Category: Business Success Stories

Local family cattle business selling homegrown beef across the country

Post Rock Beef has sold over 5,000 pounds of homegrown beef since the business began selling the product in 2016. The tender and flavorful dry-aged beef can also be found on the menu at local Sylvan Grove restaurants.

Approximately three miles southwest of Sylvan Grove is the home of Ringler Ranch, where Post Rock Beef is operated by Justin Ringler and Shawn Elder, with their families.  Post Rock Beef, Ringler and Elder’s beef business, has served over 100 customers with approximately 5,000 pounds of beef sold, according to the Post Rock Beef website.  (Courtesy photo)

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Street Plumbing acquires Deep Creek Construction

Street Plumbing recently acquired Deep Creek Construction. All of the business owners are pictured together.

R&R Street Plumbing, Heating and Electric, Inc., 2009 E. Hwy 18, announced, in a press release, the acquisition of Deep Creek Construction, L.L.C., owned by Kirk and Susan Wollesen of Lincoln. As part of the acquisition, Kirk and Susan became part owners of R&R Street Plumbing, Heating and Electric, Inc. , and will become members of its management staff at the Lincoln office. (Photo by Kris Heinze)

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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)

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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)

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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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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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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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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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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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Stop and Shop celebrates 50 years

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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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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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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 …

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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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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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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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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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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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Seirer’s earns spot on trendy fashion website

Seirer’s Clothing, a unique, fashion-forward retail shop in Lincoln, has caught the attention of Shoptiques, a premiere online website in New York City serving to connect discerning fashionistas with chic boutiques worldwide | Photo credit: Fernando Rojas

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Mobile veterinary clinic comes to Lincoln County

At an early age, Lindsay Mitchell knew she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was just a child. Years later, she’s a veterinarian with a growing practice that knows no bounds.

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Work continues on BC Diesel

Lincoln High School graduate Beranda Pickering, a member of the class of 2000, plans to relocate the business she co-owns with Cody Robison, BC Diesel, to the Lincoln Industrial Park.

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Howell switches gears to open Don’s Glass Shop

Don Howell recently retired and opened Don’s Glass Shop, offering a variety of services and products, including screen repair, custom glass-cutting and replacement windows.

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Triple H Outfitters: Our Story

Triple H Outfitters and Cardinal Archery is one of Lincoln County’s newest businesses offering a variety of archery, muzzleloader, rifle, or shotgun hunts. All hunts are all-inclusive, with lodging, meals, field transportation, and came care included. | Courtesy photo

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Mrs. B’s Greenhouse & Nursery opens just in time for spring

Mrs. B’s Greenhouse & Nursery opens just in time for spring offering flowering annual and perennial varieties, vegetables, trees and shrubs

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Local farmer pitches “Have goats, will travel”

A local farmer uses her munch-happy goats to start a new business. Barnyard Weed Warriors provides a natural way to remove overgrown brush, pesky weeds, and even poisonous plants from parks, trails, and hard-to-reach areas.

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Rustic Floral & Gifts now open in Lincoln

Angela O'Bannon has opened Rustic Floral and Gifts

Angela O’Bannon recently opened Rustic Floral and Gifts in downtown Lincoln. | Photo by Becky Rathbun, Lincoln Sentinel

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Ronnie’s Diner open for business

Ronnie's Diner group ready to serve after officially opening the restaurant.

Ronnie’s Diner is now officially open in the former Happy Days building at 116 S. 5th Street in Lincoln. (Photo by Kelly Larson)

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Career Day exposes area high school students to local career options

Career Day exposes area high school students to local career options | Photo by Jason Curtis

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New motel owner plans remodel

In just under seven years Spear has developed his business into one of the most diverse in the region offering autobody and towing services, used vehicle sales, a laundromat, recreational vehicle hook up sites, Biggie Biggs pizza pub in partnership with Justin and Trish Miller, and now he’s added the Post Rock Motel to the long list of business interests he calls his own.

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O’Hare opens law firm

Jennifer O’Hare, county attorney and long-time partner in the Metz & O’Hare law firm in Lincoln, has left Metz and formed her own firm, O’Hare Law.

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Chamber holds Ribbon Cutting for Keever Auto & Ag

After operating for about the last 18 months out of the Schwerdtfager Masonry shop at 223 East College, Keever Auto and Ag has opened a new location at 113 West College in the old Lincoln High School Annex.

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Frederking Seed expands in Sylvan Grove

Eric Frederking says he hopes to give people more options with his family’s recently expanded seed business that includes the former M&G Designs warehouse in downtown Sylvan Grove.

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Fly Boy Brewery & Eats, Sylvan Grove: A destination for beer lovers and foodies alike

Fly Boy Brewery & Eats, Sylvan Grove: A destination for beer lovers and foodies alike | Photo by Kathie Crispin

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Dollar General to open in 2014

Fast growing discount chain to open stores sooner than projected By Wendy Nugent, Special to the Lincoln Sentinel-Republican Chapman and Lincoln are small rural communities in the heart of central Kansas. Chapman is home to astronaut Joe Engle, while Lincoln has been known as the post rock (the stone, not the music) capital of the …

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Crop Service Center hosts ribbon cutting

Crop Service Center, located at 200 W. Railroad in Beverly, completed the expansion and improvement of their facility earlier in 2014 and the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting Monday, December 22, to welcome the new facility to the county.

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