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Find yourself in Lincoln County, KS As we were putting this publication together, we couldn’t help but get excited about all the things we have to offer here in Lincoln County located in the heart of north central Kansas. This publication is the product of an exciting public/private partnership, where a group of local volunteers and staffs from the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation and local newspaper, the Lincoln SentinelRepublican, partnered together via print, web, and social media - to spread the word about how great it is to Live Lincoln County. People choose Lincoln County for a number of reasons: From the small-town atmosphere where neighbors are friendly and know one another, to quality schools and a low crime rate. Beautiful, native-limestone structures, some more than a century-old, populate our business districts, and an agricultural-based economy not only fuels the nation’s food supply, but adds to the flavor and sense of our communities. Living in Lincoln County means filling up on made-from-scratch dishes at a local restaurant or sampling a craft brew at the local brewery. Watching high school sporting events with family and friends, and experiencing the beauty of stunning sunsets as they color the rolling hills of the Saline River Valley. Settled by true pioneers, the spirit of volunteerism and goodwill is still alive throughout our county. Our all-volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services, staffed by a mix of volunteers and professional EMTs, provide the best in emergency services. Lincoln County is home to several small towns

that feature country livPhoto by Becky Rathbun ing at its finest, with a variety of independently owned, one-of-akind retail shops and a number of homegrown entertainment options. We also offer a firstclass health care system, with a recently renovated hospital, a new clinic in Sylvan Grove, and a staff of qualified health care providers, from local doctors to pharmacists, chiropractors, a dentist and a fullservice county health department. A fully staffed nursing facility, a variety of housing options, active senior centers, one of the top sand green golf courses in the state, and easy access to neighboring population centers also makes Lincoln complete list of local events, profiles of nearly County a great place to retire. Visit our new countywide website at every business, job listings and a look at local, or find our Live housing options. Lincoln County page on Facebook to find out But, even if you can’t LIVE Lincoln County, hit more about what Lincoln County has to offer. the road and visit one of our communities. Thanks to this unique cooperative effort, infor- You’re sure to have a good time! mation is updated regularly and provides a By John Baetz, Jennifer McDaniel, and Jyll Phillips

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Lincoln, Kansas Lincoln Just east of the center of the county, the City of Lincoln Center is the county seat of Lincoln County, as well as the county’s commerce center. Platted in 1871, Lincoln became a city of the third class in 1879. Lincoln’s business district is primarily located along Lincoln Avenue, and includes many of the city’s original native limestone buildings, but is also spread along Highways 14 and 18 that intersect the city. A variety store, a clothing store, and a full-line grocery are just a few of the local retail establishments in town. For those interested in the arts and humanities, Lincoln is home to three museums, one of the most well respected art centers in all of Kansas, and a first-run movie theater renovated and operated completely by volunteers. Lincoln’s Carnegie Library was built in 1913 and is one of about two dozen in the state still functioning in its original purpose. In 2009, the Library doubled its

space, building the addition in Sylvan Grove offers a beautiful city matching native limestone, while park, a library, a historical museum, modernizing the interior. Hometown Cafe, Bennington State Bank, Lincoln’s schools are often the popular Fly Boy Brewery & Eats, and honored by the State of Kansas for other independently owned and operated Excellence in Education. Their businesses. Lincoln Leopards are competitive The first Sunday of June the city park academically, musically, and plays host to the annual Sylvan athletically with schools of similar Community Day which features old size throughout the state. fashioned fun with events ranging from The City’s Recreation turtle races to 3-on-3 basketball. HomeCommission provides a variety made ice cream and traditional of recreational sporting events entertainment round out the day. and activities for children ages Sylvan Grove is home to the recently five to 18. expanded Sylvan-Lucas Unified School Historic buildings abound in District known for exceptional student Lincoln, including the performance, both on the field and in the Marshall-Yohe House, built in classroom. The Mustangs have fielded 1875, the Lincoln County several championship teams in both girls Courthouse, and the and boys athletics and have also earned Cummins Block Building the Standard of Excellence in several which is home to the Post Rock categories, including recognition from US Scout Museum and the Crispin Drug News and World Report as one of the Store Museum. America’s Best High Schools in 2008. Lincoln offers many of the It was in Sylvan Grove that the Post Photo conveniences of the city with the feel Rock Community by Kell y Lars of a traditional rural American on small town. Sylvan Grove Home of the Sylvan-Lucas Mustangs, Sylvan Grove is the second largest city in the county. Settlement began in 1867, and the town was platted in 1887. On the western edge of Lincoln County, Sylvan Grove is only 12 miles from Wilson Lake, boasting some of the top boating, swimming, fishing, and camping in Kansas. Sylvan Grove is home to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds, where the county fair is held each summer. Livestock exhibits, a demolition derby, food, and live entertainment are just a few of the attractions at the Lincoln County Fair.

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Foundation began their mission to meet charitable community needs across Lincoln County through leadership, grants, and volunteer initiatives. In Sylvan Grove, everyone is your neighbor. Barnard A small community in Salt Creek and Scott Townships in Lincoln County, Barnard is located near the northern boundary of the county, about 10 miles north and five miles east of Lincoln. A quiet community now, Barnard was once home to the Barnard line of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. The community was first surveyed and laid out in 1887. The town was named for John Fike Barnard, a general manager for one of the Santa Fe Railroad’s operating divisions at the time the Barnard branch was built. The city was incorporated in 1904. By 1910 Barnard was home to 425 people, had two banks, a weekly newspaper called the Barnard Bee, several churches, a number of retail stores, and a telegraph and express office. It was described as an important shipping point for agricultural

Community Snapshots products. With a declining population, Barnard’s school closed in 1966. Students travel the 15 miles to Lincoln to attend USD 298 schools. Residents of the area hold fast to their heritage and community. A community center has been built, home to a variety of community events. New ownership has reopened the city’s only cafe, renaming it Nancy’s Fancy’s and serving a weekly special each Wednesday evening. The Barnard Lions’ Club is active in the community, providing scholarships for students through fundraising activities. A grant was recently secured through G.L. Huyett Company to replace playground equipment at the City Park, and work is expected to begin in the near future. Community pride is abundant in Barnard, people come from near and far to attend community events.

awarded in World War II. A portion of Kansas Highway 18, which passes by the north edge of town, was recently renamed the Donald K. Ross Memorial Highway in his honor. Beverly’s community center, called the Colorado Township Hall, is located on Main Street and is home to many community events. Today Beverly is the home to Wilson State Bank, the recently expanded Crop Service Center, specializing in custom application of fertilizer and herbicides, and a recycling center operated by CB Trucking and housed in what was once the Beverly school. The Beverly Fire Department hosts a fundraising Mud Run each year while the Beverly Community Club hosts their Turkey Shoot each November. The Beverly Rural School Alumni Association celebrated its 100th annual reunion, believed to be among the longest continually running school reunions in Kansas, last May.

