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Duckwall-ALCO approves name change to ALCO Stores

ABILENE - Duckwall-ALCO Stores Inc. (Nasdaq:DUCK), which specializes in providing products for everyday life in small-town America, announced at its June 27 annual meeting of shareholders that the company's name will officially change to ALCO Stores Inc. An amendment to the Articles of Incorporation was approved at the meeting. ALCO Stores also plans to change its ticker symbol on NASDAQ to "ALCS." Both the name change and the change in ticker symbol will be effective as of July 6.

July 03, 2012 | | Business


St. Rose flagpole dedication open to the community

A non-profit entity, veterans groups and a local business teamed up to install the flagpole at St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center in March, and now the public has the opportunity to attend its dedication.

June 23, 2012 | | Business


Crest Theater adds Wi-Fi

The Crest Theater, 1905 Lakin Ave., is now Wi-Fi connected.

June 23, 2012 | | Business


Kirmer retires

Barton Community College Coordinator of Community Education Janet Kirmer receives a big hug from Dean of Workforce Training Elaine Simmons during her retirement reception Monday. Kirmer's last day is June 28, when she will begin working as the parish secretary for Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Great Bend. "It's something I've wanted to do for a long time," she said, but added it is hard to say goodbye after more than 35 years with the college. "The thing I will cherish most about my time at Barton is to see the students grow and fulfill their ...

June 19, 2012 | | Business


Job Fest deemed success

For the sixth year in a row, local job seekers were given an opportunity to network with area employers at the community Job Fest event, held May 17 at the Best Western courtyard.

June 18, 2012 | | Business


Fire extinguisher training exercise

Eric Bortz at Sunflower Diversified Services extinguishes fire while Great Bend Fire Inspector Mark Orth observes during annual fire safety training for Sunflower's day and residential support professionals. Fire Safety 101 included instruction as well as opportunities for staff to demonstrate their expertise in the use of a fire extinguisher by putting out a class B fire.

June 18, 2012 | | Business


Dove gives nod to ‘good friends and good competitors’ at ribbon cutting

On Thursday morning, June 14, DeVere "Rob" Dove III,, several family members and employees of the organization celebrated the company's 55th anniversary with a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce coffee and ribbon cutting to unveil the newly remodeled dealership at their long-time location on west 10th Street.

June 16, 2012 | Veronica Coons | Business


Desta joins St. Rose, ehances sleep center

Samson Desta realizes that some patients think they just have to live with chronic insomnia or other sleep problems. But he knows that is not the case and wants to help.

June 15, 2012 | | Business


Kids Day attracts more than 100 to Rosewood Ranch

PAWNEE ROCK - Nearly 60 lil' cowpokes braved 45 mile-per-hour wind gusts on June 9 for the joy of experiencing ranch life. Rosewood Services Inc. held "Kids Day at the Ranch" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family members joined the children, with more than 100 people participating in the second-annual event, which took place at Rosewood Ranch, located north of Pawnee Rock.

June 15, 2012 | | Business


Sateren joins Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate

Rick Sateren has joined Coldwell Banker Sell Real Estate as a sales associate. The office is located at 4000 10th St. in Great Bend.

June 15, 2012 | | Business


Barb Wagner, Newest Jazzercise Instructor, to teach Low Impact classes to accommodate participants

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 ...

June 13, 2012 | | Business


Rosewood honors clients, celebrates 14 years of service

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.

June 08, 2012 | | Business


St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center celebrates Healthcare Week

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.

May 18, 2012 | | Business


K-96 stores unveil their birdhouses

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.

May 08, 2012 | | Business


St. Rose lab once again earns 'gold standard' accreditation

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.

May 05, 2012 | | Business


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Kansas Board of Accountancy announces successful CPA examination candidate

The Kansas Board of Accountancy has announced that Austin Coyan, Great Bend, successfully passed the computerized examination in the January/February exam window.

May 10, 2015 | | Business


BBB issues warning involving asphalt paving scam

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is warning consumers to beware of paving companies that knock on your door, claiming to offer bargain prices.

May 10, 2015 | | Business


Dr. Joey Linn, FHSU alum, named new vice president for student affairs

Dr. Joey Linn, who had been serving on an interim basis since last fall, was named today as the new vice president of the Division of Student Affairs at Fort Hays State University. The appointment takes effect immediately.

May 10, 2015 | | Business


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