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Gier starts new role as Lincoln Sentinel publisher

Gier starts new role as publisher of Lincoln Sentinel

Sylvan Grove native Tyler Gier is now the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican newspaper in Lincoln. Gier assumed the role of publisher after John Baetz, former owner of the newspaper, sold the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican to David Parker, current Lincoln Sentinel-Republican owner, earlier this year. (photo by Kris Heinze)

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Local pheasant business expanding with hatchery

Pheasants are raised at the Prairie Land Gamebirds property in Hunter and sold to hunting operations across the country. The business is currently expanding with a hatchery and new pens. (photo by Hailey Dixon)

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Master gardener working at Lincoln Building Supply

A new, yet familiar, face is assisting customers and walking the aisles of Lincoln Building Supply. Dennis Luck, a master gardener, began working at the hardware store a few weeks ago. (photo by Hailey Dixon)

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Winners of the first Lincoln County entrepreneurship competition

Winners of the first Lincoln County Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge March 6, 2018

Lincoln Junior-Senior High School senior Dylan Babcock took home first place at the first annual Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge on March 6. The event, which was sponsored by the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and Network Kansas, showcased Lincoln County high schoolers and their potential business ideas at the Finch Theatre and Lincoln Art Center. LJSHS and Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School students presented 24 different concepts to 21 judges, who were local business owners, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Directory Kelly Larson said. “I was impressed with what the kids put together,” she said. (photo by Kris Heinze)

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Historical buildings to gain funds for renovations

Two historic Lincoln County buildings will receive grant funding from the Heritage Trust Fund of the Kansas Historical Society for structural improvements and preservation. The Marshall-Yohe House in Lincoln and the Cross and Morgan General Store in Sylvan Grove were selected after an application process in late 2017 and announcement earlier this month to receive the funds.

Two historic Lincoln County buildings will receive grant funding from the Heritage Trust Fund of the Kansas Historical Society for structural improvements and preservation. The Marshall-Yohe House in Lincoln and the Cross and Morgan General Store in Sylvan Grove were selected after an application process in late 2017 and recent announcement to receive the funds. (Courtesy photos)

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Keever Auto receives ACDelco award

Keever Auto & Ag receives ACDelco award

Elijah Keever, owner of Keever Auto & Ag, of Lincoln, was named as one of five ACDelco Professional Service Center owners across the country to receive the prestigious 2017 Top Shops Award. (Courtesy photo)

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Lincoln woman starts local catering business

Catering with Grace cutlines: Catering with Grace, founded by Alisha DeWitt, has been providing catering services to Lincoln County since August 2017.

Catering with Grace, founded by Alisha DeWitt, has been providing catering services to Lincoln County since August 2017. DeWitt, who has been involved in the food industry for over 15 years, creates and designs a customized, homemade menu for each customer based on their desires and needs. (photo by John Baetz)

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Mike and Sara Rosebrook – Young Farmers & Ranchers of the Year

Mike and Sara Rosebrook are the Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers of the Year

Mike and Sara Rosebook were recognized as the Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers of the Year at the annual conference in Manhattan January 26-28, 2018. They are pictured here with Kansas Farm Bureau President, Rich Felts. (courtesy photo)

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Lincoln County business leaders attend “Destination Bootcamp”

Six Lincoln County business leaders recently attended the training workshop “Destination Bootcamp,” in Colorado, to learn new ways to attract and increase the number of customers and visitors to the area. Back row (L-R): Jon Schallert, marketing consultant, Jennifer O’Hare, Sue Graham, Kelly Larson, Carly SeirerErrebo, Ronda Mishler. Front row: Alisha DeWitt and Angela O’Bannon. (Courtesy photo)

Six Lincoln County business leaders recently attended the training workshop “Destination Bootcamp,” in Colorado, to learn new ways to attract and increase the number of customers and visitors to the area. Back row (L-R): Jon Schallert, marketing consultant, Jennifer O’Hare, Sue Graham, Kelly Larson, Carly SeirerErrebo, Ronda Mishler. Front row: Alisha DeWitt and Angela O’Bannon. (Courtesy photo)

