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Why Phillips County?

Thursday, November 01, 2018

You will find small town hospitality in Phillips County, a place where residents enjoy a high quality of life with a low cost of living. Visitors frequent Phillips County to shop in Phillipsburg’s bustling downtown and to attend family-friendly events. What stands out is the thriving downtown and large small business community. Local entrepreneurs have filled every storefront, leading to ongoing construction and development projects. Together, residents and entrepreneurs have created a strong and vibrant community. Success here is frequently achieved as a community endeavor with business networks, volunteer groups, and task forces pushing for a united goal - to foster...
Local Family Cattle Business Sells Homegrown Beef Across the Country

Monday, October 22, 2018

This article was written by Hailey Dixon for the Lincoln Sentinel and can be found here. Approximately three miles southwest of Sylvan Grove is the home of Ringler Ranch, where Post Rock Beef is operated by Justin Ringler and Shawn Elder, with their families.   Post Rock Beef, Ringler and Elder’s beef business, has served over 100 customers with approximately 5,000 pounds of beef sold, according to the Post Rock Beef website.   Post Rock Beef was born out of the friendship, Elder said.   “We both got the same ideas,” Elder said. “If he doesn’t think of it first, I do, and vice versa.  It’s easy working with him. …...
Rooks County Health Center Breaks Ground on New Rehabilitation Center

Monday, October 22, 2018

This story first appeared on the Rooks County website and can be found here. A groundbreaking ceremony for Rooks County Health Center’s (RCH) new Rehabilitation Center was held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 17 at the RCH facility just north of Plainville.The nearly 11,000 square foot addition will house all of RCH’s rehabilitation services including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Respiratory Therapies. “The new rehabilitation center will provide patients and the community access to state-of-the art care with unique features like a therapy pool with an adjustable floor with variable water depth and an indoor walking track,” stated A.J. Thomas, RCH...
St. John Grocery Store Open For Business

Monday, October 22, 2018

White’s Foodliner opens in St. John and 103-year-old Loyd Rats had the honor of being the first customer. Loyd Ratts cruised down the aisles of White’s Foodliner in St. John, Kansas, and thought of his childhood. Ratts was the first customer of the new grocery store, which opened Wednesday morning. The grocery store is the two-year culmination of efforts by community groups, led by Stafford County Economic Development, operator of the new establishment. Funding for the $3 million project came through a sales tax approved by voters and multiple grants, including a $780,800 federal grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,...
Street Plumbing Acquires Deep Creek Construction

Monday, October 22, 2018

This story was written by Kris Heinze for the Lincoln Sentinel and can be found online here. R&R Street Plumbing, Heating and Electric, Inc., 2009 E. Hwy 18, announced in a press release the acquisition of Deep Creek Construction, L.L.C., owned by Kirk and Susan Wollesen of Lincoln. As part of the acquisition, Kirk and Susan became part owners of R&R Street Plumbing, Heating and Electric, Inc. , and will become members of its management staff at the Lincoln office. This isn’t the first time that Street Plumbing has been involved in a business merger. In 2014, Mike Street and Royce Hillegeist, both...
Hodgeman County Resident Receives State Certification

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Courtney Panzer, the newest employee at Schwartz Auto, is pictured here, receiving her Kansas At Your Service certificate of completion. This statewide standardized customer service training, emphasizes the importance of quality customer service in the tourism and hospitality industry and equips employees of Kansas with tools and resources to better serve our visitors. Training for the web-based certification is offered at no charge, and can be taken by anyone who wants to improve their customer service skills. Schwartz Auto and Courtney are the first business in Hodgeman County to complete the online training and be awarded this certificate! Tourism is one of...
Governor Colyer Congratulates O'Brates, Palmer Manufacturing

Friday, September 21, 2018

This story originally appeared on Greater Garden City.com on 8/7/18, written by Scott Aust.  Gov. Jeff Colyer stopped in Garden City on Tuesday morning at Palmer Manufacturing and Tank, 2814 W. Jones Ave., to celebrate and congratulate the O’Brate family for reacquiring the company, a deal that was announced last week. “We just want to say thank you for all that’s happened here in Garden City in bringing Palmer back into the fold and to build their business again. Did you kind of miss them a little bit, Cecil?” Colyer said. Acquired by Cecil O’Brate in 1966, Palmer Manufacturing and Tank was sold...
Grill Specialty Store Gearing up to open in Downtown Garden City

Friday, September 21, 2018

This story originally appeared at Greater Garden City.com on 8/14/18 and was written by Scott Aust. Backyard grill masters are in for a treat soon in the form of the newest addition to downtown Garden City. Klaus Wood Pellets, 401 N. Main St., will be a barbecue specialty store that focuses mainly on selling Traeger Grills, as well as a variety of barbecue spices including products made right here in the state of Kansas. “We’re going to have a wall that has ‘Made in Kansas’ products,” Owner Ryan Klaus said. “And we’re going to have different kinds of cooking products, like fire disc...
Norton PRIDE Launches Community Garden

Friday, September 21, 2018

Norton PRIDE was organized in the fall of 2016 following a First Impressions review of the Norton Community which reflected both positive and negative attributes of our Norton Community.   Since it's inception as a Pride Community, and part of the Kansas PRIDE program through K-State, Norton has participated in the local Strategic Planning for Norton County.  Following these sessions each year Pride designs many of its projects around those identified needs from this planning meeting. The May 2017 session of Strategic Planning had an idea of development of a community garden.  Two attendees from the Methodist Church felt that this...
Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy's USA Clean Fuels Project Open in Phillipsburg

Friday, September 21, 2018

July 31, 2018 marked the grand opening of Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy’s USA Clean Fuels project in Phillipsburg. Conveniently located on HWY 36, south of the PHAE ethanol plant, the new facility offers ethanol blend fuels including Unleaded E15, Premium E-20, Super-Premium E-30, Flex Fuel E-85 and High Flow Diesel. USA Clean Fuels is dedicated to providing fuel choices that are cleaner, more affordable and better performing. Likewise, this latest addition to PHAE’s footprint is another component to help support our farmers and the ag community. The expansion of ethanol blended pumps across Kansas provides increased local corn markets and fuel choices...
Dodge City/Ford County - Where Business and Pleasure Grow Together

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Dodge City and Ford County is truly a great place to raise a family, and start (or expand) a business.  Dodge City & Ford County give residents that coveted “small-town feel,” while offering large-city amenities like access to events held at the Western State Bank Expo or a fun day at the Long Branch Lagoon Waterpark. They also have a very progressive and student-focused school district, making this an excellent area for young families. On the weekend, locals are known to take in a concert or comedy show at United Wireless Arena, go to a movie (drive-in or theater) or...
Scott County is Growing at Just the Right Pace

Friday, June 29, 2018

Scott County is small but mighty.  This is an excellent place to raise a family, start a business, or build a career.  A cohesive, action-oriented community, the people of Scott City work together to tackle challenges, make improvements, and ultimately create a better place to live. Growing the Scott City Way While a hasty, large scale population increase can not only disrupt a community’s culture but also lead to an unbalanced local economy, Scott City’s approach has been focused on a moderate and controlled growth.  This long-term perspective has served our community well. While members of Scott City consistently have arms open...