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St. Rose sponsors transition classes for local cancer patients

Paula Brozek, Great Bend, thought it was an "opportunity too good to pass up." And she was right.

June 08, 2013 | | Business


TripAdvisor awards Best Western Angus Inn with Certificate of Excellence

Best Western Angus Inn has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. This award signifies the Best Western in the top-performing 10 percent of all businesses worldwide on TripAdvisor.

June 08, 2013 | | Business


State Treasurer Ron Estes encourages Kansas families to Sstart saving for higher education with a 52

On May 29, Treasurer Ron Estes will join the College Savings Plans Network (CSPN) and State Treasurers around the nation in celebrating "529 College Savings Day" to increase awareness among Kansas families about the importance of saving for their children's higher education expenses. Learning Quest, the Kansas 529 Education Savings Plan, will also be holding three drawings this year for three $1,000 Learning Quest 529 Education Savings Plan accounts for those who like the plan on Facebook and register. Drawings will be held for entries received by June 30, September 30, and December 31, 2013.

June 02, 2013 | | Business


Nicholson installed as KFDA Vice President

Bill Nicholson of Hoisington, was recently installed as Vice President of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association at the Tri-State Convention held May 5-8, at the Sheraton Overland Park and the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park.

June 02, 2013 | | Business


Carrie Witte retirement reception

A retirement reception to honor Carrie Witte will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday at St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The public is invited to celebrate her 43 years of service.

June 02, 2013 | | Business


CPI employee attains ASPPA’s TGPC designation

Heather Weathers of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants, Inc. (CPI) has recently passed all of the required exams to attain their TGPC (Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plan Consultant) designation through ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries). These exams include the Tax-Exempt Governmental Plan Administration & Plan Consultant (TGPC-1 & TGPC-2) exams.

June 02, 2013 | | Business


Local FFA members earn Ford Trucks/Built Ford Tough scholarships

Local FFA members were among the 83 Kansas students awarded $1,000 Ford Trucks/Built Ford Tough scholarships during the third session of the 85th annual Kansas FFA State Convention on Thursday, May 30.

June 02, 2013 | | Business


Brian Fry retires from KDOT

Brian Fry, Engineering Technician Senior for the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), will retire on June 1 after 13 ½ years of valued service to the State of Kansas. As an Engineering Technician Senior in the Great Bend KDOT Office, Fry was lead inspector on numerous highway construction projects in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush, and Stafford Counties. After retirement from KDOT, Fry plans to continue working in another area of employment.

June 02, 2013 | | Business


Mid-Kansas Electric holds 6th annual meeting

HAYS - Mid-Kansas Electric Company LLC held its sixth annual meeting in Ulysses May 18.

June 01, 2013 | | Business


Nicholson named KFDA vice president

HOISINGTON - Bill Nicholson of Hoisington was recently installed as vice president of the Kansas Funeral Directors Association at the Tri-State Convention held May 5-8 in Overland Park.

June 01, 2013 | | Business


GBRC, Family Crisis Center, team up again

Great Bend Regional Hospital and the Family Crisis Center have a unique partnership that is beneficial to both organizations. The hospital sees firsthand the vast need for the Family Crisis Center's services in our community.

June 01, 2013 | | Business


Backes joins Sunflower Electric Power Corp.

Sunflower Electric Power Corporation announced that Brian Backes has joined the company as a Line Technician Apprentice III. Backes joined Sunflower on May 20. He will assist with inspection and repairs of transmission lines and substation sites under the direct supervision of a journey or higher level line technician.

June 01, 2013 | | Business


CPI employee Heather Weathers earns TGPC designation

Heather Weathers of CPI Qualified Plan Consultants Inc. has recently passed all of the required exams to attain her TGPC (Tax-Exempt & Governmental Plan Consultant) designation through ASPPA (American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries). These exams include the Tax-Exempt Governmental Plan Administration & Plan Consultant (TGPC-1 & TGPC-2) exams.

June 01, 2013 | | Business


Sunflower Electric holds 56th annual meeting

HAYS - Sunflower Electric Power Corp. held its 56th annual meeting at Pioneer Electric Cooperative Inc. in Ulysses on May 17. The board of directors received the annual report of the corporation, which is available on the Sunflower website, and elected officers for the upcoming year.

June 01, 2013 | | Business


M&F Plumbing, Inc. celebrates grand opening in new location

George and Patti Smith were all aglow as they led Chamber Ambassadors and longtime customers through their new location last month. The local heating, air conditioning, and plumbing contractor recently celebrated its grand opening in the new building, located at 1020 Frey in Great Bend.

May 29, 2013 | | 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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