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Humanitarian Mission: Cagle returns from response and relief effort in Puerto Rico

Lincoln resident Bill Cagle was part of a group of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers volunteers that recently returned from a response and recovery effort in Puerto Rico. Volunteers worked to restore power to the island, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September. (Courtesy Photo)

Lincoln resident Bill Cagle was part of a group of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers volunteers that recently returned from a response and recovery effort in Puerto Rico. Volunteers worked to restore power to the island, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in September. (Courtesy Photo)

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Substation now open in Beverly

Substation in Beverly is open offering breakfast, lunch, supper and convenience items.

Hungry customers in the Beverly area once again have a place to satisfy their appetites. The Substation opened recently in Beverly at 100 E. 3rd St. and is ready to serve customers a full menu with breakfast, lunch, supper and homemade specials.

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Lincoln Center Antiques is now open

Mike Simmons knows antiques, and he has the collection to prove it. A purveyor of antiquities and heirlooms, Simmons spent more than 40 years searching for collectibles. (Photo by John Baetz)

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It’s a marathon, not a sprint

2017 Economic Review

We can all agree that economic development doesn’t happen overnight. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint”, as the saying goes. With the end of another year upon us, here’s a quick recap of the strides we have made in our marathon towards a stronger county.

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Lincoln Art Center celebrates 25th anniversary

Lincoln Art Center celebrates 25 years

“I attribute the 25-year success and perseverance of the art center to Joyce Harlow, who, from the founding of the art center to the present, has dedicated her time, talent and expertise,” Board President Mary Ann Stertz said. “I also believe the countless volunteers and talented contributing artists throughout the years have furthered its success.”

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The Finch Theatre: Twenty-five years later, a shining example of volunteerism at its best

Th e Finch Th eatre: Twenty-fi ve years later, a shining example of volunteerism at its best

In 2017, the Finch Theatre is a community hub, showing the latest movies on the big screen every weekend and hosting a children’s theatre production each summer. The adjacent Community Room is used for everything from dance classes and wedding receptions to community fundraisers and business meetings. This feature takes a look back at the spirit of volunteerism and coming together of all the communities in Lincoln County to renovate and build the Finch Theatre as we know it today.

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Hell Creek Cabins now open at Wilson Lake

Members of the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated the opening of the new Hell Creek Cabins at Wilson Lake last Tuesday with a ribbon cutting. Members of the Usher family, the owners of the new lodging business, are pictured with chamber offi cials Nancy Walter, Colleen Biggs, Kim Meyer, and Jack and Kathie Crispin. (Photo courtesy Kelly Larson)

The Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event for Hell Creek Cabins. “We came up here, and fell in love with the area,” Hell Creek Cabins owner Kathy Usher said.

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McReynolds Celebrates a Lifetime in Banking

Citizens State Bank & Trust Co. president Dave Brownback (standing left) speaks to a crowd of family and friends during Steve McReynolds’ (standing right) retirement reception last Friday. (Photo by John Baetz)

Steve McReynolds was recently recognized for 50 years of service during a retirement reception at Citizens State Bank & Trust Co. in Lincoln, KS. (photo by John Baetz)

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Alumni Survey

Click here to take the survey! The USD298 and USD299 Alumni Associations, the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation (LCEDF) and local volunteers are working together to achieve the common goal of bringing former students of both school districts back to Lincoln County to live, work, and raise their families. In working towards this goal, we …

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PRCF kicks off Match Month

Post Rock Community Foundation supports and facilitates various community and school projects like this Greenhouse Project at USD 299.

Match Month is the Post Rock Community Foundation’s biggest fund-raising effort of the year. PRCF grants have already helped create opportunities, like this Greenhouse Project at USD 299, for schools and nonprofits, as well as emergency medical services, hospital and healthy-living programs. In December, donations are matched by the both Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the Kansas Health Foundation to triple fundraising efforts!

