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Report shows that “Bath Salts” drugs were involved in nearly 23,000 emergency department visits

A new national report reveals that "bath salts," a group of drugs containing amphetamine-type stimulants, were linked to an estimated 22,904 visits to hospital emergency departments in 2011. The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the first national study to track bath salts drugs to hospital emergency department visits since these drugs emerged a few years ago.

September 22, 2013 | | Local Life


Banquet honors volunteers, showcases efforts

The RSVP volunteer recognition banquet was held at Barton Community College on Aug. 8. 165 attendees enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by Great Western Dining. The nominees for 2013 Volunteer of the Year were recognized with thank you certificates. Nominated this year for the award were: Arleen Branson; Ray Butler; Bill King; Chris and Rosalie Leiker; Bill Popp; Arlene Schamaun; The Hoisington Friendship Gentlemen's Dish-washing Team (Ed Merlau, Larry Ruble, Ed Ruble, Herb Sellens, Alan Ochs, and James Leewright); The Two Marilyns from Ellinwood (Marilyn Frydendall and Marilyn Sauber); Dave Tinkler; Delores Westfall; and Teddy Williamson. These volunteers work ...

September 13, 2013 | BY DONNA BAUGH | Local Life


Award-winning horses

September 11, 2013 | | Local Life


4-H Small Bore competitors finish strong

On Aug. 17, three Barton County 4-Hers traveled to Reno County to compete in a 4-H small bore rifle competition. Caleb Straub from Great Bend competed in the senior division. Katelyn Reh from Ellinwood and Parker Smith from Great Bend competed in the junior division. Parker placed 2nd and Katelyn placed 4th.

September 01, 2013 | | Local Life


Seasonal and Simple Program is Set

I wish I could say "fall is in the air" but with temperatures nearing the triple digits, we are definitely still in the summer mode. Garden produce this year has had its ups and downs; first a late spring and dry conditions kept gardens from growing and producing. The late July rains gave gardens the boost they needed. I'm pulling together resources for an educational program titled, "Seasonal and Simple" and I hope you will mark the date on your calendar and plan to join me.

September 01, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Jump Start Your Day with Breakfast

As I begin my twenty-fifth year in adult education through my job as an Extension Educator I feel blessed to enjoy the variety of each day. While most of my programming is directed toward adults, I also enjoy contact with children of all ages. Nothing pleases me more than sharing nutrition information with a young person and then meeting up with them again and have them say, "Hey, I remember you; you told us to eat more vegetables, whole grains, or drink less soda..." Encouraging people of all ages to make healthy food choices is becoming a huge part of ...

August 25, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Recipe for Healthier “Fast Foods”

With school bells ringing and family schedules filling up, it seems like some days we meet ourselves coming and going. It is those times when a quick and easy dinner menu is needed that will not get you off track from healthy eating. The rewards are two fold; besides eating healthier your family will save money by eating at home.

August 18, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


MSgt Vestecka retires

Master Sergeant John E. Vsetecka retired on Aug. 3 from the Kansas Air National Guard 184th Bomb Wing.

August 11, 2013 | | Local Life


Tips to Get Ready For Back-To-School

Move over, summer – a new school year is coming! With the start of school, families face new organization challenges. School bells ring- and so do early-morning alarm clocks. Paper piles swell as hand-outs and homework make their way into the house. If this sounds like your house, read on for some tips to ease the family back into a schedule.

August 11, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Volunteers in Action

Volunteers in Action is excited to bring a free professional training opportunity to Great Bend on Aug. 20th. The Kansas Volunteer Commission is one of our funders and has commissioned this training to be created especially for Kansas by Susan Ellis, Energize Inc, a nationally recognized leader in the area of volunteerism. The training will be from 9 a.m. -- 4 p.m. in room F30 at the Fine Arts Building on the Barton Community College campus and is open to anyone that is interested. The trainers from the Kansas Volunteer Commission will be discussing innovative ways to utilize volunteers ...

August 11, 2013 | | Local Life


St. Rose hosts MCA guided imagery program

The next in the series of cancer-education presentations at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center will focus on the subject of "Guided Imagery." The event is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in the St. Dominic Room at St. Rose. It is open to anyone who wants to learn about guided imagery, and how it can benefit people with cancer or other chronic illnesses.

August 10, 2013 | | Local Life


Recent Rains Prompt Mold and Mildew Questions

It didn't take long for the recent rains to bring a number of mold and mildew related questions to the Extension office. The saying "Water always wins" is so true. Whether it is a crack in the foundation, or a leaky roof, water damage can take a toll on the health and well-being of family members.

August 04, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Cucumber art

July 28, 2013 | | Local Life


Celebrate Your Family

Although November is proclaimed officially as Family Life Month, the summer months provide many opportunities for families to spend quality time together. Whether you load up the family for a week long family vacation or reconnect with aunts, uncles and cousins at a family reunion, the end result can be memorable and rewarding.

July 28, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Turn off TV and get moving

Summertime is notorious for many things including TV reruns. Since I do not watch much TV any time of the year I can say that when I do sit down to watch something I am shocked by either the violence or language that is present during prime time. Of course, television has been around for nearly 75 years with the first TV appearing at the 1939 World's Fair. Concern about the impact of television on children began when TV was in its infancy. By the early 1950's parents, teachers and social scientists started to ask their legislators to ...

July 21, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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Summer Picnic Season Begins Now

The celebrations surrounding the Memorial Day weekend oftentimes include a picnic or barbecue. With warmer weather here, it is important that you consider food safety tips so none of your guests take home an unwanted foodborne illness.

May 24, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


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


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