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He who controls the data plan has the teen’s world in his hands

As our college boys conclude their perpetual Christmas break (What's it been? Two months?), I offer 10 sure things with college kids and their phones.

January 20, 2012 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Healthy living more than a pledge

"I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world." 4-H members across the nation repeat this pledge at the beginning of every meeting. The overall goal in 4-H is to "Make the Best Better." There are many activities and events that help our youth accomplish these goals.

January 20, 2012 | Berny Unruh | Local Life


Active Aging Workshop registration is open

I hope your year is off to a great start. In my New Years' Day column I invited you to develop an action plan for healthy living. If healthy eating and increasing physical activity is part of your action plan I have another suggestion. Consider signing up for the "Active Aging" workshop set to begin soon.

January 15, 2012 | | Local Life


It´s a New Year

Berny Unruh

January 08, 2012 | | Local Life


RSVP column

RSVP wants to thank all of Santa's helpers that made lap robes for residents of the Barton County assisted living and nursing facilities during the past year. RSVP delivered 84 lap robes to three nursing facilities and four assisted living facilities for residents in need during the holiday season. This is more than we have ever delivered and it is all because of generous gifts of time and talent by a group of dedicated volunteers. You know who you are. Thank you so much!

January 08, 2012 | | Local Life


New traditions, joyful and triumphant

There comes a time when your Christmas traditions need updating. Especially those revolving around toddlers believing a portly man draped in red polyester will enter your home while everyone sleeps. In our Leawood household, that time arrived a long time ago -seemingly when Nixon was President.

January 06, 2012 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Ask an Attorney

The advice of a good attorney can be expensive but an attorney's knowledge can be priceless. Do you have a question about a legal matter? Go to NewspaperAttorney.com and ask a licensed Kansas attorney your question free of charge. Your question may just end up getting answered in the newspaper! Remember the Law Office of Brandan Davies LLC does not represent you in any matter until a formal representation agreement has been executed. The following information is not legal advice it is for entertainment purposes only. If you have a legal question please consult an attorney.

January 01, 2012 | | Local Life


Replace Resolution with Action Plan this year

It isn't often that my New Year's column actually runs on the 1st, so I will take advantage of the opportunity to share a thought or two about plans for the New Year. No doubt you have been thinking about something you would like to resolve to do in the coming year. Many times resolutions focus on things like weight loss, getting out of debt, or breaking a bad habit. Research shows that success in achieving these resolutions is often low. In fact, studies show that after six months, fewer than half the people who make New Year ...

January 01, 2012 | | Local Life


Merry Christmas from the extension staff

Each year at this time we like to reflect on the positive things that are happening at Barton County Extension. It is easy to get caught up in the media reports about the economic downturn, threats of terrorism, or chronic health issues that are plaguing our country. What can be done to change this negative news into positive thoughts? Read on for my advice.

December 23, 2011 | | Local Life


Senior Center holiday closings

The Senior Center will be closed and there will be no transportation or friendship meals on Dec. 23, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.

December 18, 2011 | | Local Life


Aleta Ehrlich receives Extension Appreciation Award

Each year, the Extension Executive Board selects a supporter of the Extension programs to receive the Extension Appreciation Award. The 2011 award was presented recently to Aleta Ehrlich, Great Bend.

December 17, 2011 | | Local Life


Moving doesn’t cancel probation

The advice of a good attorney can be expensive but an attorney's knowledge can be priceless. Do you have a question about a legal matter? Go to NewspaperAttorney.com and ask a licensed Kansas attorney your question free of charge. Your question may just end up getting answered in the newspaper! Remember the Law Office of Brandan Davies LLC does not represent you in any matter until a formal representation agreement has been executed. The following information is not legal advice: it is for entertainment purposes only. If you have a legal question please consult an attorney.

December 17, 2011 | BY BRANDAN DAVIES | Local Life


Columnist presents wish list

Dear Santa –

December 17, 2011 | BY MATT KEENAN | Local Life


Tips to Trim Heating Bills

No doubt with the frigid temperatures we are experiencing you are giving your furnace a workout this week. There are many ideas floating around about how to best save energy. Bruce Snead, our director of engineering extension at Kansas State University shared some tips in a recent article that I will pass along today.

December 11, 2011 | | Local Life


A Season of Blessings

For four years, I have proudly served on the Executive Board of K-State Research and Extension in and for Barton County. Until I became involved in this capacity, I was naïve and really had no idea how many people, young and not so young, were reached by the programming shared by our local Agents. I honestly had never given it a thought Of course, I had heard of 4-H as have most. I believed it was just for farm kids with calves and goats. Was I ever misinformed!

December 11, 2011 | | Local Life


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Build a healthy meal

As the final days of National Nutrition Month pass us by I want to give you some good reasons to choose to eat healthier. Whenever I present educational materials that promote health and wellness I start by asking participants if they think what they choose to eat affects their overall health? Nearly everyone thinks it matters, yet the reasons they give for not eating healthy abound. The USDA developed thirty-seven one page fact sheets as part of the 10 tips nutrition education series. Titles range from: "Kid-Friendly Veggies and Fruits," "Make better beverage choices," "Salt and Sodium," to "Eating Better ...

March 29, 2015 | Donna Krug | Local Life


When a phone rings at a funeral

Funerals, happily, remain very much as they have through the years.

March 29, 2015 | Matt Keenan | Local Life


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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