Nursing center employee recognized for service
By Shawn Linenberger
LaRinda McConnaughey has been involved with health care for many years.
And last Thursday, she was recognized for it.
McConnaughey, who has worked as a nurse with Beverly Health Care for 20 years, was given a pin at a Tonganoxie Nursing Center in-service meeting and will also receive a plaque for her contributions.
"Nursing homes require a lot from you," McConnaughey said. "Elderly people themselves make you want to continue."
McConnaughey joined the Tonganoxie Nursing Center staff in August 1996 and worked with other Beverly affiliates since Jan. 5, 1982, when she joined Lawrence Colonial Manor. Since then she served stints at Edwardsville, Lansing, Gardner, Bonner Springs, Wamego and Pittsburg. Before working with Beverly Health Care, she was a nurse at Kaw Valley in Bonner Springs and Eudora Nursing Center.
Away from work, she is also helping care her 16-month-old granddaughter.
McConnaughey said Tonganoxie's long-term care staff is awesome, and that being around the center's elderly residents is rewarding.
"They have a lot of stories," she said. "They just want an ear to hear them."
Area angus owners win
at association's show
Junior Angus enthusiasts paraded 114 entries at the 2002 Kansas Angus Association Futurity Junior Angus Show on Jan. 26 in Hutchinson. Jeff Worthington, Kansas City, Mo., evaluated the entries before picking the champions.
Brandon New, Leavenworth, showed the reserve grand champion bred-and-owned bull. New Haven Stockman 0169 is a March 2000 son of TC Stockman 365.
AVF Blackcap 4160 won multiple honors, including grand champion bred-and-owned female and reserve grand champion owned female. Megan Theis, Leavenworth, owns the November 2000 daughter of Famous 7001. She first won the senior heifer calf divisions.
earns honors at college
Jessica M. Sturgeon, Tonganoxie, a student in the School of Speech at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., has been named to the dean's list for the fall quarter of the 2001-2002 academic year.
Students on the list have attained a grade-point average of at least 3.75 on a 4.0 scale.
Student from Lansing
honored at Joplin school
Erica Chu, Lansing, has been named to the Dean's List for the fall 2001 semester at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Mo. This honor is given to students who completed 12 credit hours or more and had a semester grade-point average of 3.67 or higher.