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Methodist Women Knit Hats for Local Kindergarteners

The local United Methodist Women’s group recently knitted hats for Lincoln Elementary School kindergartners. Both Tom Cavalli and Jessica King’s classed are pictured wearing their new hats when they were delivered earlier this month. Standing behind the students are (L-R) Tom Cavalli, United Methodist Women’s representatives Jo Meili and Lana Houston, and Jessica King. (Courtesy Photo)

Earlier this month, Lincoln United Methodist Women members Lana Houston and Jo Meili delivered several hand-knitted stocking caps to kindergarten teachers Jessica King and Tom Cavalli. (courtesy photo)

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Wichita firm buys DJ Environmental

Wichita firm buys DJ Environmental

With the recent purchase of DJ Environmental, Tommy Steven and his brother, Zack, are hoping to breathe new life into the Lincoln-based industrial service company.

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First Impressions

On Sept. 6, the results of the recent First Impressions visit were disclosed to a group of about 15 people during a public meeting at the Finch Theatre.

On Sept. 6, 2017, the results of the recent First Impressions visit were disclosed to a group of people during a public meeting at the Finch Theatre. (photo by Kris Heinze)

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Sylvan Grove ideas for walking trails and splash pad

Through a grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation was able to hire a summer intern to explore the idea of creating walking trails and a splash pad in Sylvan Grove.

Conceptual plans for a walking trail loop and a splash pad in Sylvan Grove aim to improve public infrastructure and increase quality of life in Lincoln County. (Conceptual imagery by Mason Herrman, K-State Regional and Community Planning student.)

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Concept for walking trail in Barnard

A summer intern, working with the City of Barnard and local citizens, developed a concept for a walking trail that included utilizing the levee surrounding the community for the path, adding benches and lighting and signage marking access points.

A summer intern, working with the City of Barnard and local citizens, developed a concept for a walking trail that included utilizing the levee surrounding the community for the path, adding benches and lighting and signage marking access points.

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Proposed improvements to Lincoln’s city park

Over the past few years, there has been much discussion regarding desired improvements to Lincoln’s WPA-era city park. Through various opportunities to provide input, a summer intern has developed a conceptual plan for the park.

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Stop and Shop celebrates 50 years

stop shop

After 50 years, the VFW Auxiliary’s all-volunteer Stop and Shop store is still donating profits back into the community to support local charitable projects and the country’s veterans. | Courtesy Photo

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Redevelopment of the former Lincoln High School

The former Lincoln High School was built in 1922 and is an important part of the community’s history. After sitting vacant for 20 years, community members are considering ideas for the buildings redevelopment and reuse. | Photo credit: Landon Cook

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Up a creek, with a paddle: Hell Creek Watersports

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A chance meeting turns a dream into a reality when a watersports enthusiasts and a bait and supply shop owner join forces to start Hell Creek Watersports, a kayak, canoe and paddleboard equipment rental business | Photo credit: Jolie Green, Hays Daily News

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Lincoln Farm Supply adds new product line

While Lincoln County producers had the chance to get an up-close and personal look at a new line of agricultural equipment recently, a local business hopes the introduction will be the start of a beneficial partnership. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

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Volunteers roll out red carpet for Biking Across Kansas participants

BAK on the AVE

Biking Across Kansas participants made their way to Lincoln on June 13, 2017, for an overnight stop over as they traverse the state. Volunteers welcomed the visitors to Lincoln with music, food, activities and a shuttle service to help participants explore the community. | Photo by Jennifer McDaniel)

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Preserving Lincoln – Crispins receive Advocacy Award for Excellence

Advocacy award

The Kansas Preservation Alliance awarded Jack and Kathie Crispin a 2017 Advocacy Award for Excellence for the rehabilitation of the Cummins Block Building in downtown Lincoln and for their work of promoting and preserving history through their museums. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

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2017 Live Lincoln County magazine now available

LLC magazine 2017

After months of work, the 2017 Live Lincoln County magazine is here! Both print and online digital editions are now available.

