Public services

Juarez-Llamas completes training

Simone Juarez-Llamas, the deputy register of deeds in the Harvey County Register of Deeds office, has become the newest passport acceptance agent for the county.

“I am excited and overjoyed that I can help Harvey County citizens,” Juarez-Llamas said.

Juarez-Llamas recently completed the U.S. State Department’s Passport Acceptance Agent Training Seminar. She has worked for the county for nearly three years, and almost one year in the Register of Deeds office.

Harvey County now has three passport acceptance agents in the office. Register of Deeds Margaret Hermstein and customer service representative Lisa Schmidt passed recertification.

The seminar tests the knowledge of prospective agents on how to assemble passport documentation.

When applying for a passport, applicants will need to provide their mother’s maiden name, not their married name. Details on travel time and location are recommended or required. The office can also aid with assembling passport renewals. It is suggested to begin the process for a passport at least four weeks before traveling.

The Harvey County Register of Deeds is located in the basement floor of the Harvey County Courthouse. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.



Cooper Joins Heartland Credit Union 

Austin Cooper has joined Heartland Credit Union as a Mortgage Originator.  In this capacity, Cooper will serve members, prospective members, builders, developers and real estate personnel with mortgage products and services.

“We are thrilled to have Austin join the Heartland Credit Union mortgage team,” said Michael Lorimor, AVP of Mortgage Lending. “His dedication to providing excellent service and his experience finding creative solutions will help us continue to serve our members well.”

Most recently, Cooper was Marketing Specialist at Kansas Star Casino.  He earned his bachelor of business administration degree, dual majoring in marketing and management, from Wichita State University.  He and his wife reside in Newton.

Cooper’s office is located at 2201 S. Kansas Ave. in Newton. Heartland Credit Union is headquartered in Hutchinson with offices in Haven, Newton and Wichita



First Bank offers United Way activities

First Bank kicked off its 2017 Campaign for Harvey County United Way in September. Each year the bank adds special events to its payroll campaign to increase the amount of money raised for United Way. Some of this year’s events include an employee salsa contest, an employee pancake breakfast, and an employee chili cook-off, with the winning recipe used for the bank’s booth at the 11th Annual Harvey County United Way Chili Cook-Off on Sept 30. 

A silent auction with more than 26 unique items is also open to the public. Items available for bid include: one pie per month for 12 months made by the Breadbasket, a busy mom’s purposeful planning basket, donated by Faith and Life Bookstore, a handcrafted, Prairie Oaks Design, “Welcome” metal Pumpkins Set, homemade patriotic and snowman themed table runners, a limestone Wildcat rock, a Pioneer Women “Floral Fun” baking set, ultimate EMAW or KU fan fanatic baskets, a wrought iron hanging basket organizer, and a variety of themed gift baskets and other one of a kind items. Bidding sheets are available at First Bank’s 128 E. Broadway location or any branch can assist with proxy bidding. Bids will be accepted until 12 p.m., Sept. 22, 2017.

Contact Kim Richtig, Marketing Director and Campaign Co-Chair, or Jamie Wright, Campaign Co-Chair, at 316-283-2600, for additional information about First Bank’s United Way events.



Phone drying coming to Newton

Residents of Newton can now bring their liquid-damaged devices back from the dead. Revive Electronics, LLC, recently announced the rollout of its Redux drying technology in more than 900 A Wireless stores, including its Newton location at 1400 S Kansas Ave.

Headquartered in both Eden Prairie, Minnestota and Greenville, North Carolina, A Wireless is the largest independent selling agent for Verizon.

Redux removes moisture from wet cell phones, tablets and wearables, returning most devices to working condition when necessary precautions are taken. 

“We are excited to partner with Revive Electronics and offer the Redux technology to our customers,” said John Stratton, CEO of A Wireless. “This partnership not only allows us to save our customers money by eliminating the cost to replace entire devices, but also enables them to recover their data, and save potentially irreplaceable information, such as contacts, photos, videos and more.”

Redux customers pay a non-refundable diagnostic fee of $10 to attempt the revival process. The cost for a successful recovery of a basic phone or a data device is $50, while a smartphone, tablet or wearable is $90. A discount is provided to customers who have a monthly device insurance offered by the wireless service provider.

For customers who want a more proactive approach, Redux is available through a discounted membership program for $29.99.  Each membership provides two dry attempts for up to 24 months at no additional cost and offers a limited money back guarantee on the recovery outcome.