Sara Bruce, LPN has been named Pathways Employee of the Month for November. Sara has been caring for Pathways clients for the past year. While she has not been at Pathways long, she has proven to be a valuable asset to the clients and agency. Sara is personable and friendly. She is willing to help out wherever she is needed and goes above and beyond her job duties. She is very motivated and has enhanced the health of Pathways clients through her expertise. Sara never complains, but instead is always cheerful, no matter what the circumstances.
Theresa Leiker and Dianna Disque of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants Inc. have recently passed all of the required exams to attain their Tax-Exempt and Governmental Plan Consultant designation through the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries. These exams include the Tax-Exempt Governmental Plan Administration and Plan exams.
Members of the Barton Community College Board of Trustees, Foundation Board of Directors and faculty and administrators hosted CPI Qualified Plan Consultants last Thursday night at BCC. The dinner celebrated the long-running partnership between BCC and CPI, and was the final event recognizing CPI as the recipient of BCC's first-ever Workforce Partner in Education Award. Shown are, from left: Executive Director of Institutional Advancement Darnell Holopirek, Dean of Workforce Training and Community Education Elaine Simmons, Director of Human Resources at CPI Erika Brining, Employee Relations Coordinator at CPI Margaret Dirks, Executive Director of Business Technology Jane Howard and BCC ...
GARDEN CITY - Jaron Zamarripa, formerly of Great Bend, has joined the professional staff of Lewis, Hooper & Dick LLC, a certified public accountant firm in Garden City.
Wendy Prosser, sales/field appraiser in the Barton County appraiser's office, was recently awarded the professional designation of RMA (Registered Mass Appraiser). This designation is awarded to those individuals who have successfully completed at least 180 hours of tested course work, have at least three years (6,000 hours) of mass appraisal experience and successfully tested a four-hour residential and a four-hour commercial case study exam.
Patients who check in at their doctors' offices on Dec. 1 will be in on the ground floor of a new program at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. The program is the second of a three-part initiative that will result in electronic health records for each patient.
Reinke Manufacturing, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanized irrigation systems, announces that Raindrop Repair of St. John has received a Gold Reinke Pride award in recognition of the company's 2010-2011 marketing year success. The Reinke dealership was honored during Reinke's recent annual convention held Oct. 23-25, in Branson, Mo.
Nex-Tech Wireless will be supporting local organizations this holiday season with their 6th annual toy drive. From Nov. 13 through Christmas, community members are encouraged to pick up an extra toy while shopping for the holidays and bring the new, unwrapped toy to any Nex-Tech Wireless location. Their efforts will be rewarded with free activation when signing up for service. Customers can also make a $10 donation in lieu of donating a new toy. All monies and toys will be donated to charities throughout 40 Kansas counties to brighten the holidays for many youngsters.
Connie McDanel will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at The Front Door Facility, 1615 10th Street, in Great Bend. The public is invited to this free of charge event.
With help from Kansas State University's Advanced Manufacturing Institute, a Sterling company has been able to optimize its product designs, strengthening the quality of its product line.
The new advanced registered nurse practitioner at St. Joseph Family Medicine (SJFM) is now available to see patients of all ages. Linsey Carter recently moved to Great Bend to share the SJFM practice with Cherie Morris, M.D. in family medicine with obstetrics, and Charise Oelger, physician assistant.
The Board of Directors of Farmers Bank & Trust announced the promotion of Amy L. Hofeling to vice president. Hofeling has been a part of the bank's lending department since coming to Farmers Bank in September of 2007. She specializes in mortgage lending, including conventional, rural development and first time homebuyers loans. In addition to mortgage lending, she assists customers with consumer and commercial loans.
Jim Grabbe has been in the business for four decades and now is sharing that experience with customers at Office Products Inc. Grabbe is the new supply sales manager for OPI, which has stores in Great Bend, Larned and Russell.
Jared Chansler has joined Al & Mary's Hair Styling, located at 1235 U.S. 281 Bypass in Great Bend as the new barber.
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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