Beverly McCosh Amanda Beverly, located on the Photo by eastern border of Lincoln County, was the first settlement in the county. Settled by Civil War veterans known as the “Colorado Boys” in 1865, the town was incorporated in 1905 as a third class city, located in Colorado Township. Once a thriving community, Beverly was the home to Beverly State Bank, a drug store complete with a marble topped fountain backed by a huge mirror, a harness shop, restaurants, retail establishments, a barber shop, doctor’s office, and a hotel. Beverly enjoys notoriety as the birthplace and childhood home of Donald K. Ross, the recipient of the first Congressional Medal of Honor

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Community Snapshots Denmark Located seven miles west, and three miles north of Lincoln, the small village of Denmark was settled along the banks of Spillman Creek by Danish immigrants. The first settlers arrived in 1869, and nearly all of them lost their lives in an Indian raid in May of that year. In 1871 the ranks of Danish settlers grew. Many Denmark area residents are descendants of those early settlers, four and five generations later. For more than a century, Denmark Lutherans have clung to their faith and to the enduring rock of their tiny, sturdy church built atop the rise at Denmark, Kansas in 1878. The beautifully simple church has withstood the test of time, services being held there even today. The bell tower and south entry were added in 1901. The Lutheran cross, carved of native limestone, first stood on the roof over the doorway. In 1901 when the tower and entry were added, the heavy cross was removed. It now stands to the east of the church on a memorial to the early pioneers who built the church. The centennial brochure tells that the decision to build the church was reached in the fall of 1875. The building was to measure 46-and-a-half feet x 26 feet, to be

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constructed of native stone with a shingle roof, on a site located on the summit of a “gentle rise of ground” located on the homestead of Lars P. Nielsen, who donated the ground. The deed was recorded May 3, 1880. Stone quarrying was done in the community from the Niels Andersen farm, the sand from the farm owned by Clarence Lessor. The lumber came from Ellsworth, a distance of 35 miles. Later, the bell tower rock came from the land of Bob Nelson. The community hall was built nearby in 1911, and is now home to many community activities including an annual pheasant hunter’s lunch. The Denmark Dames is a ladies’ service

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Denmark is also host to an annual AfterHarvest Plow Day event which Photo by Tyler Gier features antique farm machinery used to harvest wheat and work the ground in historic fashion. Vesper Settlement began in the Vesper area, located seven miles west of Lincoln and a half mile south of Highway 18, in 1869. The current Vesper townsite was named Nemo when it was founded in 1887. “Old Vesper” was a community located two miles west of Nemo. The post office was founded there in 1873. The townsite of Nemo was vacated in 1894. “Old Vesper” was moved to this location and was platted into lots in 1905. The Union Pacific ran through the new townsite. The Vesper Presbyterian Church was organized September 3, 1876 by Dr. Timothy Hill and Rev. H.C. Bradbury two miles west of Vesper in an old school building until a new church was built in Vesper in 1901. Services were held in the church until January 6, 2008. The building was purchased by Linda Wrench, and is available for tours and community events. The Union Pacific Railroad passed through Vesper at one time, creating a thriving community, with their own business district. The community built a consolidated school in 1914, where classes were held until it closed in 1966. Vesper is now part of the USD 299 Sylvan-Lucas School District. A tightly knit community, the Vesper Community Club is active in the area, and holds Bingo once each month in the gym of the old Vesper High School. The high school’s gym has been remodeled and is host to live entertainment, wedding receptions, reunions, and private parties. Westfall Eight miles south and eight miles east of Lincoln is Westfall. Located in Madison Township, on Elk Drive and 270th Road, Westfall is without an active business district, but remains host to several residents and well-maintained homes. The Westfall school, closed since 1973, was refurbished by the community with volunteer labor to house both the Westfall branch of the Beverly-Westfall Fire Department, and a community center that is available for both community and private events. Westfall is thought of as a “sister city” to the City of Beverly. With less than eight miles between them, the two communities share a volunteer fire department. Students in Westfall are part of USD 298 School District in Lincoln.


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SYLVAN DEPOT By Jennifer McDaniel Hit the road and head to Lincoln County. Rich in history and tradition, the Post Rock Capital of Kansas features plenty to see and do from annual festivals and art exhibits to fun in the sun at nearby Wilson Lake. Take in a movie or a round of golf. There are no rules on this road trip, and it’s all here in the heart of north central Kansas - Lincoln County! Museums and attractions Kyne House Built by Lincoln resident Timothy Kyne in 1885, the Kyne House, located at 214 W. Lincoln Ave., is furnished entirely with furniture and other decor from that era. One of the first limestone houses built in the county, the Kyne House is listed on the Kansas Registry of Historic Places and is part of the Lincoln County Historical Museum Complex. Topsy School The Topsy School, a one-room, elementary school originally located in Elkhorn Township - south of Lincoln and west of Westfall - was moved to its present location east of the Kyne House, and renovated by the historical society and its volunteers several years ago. The classroom is fully furnished with old desks, dunce chair, lunch buckets, books and maps, giving visitors a true glimpse of education during the 1800s. Mashall-Yohe House The Marshall-Yohe House, at 316 S. Second St., in Lincoln, was constructed in 1895 by Lincoln builder Henry Casserly. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the three-story, Queen Anne-style Victorian sits on a rustic native limestone foundation. The home features Lincrusta wainscoting in the main floor parlor, and an eight-foot, stained-glass stairway leading to the second floor. Original and period

