As the new year arrives, it is the time that many of us will sit down and set a few goals and resolutions for ourselves. One of those resolutions should be to take some simple steps to protect yourself from identity theft.
This time of year, many folks are making New Year's resolutions. These often focus on ways to improve one's life – lose weight, exercise more or become a better person. While these are valid, worthy goals, it may also be time to look at what can be done to help the environment.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating is the second leading cause of U.S. home fires, deaths and injuries and December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. In 2009-2013, heating equipment was involved in an estimated average of 56,000 reported home fires per year, which caused 470 deaths, 1,490 injuries and $1 billion in direct property damage.
As the year draws to a close, many charities reach out for donations to make ends meet, However, scammers and con artists are also wanting your money and and use fake charities to get into your pockets. Fortunately, there is a way to find out if the cash you are shelling out is truly going to people in need.
As many of us prepare to visit family and friends over the Christmas holiday, they will be joining throngs of Americans going over the river and through the woods. The American Automobile Association reports that travel by car remains the most popular mode of transportation.
Anyone who has ever been involved with change, and that's everyone, can agree that its not easy. After all, most change is required because something isn't working anymore, and it got that way because it was easier to maintain the status quo for long enough that problems arose.
Last week, Mike Courson reported in The Ellinwood Leader that Ellinwood students can look forward to hearing from speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan next fall when she visits Ellinwood. She will talk about her family's experience at Bergen Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp. Blumenthal's book, "Four Perfect Pebbles," is required reading in Connie Mitchum's English classes at Ellinwood Middle/High School.
Winter has yet to arrive and the flu season is already starting to heat up, local and state health officials say. So, the Barton County Health Department and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment urge all Kansans to get a flu vaccine.
If one wants to experience the impact of Great Bend's now-famous Trail of Lights Christmas display, they need only to take a shift as a greeter at Brit Spaugh Park. This past Thursday evening, over 100 spectators made the glowing circuit to "ooooh" and "awwwww" over the decorations, including a chartered bus load from Montezuma.