Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:21Elfrieda Funk, Hillsboro, received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from LeadingAge Kansas as part of its annual Quality First Awards of Excellence Ceremony on April 13 in Wichita.
The award is presented to a LeadingAge Kansas member’s chief executive officer, administrator, employee, trustee or board member. It honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of aging services through such things as innovation, dedication, leadership and the effective use of...
Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 21 August 2012 13:20Butler Community College of Marion is offering new learning opportunities with the introduction of its “Take 1 Just 4 Fun.”
Amy Kjellin, Flint Hills Sites director in Marion, said the classes are basically a longer version of the free class day BCC offers each spring.
“These are non-credit classes,” Kjellin told 35 members of the Marion Chamber of Commerce on Friday, “and the classes will vary according to what the teacher wants to do.”
The majority of fees will range between $20 to $40 as a way of paying the teacher for his or her time, she said.
Eleven classes are available in this first set of classes with a brief description of each.
• Guitar Basics: Mike Moran of Hillsboro will teach a course for the beginning...
Written by John Schlageck Tuesday, 14 August 2012 13:16The dog days of summer can be trying, especially for farmers and ranchers who are experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades
A summer like 2012 brings little rain, grueling heat and fiery winds. This year’s drought and string of more than 25 days of 100-degree days has finished off most of the dry-land corn and has now zeroed in on destroying this year’s soybean and milo crops.
What will happen to this fall’s upcoming winter wheat crop remains to be seen.
During this period, it’s healthy to interject a little humor into the daily diet. A chuckle or comic relief is good for the mind and body. With that in mind, here’s my offering for the middle of August.
I’ve yet to meet a farmer or rancher who isn’t continually...
Written by Jerry Engler Tuesday, 14 August 2012 13:15It seems the only sure things about the weather are that it will repeat, and it will change.
Marion County Extension Agent Rickey Roberts said a month ago, “I thought we were better off than a year ago.”
But that was before going another month with 100-degree plus temperatures and no rain.
“Now, we’re in the middle of a train wreck,” Roberts said, referring to the finished corn crop and the soybeans going downhill day by day.
“Some of the milo is heading now, and I think we’ll get to harvest a little of that,” he added. “But the beans are painting a really bleak picture. I think we’ll still get to harvest a few beans down on the bottoms, but the rest of them are just about finished.
Roberts said because the...
Written by Hillsboro Free Press Tuesday, 07 August 2012 16:18Scott Wituk, a graduate of Centre High School, was recently recognized by the Wichita Business Journal as a “40 Under 40” awardee.
Wituk, director of Wichita State University’s Center for Community Support and Research, was recognized because of his involvement in creating thriving and supportive communities and organizations, according to a WBJ spokesperson.
“I am fortunate to be involved with some amazing projects and people in Wichita and across Kansas,” Wituk said. “We (at the Center for Community Support and Research) get to do some really exciting work.”
One of CCSR’s recent initiatives, which was supported by the Kansas Health Foundation, involved helping 20 Kansas community coalitions, working to improve local...
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