Sylvan Depot project A year ago, local historians were making plans to use more than $40,000 in newly awarded grant funding to give the former Sylvan Grove Union Pacific Railroad Depot a solid foundation. And in February of 2016 a new base was poured, replacing the crumbling and deteriorating underpinning supporting the last surviving depot in Lincoln County. Built in 1887, the structure is an example of a combination depot, meaning it served both freight and passenger needs. The rail line the depot served was originally known as the Salina, Lincoln & Western Railway Line, which later became a part of the Union Pacific Railroad. The existing depot still stands in its original location - at the south end of Sylvan Grove’s Main Street. According to historians, the depot closed in 1968; the rails on either side of the building were removed following the 1993 flood. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 2014. The depot, located at 131 S. Main St., was purchased by the Sylvan Grove Historical Society in 2005. For more information visit the Sylvan Historical Society page on Facebook.

furnishings can be found throughout the home. Updated in the 1920s, several art deco details and indoor plumbing were added during the renovation. The garden area occupies a large space, approximately a lot and a half in size, directly behind the house. The home is open to the public by appointment. Yesterday House The Yesterday House Museum, owned and operated by the Sylvan Historical Society, houses historical artifacts, displays, photos and other items related to the history of the town of Sylvan Grove, established in 1876. The museum is also home to an extensive barbed wire collection with more than 500 varieties on display. Hundreds of photos, newspapers and City documents are available for viewing. Open Sundays, Memorial Day weekend through September, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Contact Terry Lilak at (785) 524-6034 for more information or an appointment. Bethlehem Lutheran Evangelical School Located just north of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sylvan Grove, the school was built in 1913, replacing an earlier structure at the same location. The native-limestone building, which was designed by a Salina architect, still serves youth groups, confirmation and Sunday School classes. In October of 2015, the school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In February of 2016, nearly $10,000 in funding was awarded to the Evangelical Lutheran School to support the pieces of a much larger restoration project. The project, officials said, will include tuckpoint work around the foundation, basement walls and flooring repairs and exterior paint for the window and door trim. Gutters and downspouts will also be purchased.

Crispin Antiquarian Foundation Home to the Drug Store and Post Rock Scout museums, the historic Cummins Block Building attracts looks from visitors to downtown Lincoln. Residents Jack and Kathie Crispin own the building, which was built in 1881, and spent 10 years renovating the second story, which is now their home. Built in the Italianate style, the limestone building was once a bank and still houses the original vault. Post Rock Scout Museum Opened in 2004, Lincoln resident Kathie Crispin, a life-long Girl Scout and leader, created the Girl Scout Museum with her own collection of scouting memorabilia. Dedicated to the preservation of historical artifacts of various scouting organizations, the museum features exhibits devoted to Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Pioneer Girls, Campfire Girls and other similar youth organizations. Among the displays are Girl Scout uniforms dating as far back as 1918. The museum also offers scrapbooking sessions for scout groups. Other scouting related items and gifts are also sold within the museum. Crispin’s Drug Store Museum Jack Crispin, a long-time pharmacist who owned and operated Crispin Pharmacy in Lincoln for many years, opened Crispin’s Drug Store Museum in 2007. The museum, which is brimming with Crispin’s vast pharmacy artifacts collection, recreates the drugstore atmosphere at the turn of the 20th Century when pharmacists were transitioning from preparing ingredients and products from seeds, barks and roots to buying prepared ingredients and products. The museum displays both drug ingredients and manufactured drugs. Jack’s description of the displays and vast

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Crispin’s Drug Store Museum 161 East Lincoln Avenue • Lincoln, Kansas 67455 • (785) 524-5383 •

Step into this museum and step back 100 years in time. See a drug store from 1900: the drugs, medicines, equipment and sundries from yesteryear. View the crude drugs: slippery elm bark, bladder wrack, life everlasting herb; and the equipment the druggist used to turn these seeds, roots, leaves and bark into pills, salves and lozenges “whatever the doctor ordered.” Read the wild claims of the patent medicines. Examine quack medical devices and learn about the conditions they “cured.” Watch demonstrations of pill rolling, cork sizing and powder dividing. Ask about the silver coated pills, the use of poisons and narcotics, and the “medicinal cigarettes.” Leave with a better understanding of how far we have come in the last 100 years. The museum is generally open daily from 1 to 5 pm, but it is always best to contact us and schedule a tour as the sign says: “Open by Chance or Appointment.” Hope to see you soon! Admission to the pharmacy museum is by donation.

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The Post Rock Scout Museum was created in 2004 by Kathie Crispin, a long-time member of Girl Scouts and collector of Girl Scouts memorabilia. The collection now on display in the museum also includes memorabilia from Girl Guides, Pioneer Girls, Camp Fire Girls, Girl Reserves, and Boy Scouts. The museum is filled with uniforms, insignia, jewelry, books, dolls, and lots of memorabilia that tell the story of scouting through the years. The museum is part of the non-profit organization, the Crispin Antiquarian Foundation. The Post Rock Scout Museum is generally open daily from 1 to 5 pm. Please contact the museum to schedule your visit by calling (785) 524-5383. Admission is by donation. Both the Crispin’s Drug Store Museum and the Post Rock Scout Museum are housed in the Cummins Block Building in Lincoln, Kansas. The Cummins Block Building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings.

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The Lincoln County Historical Society Museum complex is one of the finest, and best maintained historical societies in rural Kansas. The complex features the Lincoln County Museum, Kyne House and Topsy School along with the Marshall-Yohe House which is maintained by the society and occupies its original location across town. The museum complex is open 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Entry is by donation. The Marshall-Yohe House located at 316 S 2nd is open by appointment. Entry is $5 for groups less than 10 and $4 for groups 10 or more. For more details about this organization that is dedicated to preserving the history of Lincoln County visit Photographs from top to bottom: Cummins Block Building; Crispin’s Drug Store; Kathie Crispin in the Post Rock Scout Museum; map of historical events in Lincoln County painted by Frank Cooper, displayed in the Lincon County Museum; Marshall-Yohe House; Lincoln County Museum & Kyne House complex.

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CARNEGIE LIBRARY “We are very fortunate to have such an amazing library. Not only is it a beautiful facility, but they encourage the importance of reading. It is a vital asset to the county.”

