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September 12, 2004

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Bruce Schwyhart, president of Cornerstone Alliance Ltd., has announced the addition of Jim Adams as community bank president of CornerBank's Lawrence facility at 4621 W. Sixth St.

Adams' experience includes more than 10 years managing complex commercial loans. His background also includes expertise in the insurance industry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kansas State University.

Adams is a native of western Kansas. He has relocated to Lawrence from Hays.

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Melody Buchholz, Jason Dover and Tom Hill have joined the real estate team at Century 21 Miller and Midyett. Buchholz and Dover will specialize in residential sales in the Lawrence market area. Hill will specialize in farms and acreage. Century 21 Miller and Midyett operates offices in Lawrence and Eudora.

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Summers, Spencer & Callison, CPAs, Chartered and SS&C Business & Tax Services Inc. will move their Lawrence offices one block north of their current location Friday to become the second tenant at west Lawrence's Wakarusa Corporate Centre, 4910 Corporate Centre Drive.

The CPA and business consulting firms, which have their main office in Topeka, opened a small office in Lawrence in 1995 and quickly outgrew their original 1500 square-foot suite to move to the current site at 1811 Wakarusa Drive. They have been in that location since 1998.

Company president Gary Summers said that the accounting firm was moving its offices mainly to accommodate staff needs for more private office space and a larger conference room to meet with clients and conduct staff training.

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Randy Freivogel, licensed physical therapist at Lawrence-based TherapyWorks P.A., recently completed a course titled "Evaluation and Rehabilitation of Elbow Injuries." The course, held Aug. 13 in Kansas City, Mo., focused on the expanding resources available during the evaluation of elbow injuries, as well as discussion and training on a variety of rehabilitation options for elbow injuries.

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Connie Daniels has joined Hilco Mortgage Corp., 3220 Mesa Way in Lawrence, as a loan originator. Daniels will assist customers with financing options for homes, investment properties or with refinancing issues for a variety of mortgages.

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Sheri Fleming, Lawrence, recently was promoted to Team Leader by Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company that sells gourmet foods and gifts.

Fleming received the promotion after successfully sponsoring three consultants who market the Tastefully Simple products.

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Dr. Les Miller with Lawrence Dental Solutions recently attended a conference in Kansas City on CEREC dentistry. Miller was one of five dentists included on a panel discussing the effect of the CEREC technology on their practices. The technology allows for work on restorations, crowns, onlays and inlays to be completed more quickly.

Honors and Awards

Lawrence-based TherapyWorks P.A., was selected as the featured fitness center for the September 2004 issue of Fitness Management magazine. The Wellness Center, which has more than 690 members, is part of TherapyWorks, an outpatient physical and occupational therapy clinic. The Wellness Center was nominated and chosen based on the facility's uniqueness regarding programs offered, services and community outreach. The nomination also cited high quality service to members, said Dena Johnston, the center's director.

Fitness Management is a national magazine for professionals in physical fitness. The magazine emphasizes preventive health care, programs and services within fitness facilities.

Coming Events

The Twilight Chapter of American Business Women's Assn. will have its dinner meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at the American Legion, Lawrence. Guest speaker is Kansas University professor Joanne Keaton, who will speak on "Communicating to Make a Difference." For more information or to make reservations, contact Connie Torneden at (913) 723-3576 or connie@firststateks.com.

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On Tuesday, Runza Restaurants in Lawrence will conduct a fund-raiser titled Great Books for Great Kids to benefit the Lawrence Public Library. Fifteen percent of the day's sales will be used to purchase books for children. The entire chain of 67 Runza Restaurants will be participating in this literacy effort. Last year, more than $20,000 was raised for community schools and libraries.

Runza operates Lawrence restaurants at 3418 W. Sixth St. and 2700 Iowa.

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The Kansas University School of Business will be host to a conference on "Investing in China" on Sept. 23 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Speakers at the event will provide background on the rapidly changing economic, political and legal environment in China and assess current prospects and strategies for investors.

The keynote speaker, Kent McCarthy, is president, owner and founder of Jayhawk Capital Management LLC, and investment manager of the Jayhawk China Fund, established in 1997. Other speakers include Karim Pakravan, vice president, senior economist and foreign exchange strategist at the Global Currency and Commodity Group of JP Morgan Chase; Kris Knutsen with the China Services Group of Deloitte Touche LLP; Patrick Lin, managing member, Primarius China Fund; and Ken Lu, managing director, Apac Greater China Fund.

For more information about the conference, contact George Bittlingmayer at (785) 864-7541, or visit the KU business school Web site at www.business.ku.edu

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