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Salon wants to help kids look their best for Christmas

The Hair Studio at 1007 Williams in Great Bend is doing its Kuts for Kids again this year and needs some help from the community by choosing a name from its Christmas tree and making a $10 donation so these kids get their hair cut for Christmas.

December 17, 2014 | | Business


Pink Bucket Donation

Derek Fredrick, manager of Water's True Value, presents a $920 check for the Heartland Cancer Patient Care and Support Endowment Fund at Golden Belt Community Foundation (GBCF). The check represents 100 percent of the proceeds from the store's Pink Bucket fundraiser for breast cancer. Accepting the check, from left, are Leann Danner, RN OCN at Heartland Cancer Center, and Christy Tustin, GBCF executive director.

December 16, 2014 | | Business


Dashing through the snow jobs of scammers

Among holiday traditions for your Better Business Bureau is the listing of the year's 12 most frequently reported scams. Most of them have been around for a long time and there's no reason to believe that their perpetrators are going to stop anytime soon. So we continue down the frosty lane of rip-offs, with 3 more of our 12 scams of Christmas.

December 14, 2014 | | Business


New staff at ElderCare, Inc. starting January 2015

Robin Fabricius, Chair of the ElderCare Board of Directors of the local non-profit agency, has announced new staff. Gaila A. Nielsen will be the Executive Director for ElderCare, Inc. Nielsen will direct the Home Care and Nutrition divisions of the agency. Nielsen was with Legend Senior Living in Topeka and Lawrence as Regional Director of Sales and Marketing, Ellinwood School District and Alterra Healthcare in Great Bend.

December 14, 2014 | | Business


Generosity of Van Wyk, Inc. employees exceeds all expectations

It is customary during the Christmas season to give generously and to support local charities. A group of employees at Van Wyk, Inc. proposed to take up a collection from their co-workers to do just that. Worthy causes were selected in each of the states where the company has terminals. Dave Van Wyk, President of Van Wyk, Inc., agreed to match dollar for dollar what was raised by employees up to a total of $2,000.

December 14, 2014 | | Business


Great Bend Board of Realtors donation project

Realtor members giving back to their communities and participating in local events has been an ongoing effort for the Great Bend Board of Realtors for many years. They have given both individually and as an association. Some of the organization that have benefitted from such giving are: KANS for Kids, Special Olympics, Family Crisis and Kansas Honor Flights to name a few. The quarterly giving project has selected the second quarterly recipient as The Humane Society. The local Humane Society received $1,000 to help with their ongoing mission. As the nation's largest and most effective animal protection organization ...

December 14, 2014 | | Business


KDOT announces approved November bids

The Kansas Department of Transportation announces approved bids for state highway construction and maintenance projects in Kansas. The letting took place Nov. 19 in Topeka.

December 14, 2014 | | Business


Chamber recognizes outgoing Young Professional volunteers

The Great Bend Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development recently recognized the efforts of five individuals who will finish their service to the Barton County Young Professionals Steering Committee at the end of 2014.

December 12, 2014 | | Business


St. Rose Foundation assets transferred to Golden Belt Community Foundation

All assets of one local non-profit entity are currently being transferred to another to ensure donors' contributions will be used for their intended purposes.

December 12, 2014 | | Business


It Can be Catching: Community Vitality Boost Coming to NW Kansas

Northwest Kansas communities are gaining a new resource whose focus will be on training and supporting people as they work for the common good in those communities. And when good is happening, it can be catching.

December 10, 2014 | | Business


Adams, Brown, Beran and Ball Principal elected State Chair of the Kansas Society of CPAs

The Kansas Society of CPAs held its annual meeting on Nov. 19, at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. Michelle Schneider, Great Bend, was elected 2014-15 Chair of the 2,700-member Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA) at the Annual Meeting.

December 10, 2014 | | Business


Landmark hosts Holiday Food Drive

Landmark National Bank is collecting donations of non-perishable food items to help benefit the Barton County Food Bank. Donations can be dropped off at either of Landmark's Great Bend locations, at 1623 Main Street or 5200 Broadway.