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knowledge of the history of pharmaceuticals makes a visit to the museum a must. Both museums are open by appointment, or if you’re lucky enough to catch Jack or Kathie at home. For more information visit their websites at or Denmark’s Historic Church and Hall For more than a century, Denmark Lutherans have clung to their faith and the sturdy church built atop the rise at Denmark in 1878. The church has withstood the test of time, with services still being held there today. The bell tower and south entry were added in 1901. The Lutheran cross, carved of native limestone, first stood on the roof over the doorway. But in 1901, when the tower and entry were added, the heavy cross was removed. It now stands to the east of the church as a memorial to the early pioneers who built the church. The community hall was built nearby in 1911, and is now home to many community activities including an annual pheasant hunter’s lunch. For more information visit the Get Denmark (Kansas) group or Denmark, Kansas page on Facebook. Lincoln Art Center For more than 20 years, the Lincoln Art Center has offered first-rate exhibits high-


Built in 1914, Lincoln’s Carnegie Library is one of 59 libraries built in Kansas by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Today, it’s one of just 25 still in use for that purpose. The library, which is governed by a board whose members include Terry Broberg, Karen Jeffers, Sharon Luck, Sunnie McBride, Lynne Metz, Kathy Moss and Patrisha Street, and is managed by Librarian Nancy Jensen, and Children’s Librarian Mary Andersen. Through the years, the building underwent extensive remodeling, beginning in 1970 when central heating and cooling systems were installed. Improvements during this time included lowering ceilings, carpeting floors and installing new lighting. Eight years later, the basement, which originally housed a kitchen and dining room, was renovated with the addition of carpeting, lighting, shelving and special equipment. The following spring, the basement opened as a children’s library. More recently, in 2004, the library officials began planning and raising funds for an impending expansion and building renovation. Four years later, construction started on the expansion, which featured an elevator, reading room and Kansas/Lincoln County room. The children’s department was moved upstairs, and the former children’s space was turned into a meeting room. Construction was completed in May 2009. The expansion project, which totaled more than a half-million dollars, was paid for with grants and private donations. No bond issues or additional taxes were levied to cover expenses. The library also offers public access computers and Wi-Fi, DVD and Blu-ray movies for both adults and children, photocopy services, magazines and newspapers, audio books and even cake pans are available. For researchers, the library features copies of local newspapers on microfilm from 1873 to 2010.

lighting the work of local and regional artists and artisans. A special opening kicks off each new exhibit. Under the direction of Joyce Harlow, the center is home to the Lincoln Public Art Collection, which started with the purchase of an oil painting by Charles Rogers of Ellsworth in 1986, and has expanded to include several works from different mediums, with additional works added to the collection each year. Exhibits at the center are free and open to the public. The center, which is one of the most well-respected facilities of its type in all of Kansas and the Midwest, hosts an open studio every Tuesday evening and also serves as a meeting place for local organizations. For more information visit the center’s website at or find them on Facebook. Spillman Creek Double-Arch Bridge The limestone, double-arch bridge, which was built in 1908 under the supervision of John Edward Beverly, is located nine miles north of Sylvan Grove on Kansas Highway 181 at the south fork of Spillman Creek. The rare bridge, which features semicircle arches spanning about 20 feet, was abandoned by the Kansas Department of Transportation in the early-1990s and was slated for demolition. But thanks to the

work of local historians, a grant was awarded to repair and stabilize the bridge. The local historical society was later given the bridge and the 1.3 acres adjoining it. Signs along Highway 18, to the east and west of the Sylvan Grove turn-off on 181, note the bridge’s existence to the north. The bridge was placed on the Kansas Register of Historic Places in 2004. The Finch Theatre Built by volunteer labor and thousands of dollars in donations and free materials, Lincoln has its own downtown movie theater. Though the Finch Theatre is decorated in the style of the early 1900s, it’s a stateof-the-art digital cinema with 3-D capabilities. The facility shows first-run movies every weekend, and is used for other community events and productions as well. For two weeks each summer, the theater’s stage is home to the Finch Children’s Theatre, which hosts a musical production by area elementary and junior high students. Wind Farms The Smoky Hills Wind Farm, located on the Ellsworth-Lincoln County line spans across 20,000 acres. The project’s initial phase went on-line in January 2008, followed by the second phase which was operational at the end of the same year. Owned and operated by Enel North

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America, the wind farm produces 250 megawatts of renewable electrical energy. In late-2011, construction began on the Post Rock Wind Project, originally developed by Hilliard Energy, and later purchased by Wind Capital Group. Consisting of 134 wind turbines generating 201 megawatts of energy, the project, purchased by Pattern Energy Group in 2015, is spread across 23,000 acres in Lincoln and Ellsworth Counties. While both projects are easily viewed along Interstate 70, motorists are encouraged to take extra caution if pulling onto the road’s shoulder or off-ramps to view the enormous structures. Events From small town festivals to historical events and the annual 4-H fair, Lincoln County is host to something for every interest and every season. Lincoln Reenactment Each February, Lincoln is home to the annual Lincoln Reenactment celebration. For more than 25 years, the event has been dedicated to honoring Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president. Marilyn Helmer, who co-founded the event with local historians, still organizes the celebration, which nearly fills two days. While the schedule changes each year, one of the most prominent events is the annual

Lincoln Look-A-Like contest, which is held at the Lincoln County Courthouse, 216 E. Lincoln Ave. Dedicated in September 1900, the native limestone building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in July 1976. The Lincoln County Fair For more than a century, the fairgrounds in Sylvan Grove have been home to the Photo

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Lincoln County Fair. The event is a showcase for 4-H’ers across the county, and includes an open class for the general public to compete with exhibits ranging from 4-H and open class fashion, livestock, arts, sewing, photography, and foods. The fair also includes the Cow-Calf classic, special evening entertainment, bingo, a demolition derby, exhibits by area historical societies and antique farm implements along with the American Legion food stand, the annual BBQ Contest, and ice cream treats. Post Rock Festival The annual Post Rock Festival in Lincoln offers something for everyone the Saturday of Labor Day weekend including the Post Rock Classic Run/Walk, a parade, museum tours, children’s’ games, cardboard boat races in the City Pool, food vendors in the City Park, fireworks and dance with live music at the tennis courts. Kids inflatables, a horseshoe tournament, and beer garden are just a few of the other activities that round out the day. For an updated schedule visit the Post Rock Festival Page on Facebook. Lincoln County Rod and Custom Car Show Each September Lincoln plays host to the Lincoln County Rod and Custom Car Club car show. From completely restored automobiles to tricked-out hot

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The World’s Largest Service Club Organization! Here’s just a few of the activities provided by the Lincoln Lions Club: Independence Day Fireworks Stand, Spaghetti Dinner, Community Birthday Calendar, Ticket Takers at Football Games, Collect Eye Glasses. To join the Lincoln Lions Club contact Skip Florence at 785-524-4216.

