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David and Karla Gonzales of Achieve Rehab attend conference

David and Karla Gonzales of Achieve Rehab in Great Bend attended the annual American Society of Hand Therapists conference in Boston recently. David is a Certified Hand Therapist. Karla is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. This annual conference was combined with the conference of the American Society of Hand Surgery. Attendees of the conference were able to get the latest updates and research regarding rehab and surgery of the shoulder, elbow and hand. The clinicians at Achieve Rehab in Great Bend specialize in rehab of conditions from the neck to the hand.

October 05, 2014 | | Business


Farmers Bank and Trust awards students of employees scholarship money

Farmers Bank and Trust is again assisting employees and their families with $5,000 in scholarships this year for their college students. The bank established an annual scholarship program to assist employees with the high costs of education as their children pursued their educational goals in their undergraduate degree.

October 03, 2014 | | Business


Great Bend Pet Welfare Workers attend workshop

Heather Acheson, Chris Klima, Irma Hladek and other Kennel Techs represented Golden Belt Humane Society at a one-day workshop in Wichita, presented by Petfinder, the online database of adoptable pets. The workshop was sponsored by Petco and hosted by Kansas Humane Society.

October 01, 2014 | | Business


Young Professionals members receive leadership certificates

Last week, twelve members of the Barton County Young Professionals group completed a proprietary leadership workshop entitled "Future in Focus", which was designed to help participants set personal and professional goals for the year 2020. The event was sponsored by The 10th Street EyeCare Center, and was facilitated by Troy Unruh with the Kansas Leadership Center.

October 01, 2014 | | Business


Great Bend accounting firm, Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered, welcomes new staff accountant

Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered is pleased to announce the addition of Meghan Burch to its professional staff.

September 28, 2014 | | Business


Three hours of continuing education available for area insurance agents

Great Plains NAIFA is bringing continuing education courses to local insurance agents. Classes are 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., then 1 to 3:15 p.m., on Sept. 30, at the Front Door Community Center in Great Bend with an open lunch period 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Space is limited so pre-registration is recommended.

September 28, 2014 | | Business


Baxter joins Keller Real Estate

Keller Real Estate & Insurance Agency announced the addition of Amanda Baxter as a realtor associate in its office.

September 26, 2014 | | Business


Advanced Therapy and Sports Medicine celebrates October with food drive

Advanced Therapy and Sports Medicine is celebrating National Physical Therapy Month in October by organizing its fourth annual community food drive. The GIVE BACK Community Food Drive will run from Oct. 1-31 at locations in Great Bend, Larned and Hays.

September 26, 2014 | | Business


Sunflower Financial and First Western Financial announce agreement to merge

Kansas-based Sunflower Financial, Inc. ("Sunflower") and Colorado-based First Western Financial, Inc. ("First Western") today jointly announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge.

September 24, 2014 | | Business


Landmark hosts “Dog For A Dog” event

Landmark National Bank is partnering with the Golden Belt Human Society to raise funds and awareness with its second annual Dog for a Dog event. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at Landmark's 1623 Main Street location.

September 24, 2014 | | Business


Farmers Bank & Trust awarded A+ Rating

Farmers Bank & Trust has been awarded an A+ in DepositAccounts.com's independent Bank Financial Health Rating System for the quarter ended June 30th. The A+ rating is defined as the highest distinction in terms of relative financial strength and stability, according to their standardized measurement system. The service gives consumers information on the relative financial strength of U.S. commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions.

September 21, 2014 | | Business


Roto-Mix announces promotions and organizational changes

Rod Neier, President and CEO of Roto-Mix, LLC has announced the following promotions and organizational changes within the company.

September 21, 2014 | | Business


Farmers Bank & Trust awarded A+ rating

Farmers Bank & Trust has been awarded an A+ in DepositAccounts.com's independent Bank Financial Health Rating System for the quarter ended June 30. The A+ rating is defined as the highest distinction in terms of relative financial strength and stability, according to their standardized measurement system. The service gives consumers information on the relative financial strength of U.S. commercial banks, savings institutions and credit unions.

September 19, 2014 | Susan Thacker | Business


Heartland Cancer Center observes anniversary with three days of events

The three-event celebration of Heartland Cancer Center's (HCC) 11thanniversary promises to have something for everyone, said Dana Foss, facilitator of the Touched by Cancer Support Group.

September 18, 2014 | | Business


Gavilon acquires silica grain in central Kansas

Gavilon Grain, LLC today announced it has acquired a 981,000-bushel grain facility in Silica. The Silica facility primarily handles wheat, corn, milo and soybeans, with 60-car shipping capabilities on the Kansas-Oklahoma railroad.

September 17, 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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