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Collicott graduates from basic training

Air Force Airman Christopher S. Collicott Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

March 02, 2014 | | Local Life


February is Heart Health Month

February may be the shortest month of the year but it is an especially good time to recognize the importance of making lifestyle changes related to heart health. Is it true that you are what you eat? When it comes to heart health, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Eating the right way is not about dieting, which is really a temporary change in your eating habits to lose a few pounds; it is about making better choices every day so that they become second nature.

February 23, 2014 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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


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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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