Gaines joins NMC

Newton Medical Center announces the addition of Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Tiana Gaines. Gaines joins Newton Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, a Newton Medical Center clinic.

“I have lived in or near this community for years, and am excited to provide care to the rural communities that I love,” Gaines said . “Joining Newton Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine allows me to combine my personal interests with my career in a challenging way.”

Gaines has a wide array of experience as an APRN, and will assist during surgery and provide patient follow-up care, including wound care.

“Adding Tiana to our staff at Newton Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine allows us to increase our availability to the community,” said Alex Haines, vice president of clinic operations. “Additionally, her impact will increase the face time our providers are able to spend with their patients.”

A graduate of Wichita State University, Gaines earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing from the university. She belongs to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Kansas Advanced Practice Nurse Association.


Comfort Care Homes received zero deficiencies rating

Locally owned and operated ComfortCare Homes of Harvey County received a zero-deficiency rating on their annual state survey this past month for its second consecutive year. 

“Receiving a zero-deficiency rating really speaks to the quality of care our staff provides to our Residents and their families,” said Penny Baker, the Operator and Home Supervisor. “Our staff go above and beyond each day to ensure quality of life for our residents.”

The state survey reviews a variety of aspects of nursing home care. It ensures residents receive care that meets accepted standards, that residents’ rights are protected and they are protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation. In addition, the surveyors examine the physical environment to ensure facilities provide safe and sanitary conditions for residents.

ComfortCare Homes in Newton specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care in a real home environment. Homes are designed for residents who require 24-hour supervision and assistance for most activities of daily living, but do not require skilled nursing care. It’s comparable to the types of services provided in a traditional assisted living, memory care community, or nursing home.

The average CareGiver/Resident ratio is 1:6 or better. The actual patient/staff ratio depends on acuity and needs of the residents. The Home is staffed 24 hours a day with licensed and/or certified staff.  ComfortCare Homes in Newton is licensed as a “HomePlus” through the State of Kansas, not unlike a nursing home.


AGCO reports improved results

AGCO, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment with a manufacturing facility in Hesston, reported net sales of approximately $2.0 billion for the first quarter of 2018, an increase of approximately 23.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017.

Reported net income was $0.30 per share for the first quarter of 2018, and adjusted net income, excluding restructuring expenses, was $0.35 per share. These results compare to a reported net loss of $0.13 per share and adjusted net loss, excluding restructuring expenses and a non-cash expense related to waived stock compensation, of $0.02 per share for the first quarter of 2017. Excluding favorable currency translation impacts of approximately 9.4%, net sales in the first quarter of 2018 increased approximately 14.0% compared to the first quarter of 2017.

First quarter highlights inlcude reported regional sales results up 31.4 percent in North America, 30.4 percent in Europe/Middle East, 18 percent in South America and 21.9 percent in Asia/Pacific/Africa as compared to first quarter 2017.

AGCO’s net sales for 2018 are expected to reach $9.3 billion reflecting improved sales volumes, positive pricing as well as acquisition and foreign exchange impacts. Gross and operating margins are expected to improve from 2017 levels due to higher sales as well as the benefits resulting from the Company’s cost reduction initiatives, partially offset by increased engineering expenses. Based on these assumptions, 2018 earnings per share are targeted at approximately $3.65 on a reported basis, or approximately $3.70 on an adjusted basis, which excludes restructuring expenses.


Westar announces quarterly results

Westar Energy, Inc. recently announced earnings of $60 million, or $0.42 per share, for the first quarter 2018, unchanged from the first quarter of last year.

Factors resulting in the flat earnings for the quarter included an increase in residential and commercial sales due to colder winter weather this year, with those effects being offset by higher employee benefit costs and higher operating expense, with the full cost of the Western Plains Wind Farm now being reflected in the results, as well as impacts from the newly passed tax law.

This earnings announcement, a package of detailed first-quarter financial information, the company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended Mar. 31, 2018, and other filings the company has made with the Securities and Exchange Commission are available on the company's website at


Kansas Tractor Supply raise $7,704 for 4-H


Kansas 4-H youth will have opportunities to learn valuable leadership skills thanks to $7,704 donated by Kansas Tractor Supply customers through Paper Clover, a biannual fundraising campaign held in partnership with National 4-H Council.

Earlier this month, Kansas Tractor Supply customers participated in Paper Clover by purchasing paper clovers—the emblem of 4-H—for a monetary donation of their choice at checkout in stores and online. The spring initiative raised more than $956,000 through customer donations. Awarded as scholarships to 4-H camps and other leadership events, every Kansas donation benefits Kansas youth.

The Paper Clover campaign will return to Kansas Tractor Supply stores this fall, from Oct. 3 to Oct. 14. Identical to the spring, customers can participate in the 2018 Fall Paper Clover campaign by purchasing paper clovers during checkout in stores and online at