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Learn How to Use Credit Wisely

I remember as a kid growing up in a conservative Kansas farm family we always paid for our purchases with cash or a check. My first experience with establishing credit was to make three equal payments to the company I bought my new Singer sewing machine from. No interest was added; it was just a way to show responsibility to pay a bill in full. I still like to wait until I have the money in hand before making a sizable purchase. It just feels right.

February 16, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Air Force Airman Daniel Banda graduates from military training

Air Force Airman Daniel Banda graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

February 09, 2014 | | Local Life

Divis earns Eagle Scout award

Bryce Divis, Great Bend, recently received his Eagle Scout award, the highest youth award in Boy Scouts. He joined Pack 157 in 2001 and crossed over to Troop 157 in 2007. He participated under Cub Masters Steve Pringle, Rick Popp and Steve Divis and Troop Masters Jim Hiss, Albert Strobel and Steve Divis.

February 09, 2014 | | Local Life

Snow Days Make us Anxious for Spring

No doubt you have felt a little cabin fever during the past few days. Even though the moisture is needed by the farmers, the cold and icy conditions make me anxious for spring. Two weeks ago I met with the Walk KS committee for Barton County to review changes in this signature program sponsored by K-State Research and Extension the past 12 years. We came away from the meeting excited about the possibilities that lie ahead!

February 09, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Schultz graduates from military training

Air Force Airman Cassie L. Schultz graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas.

February 09, 2014 | | Local Life

Wanted: People with Chronic Conditions

With the educational programs for 2014 in full swing it is easy to see that the common theme is definitely health and wellness. Today I want to highlight a workshop that targets people who are living with a chronic condition. Read on to see how you can register.

February 02, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Antonov to perform in Sterling on concert tour

Acclaimed concert pianist Avguste Antonov will perform at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4, at the Sterling United Presbyterian Church. Antonov is artist in residence at The Master's Touch School of Music & Performing Arts, LLC., and has an active concert schedule throughout the U.S. The concert, sponsored by Sterling College, is free and open to the public.

February 02, 2014 | | Local Life

FUMC wants to ‘ice’ human trafficking

While many around Barton County will gather with friends and family to enjoy Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday, United Methodist Women members at First United Methodist Church in Great Bend hope fans will keep in mind the plight of some who will endure ongoing slavery in the form of human trafficking, either as service workers or sex workers.

January 30, 2014 | | Local Life

“Saving Dollars When You Don’t Have a Dime to Spare”

As we near the end of the first month of 2014 I hope your year is off to a good start. Early in the year I hear people comment about money management strategies they want to try. Perhaps it involves saving a bit more from each paycheck to pay for new tires for the car. Or maybe one of the kids needs braces. Whatever your motivation is for saving money you will want to mark your calendar for an upcoming program sponsored by Barton County Extension.

January 26, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life

Novel ‘Dog of the Afterworld’ spotlights Barton County

As a recent transplant to Great Bend, getting to know the area and the people has been a constant activity for the past year and a half. So, when a copy of Dog of the Afterworld by Leon Unruh made it to my desk, I was intrigued.

January 25, 2014 | Veronica Coons | Local Life

Low income energy assistance program helps heat homes

Heating your home during the winter months can create a financial burden. In an effort to help keep Kansans warm this winter, the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) will soon begin accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).

January 19, 2014 | | Local Life

Food Allergy Facts of Life

Living with food allergies is challenging, requiring adults to manage their health and avoid trigger foods, and parents to recognize symptoms and find helpful resources and professionals. It also means finding ways to manage you or your child's health and well-being without hardship, stress or illness. Learning to recognize a food allergy or food sensitivity is as important as learning how to live with it.

January 19, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life

United Way 2014 Campaign

January 12, 2014 | | Local Life

United Way 2014 Campaign

January 12, 2014 | | Local Life

Saying goodbye

Saying "good bye" to a loved one is always hard so when Margaret Krug lost her fight with cancer on New Year's Day we felt so sad. Yet on Sunday and Monday when her family and friends gathered to celebrate her life we felt strength and healing return to our hearts. Our mother, grandmother, great grandma, mother-in-law, sister and friend was known affectionately as a bag lady in the Hoisington community. For twenty plus years she had walked the streets of town picking up aluminum cans to donate to the Kans for Kids cause. Five hundred cans per month ...

January 12, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life

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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 ...

October 04, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life

FHSU Music and Theatre Department offers broad range of events

In addition to the major productions from the theatre and Hays Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Hays State University Music and Theatre Department has a busy ...

October 04, 2015 | | Local Life

Volunteers in Action/RSVP news

Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that open enrollment for Medicare Part D is coming up. Beginning Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, you have the opportunity ...

September 27, 2015 | | Local Life

4-H to host fundraiser for Honor Flights

When members recite the 4-H pledge, they vow to use their hands for larger service to better their club, their community, their country and their ...

September 27, 2015 | | Local Life

Celebrate Family Day September 28th

The more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs. That is a powerful statement ...

September 20, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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