Prudential Dinning–Beard Realtors is proud to announce the addition of Penny (Horton) Ewert to its sales staff in the Newton office.  

Prudential Dinning-Beard gains new agent at Newton office

Prudential Dinning–Beard Realtors is proud to announce the addition of Penny (Horton) Ewert to its sales staff in the Newton office.   
Ewert is a member of the Newton Board of Realtors and the Kansas Association of Realtors and has a great deal of real estate experience in residential and land.
Ewert and her husband, Jeff, reside in Burrton.
Ewert is looking forward to serving her customers’ real estate needs in Newton, Hutchinson and the surrounding Harvey County areas.

Chamber Book Club to meet

The Chamber Book Club will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. The book selection is “The Ant & the Elephant, Leadership for the Self: A Parable and 5 Step Plan to Transform Individual Performance” by Vince Poscente.
The meeting will be in the Educational Technology Center, 116 W. Seventh St. in Newton.
If you are interested in attending, contact Pam Stevens at 283-2560 or e-mail

Kansas Young Professionals Summit returns for 2nd year

HUTCHINSON — For the second year, about 300 young professionals age 21 to 40ish will gather in Hutchinson for the Kansas Young Professionals Summit.
“We are excited to be announcing the chosen date for the second annual Kansas Young Professionals Summit,” Summit Chairperson Bailey Stiggins said in a news release. “On Thursday, April 21, Hutchinson will again host young professional participants from across the state who will without a doubt walk away having gained a lot both personally and professionally.”
The Summit steering committee has secured Rebecca Ryan, founder of Next Generation Consulting and author of “Live First, Work Second: Getting Inside the Head of the Next Generation,” for the keynote address. As a successful entrepreneur and advocate for the next generation, Ryan is “the perfect fit to headline the second annual conference for young professionals across the state,” Stiggins said.
The Summit is a one-day event on Thursday, April 21, and is geared for young professionals who are interested in making their community a better place for young people to live, work and play.
Attendees will have the opportunity to grow personally and professionally through a selection of break-out sessions, network with other young professionals and discover ways to get involved in their communities. Included in the $50 registration fee is a pre-event reception the evening before the conference. Summit participants will have the opportunity to participate in “Taste It Downtown,” a Hutchinson tradition. On this “restaurant crawl” in downtown Hutchinson, registrants will have an opportunity to sample food and beverages from local eateries.   
In its inaugural year, the Summit’s registrants hailed from communities found border-to-border and even Oklahoma.
“We were successful in planning an event that served all areas of the state and communities of all sizes well,” Mandy Swisher, a member of the Summit steering committee, said in a news release. “We are encouraged, with the first-ever event behind us, that word will spread, and we’ll see even more communities represented this April.”
Event organizers encourage young professionals to participate.
“We’re glad that last year many attendees had the support of their employer to attend, and were allowed time off from work and in many cases their registration was paid for,” Swisher said.
Information and registration for the Kansas YP Summit is available at

Luxury & Imports of Hutchinson moves to new location  

HUTCHINSON — Owner John Rea announced automotive dealership Luxury & Imports has a new retail location at 1418 E. 30th St. in Hutchison, at the intersection of 30th and Lorraine streets.
The business is relocating to accommodate its expanded selection of vehicles, as well as adding a service department and detail shop.
Four new employees, including a sales associate, have been added to meet the needs of the expansion.
The new site will have an inventory three times that of the previous location with a 3,000 square foot retail showroom.
A service department is equipped with four bays and offers all standard maintenance and repairs, including oil changes, tire rotation, brake pads and rotors, tune ups and filter/fluid replacement.
The detail shop is a full-service exterior hand wash, wax and dry-off operation with two bays.
“We wanted to further our commitment to the local Hutchison community, and let our residents know that we will be here for a long time selling top of the line cars, trucks and SUVs at low prices,” owner John Rea said in a news release.
Luxury & Imports is a family-owned and operated full-service dealership that has been in business since 1994.
A grand opening event for the community is being planned for this spring.