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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


Since when does conversation become cause for embarrasment?

Our family just returned from a family vacation. And I need a vacation. Alone. In a dark soundproof room, with my wallet locked in a safe.

July 21, 2013 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


2013 Clothing Construction and Buymanship Winners

The 4-H Fashion Revue was held on July 1st.

July 14, 2013 | | Local Life


Volunteers in Action News

Now that summer is here, we all look forward to home-grown vegetables and fruit from local growers. These fresh produce items are available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on the library parking lot and on Thursday evenings during the Summer Street Stroll. Everyone loves fresh vegetables but sometimes the cost added on to regular grocery bills can be prohibitive. The Kansas Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program can be a solution. This is a new project that has been brought to our area through collaboration between Janel Rose, CDRR Program, Barton County Health Department and Janet Splitter, Executive Director, ElderCare and ...

July 07, 2013 | | Local Life


Hekele graduates from OCS

Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Tiffany J. Hekele has graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga., and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

June 30, 2013 | | Local Life


4-H Fair events

With the weather heating up and the calendar turning to July it can only mean one thing – the Barton County Fair is coming! As I begin my 25th year with Barton County Extension I am seeing second generation 4-H'ers growing and learning through one of the best youth programs around. Kids who were active 4-H'ers in the 1990's now want their own children to gain from similar experiences. Fair time activities give youngsters a chance to showcase what they have learned from the 4-H projects they enrolled in last fall.

June 30, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Small Kansas Communities are Alive and Well

One of the hats I wear at Barton County Extension is to work with the Community Development committee to bring ideas to the table that help make our communities a great place to be. As my husband, John, and I returned home from the 2013 Biking Across Kansas event we reflected on the wonderful spirit and friendliness of each of the communities we passed through. From Johnson City to Galena, we enjoyed touring the southern part of Kansas at bicycle speed.

June 23, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Poaching Veterans’ Pensions

Veterans and their families are a target for some dishonest advisers who are claiming to offer free help with paperwork for pension claims. The scheme involves attorneys, financial planners, and insurance agents trying to persuade veterans over 65 to make decisions about their pensions without giving them the whole truth about the long-term consequences

June 09, 2013 | | Local Life


Volunteers in Action News

Volunteers in Action/RSVP wants to thank everyone that purchased recycled Memorial Flowers from our Great Bend and Hoisington locations this year. Because of your support, we made over $1,500 which means that we will be able to say a proper "THANK YOU" to our volunteers for everything they do to make our communities a better place to live. If the winds and rain don't beat them up too much before next Monday, we have volunteers scheduled to help us pick up the abandoned flowers at the cemetery again this year. Don't forget: if you want to ...

June 02, 2013 | | Local Life


It Only Makes Sense…

May is both National High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month. It only makes sense to acknowledge both of these disease processes at the same time because when you control your blood pressure you greatly reduce your risk of stroke---which is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

May 26, 2013 | Contributed by Dr. Perry M. Smith, M.D. Dr. Smith is a Family Practice Physician at Central Kansas Family Practice. He has been committed to | Local Life


Driver’s ed: neck brace required

Raising teenagers these days presents one new issue after another. But nothing compares to the stress of seeing your teenager start driving.

May 26, 2013 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Kids and Vegetables

Summer is almost here and that means kids will be eating more meals and snacks at home. Keeping those meals and snacks healthy over the summer can be easy with a little planning. Following the MyPlate food guide system for healthy eating tells us that half of your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables. Another generous portion of whole grains and a small portion of lean protein round out the healthy plate.

May 26, 2013 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Leave it to a mother to connect the dots, and in record time

Last week's Wall Street Journal featured a story about over-sharing - asking, "What triggers people to reveal too much?"

May 19, 2013 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


Hekele graduates from basic training

Army Reserve Spec. Tiffany J. Hekele has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

May 12, 2013 | | Local Life


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FOR THE LOVE OF ART

ELLINWOOD – The winners of the Ellinwood High School Juried Art Show have been selected and represent a wide variety of quality work, said Sheri Holmes, director of Ellinwood School/Community Library library/media services.

April 25, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Local Life


Refinish and Restore Family Treasures

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 friendships and comraderie of others while sanding away on a special treasure.

April 12, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Keep Easter Egg Hunt Safe

Happy Easter! An annual tradition for many families is an Easter egg hunt. But I take eggs-tra care if using real eggs. Read on for seven rules to follow for a safe hunt.

April 05, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


Ready, Set, Grill: K-State will host Barbecue 101 Workshop May 2 in Olathe

Kansas State University is presenting Barbecue 101, a one-day workshop for novice grillers and seasoned (pardon the pun) veterans alike, on Saturday, May 2, in Olathe. K-State specialists will cover the basics of grilling, smoking, and food safety, plus a unique perspective on the science of barbecuing.

April 05, 2015 | | Local Life


Regional 4-H day

Barton County was host to Regional 4-H Day at Great Bend High School on March 13th. Regional 4-H Day participants are the top presentations selected at their local county 4-H Day. The counties represented in the Heart of Kansas 4-H Day Regional are Ellsworth, Pawnee, Rice, Russell, Stafford and Barton.

April 05, 2015 | | Local Life


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