ABILENE - ALCO Stores Inc. announced that sales from continuing operations, excluding fuel, decreased 2.9 percent to $46.8 million for the fiscal five-week period ended July 1, compared to $48.1 million during the same period of the prior year. On a same-store basis, excluding fuel, sales decreased 5.9 percent from a year earlier.
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation announced that Sharon Leeds has joined the company as a Gas Generation Administrative Assistant. Leeds joined Sunflower on June 25. She will provide administrative and clerical support to the production supervisor, professionals, and staff at the station.
Great Bend Community Coordinator, Christina Hayes, her intern Madison Debes and Dainty Darlings Boutique owner Renee Skinner have collaborated to coordinate a fashion show at 6 p.m. Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Moses Memorial Band Shell in the Barton County Courthouse Square.
A team of Rosewood Services Inc. employees raised nearly $1,500 during this summer's Barton County Relay For Life event, which was held June 8 at the Barton County courthouse square in downtown Great Bend. It was the first year that Rosewood formed a team, which was cause for special recognition by Barton County Relay For Life. Organization representatives Kandi Wolf and Mariann Shook presented a certificate of appreciation to Heart Strong team members on June 28, fittingly at the Rosewood Memorial Garden.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
Farmers Bank & Trust announces Kevin Bahr as their newest Advisory Director. "We are pleased to have Kevin join our team at Farmers Bank & Trust. His commitment to the community mirrors ours and we look forward to his contribution to our organization," stated Robert Rugan, Central Kansas Market President. Kevin has served as Board Chairman of the Barton County Extension Council and on the Barton County FSA County Committee. He is also an active volunteer for Otis-Bison school activities and helps coach the Middle School basketball team. Kevin is married to Jennifer, and has three children, Blake, 15, Abbi, 12, and ...
The Kansas Bar Association honored 23 at its annual luncheon during its annual meeting in June at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park. This year's honorees ranged from the Sedgwick County District Attorney's Office to the past public information director for the Office of Judicial Administration.
On June 24, Country Place Senior Living and Country Place Memory Care assisted living residences were randomly visited by state licensing auditors for a review of operational protocol and resident care documentation. This is a standard process that is intended to verify that licensed senior living facilities are caring for residents as regulated by the state. Country Place Senior Living and Country Place Memory Care's reviews resulted in zero deficiencies. All operational protocol and resident care is at or above expectations as regulated by the State of Kansas.
Empowered by a community who understood the value of their youth program, a diverse group of area teens set aside other interest to participate in community events. While it was routine – and always fun – for each member of the corps to take part in local activities, those same activities served to teach important lessons about civic responsibility.
Pixar’s “Inside Out” has enjoyed a tremendous amount of box office success and critical praise since its release, as the Deseret News National’s Chandra Johnson pointed out on June 20, at least partially because of how it tackled the complexity of human emotions. No easy task indeed.
By the late 1950s, many veterans of the Argonne Rebels Drum and Bugle Corps were "aging out," and a paradox ensued. While an all-time number of pre-teems were applying for membership, an all-time low were correctly trained musicians. To address the dilemma while reducing the strain placed on a volunteer staff, the Rebel-Heirs feeder corps was organized.
If something seems a little different to you the next time you are near Sterling House of Great Bend, don't be surprised. Its new name of Brookdale Great Bend will reflect its connection to the Brookdale senior living family and the large network of services it provides for senior adults. Not only is Sterling House of Great Bend changing its name, so are other Brookdale communities across Kansas.