Industries regulated under the Great Bend Wastewater's Industrial Pretreatment Program were recognized by the Kansas Water Environment Association for their compliance achievements during the previous year. "We extend our congratulations and appreciation to the following award winners for a job well done," said Charlie Suchy, Great Bend utility superintendent who oversees the city's Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Perhaps it is to be expected in an industry noted for its legacy businesses, but whether their companies consist of a single publication or dozens of media enterprises, families are dominant forces in newspapers.
Aaron Emerson Compliance and Information Technology officer for First Kansas Bank recently attended the 2014 Bank Compliance School. Paul Snapp, President and CEO of First Kansas Bank commented, "The Bank Compliance School adds to the strong compliance foundation Aaron already possesses. Aaron has the experience, education and credentials to lead this important function of the Bank." The Bank Compliance School was held Aug. 17-22, in Grand Island, Neb. and is sponsored by the Kansas and Nebraska Bankers Associations and endorsed by the West Virginia and Wyoming Bankers Associations.
CUNA Mutual Group has reached an agreement to sell Producer's Ag Insurance Group (ProAg), its crop insurance business, to HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCC). The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.