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Lincoln Auto Supply moves up town

Lincoln Auto Supply

After 43 years, Bob Batchman transitions his auto parts business to new ownership but remains a mainstay in the downtown business district. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

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Volunteers help make new Lincoln Elementary School playground equipment a reality

Volunteers help make new Lincoln Elementary School playground equipment a reality

Recess is a little more fun for students at Lincoln Elementary after volunteers unveiled new playground equipment. | Photo credit: John Baetz

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181 Ag Supply receives funding for business development

181 Ag Supply

181 Ag Supply, based in Sylvan Grove, is among five recipients of the Kansas Department of Commerce JumpStart Kansas Entrepreneur Program.

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Three Amigos Mexican Restaurant opens in downtown Lincoln

The Three Amigos Mexican Restaurant opened its doors on March 1st bringing authentic flavors and family recipes, handed down from generation to generation, to the county. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

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New wayfinding signs installed in Lincoln

Six new wayfinding signs have popped up in Lincoln to help visitors find their way around town | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

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Community support has kept hospital flourishing for 65 years

As the Lincoln County Hospital celebrates more than six decades of caring for county residents, locals are still championing efforts to have a state-of-the-art medical facility in their community. | Photo credit: Fernando Rojas

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Effort begins to preserve buildings in Denmark

Denmark Kansas

Work is underway in Denmark, Kansas, to preserve the buildings representing the community’s early history and Danish heritage. | Photo credit: Jennifer McDaniel

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Between Friends: Conversations evolve into clothing boutique

Best friends Haley Richards and Mandy Burger long-considered the idea of opening their own clothing boutique, but hadn’t pursued it until now. | Photo credit: Tyler Gier

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An economic look back at 2016

A look back at this year’s economic activity in our little corner of the world.

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US Tower begins work on expansion

Statewide economic development officials and local government leaders met with US Tower representatives in Lincoln to discuss the business’s expansion plans and to tour the facility.

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Paw Print offers students entrepreneurial education

A new program at Lincoln High School is not only giving students a chance to gain real-world experience, but an opportunity to pay it forward. | Photo credit: Preston Howard

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Post Rock Community Foundation awards grants to local non-profits

Nearly $78,000 in grant funding was awarded to a dozen local non-profit organizations during the Post Rock Community Foundation’s fall grant reception. | Photo credit: Rita Sharp, Lucas-Sylvan News

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On target – Local competitions, training help long-range shooters hone their skills

For the shooting enthusiast, there’s nothing more exciting than hitting a target from a distance of more than five football fields away. At businesses like Spearpoint Ranch north of Lincoln, shooters have the opportunity to practice and hone their skills to make each shot. | Photo courtesy Spearpoint Ranch

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Needed rains restore Wilson Lake

A surge of moisture across the area in September filled Wilson Reservoir and other area lakes which only months earlier were dealing with the grim effects of a persistent drought. | Photo credit: Ryan Breeze

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Busy as bees

On a still and quiet day, you can hear the sound of thousands of bees. All working, coming from and going to stacks of white boxes — all labeled Labertew Apiaries, Sylvan Grove, KS. | Photo credit: Nick Schwien, Hays Daily News

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Reclaimed items give new Lincoln floral and gift shop a ‘Rustic’ feel

Though the bones forming the framework of the new Rustic Floral and Gifts building are new, many of the elements Lincoln business owner Angela O’Bannon incorporated into the shop’s interior design are not. | Photo credit: Kelly Larson

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Post Rock Festival in Lincoln is Labor Day weekend

Set to the theme, “Just Can’t Hide That Hometown Pride,” the annual Post Rock Festival in Lincoln takes place during Labor Day weekend, filling an entire day with activities, competition, food and entertainment. | Photo credit: Lincoln Sentinel

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New press box installed at Lincoln High School’s Mettner Field

A new press box is in place at Lincoln High School’s Mettner Field just in time for the Leopards’ upcoming football season. | Photo credit: Jason Curtis

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