Bethesda Home names new CEO


GOESSEL — Sara Hiebert was recently named CEO of Bethesda Home in Goessel.  


Hiebert is a Goessel native with a thorough knowledge of the constituents, staff and senior care services.  She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2003 with a degree in social work and has been at Bethesda Home since 2010, being named Assistant Administrator in 2013. 

 “I have a passion for the elderly and a desire to see them enjoy their later years with the quality of life they deserve,” Hiebert said.  Other employment experiences for Hiebert include Case Manager at Newton Medical Center and as Director of Hospice Care of Kansas. 




Presbyterian Manor earns top rating

Newton Presbyterian Manor earned a zero-deficiency survey for both its assisted living and health care centers from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services following its annual inspection in July.

“We are very proud of this achievement by our employees,” said Marc Kessinger, executive director. “It is their commitment to our mission and residents that led to a deficiency-free survey. Because we are blessed with a great team that is dedicated to Newton Presbyterian Manor and each other, we’ve created a foundation that enables us to provide quality services for seniors every day.”

Each year, senior living communities are surveyed by their licensing agency for compliance of regulations established by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. These regulations, which number in the hundreds, are designed to ensure a standard of care is met. According to the website, the average number of deficiencies on annual surveys in Kansas is 10.2.

There are 17 major areas assessed, which include quality of care and physical environment. The surveyors look at every aspect of a resident’s life, from dining choices, to dental care; from frequency of physician visits to ease of access to their mail.

“Being recognized as a deficiency-free community offers evidence of our employees’ compassion and desire to make Newton Presbyterian Manor a place our residents are happy to call home,” Kessinger said.

 The achievement by Newton Presbyterian Manor places the retirement community in the top tier of survey performances in Kansas. For more information about Newton Presbyterian Manor, contact Noelle Dickinson, marketing director, at 316-283-5400 or



Orscheln launches loyalty program

On July 1 Orscheln Farm & Home celebrated the kick-off of their new loyalty program, GROW Rewards™.

Customers who joined the GROW Rewards™ program that day were entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card. As a result, Orscheln is announcing the lucky winner was Pam Krasuski.

The GROW Rewards™ is a FREE program offered to all customers. Program benefits include an immediate discount, year-end purchase list, coupons, special offers, shopping events, new product announcements, birthday coupons, pet birthday coupons,  discounts and more.




AGCO acquires Precision Planting

AGCO, a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company recently announced that a definitive agreement has been signed for AGCO to acquire the Precision Planting LLC equipment business.

AGCO operates a manufacturing facility in Hesston. 

“Precision Planting is a strong business that plays an essential role in the growth and adoption of innovative precision ag practices that help farmers enhance their productivity,” said Mike Stern, chief executive officer for The Climate Corporation. “As a leading global equipment manufacturer, AGCO is uniquely positioned to enable broader distribution of Precision Planting technology and will continue the development of innovative products that improve the efficiency and productivity for farmers around the world.”

“The acquisition of Precision Planting will solidify AGCO as one of the global leaders in planting technology and strengthen our position as a full line partner for professional farmers across the globe,” said Martin Richenhagen, AGCO’s chairman, president and chief executive officer.

The Climate Corporation’s Climate FieldViewTM digital agriculture platform will retain connectivity with Precision Planting’s 20/20 SeedSense monitor.

The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals.


Westar Energy schedules  call to discuss results.

TOPEKA – On Aug. 8 Westar Energy, Inc. plans to release second-quarter 2017 earnings after market close. On Aug. 9 the company plans to host its quarterly conference call and audio webcast to discuss the operating results.

The call will be at 9 a.m. Aug. 9. A phone conference will be 844-646-4526, conference ID 59525914. There will also be a webcast at

In conjunction with the earnings release and conference call, the company plans to post on its website supplemental financial information related to second-quarter 2017 performance. The materials will be available under Supplemental Materials in the Investors section of the company website at

A replay of the conference call will be available from about noon Aug. 9 through Aug. 16, 2017, at 855-859-2056, conference ID 59525914. The replay will be available on the Westar Energy website at