The Rusted Chain of Hesston announces new jewelry collection

Beki Hastings, jewelry designer/owner of The Rusted Chain of Hesston, announced her latest collection, “Delta Blues.”

Southern Rock inspired, the pieces have names such us "Carolina Sunset" and "Tupelo Rain." The new styles feature blues, greens and turquoise, along with mixed metals of copper, brass and silver. Bracelets, earrings and necklaces are available.

The Delta Blues Collection is available at

Mark your calendar: Upcoming Newton Chamber events

- Ribbon cutting: 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Sarah’s Sweet Bliss, 513 N. Main Street.

- Breakfast with the Chamber: 7:15 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at the Meridian Center, 1420 E. Broadway Court. David A. Nygaard and Dr. Deborah Hamm will share about the USD 373 Education Endowment. RSVP to or call 283-2560.

- Ribbon cutting: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Wildcat Shredding, 1416 Old Main, Suite 1002.

Groups to meet at Prairie View in Newton in February

A caregiver support group, led by Joan Brubacher, LSCSW, of Prairie View, will meet Thursday, Feb. 14, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. This month's meeting will discuss "Caregiver Emotional Overload." It will be in Prairie View's Osage Room at 1901 E. First Street, Newton.

This group offers an opportunity for education, mutual support and problem-solving with others who are dealing with similar situations. This includes caregivers whose care receiver has any illness, including dementia.

For more information about this group or any caregiving needs, call Brubacher at 284-6400 or (800) 362-0180.

A weekly therapy group for adults struggling with depression will begin Feb. 12 at Prairie View's Newton office at 1901 E. First Street. The group will meet in the East Room at 10 a.m. It will be led by David Cooley, PsyD, T-LP.

The depression therapy group is open to those experiencing depression. Individuals may already be receiving services through Prairie View, or they may be new to the organization.

Members can join the group at any time. Those who attend can expect to receive education regarding depression and skill building which will help individuals address the negative thinking and behavior patterns commonly experienced in depression.

Members' collaboration with each other in the group setting will be used to help solve situational and relational problems that may be affecting their depression.

"Group therapy, in most cases, has been found to be as effective as individual treatment," says Cooley. "It is exciting and powerful when members who have made progress in group (therapy) identify with, support and help new members. Additionally, group therapy provides access to services for those who cannot afford individual therapy or for those who may not be able to see their individual provider as frequently as needed."

There is a cost to participate. The service will be billed through the client's insurance provider. If individuals are uninsured and paying out-of-pocket, the fee will depend on the sliding scale arrangement available through Prairie View.

For more information about the group, call Prairie View at 284-6400.

BBB Foundation invites KS seniors to apply for scholarships

The Better Business Bureau Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization of the Better Business Bureau Inc., invites high school seniors throughout the Kansas Plains to apply for its annual “Scott Mecham Student of Integrity Awards.”

In 2013, eight students will each be granted $2,000 college scholarships: two from the Kansas Plains area, two from South Dakota, two from metro Lincoln and greater Nebraska and two from metro Omaha and southwest Iowa.

The Student of Integrity Award Scholarships were created in 2007 to recognize and nurture future ethical business leaders and to honor the memory of Scott Mecham, who served as BBB president from 1991 until January 2006.

The winners will be selected by four panels of independent judges representing the academic and business communities in Wichita, Sioux Falls, S.D., Lincoln and Omaha, Neb. They consider each student’s character, leadership, academics and the content of their essays.

The award winners will be announced in April 2013 and recognized at a BBB Integrity Awards Luncheon in the fall.

The application guide with full details and required forms can be downloaded at For more information, contact BBB Communications Director Margo Riekes at (402) 898-8526, (800) 649-6814, ext. 8526, or Application deadline is Friday, March 8, 2013.