December 07, 2014 | | Business


Dress Down the Town jeans winner named

The winner of the United Way of Central Kansas's Dress Down the Town jeans from the Buckle is from Great Bend High School, her name is Rosalinda Lovera. The drawing took place Wednesday evening at the store in Great Bend.

December 07, 2014 | | Business


Schooler joins Creative Touch

December 03, 2014 | | Business


Danceography dance recital

Danceography will hold their first recital since opening on Sept. 2. "Our First Christmas" recital will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Great Bend High School Auditorium. Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $5. Dancers will be from Great Bend, Hoisington, Claflin, Ellinwood, Lyons, St. John and surrounding areas, instructed by Miss Laura Klima.

December 03, 2014 | | Business


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BBB advice for choosing a tax preparer wisely

W-2 forms are flying through the air like snowflakes these days as employers deliver that vital piece of tax information to employees. For many the arrival of that form signals the start of tax season when time ticks toward the April 15 deadline. Forbes magazine reports that around 150 million taxpayers will use a tax preparation service. A market that large guarantees that some who seek your tax preparation business will be less competent than others.

January 28, 2015 | | Business


Charity drive nets thousands of items for local food banks

The third annual Charity Supply Drive held on Saturday, Jan. 24, was deemed a success. Barton County Young Professionals and the Great Bend Rotary Club teamed up to collect donations at the Walmart Supercenter in Great Bend.

January 27, 2015 | | Business


Raindrop Repair technician attends Reinke advanced PLUS Seminar

Reinke announces that Stephen Batten with Raindrop Repair in St. John, recently attended the 3-day Reinke Advanced PLUS (Proven Leaders in Unmatched Service) Seminar. Service technicians representing 13 Reinke dealerships from across the U.S. attended the seminar in Deshler, Neb.

January 25, 2015 | | Business


RiverBend auction benefits Clara Barton Hospital Foundation

"Having a benefit auction with the proceeds going to the Clara Barton Hospital Foundation was a great way for us to support our medical providers and helps enhance services for our residents at the same time," reports Bryan Stacey, Executive Director at RiverBend Assisted Living, in Great Bend. "Our two facilities are a natural fit and have a great working relationship."

January 25, 2015 | | Business


Clara Barton to hold annual meeting

The Clara Barton Hospital Foundation will host its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday at Clara Barton Hospital, 250 W. 9th, Hoisington, in the Turnbull Safe Room. All members of the Foundation are welcome to attend the meeting.

January 25, 2015 | | Business


Becker Tire receives distributor award

January 25, 2015 | | Business


Phone scams continue to be serious threat, remain on IRS “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 201

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain near the top of the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2015 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

January 25, 2015 | | Business


Battle of the Bulge promotes community wellness

BY DANIELLE FEIST

January 23, 2015 | | Business


Sunflower Financial and First Western Financial announce Mutual Termination of Merger Agreement

Kansas-based Sunflower Financial, Inc. ("Sunflower") and Colorado-based First Western Financial, Inc. ("First Western") today announced the mutual termination of their definitive merger agreement, dated Sept. 22, 2014.

January 21, 2015 | | Business


Young Professionals prepared for annual charity supply drive

For the third straight year, Barton County Young Professionals will host their annual Charity Supply Drive on Saturday, January 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter, 3503 10th St. in Great Bend.

January 20, 2015 | | Business


Farmer’s Bank donates to Head Start

January 18, 2015 | | Business


Clara Barton welcomes Dr. Howes

Clara Barton Hospital and Clinics announce that Jeremy Howes, MD, is joining the Clara Barton family as a general surgeon at Clara Barton Surgical Services.

January 18, 2015 | | Business


BBB tips for using sales to stretch your budget

Consumers who are interested in getting the most bang for their buck (and who isn't?) know to watch for sales. Most of us notice the patterns over time – holiday items on sale right after the holiday passes and white sales in January, for instance. Beyond that, many simply look for the best price at whatever time the need for an item arises.

January 18, 2015 | | Business


​Sunflower and First Western Financial terminate merger agreement

Kansas-based Sunflower Financial Inc. and Colorado-based First Western Financial Inc. announced Friday the mutual termination of their definitive merger agreement, dated Sept. 22, 2014.

January 17, 2015 | | Business


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