Future Foam expanding

The City Commission recently granted a 10-year, 100 percent tax abatement to Future Foam for a planned expansion at its manufacturing facility at 520 S. Payton in Newton.

The $5.4 million expansion will add 77,000 square feet to the facility and seven new jobs, for a total of 85 employees. The project is expected to break ground in September and to be completed in August 2019.

Future Foam is headquartered in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and has 27 locations worldwide. Its Newton facility manufactures polyurethane foam used in furniture, bedding, boat seats, office chair seats, carpet pads and related products.


Harvey joins Prairie View team

Prairie View, Inc., recently announced Dera Harvey, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, will join its clinical staff.

Harvey is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and provides medication management to adolescents and adults ages 6 to 70 at Prairie View at Legacy Park, located in east Wichita at 9333 East 21st Street North.

“By empowering clients of all ages, I aspire to provide them with the tools needed to gain control of their lives while providing them with hope, grace and the capacity to achieve everlasting joy,” Harvey said.

Her responsibilities include assessment, treatment planning, psychotherapy, medication management, admissions and physical exams, diagnosis and treatment.

 “As a nurse practitioner, my specialty is caring for those in need while also having the ability to use science to aid them in achieving a healthy mind, body and spirit,” Harvey said.

Harvey earned an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Butler Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Tabor College, a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Fort Hays State University, and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate from Eastern Kentucky University.


 Rec commission agrees to extension

The Newton Recreation Commission voted unanimously Aug. 31 to approve a nonbinding agreement to extend an interlocal agreement to fund the Public Building Commission for an additioanl 20 years. 

The PBC was formed to fund improvements to Fischer Field, Washington Park and portions of Centennial Park. The bonds for those projects will retire in 2024. The PBC agreements will expire at that time as well.



 Moran announces communications staff updates


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today announced updates to his communications staff and new contact information. Morgan Said will now serve as Press Secretary and Trenton Kennedy has recently been hired to serve as Press Assistant. Tom Brandt will remain the Communications Director.


Department of Labor issues new opinion letters

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently announced that it has issued six new opinion letters. This release demonstrates the agency’s continued commitment to providing meaningful compliance assistance to help employees understand their rights and ensure that employers have the information they need to comply with federal labor laws. The letters released today address compliance under both the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

“Opinion letters help provide greater clarity for American job creators and employees,” said Wage and Hour Division Deputy Administrator Bryan Jarrett. “The opinion letters issued today show the ongoing efforts of the Department to provide the tools employers need to comply with the law and protect workers.

The opinion letters issued address the following issues:

• Organ donors’ qualification for FMLA leave

• Compensability of time spent voluntarily attending benefit fairs and certain wellness activities

• Application of the movie theater overtime exemption to a movie theater that also offers dining services

• Application of the commissioned sales employee overtime exemption to a company that sells an internet payment software platform

• Volunteer status of nonprofit members serving as credentialing examination graders

• “No-fault” attendance policies and roll-off of attendance points under the FMLA

The Department now offers a search function allowing users to search opinion letters by key word, year, topic, and a variety of other filters.

An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by WHD on how a particular law applies in specific circumstances presented by the person or entity requesting the letter. The public is encouraged to submit requests for opinion letters to WHD and can visit its webpage to learn how to request an opinion letter or determine whether existing agency guidance already addresses their questions.

A request for an opinion must include a representation that the opinion is not sought by a party in a Wage and Hour investigation, its representative, or any third party acting on its behalf; or by a party, its representative, or any third party acting on its behalf for use in any litigation that was initiated prior to the submission of the opinion letter request. WHD will exercise discretion in determining whether and how it will respond to each request.