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Barnard Lions Club Here’s just a few of the activities provided by the Barnard Lions Club: Rebuilding picnic shelter at Barnard City Park, Leo Dowlin Memorial Fish Fry, Pancake Day with Santa, Host of Barnard Alumni Dinner, Scholarship Program. To join the Barnard Lions Club contact Becky Rathbun at 785-524-6062.

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rods to classic trucks and motorcycles, this show is a must for any auto enthusiast. Set in Lincoln’s City Park, the event includes classic rock music, a barbecue and numerous prizes. Sylvan Community Day An old-fashioned hot dog and watermelon feed marks the annual City of Sylvan Grove’s Community Day - the first weekend of June in the City Park. The day begins with a church service in the park, and includes a potluck lunch, horseshoe tournament, volleyball, basketball, frog and turtle races and a pickle-eating contest. The celebration eventually draws to an end as residents sit down to enjoy traditional live entertainment. Vesper Vintage Vesper Vintage completed its second successful year at the Vesper Community Club last September. According to organizers, nearly 550 shoppers came to Vesper to shop from more than 30 vendors in a world of recycled, up-cycled and antique wares. Offerings included handcrafted furniture from Julie’s Birdboxes of Lucas, fashioned with up-cycled drawers, chairs and frames; fun glassware from J & K Creations of Lincoln, featuring stained glass creations from Janell Flores and Keith Shoemaker; and pumpkins and mums from Brandy Krueger, just to name a few.


• Art Openings • Music Jam • Women’s Group Fiber Art • Open Studio • Art Start • Auction Fundraiser • Bunco • Casino Night • Charcoal Drawing • Ceramics • Fused Glass • LEAP Youth Classes • Music Festival • Painting • Photography

The event included an assortment of lunch items allowing shoppers to stay the whole day. Vendors came from as nearby as Denmark and as far away as Iowa. Vesper Vintage, the brain-child of Kerry Isbell, Anne Grace, Pam Morgan, and Kathy Lupfer-Nielsen, drew visitors to the county from all over the state, including St. Francis, Hill City, Scandia, Wichita and Platte City, Mo., some of whom were visiting the county for the first time. Beverly Mud Run Each September, the Beverly-Westfall Fire Department hosts a tractor pull and four-wheeler mud run in Beverly as its biggest fundraiser of the year. Firefighters fire up the grill, serving hot dogs and burgers, while locals compete for top bragging rights. Contestants come from around the area to participate in the Mud Run which features two pits. Denmark After-Harvest Antique Farm Machinery and Plow Day Each July, the community of Denmark hosts the annual AfterHarvest Antique Farm Machinery and Plow Day at the Larsen Farm just adjacent to town. The event is a product of the Sylvan Historical Society with support from several local sponsors.


Plowing, one-way disking and vintage wheat harvesting are a few of the demonstrations shown throughout the day. In the evening, a catered meal and live entertainment is hosted at Denmark Hall. Recreational activities Lincoln County allows for easy access to boating, camping, fishing, or a round of golf at one of the most challeng-

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ing sand green courses in Kansas. For the hunter, Lincoln County is home to some of the best upland game bird, deer, and turkey hunting in Kansas. (See page 19 for more details on how to hunt in Lincoln County.) Wilson Lake Nestled along the Saline River in central Kansas, Wilson Lake serves as a destination for anglers, boaters and campers who simply want to get away from it all - if just for a day or two. The lake, which was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, became reality as a result of the federal Flood Control Act of 1944. The act gave the goahead for the construction of numerous dams and modifications to previously existing dams across the country, as well as the authority for the Corps of Engineers to oversee these projects. In keeping with the intent of the law, the dam and lake were designed to provide flood damage reduction, recreation, fish and wildlife management and water quality improvements for communities downstream. At its completion in 1964, the dam cost approximately $20 million to construct. It would take nearly 10 years, however, for river inflows to fill the lake. According to the Corps of Engineers, the reservoir has saved an estimated $1.5 billion in property losses by preventing downstream flood damages to

farmlands and developed areas. looking the City of Lincoln. Today, the Kansas City District of the The course has recently undergone sigCorps of Engineers manages 9,000 surface nificant upgrades with members and volacres of water in addition to approximately unteers improving tee-boxes, fairways and 13,000 acres of land surrounding the lake. greens. Shortly after the dam was completed, the The golf 8,069-acre Wilson Wildlife Area was offered to the Kansas Forestry cCosh Amanda M Fish and Game Commission Photo by under the terms of a license with the Corps of Engineers in 1965. A year later, the state Legislature established Wilson State Park in 1966. The park’s Hell Creek Area was also created the same year. The Otoe Area would be granted to the state nearly two decades later in 1984. By 1996, a waterfowl refuge was established. Lincoln Golf Course Lincoln is home to a nine-hole sand green golf course privately owned by stockholders, but open to the public. The course is located a half-mile east of Lincoln High School on the paved Milo Drive. The course features a challenging layout that includes rolling fairways and soft sand greens. The No. 9 tee MUD RUN box boasts a magnificent view over-


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course’s clubhouse is available for rent for private parties or family gatherings and features kitchen and bathroom facilities. Daily green/trail fees are $5. For more information contact Jerry Philbrick at (785) 531-0940. For pictures and a tournament schedule find the Lincoln Golf Club page on Facebook. Connie Achterberg WildlifeFriendly Demonstration Farm The demonstration farm is the newest addition to the Audubon of Kansas (AOK) sanctuaries. Located southwest of Lincoln, it consists of 240 acres with cultivated fields, prairie meadows, streams and woodlands. The AOK will utilize the property to demonstrate how land can be farmed but also be good habitat for wildlife and native plants. Picnic tables have been placed in the southeast corner of the property on an overlook. Be sure to bring binoculars to view various bird species. For more information, and the story of Connie Achterberg’s farm, please visit the AOK’s website at: ies/connie-atcherburg/ Gurley Marsh The Gurley Marsh is a natural wetland located in northern Lincoln County approximately where Highways 14

and 284 meet. The area, locally referred to as ‘the salt marsh,’ is home to a variety of wildlife of all sizes. Recently, a pull-off stop was added along Highway 14 for visitors to get a closer look. Photo by

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COMING SOON – A “Healthy Community Strategic Plan”. The objective is the development of a vision and strategic direction that will help community leaders understand, relate, and support implementable health projects. • June 4th – The 1st Annual Live Healthy Lincoln County 5K Color Run 9:00 a.m. Like us on facebook for more information.

