Category: Live

LCEDF announces Downtown Revitalization Projects

Plans for the Sylvan Grove Public Library’s future expansion is starting to get real! The economic development office’s summer interns met with library staff and a few board members this morning to review schematic designs.

By Hailey Dixon for the Lincoln Sentinel Out of 17 applications, eight businesses were selected for the Downtown Revitalization Project by Kelly Larson, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director, members of the LCEDF Board and two interns, Miki Blair and Bethany Pingel. “I am grateful that we were a part of that decision,” Blair …

Continue reading

Elijah & Lara Keever

Elijah & Lara Keever are Rural by Choice in Lincoln County, KS. (Photo by Tyler Gier)

While Elijah Keever grew up in a small, north-central Kansas town similar to Lincoln, his wife, Lara, made the switch from Boston-living to the rural lifestyle in Kansas. The family owns Keever Auto & Ag, and have operated the business in Lincoln for five years. “We got to know some wonderful people here in Lincoln, and were given an opportunity to start a business,” Lara said.

Continue reading

Al Joe Wallace

Al Joe Wallace is Rural by Choice in Lincoln County, KS. (Photo by Becky Rathbun)

Al Joe Wallace, who currently serves as one of the Lincoln County Commissioners, has lived at the same farmstead for his entire life in the Salt Creek township. “I like the community,” Wallace said. “I like the people, and so I had no desire to leave.”

Continue reading

Jared Spear & Lisa Simmons

Jared Spear & Lisa Simmons are Rural by Choice in Lincoln County, KS. (Photo by Becky Rathbun)

Jared Spear, who was born and raised on a family farm in Lincoln County, enjoys rural living and took an opportunity to open a business in his hometown. Once he did that, he decided to open other businesses in town. He and his fiancé Lisa Simmons enjoy the community “where people care about the well being of the community and other local businesses.”

Continue reading

The Labertew Families

Stan & Sandy Labertew and Ben & Angie Labertew are Rural by Choice in Lincoln County, KS. (courtesy photo)

The Labertew families take education seriously and have also built a successful family agri-business in Labertew Apiaries in their spare time. They’ve made Sylvan Grove their home and believe it is a great place to raise a family and find a real sense of community.

Continue reading

Craig & Mary Ann Stertz

Craig & Mary Ann Stertz are Rural by Choice in Lincoln County, KS. (courtesy photo)

When Craig and Mary Ann Stertz purchased a crumbling, falling building on Lincoln Ave., they saw an opportunity to restore it. With 36 years of marriage to their credit, the couple is still together after 4 years of working out different opinions on the loft renovation. Those interested in staying the loft can rent it out via Airbnb.

Continue reading

Jason & April Coover

Jason & April Coover are Rural by Choice in Lincoln County, KS.

When April Coover attended a career fair, she discovered a career opportunity at the pharmacy in Lincoln. Not long after her move to Lincoln, she went on a “successful” blind date with her husband, Jason Coover. “We can let the kids play outside and know that our neighbors look out for them, love them and treat them just as they do their own kids/grandkids,” she said.

Continue reading

Eagle Fiber is on the way

Eagle Communications recently announced a major investment in the community of Lincoln, that will bring high-speed Internet access to residents and businesses. This week, crews recently began installing fiber and electronic equipment to allow speeds of up to 1 Gig. (photo courtesy of Kris Heinze)

Continue reading

The Paw Print opens downtown storefront

The Paw Print, a student-run merchandise business of USD 298, opened a new storefront at the end of June. The new store is attached to the USD 298 Board Office, which is located at 133 E. Lincoln St. in downtown Lincoln.

The Paw Print, a student-run merchandise business of USD 298, opened a new storefront at the end of June. The new store is attached to the USD 298 Board Office, which is located at 133 E. Lincoln St. in downtown Lincoln. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Larson)

Continue reading

Leadership Lincoln County class improves pool, hosts ‘Dog Day in the Park’

Dr. Lindsay Mitchell sits at the Your Other Family Doctor booth at the Dog Day in the Park event May 5. (Photo courtesy of Dave Merica)

Through an initiative from members in Leadership Lincoln County, new paint, pool mats and lifeguard stands are now installed at Lincoln City Pool. In addition to the pool improvements, other members of Leadership Lincoln County organized a free event that drew dogs and dog lovers alike: “Dog Day in the Park” on May 5 in Lincoln. (photo courtesy of Dave Merica)

Continue reading

First Fridays in the Park’ to kick off in June

First Fridays in the park is a new event put on by Lincoln PRIDE this summer.

