Barb Wagner, a newly certified Jazzercise instructor, has begun offering classes at the Great Bend Jazzercise Center. Wagner earned the right to teach Jazzercise by completing an intense three-day workshop and performing a letter-perfect audition. Becoming a Jazzercise instructor requires dedication and thorough training. After submitting adequate references and putting in long hours of practice, Wagner recently participated in a rigorous workshop in Tulsa, Okla. sponsored by the Franchise Programs and Services Department of Jazzercise, Inc. She was required to learn approximately 15 Jazzercise routines for her audition; pass a written exam on basic anatomy, exercise physiology and nutrition; learn ...
Rosewood Services Inc. opened its doors 14 years ago as a small agency with a new approach to serving people with developmental disabilities. Clients and guardians alike have responded favorably since that time. The small start-up back then has evolved into the largest agency in the southwest region of Kansas today, according to Tammy Hammond, Rosewood's founder and executive director.
St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center recently showed its appreciation to employees, volunteers and board members by serving up a barbecue lunch during Healthcare Week, May 6-12.
Oversized "birdhouses" are slowly popping up throughout town as part of the Great Bend Convention and Visitors Bureau's scene byway promotion. Now stores along K-96 have collaborated to unveil their birdhouses at the same time, Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said.
There are easier and cheaper ways to accredit a medical lab, but St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center has never settled for one of those options, said Carla Herl, administrative lab director. St. Rose has always sought the inspections of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), which recently renewed the lab's accreditation.
WICHITA - This year marks the 20th anniversary of the McDonald's Reading Challenge, an initiative that has encouraged more than one million Kansas students to read more books.
Two pediatric endocrinologists, one of whom is from Great Bend, have opened an outreach clinic at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. Both specialize in pediatric endocrinology and diabetes at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.
Great Bend's downtown businesses are in step with the Family Crisis Center's "Walk a Mike in Her Shoes" fundraiser, which will take place from 6-8 p.m. this Thursday in the courthouse square, said Christina Hayes, community coordinator. To show support and create a fun atmosphere, local retailers are offering a related scavenger hunting during this week's "Thirsty Thursdays" promotion.
Patients who have a history with the St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center infusion clinic are receiving their treatments in the same area but it may seem like a whole new world when they first step in. The clinic has been remodeled and expanded to offer an even higher level of care, said St. Rose Vice President Linda Farthing.
Rosewood Services Inc. is recognizing four standout staff members by giving them the "Shining Stars" award. Rosewood employees Tess Bradley, Eric Hammond, Melonie Myers and Sandy Smith were honored for their stellar service during the first three months of the year.
Kans for Kids Fighting Cancer Foundation is partnering with Eagle Radio for the second annual Kans for Kids Radiothon on Friday, April 20, live on 100.7 Eagle Country, 1590 KVGB, 106.9 The Beagle, and B104.3 The Point.
With a flurry of early and organized activity, Gwen Caro has made significant strides in less than two months on the job. Caro is the new employment specialist for Rosewood Services Inc., beginning her new position on March 5.
Brandi Gruber has added to her credentials in an effort to enhance services for sleep-disorder patients at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center. In addition to being director of cardiopulmonary services and a respiratory therapist, Gruber now has a CRT-SDS certification after passing the Sleep Disorders Specialty exam.
The Better Business Bureau wishes to call attention to a new type of texting scam called "smishing." Consumers throughout the State of Kansas have been receiving cell phone text messages that claim they have won a Walmart Gift Card. The texts claim that the consumer has won a free gift card. They instruct you to click on a link and enter some information.
Alliance Insurance of Great Bend is one of the highest-performing EMC Insurance Companies agency partners in the country and has been named a 2012 EMC Premier Partner. Alliance Insurance placed in the top two percent of all EMC agencies nationally, based on key indicators such as customer retention, profitability and growth over a three-year period.
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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