“Wh y res idents he althi at can w t n u o C n l er?” e do to make Linco The group is working on community prevention strategies focused particularly on those at high risk, to prevent diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Health system interventions and efforts to link community programs to clinical services is the key goal. This effort is made possible thru a grant from KDHE and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Look for this logo on community projects, advertising, and health promotion materials. LET US KNOW WHAT YOUR GOAL TO BE HEALTHIER IS. Like us on FACEBOOK. Follow our information on or e-mail us at We are always looking for coalition members and volunteers.

Kansas WIC Program WIC serves Kansas residents who are: Pregnant/Breastfeeding, up to baby’s first birthday Nonbreastfeeding mothers, up to six months after baby’s birth Infants and children under five years old. WIC clients must meet WIC income guidelines and have a medical or nutritional need. Many working people are eligible for WIC and don’t realize it. Call the Lincoln County Health Department to see if you qualify to receive benefits for: fruits and vegetables, whole grain foods, cereal, milk, eggs, peanut butter, beans and 100% juice. Food packages are based on children’s age. Exclusively breast fed infants and their mothers receive more food. Breastfeeding and nutrition education is also part of the program.

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BIGGIE BIGG’S By Jennifer McDaniel The true taste of a community can often be found in its food. And in Lincoln County, a tasty sampling of down-home favorites, elevated fare and fresh takes on comfort food await you. In recent years, the number of local eateries has increased, giving both county residents and visitors even more options to choose from. Here, we’ve included a list of some of the most roadtrip-worthy restaurants and diners sure to fill you up, and have you eagerly asking for seconds, or maybe even dessert. Hometown Cafe & Convenience The parking lot at the Hometown Cafe is filled with pickup trucks most mornings. Inside, farmers, ranchers and locals gather in the cafe for coffee and fellowship. Owner Ronda Mishler has been filling tables and empty stomachs by serving up popular breakfast staples such as eggs, bacon, pancakes and homemade biscuits in sausage gravy goodness. Or, try a fresh, made-to-order omelet or a hot, homemade cinnamon roll. There’s also daily lunch specials, or choose from hamburgers, sandwiches, soups or salads. The Hometown Cafe, located at 116 N. Main St., in Sylvan Grove, is open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The phone number is (785) 526-7376. Next to the Cafe is the Hometown Convenience Store offering ice, pop, beer, and staples like milk and bread along with Hunt Brother’s Pizza. Lincoln Grocery Deli The deli counter at Lincoln Grocery is bustling, especially during the noon hour, as customers grab a hot meal, or one of several freshly-made offerings, and are back on their way.

Biggie Bigg’s Pizza & Pub After sitting dormant for several years, Sylvan Grove residents Justin and Trish Miller decided to shake off the dust from the former micro-brewery and opened Biggie Bigg’s Pizza & Pub in 2011. Today, the couple, who teamed up with Lincoln businessman Jared Spear to open the bar and restaurant, serve up warm and bubbly home-made pizzas and savory calzones brimming with cheese, sausage or anything else you might want tucked inside a golden, flaky crust. Throw in an order of Justin’s Famous Cheese Stix, or choose from any of Biggie Bigg’s satisfying appetizers, and you might just be in cheesy bliss. There’s also a full bar featuring regional microbrews by the bottle or draft along with popular domestic beers and a complete selection of cocktails and spirits. Biggie Biggs, located at 120 S. Fourth St., Lincoln, is open at 5 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Carry-out orders are welcome at (785) 524-5044.

Grocery store owners Kerry and Kathy Jo Smith expanded the deli a few years ago to offer hot and cold deli items, as well as lunch specials six times a week. A full-service grocery, Lincoln Grocery is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. The store is located at 123 S. Fourth St. in Lincoln. The phone number is (785) 524-4401, or find them online at Mity Mart Convenience Store Walk into the Mity Mart convenience store, and the aroma of freshly-baked pizza greets you at about the same time the clerk does. But if you’re not in the mood for Hunt Brother’s Pizza or wings, there’s plenty to choose from. Daily lunch specials range from pulled chicken to tacos to tender sliced beef brisket. Make it a meal, and they’ll throw in a bag of chips and a 20ounce fountain drink. There’s also fresh-made deli sandwiches and hot breakfasts, if you’re on the go. Mity Mart is open from 5 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday, 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, and 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday. The store is located at 1903 E. Highway 18 in Lincoln. The phone number is (785) 524-4544, or find the Mity Mart page on Facebook. Pizza Hut - Wing Street All your favorites are served up hot and fresh at your neighborhood Pizza Hut, which opened in Lincoln more than 30 years ago. Pizza, wings and pasta are on the menu, which is available for dine-in or carry-out. Order cheesy breadsticks, appetizers or a dessert to round out your meal, or dine-in with the

lunch buffet or salad bar. Located at the intersections of Kansas highways 18 and 14, Pizza Hut is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week. Carry-out orders are welcome at (785) 524-4462, or check out their menu online at Ronnie’s Diner You can’t help but smile as you dig into the creamy goodness of an ice cream sundae served up at Ronnie’s Diner. It just isn’t possible. At Ronnie’s, portions are generous, and so are the fixings that go into the diner’s signature Twisters. Dairy delights on the menu include ice cream - by the dish or cone - malts, shakes, sundaes, floats and banana splits. There’s also an assortment of pies by the slice to choose from. The eatery, which opened in December 2015, offers everything from hamburgers, including




