Tractor Supply to host fall Farmers Market

The Newton Tractor Supply store is hosting a community Farmers Market  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Sept. 22.

Local farmers, crafters and artisans will be on site selling homemade and homegrown goods at the store located at 715 SE 36th St.

According to store manager Jim Sisson, there's no better way to celebrate the fall harvest season in the Newton area.

"Farmers markets are a great way to highlight skills, foster community relationships and support neighbors," said Sisson. "We are excited to provide a platform for our customers to showcase their homemade and homegrown goods."

Local goods for sale will be displayed in tented areas in front of the store. Participating vendors include:

Macon Lakers 4H club

Gary's Woodshop

SchmidtHouse BBQ

 Tractor Supply's Fall Farmers Market event will take place Sept. 22 at 715 SE 36th St. Contact the Newton Tractor Supply store at 316-283-1100 for more information or details about participating in the event.


ComfortCare Homes of Harvey County receives zero-deficiency rating


ComfortCare Homes of Harvey County received a zero-deficiency rating on their annual state survey this past month for their newest home, Annabelle’s Cottage. This is the third consecutive deficiency free rating for the homes which opened in 2014 and are locally owned and operated.

“We are extremely blessed to have an amazing staff that provide the highest quality of care for our Residents and their families,” said Penny Baker, the Operator and Home Supervisor. “In addition to the care we provide, the home environment that we provide is unmatched in our community.”

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is responsible for surveying assisted living facilities annually to keep older adults safe by ensuring that those who provide their care are qualified and tested. The annual survey 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.

“Through compassion for the elderly and a loving respect for each Resident’s personal story, we strive to bring comfort to our Residents and their loved ones by providing a dignified alternative to long-term care,” said Karri Knox-Wolken, the Owner and Director of Operations. “We are happy to work with the state each year to continue to provide this important service to the Newton community.”

ComfortCare Homes in Newton specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care in a real home environment. The 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.


McPherson, Westar expand wind agreement


McPherson Board of Public Utilities expanded its commitment Wednesday to purchase Kansas wind energy from Westar Energy.

“McPherson exemplifies how Kansas communities can leverage the state’s excellent wind resources to attract economic development,” said John Bridson, Westar Energy, vice president, generation services.

In 2017 alone, McPherson reported four expansion projects and one new business attraction success. The community of approximately 14,000 people boasts over 50 industrial businesses and over 8,500 industrial jobs. These electric intensive industrial businesses have contributed

to McPherson's peak energy consumption of 158 MW in 2018.

In 2016, McPherson was among five utilities to purchase wind energy from Kingman Wind Energy Center through contracts with Westar Energy. The agreements include full-service energy management. McPherson purchases 37 MW of wind energy from the Kingman wind farm.

“The utility has had two years to watch how wind performed; given the positive experience we have had, carbon free emission characteristic of wind, and favorable price of wind energy, we made the decision to add more to our supply. Customers will now get to claim that over 30 percent of their energy comes from clean Kansas wind all without compromising our competitive and stable rate structure,” stated BPU General Manager, Tim Maier.

Energy from Soldier Creek Wind Energy Center is available by contract to communities or through Westar Energy’s recently approved Renewables Direct tariff that enables businesses to commit to long-term purchases of Kansas wind energy at competitive prices.

In August, a Department of Energy report ranked Kansas No. 2 in the nation for the percentage of electricity generated from wind in 2017.


New manager selected for Wichita Social Security office



Area Director Dennis McLaughlin announced the selection of Eric Haislett as the new manager of the Wichita Social Security office.

“I am pleased to have Eric as the District Manager of our Wichita field office,” McLaughlin said. “His experience in a variety of positions within the agency brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise.”

Eric began his career with the agency as a Claims Representative in the Independence field office. Since that time, he has held a variety of positions within the agency, including Operations Supervisor and Assistant District Manager.

The office serves the Wichita metro and surrounding area. The office serves approximately 135,000 Social Security beneficiaries and more than 13,000 Supplemental Security Income recipients.