a negative world

When I was a kid there was a weekly newspaper called Grit, described as "America's Greatest Family Newspaper."

October 05, 2014 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Club Calendar

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October 05, 2014 | | Local Life


October programs address Medicare, air quality, and caregiving

As another month quickly comes to a close, I find myself looking ahead to the busy month of October. Fall programs are set and there may be a couple of interest to you. As we approach the open enrollment dates for Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in Part D, I have enlisted the help of Rick Schaffer, Assistant Director for the Southwest Kansas Aging and Disability Resource Center, to present some updated information. Ricks' program will focus on signing up for Part D prescription benefits. We will host Rick at noon on Wednesday, October 8, at the Barton County Extension office ...

September 28, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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Walking School Bus is Getting Kids Excited

Over the weekend, my seven year old granddaughter, Calyn, excitedly told me, "Grandma, I'm going to join the Walking School Bus when it starts April 1st." "That's wonderful," I replied. It truly is wonderful to see two communities in Barton County, (both Great Bend and Hoisington) adopting this successful program and modeling it to other communities.

March 22, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Any divorced guy will tell you -- never ever insult the tulips

Any divorced guy will tell you -- never ever insult the tulips.

March 22, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


4-H Day is annual event

4-H Day is an annual event in each county in Kansas. It gives 4-H members an opportunity to share their talents in public speaking, music and talent. Barton County 4-H Day is an event equally as important as the county fair!

March 15, 2015 | | Local Life


Children Act Fast; So Do Poisons

In a few short months our youngest grandson will be mobile and that means we will need to child proof certain areas of our home. Children should be curious, but curiosity can turn dangerous if kids are getting under the kitchen sink or into the medicine cabinet where hazardous chemicals and adult medicines are kept. In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, I want to use my column space today to remind you about storing hazardous materials out of a child's reach.

March 15, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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