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Farmers Alliance Advantage Agent for 2011

The Farmers Alliance Companies in McPherson, has announced that Scott and Kim Higgason with Agency One in Otis has been named a Farmers Alliance Advantage Agent for 2011. To qualify as an Advantage Agent, an agency must exhibit superior professionalism and profitability over five consecutive years. Advantage Agents are recognized by Farrners Alliance as the "best of the best". To reach this level of distiction is a reflection of this agency's commitment to their customers and their community. Congratulations to Agency One for this achievement.

April 03, 2011 | | Business


BTI John Deere In Pratt’s new facility now open

BTI (Bucklin Tractor & Implement Co.) headquartered in Bucklin, now has a brand new John Deere dealership open in Pratt.

April 03, 2011 | | Business


Hoyt elevated to Managing Partner

Post Rock Radio, LLC, the owner of KKDT FM and KCNC FM, has announced the promotion of Glen Hoyt to Managing Partner of the company. Hoyt, a LaCrosse native, had been General Sales Manager for the stations.

March 30, 2011 | | Business


Great Bend Sears Hometown Store Receives National Honor for Outstanding Customer Service and Charita

The Sears Hometown Store of Great Bend has been named a 2011 Sears Hometown Store Premier Dealer. This annual award recognizes Sears Hometown Stores across the country that consistently offer the greatest customer service, outstanding store performance and standards, as well as exceptional demonstrations of local community involvement. In January 2011, the Great Bend store was one of only 190 locations throughout the U.S. to receive this national recognition at the annual Hometown Celebration held in Orlando, Fla.

March 27, 2011 | | Business


Karate students promoted at Great Bends Cobra Kai Martial Arts Center

On March 17 the Cobra Kai Martial Arts Center promoted five junior students and eight adults at their normal scheduled Tuesday night meeting. Belts were awarded by Sensei Ben Shumate and Sempi Doug Parks.

March 27, 2011 | | Business


13th Annual Curves Food Drive Kicks Off in April

During the month of April, Curves of Great Bend will participate in the 13th Annual Curves Food Drive to collect non-perishable food and cash donations to benefit their local food bank. Current members who make a $30 donation or an equivalent donation of food are eligible to receive a Curves reusable Food Drive grocery bag. And, from April 4-17, Curves will waive the membership fee for new members who donate a bag of non-perishable food or make a minimum donation of $30.

March 27, 2011 | | Business


American Family Insurance names Frank Callahan Kansas Agent of the Year

Agent Frank Callahan of Larned has been named Kansas Agent of the Year by American Family Insurance. He received the honor for outstanding sales of American Family insurance products during 2010.

March 27, 2011 | | Business


Rosewood Services cattle operations

It's said that the bawl of a calf is music to a cowboy's ear. And there are plenty of bawlin' calves at Rosewood Ranch in rural Pawnee County these days--along with plenty of happy cowpokes.

March 27, 2011 | | Business


Fitness for the ages

In 1974, Martin J. Casey, an Irish immigrant, had a vision for health and wellness in the Barton County area. Now, 37 years later, this vision remains a vital reality.

March 25, 2011 | | Business


American Family Insurance names Frank Callahan Kansas Agent of the Year

LARNED - Agent Frank Callahan of Larned has been named Kansas Agent of the Year by American Family Insurance. He received the honor for outstanding sales of American Family insurance products during 2010.

March 22, 2011 | | Business


James Ness joins University of Phoenix

Dr. James J. Ness, who formerly oversaw the criminal justice programs at Barton Community College, was recently appointed to the position of Dean of the new College of Criminal Justice and Security at University of Phoenix.

March 22, 2011 | | Business


Nex-Tech announces new employee

Nex-Tech, is pleased to announce Lindsey Krom-Craven as the Customer Sales Supervisor in Great Bend. Beginning the position March 7, Craven supervises the day-to-day operation of the two Nex-Tech stores in Great Bend.

March 20, 2011 | | Business


Karate Students Promote at Larned Family Karate

On March 16th the Larned Family Israeli/Okinawan Kobra Kai Karate and Mixed Martial Arts U.S.A. Academy had its first belt promotions under its new Instructors, 3rd Degree Black Belt, Sensei Nathan Chlumsky and 1st Degree Black Belt, Sempai Michael Alnore.

March 20, 2011 | | Business


Z’s Car Wash celebrates Grand Opening

Located at the intersection of 10th and Main in Great Bend, Z's Car Wash is no stranger to Great Bend drivers. Community residents have been enjoying the car wash's convenient location for several years. However, loyal patrons may have noticed a drastic difference in the quality of the wash they receive since the end of last year. "I firmly believe as a business owner that if you are going to provide a service, it needs to be the very best," says owner Joey Zimmerman. "Our old car wash just wasn't cutting it, so after seven months of ...

March 20, 2011 | | Business


Credits that can pay you at tax time

The IRS is reminding everyone not to overlook credits that can reduce their tax bill.

March 20, 2011 | | 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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