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When Fly Boy Brewery & Eats opened nearly two years ago, the emerging brewery offered four microbrews on-tap. Less than two years later, the eatery now boasts seven, including Hotel Oscar Whiskey, Aviator Ale, Tailspin IPA, Round Engine Red, Gear Up, Barnstormer Brown, Nutty Navigator and Lomcevak. Beer enthusiasts can also take advantage of Fly Boy’s seasonal smallbatch brews, which are offered about every two months. Other richlyflavored brews include cranberry, plum and even a raspberry-rhubarb beer. Here, ordering a flight takes on a different meaning as a sample platter of five microbrews are served on a homemade wooden propeller. Try one of Chef Grant Wagner’s unique creations, or one of Fly Boy’s signature items such as the P51 Mustang Burger, the Reuben, featuring Wagner’s homemade corned beef and sauerkraut, a juicy ribeye or hearty chicken-fried steak. The aviation-themed restaurant can also handle large groups and has six big-screen TVs in case you want to catch a game. Fly Boy Brewery & Eats, located at 105 N. Main St., Sylvan Grove, is open from 5-10 p.m., Thursday, and 5-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The phone number is (785) 526-7800. No reservations are required.

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a turkey burger for lighter Baetz appetites, to sandwiches and Photo by John wraps to chicken strips and shrimp. Each fresh-made order includes a side, such as curly or sweet potato fries or thick, crunchy onion rings. The 50’s-style diner, located at 116 S. Fifth St., features a blackand-white checkerboard-tiled floor and a striking red interior. Business hours are from 11 a.m.9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The phone number is (785) 524-0005 or you can find Ronnie’s Diner on Facebook. Sunrise Cafe Looking for a good place to eat, just look at the parking lot outside. If it’s full, it’s a good bet the food is good. The Sunrise Cafe is one of those places. Step inside, and it’s often standing-room only. Packed with locals who dig into hearty breakfasts and lunches served up with small-town hospitality. There are daily specials along with hometown favorites including generous portions of fried chicken and mashed potatoes in a puddle of creamy gravy, a different soup each day, and a stocked salad bar. But don’t fill up just yet. Scratch-made desserts, including an impressive selection of fluffy meringue pies and sumptuous cakes, rolls, breads and more round out the menu. A buffet is served on Sunday, and a new specialty buffet was recently added the second Thursday evening of each month. Sunrise Cafe, open from 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and with evening hours through 8 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, is located at 109 W. Lincoln Ave., in Lincoln. Carry-out orders are welcome by calling (785) 524-5105 and ask Sally about catering your next event, at your place, or the restaurant.


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Lincoln High School Alumni Weekend Friday & Saturday, June 3-4, 2016


Classes are encouraged to plan a time to gather during the weekend.

The Lincoln High School Alumni Association plans to hold Alumni Weekend annually each summer. For more details visit the Alumni Association’s Facebook page, or look for more details in the Lincoln Sentinel or at


• Cruz’n Main • 5K Color Run/Walk • 2 Person Golf Tournament • Library Tours • Alumni Lunch/Annual Meeting • FREE Movie @ Finch Theatre • “Be a Tourist in Your Hometown” • Outdoor Games • Wine & Cheese Tasting • Band - Bootleg Mercy




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Sylvan Sales Commission Cafe Mondays are sale days at the Sylvan Sales Commission in Sylvan Grove, and that means the kitchen is busy prepping for hungry ranchers, cattle buyers, and area residents all looking for some of the best home-made cooking in the county, and the region. Cook Teresa Erbert keeps the menu varied at the cafe, which serves up countrystyle, down home dishes from hamburgers and hot roast beef sandwiches to lasagna. The ample portions keep customers satisfied and coming back for more. Erbert also serves up pie and other treats to end your meal on a sweet note. The Sylvan Sales Commission, located at 400 First St., is open from 6:30 a.m. until the sale ends every Monday, and on the second Saturday of the month during the regular sheep and goat sales. The phone number is (785) 526-7123. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7928 Each month, the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Lincoln opens its doors to the public, inviting guests to partake in a succulent steak dinner. Bacon-wrapped filets, KC Strips or ribeye steaks are on the menu the second Thursday 5-10 Friday & Saturday 5-11

Saturday of the month. Each entree is accompanied by a salad, potato, garlic bread and a drink. During the winter, every fourth Saturday, fresh, tender lamb fries are served up for the more adventurous eater. The VFW, located at 144 Fourth St., is open for steak night from 5:30-9 p.m. the second Saturday of the month, and from 6:30 9:30 p.m. for lamb fries during the winter months. Carry-out orders are welcome by calling (785) 524-4535.



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SETTER DOGS By Jennifer McDaniel

The rolling hills, rich valleys and sweeping pastures of Lincoln County provide the perfect habitat for wildlife. Acre after acre of prime farm and well-managed CRP land are home to world-class deer, turkey, pheasant, quail and other game. Year after year, hunters travel to Lincoln County to put their skills to the test in hopes of bagging the big one. When nature calls, Lincoln County answers with hunter-friendly lodging, outfitters, and supplies to keep you in the hunt. Here’s a look at just a few of the lodges and guide services available to make your hunt one to remember. Post Rock Motel The glow from the Post Rock’s vintage neon sign attracts the attention of motorists as they drive down Kansas Highway 18. The motel, which was recently renovated, features 20 rooms with either one, two, three, or even four queen beds. Each room is equipped with televisions, wireless internet, refrigerators and microwaves. Hunters have access to a gamecleaning area and rooms feature front door parking. Post Rock Motel is located at 1907 E. Highway 18, Lincoln, just east of the Highway 14 and 18 intersection. For more information, call (785) 524-4424. Hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday. Find them online at Salt Creek Outpost Located five miles north of Lincoln, the Salt Creek Outpost offers hunters cozy

