Citizens State Bank announces additional location in Newton

A third Citizens State Bank location in Newton has been announced by Bill Hake, Newton market president. The facility is at 1225 N. Main and was previously owned and operated by Bank of America.

According to Hake, “The Bank of America facility was offered for sale, and we viewed it as an opportunity to further solidify our commitment to the Newton community. This third CSB facility will make it possible for us to offer our customers baking convenience throughout the Newton area at 2315 S. Kansas Road, at our in-store branch inside Walmart, and now, at our newest facility at 1225 N. Main.”

Following some renovation, the bank is scheduled to open mid-October.

Hake continued, “We are especially pleased to announce that Liz Koehn will be the retail banking specialist for the North branch. She was previously with the Bank of America at that location, and her many satisfied customers will be happy to know that Liz will once again be available to provide banking services for them.”

Koehn has 30 plus years in customer service, including 10 years in management. Her experience and training includes virtually all levels of bank operations, including personal banking, mortgage applications, business accounts, installment loans and credit cards.

She stated, “My objective is to bring a positive attitude to utilize my previous work experience. I am pleased to have this opportunity and responsibility as a member of the newest Citizens State Bank branch. I welcome our existing customers, my previous customers and our future customers to stop in and let me help them with all their banking needs.”

Mowery of Patriot Pawn & Firearms promoted to director

Robert “Bob” Mowery has been promoted to director of operations at Patriot Pawn & Firearms Company, LLC. In his new position, he will be responsible for the operations, employees and profitability of both the current locations and the new locations coming soon.

Mowery joined the Patriot Pawn family in 2012 as an associate and was promoted to store manager of McPherson in 2013.

“With our expansion goals, his skill set for processes and procedures will greatly benefit him in his current role,” a news release stated.

Mowery is a retired Air Force 1st Sergeant, having been stationed around the world.

He will be joined at the end of the year by fiancée Robin Davis and a soon to be stepdaughter as they make a home here locally.

Bunting shows products at WasteCon, Long Beach

Bunting Magnetics Co. — producer of precision magnetic products for the worldwide recycling, food, printing, automobile, plastics and electronics industries — used videos to show operational details on a variety of products at WasteCon 2013 in Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 17-19.

Featured in Booth 1627 were new High-Intensity and Eddy Current Separation Conveyors, both with specific applications in the waste handling and recycling industries, plus the latest Crossbelt technologies available from Bunting.

Commenting on the WasteCon demonstrations, Bunting Product Manager Don Suderman said: "At WasteCon 2013, Bunting Magnetics will show West Coast recyclers the latest technologies available for magnetic separation and conveying. Product managers will be available to explain the entire Bunting product line."

Kansas Barn Sale coming next weekend to Hesston

Beki Hastings, jewelry designer and owner of The Rusted Chain, is again hosting the Kansas Barn Sale near Hesston.

She has become an international success and attributes much of that to the support of her friends, family, loyal customers, and her strong faith in God. Her jewelry is worn by many celebrities and has been featured in numerous magazines and TV segments.

As a way to feature and support other artists, she started the Kansas Barn Sale in 2010. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once you arrive in Hesston, follow the “Barn Sale” signs to find the location.

The event is an outdoor market in front of a big red barn, with all items being vintage or handmade. Each vendor is handpicked in order to ensure the best possible goods for shoppers.

“Hesston may just be a speck on the map to many, but to those that have found the Kansas Barn Sale, it becomes a bit of nostalgic Americana for the first Saturday of October every year,” a news release stated.

Vendors and shoppers come from all over the Midwest to sell and buy antiques, and vintage, artisan handmade and re-purposed goods. More than 90 vendors and thousands of shoppers are anticipated this year, coming from Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, Alabama and even Kentucky.

In addition to live music and homemade food, this year also is about giving back. Those that come to the event are invited to bring a dry good to the sale and help fill the barn to the rafters. All food will be donated to Circles of McPherson County, an organization committed to ending poverty one family at a time by equipping families living with limited resources to become self-sufficient members of the community.