The Lincoln PRIDE Committee is introducing a new event this summer for families, individuals and anyone interested in having a fun time: First Fridays in the Park. The events will take place June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3.

Continue reading

Lincoln County gaining Historic Preservation Fund grant

Photo illustration of Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln, KS, depicting the way the buildings looked a century ago juxtaposed with the current building facades.

Lincoln County is receiving a Historic Preservation Fund reimbursement grant through the Kansas Historical Society to hopefully gain historic status in various places in the county. A study will be conducted in the Lincoln and Sylvan Grove downtown’s to see if the areas could be eligible for any historic designations. (Photo illustration by Kris Heinze)

Continue reading

Dirt work being completed at Lincoln Municipal Airport

Lincoln Municipal Airport runway dirt work underway

A new runway is being installed at the Lincoln Municipal Airport. The runway will be 4,200 feet long by 60 feet wide, which will accommodate larger aircraft landings and takeoffs. According to Clay Haring, Post Rock Aviation Owner, the dirt work underway now was funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation Division of Aviation, and Esfeld Construction, Great Bend, is leading the construction.

Continue reading

Family Hair Flair celebrates 30 years of business

Family Hair Flair celebrates 30 years in business!

Rhonda Base and the rest of the Family Hair Flair team recently celebrated 30 years in business. Base opened a second salon three years ago in Lincoln with Family Hair Flair 2. (Courtesy photo)

Continue reading

Live Lincoln County 2018 magazine hot off the press

The 2018 edition of the Live Lincoln County magazine is now available at area advertisers!

Lincoln County and Kansas residents, travelers and readers from across the country now have the opportunity to take a closer look into Post Rock country with the latest online and print edition of the Live Lincoln County magazine.

Continue reading

Mary Andersen takes on new role as library director

Mary Anderson is the new director at the Lincoln Carnegie Library following Nancy Jensen's retirement.

After working at the Lincoln Carnegie Library for six years, Mary Andersen is taking a step forward to become the new director, and plans to continue as children’s librarian. Nancy Jensen recently retired after seventeen years. (Photo by Kris Heinze)

Continue reading

Disc golf course is officially open

The Lincoln Recreation Department unveiled a new disc golf course at Lincoln City Park on June 1. It is a 9-hole layout situated across the east and west ends of the park, and you can keep score by finding the course on the Udisc app on your phone. (photo by Hailey Dixon)

The Lincoln Recreation Department unveiled a new disc golf course at Lincoln City Park on June 1. It is a 9-hole layout situated across the east and west ends of the park, and you can keep score by finding the course on the Udisc app on your phone. (photo by Hailey Dixon)

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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.”

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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!

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

Corpstein goes from sales to service

Steve Corpstein goes from sales to service

Steve Corpstein found a home in his new position as the new Customer Service Manager at Keever Auto & Ag. (photo by Kris Heinze)

Continue reading

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)

Continue reading

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.)

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

Up a creek, with a paddle: Hell Creek Watersports

watersports

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

Continue reading

Hayworth at home as massage therapist

As a student-athlete at Lincoln High School, Tori Hayworth often pulled or strained a muscle. But those injuries, Hayworth thought, were just the price she paid to play the game. And after a while, she learned to work through the pain. Years later, as a certified massage therapist, Hayworth wishes she would’ve known the benefits …

Continue reading

Summer interns tackling improvement projects

When Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning & Design student Mason Herrman first considered his options for a summer internship, he initially thought about applying with architectural firms in cities with populations of more than a half-million people. But after learning about an internship opportunity through his university, he decided to apply. Like Herrman, Landon …

Continue reading

Nearly a year later, the Boyds are at home at Lincoln Community Church

Boyd

The Rev. Adam Boyd was looking for an opportunity to serve as a full-time pastor when he found an online job posting for a flourishing church congregation in north-central Kansas. There was something about the opening that spoke to the young pastor, and so he decided to inquire further. Soon, things just fell into place. …

Continue reading

Barnard Post Office celebrates 135 years

Barnard post office

The Barnard Post Office celebrated 135 years since it was established on May 18, 1882.

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading

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

Continue reading