Archive for Sunday, September 23, 2001

9/23 Business briefs for Sunday

September 23, 2001


Sayre manages day-to-day activities of the company related to legislative, municipal, governmental and external affairs, including the coordination of business partnerships and community relations activities. He maintains offices in Lawrence and Pittsburg.

Sayre joined Southwestern Bell in 1980 in Great Bend and has held various management positions. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from Kansas University.


Cottonwood Inc., Lawrence, recently recognized Jill Baker, administrator of services, for her 25 years of service.

Baker joined Cottonwood in 1976, providing services for people with developmental disabilities in Douglas and Jefferson counties. She has helped increase work options for people with developmental disabilities by supporting Cottonwood staff in securing a Department of Defense contract and in expanding community-based, supported-employment opportunities.

Baker also serves on local and state committees dedicated to improving the lives, opportunities and choices of all Kansans with developmental disabilities.


Art Neuhedel and Christina Jordan have joined the Lawrence law practice of attorney David Brown, who also announced the promotions of two employees.

Neuhedel is an associate attorney, having previously worked as an organizational coordinator for Sunflower Racing at The Woodlands. He also was an intern for the Johnson County District Attorney's office. He graduated from Kansas University's Law School this year.

Jordan provides mediation services. She is certified as a mediator by the Kansas Supreme Court. She also is a licensed master social worker in Kansas. She previously was employed as a credit administrator with Mercantile Bank, Lawrence. She is a 2001 graduate of KU's Law School and will take the Kansas Bar Examination in February 2002.

Catherine Hess, formerly a legal clerk, has been promoted to full-time attorney after passing the Kansas Bar Examination in July. She handles domestic, family and bankruptcy law. Hess began working for Brown in 1992. She graduated from KU's School of Law.

Glenda Kelly, formerly an administrative assistant, has been promoted to office manager. Kelly has worked in the law office since October 1999. She previously worked as an administrative assistant for Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin. Kelly earned a degree in criminal justice from Washburn University.


Ron King, a Lawrence American Family Insurance agent, recently returned from American Family's Corporate Office, Madison, Wis., where he was invited to an "Agents Best Practices" seminar.

Seventy-five of the company's top agents were invited to attend. They were asked to share their ideas for best serving customers.


Becky Anderson has joined Lawrence Memorial Hospital's Mt. Oread Family Practice as a physician assistant.

Anderson's duties include checkups for children and women; family care; acute care; and physicals for sports and school activities.

Anderson previously worked at the Cotton-O'Neil Clinic in Eudora.


Julie Newman, a certified physical therapist assistant, recently joined Neu Physical Therapy in Tonganoxie.

She earned an associate's degree at Washburn University. She is an member of the National Assembly of Physical Therapist Assistants and the Kansas Physical Therapy Assn.

Newman may be reached at (913) 845-2252.


Tom and Kim Swearngin and Jaclyn Polk, Lawrence, own bulls listed in the 2001 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Assn., which is based in St. Joseph, Mo.

Issued in both the spring and fall, the report features the latest performance information available on 5,999 sires. The report is available at


The Flint Hills Technical College Power Plant Technology Program began this fall with an enrollment of 24 students. FHTC and Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. created the program to help address an anticipated decline of skilled workers during the next 10 to 12 years.

The students selected for the Fall 2001 semester are completing their general education courses and will begin the Power Plant Technology coursework in the Spring 2002 semester at the Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia.

After successful completion of the program, students will receive an associate of applied science degree. Students will have the opportunity to receive additional technical knowledge through internships.

Application materials and additional information may be requested by calling Flint Hills Technical College at (785) 341-2300 or (800) 711-6947 or by e-mailing


The Kansas Corporation Commission has named Mike Hoeme, Topeka, as director of its Transportation Division. He had been the division's acting director since May.

Hoeme joined the commission in November 2000 as the division's public service administrator. Before joining the commission, he was the environmental health and safety manager for National Cooperative Refinery Assn. in McPherson.

Honors and awards

The Longaberger Co., a maker of handcrafted baskets, recognized Carol Ohmart and Nancy Flavin, Lawrence, as 2001 National Top Sales Award winners at its annual convention in Columbus, Ohio. The convention drew 70,000 independent sales associates.


A new ring binder created by Lawrence-based Cardinal Brands Inc. has been commended by the Arthritis Foundation for improving ease of use for nearly 43 million Americans who live with arthritis.

The EasyOpen Ring Binder features a "finger friendly" locking ring mechanism that opens and closes with slight finger pressure to one trigger. The lock engages instantly when closed, eliminating the two-step, two-handed operation required with typical ring binders.


Overland Park-based Home Rental Services Inc. has been named "Kansas Woman-Owned Service Industry Firm of the Year 2001" by the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing through the Office of Minority and Women Business Development.

Home Rental Services, founded by owner Kandy Meehan in 1989, specializes in the leasing and management of mid- to upper-level homes throughout the greater Kansas City and Johnson County areas.

The award is to be presented Oct. 9 in Manhattan.


Mary Alice Barr, Lawrence, was recognized as an Outstanding Older Worker at the Kansas Older Worker and Employer Awards conducted Tuesday at the Topeka Civic Theatre, Topeka. The awards are sponsored by the Kansas Department of Human Resources.

Capitol Federal Savings, Topeka, was named the Kansas Employer of the Older Worker, an honor given to private-sector businesses that do not employ Title V participants but employ a significant number of senior citizens.

Rex's Tire Co., Topeka, was honored for being Kansas Employer of the Older Worker (Small Business).

Coming events

The General Services Administration will co-sponsor the 2001 Working Ahead of the Curve: Telework conference today through Tuesday at the Kansas City Convention Center, Kansas City, Mo.

GSA will sponsor and conduct a Federal Telework Issues Roundtable session for federal agency representatives. Sessions will focus on assessing the performance of remote workers, telework tools, information-technology issues and federal agency case studies to help implement, refine and expand federal telework programs.

For more information, visit


A Halloween party is the theme of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Member Buy Member Business Showcase. The event will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Lawrence Holidome, 200 McDonald Drive.

Chamber members may rent space to display their products or services during the mixer. Cost is $125 per table. Half tables can be rented for $75.

Prizes will be awarded by the chamber and participating vendors.

For more information or to reserve a table, call Cathy Lewis, director of chamber programs, at 865-4406.


The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce announces the following ribbon cutting ceremony:

l Mojo's, 11 a.m. Wednesday, 714 Vt.


Baldwin Therapy Services, 720 Eighth St., will have a grand opening celebration this week. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be at noon Thursday, followed by an open house from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.

Co-owners are Laura Bennetts and Kimberly Hoffman. Other therapists who work at the center are Sharon Magee-Minor, Michele Buffkin and Evonne Cooper.

For more information, call (785) 594-3162.


The Farm Service Agency is accepting nominations for upcoming county committee elections.

Committee members will apply their judgment and knowledge to make local decisions and serve terms of three years.

Nomination forms may be obtained from local FSA offices located in the USDA Service Centers. The last day to file a nomination for county committee is Oct. 29. Farm owners, operators, tenants and sharecroppers of legal voting age can vote in the election if they are eligible to take part in any FSA program. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters Nov. 21. All ballots must be returned by Dec. 3.

For more information, call (785) 539-3531.

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