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Historic Survey of Lincoln’s City Park

A survey of Lincoln’s City Park has been completed to determine if the area would be eligible for any historic designations that could open up financial resources to the City to help maintain and improve the park.

Historic Survey of Downtown Lincoln

A survey of the historic properties in downtown Lincoln has been completed to determine if the overall downtown district (and/or individual properties within it) would be eligible for any historic designations that could open up financial resources to property owners to help maintain and improve their properties.

Historic Survey of Downtown Sylvan Grove

A survey of downtown Sylvan Grove has been completed to determine if the overall downtown district (and/or individual properties within it) would be eligible for any historic designations that could open up financial resources to property owners to help maintain and improve their properties.

Incubating a business, not just eggs

Prairie Land Gamebirds recently expanded its business with a new hatchery. David, who runs the business with his son Ryan Wacker, said it has been positive to not rely on another entity to provide chicks to them. (Photo courtesy of David Wacker)

Countywide “Healthy Living Master Plan” created by Strategic Doing committee

Healthy Living Master Plan

Through the Lincoln County Strategic Doing process, and with financial support from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation and the Post Rock Community Foundation, a countywide “Healthy Living Master Plan” was developed by a group of volunteers to help move several priority projects forward.

Lincoln County students compete at the second annual Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge

Lincoln County 2019 Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge winners. Lincoln High School students Libby Huskey and Cassie Aleshire received first place. Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School student Aundrea Haberer took home second, while runners up included Delaney Herold, Taegen Walter, Bailey Evans and Kylie Rahmeier of SLUHS, and LHS student Aubry Donley.

The event, which was March 5, 2019, challenged local high school students to develop a sustainable business idea. A panel of judges, including local business owners and bankers, scored projects. Pictured are the winners of this year’s event. (Photo courtesy of Kelly Larson, Lincoln County Economic Development Director)

Sylvan Grove Public Library’s Downtown Design Assistance project underway

The Sylvan Grove Public Library Downtown Design Assistance project is underway

Library patrons and Sylvan Grove residents are getting excited about the changes happening at the Sylvan Grove Public Library.

Baetz expanding Kansas Pregame publications

Kansas Pregame is launching new winter and spring sports magazines and a new website in 2019!

Kansas Pregame publisher John Baetz is expanding his business with publishing winter and spring sports magazines, a new website and more coverage of football.

Finch Theatre awning replaced, new LED sign installed

A new lighted sign was installed at the Finch Theatre in Lincoln in January and the new awning was installed in November. This project was made possible by a grant from the Post Rock Community Foundation.

2018 Economic Year in Review

2018 Lincoln County Economic Year in Review

At the end of every year, I always like to reflect on the past year’s economic activity.  It’s my way to take a mental ‘deep breath’ before recharging the brain and entering the new year full steam ahead. Here’s my list of happenings over the past year

Think Like an Entrepreneur

Think Like an Entrepreneur

Take a step towards becoming an entrepreneur and being your own boss! Develop your entrepreneurial mindset by attending this Kansas Ice House Entrepreneurship Program being organized by the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation.  The program will help you develop 1) critical thinking skills to identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, manage risks, and learn from results, …

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Patterson Health Mart welcomes a new pharmacist

New pharmacist David King is getting settled in at the Patterson Health Mart in Lincoln, KS.

David King, a 2018 KU School of Pharmacy graduate, is settling in as a new pharmacist at the Patterson Health Mart in Lincoln.  

Replenishing Hope owner becomes Airbnb host in Sylvan Grove

One more spot on Sylvan Grove's Main Street is alive and well in Replenishing Hope, which offers counseling services and a vacation rental upstairs.

Licensed professional counselor Katie Reagan offers counseling services to individuals, couples and families through her practice, Replenishing Hope. Replenishing Hope provides serenity by offering both counseling and lodging in one location. After purchasing the building, located on Sylvan Grove’s Main Street in 2017, Katie Reagan and her husband are also offering an upstairs vacation rental on Airbnb.

Stertz’s completed restoration project on Lincoln Avenue

Next door to the historic Cummins Block Building on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Third street, sits another piece of Lincoln history restored. Craig and Mary Ann Stertz completed four years of restoration work and hosted an Open House in August for the community to see the finished work. (Courtesy photo)

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)

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)

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 …

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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)

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)

College interns share experiences working with O’Hare, LCEDF

Bethany Pingel, Miki Blair, and Drake Koops gain valuable real-world work experience as interns for Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and O'Hare Law, LLC.

Bethany Pingel, Miki Blair, and Drake Koops are spending the summer in Lincoln, KS, gaining valuable real-world work experience as interns for Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and O’Hare Law, LLC.

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)

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.

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)

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.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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)

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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)

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!

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)

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.

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)

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.)

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.