National Recognition given to Citizens Financial Services Advisory Team  

The Citizens State Bank announced that Citizens Financial Services, located at The Citizens State Bank, has been recognized as a Top Financial Institution by Cetera Investment Services during its annual conference and recognition meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.

Citizens Financial Services provides guidance and planning to its clients through all stages of life. Citizens Financial Services works with Cetera Investment Services to provide advice to individuals, families and company retirement plans. Cetera is the second largest independent financial advisor network in the country by number of advisors.


Flesher joins Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center (NMC) announces the addition of full-time pulmonology services. John Flesher, MD, is now seeing patients in the hospital’s Medical Office Plaza building.

“The addition of Dr. Flesher, and his expertise, enables NMC to provide our community with a pulmonary program that is capable of treating our population without having to leave the Newton area,” said Brad Yazell, director of therapy services. “It’s exciting to be able to offer this service and level of care that allows patients to stay close to home.”

A native of Wichita, Dr. Flesher completed his undergraduate degree at Wichita State University before attending medical school and completing an internal medicine residency at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He then completed fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Dr. Flesher returned to Wichita in 2004 and started practicing pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Dr. Flesher is board certified in internal medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP).

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Flesher, call 316-201-1755.



CASA receives $2,000 from Kids FUNd

CASA: A Voice for Children, Inc. recently announced  it received a $2,000 grant from the 2017 Kids FUNd through the Central Kansas Community Foundation.

CASA: A Voice for Children, Inc. will use the funds to recruit volunteers to advocate on behalf of children in the foster care system in Harvey County and McPherson County. Judges appoint Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Over 80% of the children in foster care in the two counties are currently without a CASA volunteer advocating for their best interest. Children with a CASA advocate spend, on average, seven-and-a-half months less in foster care, experience fewer out of home placements and see significantly improved educational performance. Using the funds provided by the Central Kansas Community Foundation, CASA: A Voice for Children, Inc. plans to appoint a CASA volunteer to ten new children in the next year.


Toevs joins Wichita firm

Jason Toevs, a fifth-generation family farmer and lead consultant with Toevs Ventures, a consulting company for strategic software projects, has joined the Wichita-based KNOXX Career Networking Platform serving as their Director of Product Development.

“Jason is a friend to and passionate supporter of a number of startups in the community,” says Mike Mathia, Founder of KNOXX. “He’s recognized in the entrepreneurial community as an intelligent, forward-thinking visionary, but what people may not know is how skilled he is at execution.”

Toevs will be tasked with overseeing the research and development of the second generation of the KNOXX product. KNOXX has engaged the Ennovar institute at Wichita State University to build an analytics tool that will assess metadata from employment candidate videos that represents the intangible attributes the candidate possesses.

“I am excited to join one of Wichita's cutting-edge technologies leveraging machine learning to provide candidates on the job hunt better opportunities to land their dream job faster. While the possibilities for video analytics reach far beyond HR, I am eager to use my background in mathematics, business, and tech to bring our new KNOXX product to market,” Toves said. 

Toevs will continue to participate in projects with Toevs Ventures, an international web software design company, and manage the operations of Toevs Family Farms of Whitewater.



Westar Energy announces 2nd quarter 2017 results.

TOPEKA — Westar Energy, Inc. recently announced earnings of $72 million, or $0.50 per share, for the second quarter 2017 compared with earnings of $72 million, or $0.51 per share, for the second quarter 2016. Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2017 were $132 million, or $0.92 per share, compared with $138 million, or $0.97 per share, for the same period in 2016.

Lower earnings per share for the second quarter were driven by lower residential and commercial sales primarily due to milder weather this year compared to last year. The lower sales were partially offset by a decrease in merger-related expenses and lower employee benefit costs.

Lower earnings per share for the six months ended June 30, 2017 were also driven by the effect of mild weather this year when compared to last year resulting in lower residential and commercial sales. Also contributing to lower net income was a decrease in corporate-owned life insurance income. Partially offsetting lower sales was a decrease in merger-related expenses.