HCBA to meet

The Harvey County Builder's and Associates will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at Charlie's, 200 Manchester.

A social time will be followed by dinner. A program and meeting will follow dinner. The agenda will be announced.

RSVPs are due to Regier Construction by noon Sept. 10. RSVPs can be emailed to darla@regierconstruction or made phone at 283-3729. Cost of the meal is $12

Abury hosts tour

Asbury Park hosted a tour for U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Administrator Tony Hernandez from Washington D.C. this week.

Asbury Park received more than $16 million in financing from USDA Rural Development for the renovation and expansion project. Prior to visiting Asbury Park, the Hernandez spoke at the Kansas Housing Conference in Wichita.

Merrill  graduates from KHA Leadership

The KHA Leadership Institute graduated its 13th class of 32 students on Aug. 22 at the Critical Issues Summit in Wichita. Students were nominated by their hospital's CEO to be part of this select group. They represent the future leaders of Kansas hospitals.

Cari Merrill of Newton Medical Center was one of the 32 graduates.

The 2014 Leadership Institute class  represented a wide geographic distribution of hospitals from Colby to Leavenworth and Parsons to Liberal – there was representation from all parts of the state. Students had been working in health care for as little as one year to more than 20 years. Several students have been in management positions for more than 10 years, while others were brand new to management positions. Some students also are supervisors, supervising a range of employees from a few to more than 50 employees.

Eash was nominated because their CEO recognized their potential to be future leaders and wanted to help cultivate that development. Each one of these students made a personal and professional commitment to expand their skills by attending all six courses of the Leadership Institute.

The curriculum was structured to enhance each student's leadership abilities. Course No. 1 focused on explaining the difference between leadership and management, identifying organizational values and creating a positive organizational climate. Course #2 focused on team building - including how to lead a team and how to be part of a team. Course #3 focused on enhancing communication skills and examining ethics. Course #4 examined conflict and how to effectively manage it. Courses No. 5 and No. 6 were at the KHA Critical Issues Summit. Students learned about governance and the challenges facing health care in the future.

CEDR to host conference

The Center for Economic Development and Business Research will host the 35th annual Wichita Area Economic Outlook Conference Oct. 9 at the Century II Conventional Hall in downtown Wichita.

Speakers include William S. Swelbar,

Research Engineer MIT International Center for Air Transportation; William Brown, Spirit Aerosystems; Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., Chief Economist

National Retail Federation; Jerry Jones, Slawson Co.; Jon Rolph, Sasnak Management Corp.; Jeremy Hill, Director Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University; Steve Martens, The Martens Companies; Justin Salmans, Textron Aviation; and John Bardo, president of Wichita State University.

More information and registration information can be found at http://www.cedbr.org.

Attorney General’s office, KBI to provide consumer protection, personal safety information at Kansas State Fair

TOPEKA – The Kansas Attorney General’s office and Kansas Bureau of Investigation will provide Kansans with consumer protection and public safety information at the Kansas State Fair, Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.

“An important mission of the Attorney General’s office is to educate Kansans about ways to protect themselves from scams and crime. We look forward to sharing this important information once again at our fair booth,” Schmidt said.

The booth will be in the Meadowlark Building on the fairgrounds in Hutchinson. Staff from the Attorney General’s Office and KBI will be available throughout the fair to answer questions.

Attorney General Schmidt will be at the fair on Sept. 7, and available at the booth to answer questions and listen to Kansans’ concerns from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The Kansas State Fair opens  Sept. 5, and runs through Sept. 14.

Obama touts revised economic growth numbers

WASHINGTON (AP) — New evidence of economic growth is heartening and underscores that companies are investing and consumers are spending, President Barack Obama said Thursday.

"There are reasons to feel good about the direction we are heading," the president told reporters at the White House.

Obama said he still wanted to push Congress to take more action to move the economy along.

The government on Thursday said the U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter. The figures represented a reversal from the first quarter of the year when the economy shrank at a 2.1 percent annual rate. The growth figure represented an upward revision from earlier estimates.

"Our economy actually grew at a stronger clip in the second quarter than we originally thought," Obama said during an appearance in which he also addressed the conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Ukraine.

The economic recovery has been a difficult issue for Obama because public perceptions have not matched improvements.

US rig count up 18 to 1,914

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 18 this week to 1,914.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained 12 rigs, Pennsylvania gained five, Oklahoma gained four and Colorado and Alaska each gained one.

Kansas lost three rigs and Arkansas, Ohio and West Virginia each lost one.

California, Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.