Kari Wirth is being promoted to Assistant Vice President and Operations Officer for First Kansas Bank according to Paul Snapp, President and CEO of the Bank. Snapp remarked, "Kari has the work experience and educational background to lead the operations of our Bank. She will continue to strengthen our bank's commitment to operate in a safe and sound manner while providing personalized service to our customers. We are excited to have Kari leading this important area of First Kansas Bank."
The Sears Hometown Store of Great Bend has been named a 2013 Sears Hometown Premier Store. This award recognizes Sears Hometown Stores across the country that consistently offers the highest levels of customer service, outstanding store performance and standards. At the end of last year, the Great Bend store was one of only 293 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recognition.
Ellsworth County Emergency Management and the Russell 911 Communications Advisory Board announces the 2013 Emergency Worker/Volunteer of the Year presented during the NWS Spotter Meeting. In past years, the Emergency Worker/Volunteer of the Year award was given to a deserving individual. This year was no different with three nominations for Emergency Worker/Volunteer of the year. The 911 Advisory Board decided on one award.
Jenny Conn has been named as the new Executive Director for the Russell Area Chamber of Commerce. She will officially begin her duties on April 1.
After 30 years as a new and used sale representative with Dove Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, Rick Bussman has announced his retirement. Rob Dove, president of the dealership, invites the public to Bussman's retirement open house this Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the dealership, 4217 10th St.
Diane Sauber, CMFC, Financial Advisor, has been to Waddell & Reed's Advisor Medalist Program. recognizing the company's top 250 financial advisors. The recognition awards are presented annually and are based on an analysis of investment, insurance and financial planning sales generated by the advisor. Serving clients throughout the Great Bend area. Sauber earns a distinction that carries significant meaning.
Mollie Hale Carter, President & CEO of Sunflower Bank, a regional community bank, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Haines, Jr. of Lawrence to the bank's board of directors.
At a Chamber Coffee hosted by Star of Hope, Barry Borror, President & CEO, challenged the chamber members to sponsor a child for the year. Dr. Catherine Strecker, Educational Strategies, accepted the challenge.
Great Bend Regional Hospital has appointed Robert Bilak to Chief Human Resources Officer. In his new role, Bilak is responsible for the hospital's human resources strategies, programs and performance for over 300 employees.
Jennifer McGlynn has recently been promoted to a managerial position at CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. McGlynn started her career with CPI in April, 1999 as a Plan Administrator Trainee in the Plan Administrative Services (PAS) Department. In May, 2000, she was promoted to Plan Administrator. In October, 2003, she was promoted to Senior Administrator, and in February, 2006, she was promoted to Consulting Senior. In February, 2013, she was promoted to Manager.
Glenna Achatz, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate, has qualified to join the company's International President's Elite. This prestigious membership is awarded to the top 2 percent of the approximately 85,000 sales associates worldwide
Linda Black, ElderCare, Inc. Food Service Supervisor, has passed the credentialing exam to become a Certified Dietary Manager/Certified Food Protection Professional (CDM/CFPP). In 2010 Black started the Dietary Manager Program on-line course with Barton Community College. Marsha Findley is the registered dietitian and instructor of the program for BCC.
A recent Travel Photography Workshop, hosted by Please Go Away™ Vacations and co-sponsored by The American Eagle Club of American State Bank, was a winner. It was presented by award winning photographer, and intrepid world traveler with Please Go Away™ Vacations, Ernie Lowden who, along with his wife Frances, traveled from Olathe to present the workshop.
Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball announced it is now a member of LEA Global/The Leading Edge Alliance, ranked by the International Accounting Bulletin as the second largest international association of independent accounting firms for 2013.
Fifty-seven new law enforcement officers were congratulated by Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, during their graduation from the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC) on Nov. 14.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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