Chamber calendar

Aug. 10

7 a.m. — Chamber executive committee meeting, Chamber board room.


Aug. 11

Noon — NYP Lunch 'n Learn, Location TBA.

4:40 p.m. — Ribbon Cutting for Dental Practice of Dr. Thomas M. McCabe DMD, 301 N. Main, Suite 104


Aug. 12

 7 a.m. — Public/Private Partners meeting, Charlie's Restaurant, 200 Manchester, Newton. 


Aug. 18

4:30 p.m. — Ribbon Cutting for Newton Medical Center’s Convenient Care, 118 E. 12th Street


Aug. 19

7:15 a.m. — Breakfast with the Chamber, Sponsored by Hendrickson Chiropractic, Meridian Center


Aug. 25

10 p.m. to midnight — College Night, Located at downtown Newton


Curtis joins 'Flip Flop Shop'

The Flip Flop Shop recently announced the hiring of Dakota Curtis beginning with the fall session. She will be teaching dance classes and starting up a dance program at the Flip Flop Shop.

Dakota has been dancing since the age of five and is moving to Newton to attend Butler Community College where she will continue her dance training. She studied many different styles of dance under the direction of Erin Spriggs at Dance Expressions in Kansas City. She will offer dance classes in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop starting August 15.

Since gymnastics requires dance when students get to the competitive level, a dance program enhances the gymnastics training and gymnastics enhances the dance training, so students at the Flip Flop Shop will be prepared to achieve ideal performances in both areas.​​

You may contact Curtis through the Flip Flop Shop at 283-8247. For more information, see the website



Billy Sims to support MDA

Throughout the month of August, Billy Sims BBQ will offer a special edition collector’s cup to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and the Billy Sims Foundation. Restaurant guests can purchase a commemorative cup,. $1 from each cup sold will benefit the charities. The cup features images of Billy Sims while he played for the Detroit Lions. Each guest who purchases a cup will also be honored with their name pinned to the wall in the restaurant.

The Billy Sims Foundation serves the philanthropic needs of the community at large, providing assistance to persons or non-profit groups in need. The Muscular Dystrophy Association is fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.


Bluestem staff graduates from leadership school

HESSTON— Bluestem Communities recently had two employees graduate from the LeadingAge Kansas Center for Leadership.The year-long leadership-development program is administered by LeadingAge Kansas, a group of 160 aging services providers.

Tom Basore, Executive Chef for Bluestem Communities, and Amy Wedel, Social Services and Community Liason at Schowalter Villa in Hesston, attended the training where they were equipped with the knowledge to become better leaders and advocates for the not-for-profit senior health care industry.

“Going forward, I will use the information and skills I learned to be a better leader in my department and a better advocate for Bluestem Communities and the larger not-for-profit industry,” Basore said.

The graduates not only learned how to be leaders within Bluestem, but also how to better serve the surrounding community.

“Learning more about social accountability and the importance of giving back to the community was one of my favorite discussions relating to my passion of helping others achieve their lifelong dreams,” said Wedel.

Bluestem Communities is a family of progressive retirement communities dedicated to improving quality of life and providing residential choices, community services and personalized care with Christian compassion. To learn more, visit


2016 Graduating Class of the Center for Leadership


TOPEKA, KS – Nine professionals in the field of aging services from across the state of Kansas graduated last week from LeadingAge Kansas’s Center for Leadership (CFL) program. Briana Hodges, LPN and Life Care Specialist, at Pine Village of Moundridge was one of those graduates. The program equips talented aging services professionals to positively influence the future of aging services in Kansas.

Over the course of the program, fellows convene in intense seminars led by established leaders in the field. The curriculum covers aging service issues from business, leadership, and public policy perspectives. Participants learn about innovative services, person-centeredness, and transformational leadership. They gain an understanding of how to lead through difficulty and continually improve the field for tomorrow’s seniors.

LeadingAge Kansas is an association of 160 not-for-profit aging services providers dedicated to serving the needs of aging Kansans. Our members serve over 20,000 Kansas seniors every day. We advance policies, promote practices and learning that empowers our members to help seniors live fully as they age.


NMC names new staff

Dana Buchanan joined Newton Medical Center as a RN, Medical.

Janell Schoen joined Newton Medical Center as an Operating Room Assistant.

Cindi Strack joined Newton Medical Center as a Financial Analyst, Accounting.


Jones promoted

Generations Unit Nurse Manager Chad Jones, RN, has been named the new Generations Unit nurse manager.

Jones started his nursing career as a CNA in the Generations Unit and continued his education to become a registered nurse.


Westar Energy announces 2nd quarter 2016 results.

TOPEKA, —  Westar Energy, Inc. recently announced earnings of $72 million, or $0.51 per share, for the second quarter 2016 compared with earnings of $64 million, or $0.47 per share, for the second quarter 2015. Earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2016 were $138 million, or $0.97 per share, compared with $115 million, or $0.85 per share, for the same period in 2015.

Higher net income for the second quarter, compared with last year, was driven by the impact of regulatory rate review that concluded in late 2015, higher sales due to warmer spring weather, and lower interest expense. The higher revenue was partially offset by a decrease of corporate owned life insurance benefit and merger-related expenses.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2016 also increased primarily from impact of regulatory rate review that concluded in late 2015 and lower interest expense. The higher revenue was partially offset by merger related-expenses, a decrease in corporate owned life insurance benefit, and lower sales due to unusually mild winter weather.