Setter Dogs In 2006, Jim Gourley walked away from his job as director of career services at Washburn University, and returned to Lincoln County to start his own business training hunting dogs and hosting hunters. A decade later, Gourley is operating a successful business that has hunters returning year after year. Setter Dogs is licensed by the Kansas Department of Agriculture for training, boarding and breeding, and for commercial dog training by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Gourley offers semi- and fully-guided pheasant, prairie chicken, coyote, bobcat, turkey, quail, and deer hunting packages on more than 5,000 acres of private hunting land. His business also offers finished bird dogs for sale, bird dog training and puppies. Visit the Setter Dogs website at, or find them on Facebook. To contact Gourley call (785) 249-4316 or email him at

accommodations in the rolling hills of north central Kansas. The house has been home to three generations, and features four bedrooms and two baths as well as a work room, and washer and dryer. Groups of 10 or more can comfortably stay in the home thanks to extra room in the basement. A full kitchen is stocked with pots, pans, plates and eating utensils and a microwave. The outpost’s central location provides hunters with quick and easy access to some of the country’s finest hunting, including world-class deer, pheasant, quail and turkey hunting. For more information, call (706) 4836461, or find Salt Creek Outpost on Facebook. Spearpoint Ranch When Steve and Laura Wirth first opened their working grain and livestock ranch to hunters in 2001, they did so with the idea of offering guests a comfortable, successful pheasant hunting experience. Years later, the couple are still offering hunters small-town hospitality as well as the excitement and reward of a private pheasant hunt. The Wirths specialize in a relaxed atmosphere where hunters enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations in a modern, ranch-style home, which features a fireplace, pool table and newly remodeled break room. Meals, transportation and game processing are also provided. The ranch itself is approximately 4,000 acres, including 1,100 acres of KDWP&T licensed controlled shooting areas. Hunts are conducted in various terrains, including open hillsides, CRP

land enhanced by food plots and cattail sloughs and wooded creek bottoms. Minimum group size is three, and groups of up to 13 can be accommodated. Groups will be accompanied by a guide/ dog handler to ensure a safe and enjoyable hunt. Spearpoint Ranch is located at 1890 N. 215th Road, southwest of Barnard. For more information, call (785) 524-5330. Find them online at, or find them on Facebook. Spillman Creek Lodge Located in Denmark, Spillman Creek Lodge provides some of the best pheasant Continued page 22

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Triple H Outfitters & Cardinal Archery 1150 N. 130th Road, Lincoln For more information, call 785-488-5120

OUR STORY When Gerald Huehl first picked up a bow, little did he know the fascination would grow into a love he would pass on to his children, and they would eventually pass on to his entire family. But for Gerald, and his sons Donovan and Charlie, archery and hunting wouldn’t be an occasional hobby or sport, but a true calling that would eventually lead them to open their own outfitting business. Just starting out Starting out in the mid-1970’s Gerald was working two jobs and trying to raise a young family in Lincoln County, Kansas. With limited spare time on his hands, Gerald decided to open a part-time business, Hilly’s Bait Shop, on Highway 14. His new shop offered the typical bait, tackle, and fishing gear, along with a limited selection of archery supplies. A new job with the Kansas Department of Transportation led Gerald and his young family to Salina just two years after opening the bait shop, but he would return to the area just a few years later and open Hilly’s Archery Gun & Bait Shop on Highway 18, at the west edge of Lincoln. The new shop included much of the same gear as the original Hilly’s but also included a full line of Jennings Archery equipment and an indoor archery range. Word soon spread about the full service Jennings Archery dealer in Lincoln County, and archery enthusiasts from across the region formed teams to compete in weekly league shoots in Lincoln. In addition to league shooters, Gerald also worked with kids, including local Boy Scout Troops, teaching them the proper way to sight in and shoot a bow. He was happy to get kids involved in the outdoors and give back to his hometown. “I felt like I was doing something for the community, and getting kids involved in the outdoors,” Gerald said. As the business continued to grow, his wife Connie worked in the shop during the day, and Gerald was there anytime he was not working his “day job” with KDOT. In 1982 Gerald sold his business and moved his family to Ft. Collins, Colorado, to pursue his dream of becoming an outfitter. He partnered with Don Swain to form a new business called “Camp Orca,” which specialized in guided Elk and Mule Deer hunts near the Rocky Mountains. After a few successful years in the outfitting business, the Huehls decided to move the family back to small town living in Lincoln where Gerald returned to his career with KDOT, continued to enjoy bowhunting, and returned to the archery business as a sideline. The Next Generation Gerald’s sons Donovan and Charlie were introduced to the outdoors at a young age, learning to shoot a bow, and hunt and track wild game while still just kids. Together, Gerald and his boys teamed up to start a new family owned and operated business, Triple H Outfitters and Cardinal Archery, in early 2016. The new businesses currently focuses on deer and turkey hunts in Lincoln County, with plans to expand into upland game bird hunting by 2017. Triple H also offers archery and gun hunts out-of-state and abroad, including New Jersey Black Bear, Argentina Red Stag, and African Plains game. The main thing that sets Triple H apart is the combined 100 years of hunting and outfitting experience. This means they not only know the lay of the land, but more importantly the daily movement and habits of the game they pursue. “You’ve got to know where they’re feeding, where they’re bedding. You’ve go to know the land,” Gerald said. Even though most clients that arrive at Triple H are experienced hunters, novice hunters are welcome. Gerald stressed that safety is number one at Triple H. Upon arrival, all hunters review local game laws and requirements, as well as shoot their gun or bow to make sure they are sighted in properly. Gerald has bowhunted for over 47 years, hunting in 15 states and Canada, and has been a member of the Kansas and Nebraska Bowhunting Associations for over 30 years. “During the years, I have had the opportunity, through hunting and archery, to meet a lot of good people who share the same passion I have for the outdoors,” Gerald said. “Now, through this new business, my children will have that same opportunity.” Donovan and Charlie have passed that love for bowhunting on to their children as well. “I just really enjoy the sport and learn something new everyday,” Charlie said. “I think my goal is to get many people involved in the sport, and eventually open an outdoor range and get leagues started again.” Donovan emphasized this new business would not be possible without the generosity of the landowners of Lincoln County. “Without the landowners and farmers this venture wouldn’t be possible, and we want to thank them for working with us to provide excellent habitat for game,” Donovan said. Triple H Outfitters and Cardinal Archery Triple H will offer a variety of archery, muzzleloader, rifle, or shotgun hunts. All hunts are all-inclusive, with lodging, meals, field transportation, and game care included. Cardinal Archery will sell G5 Pro, Prime and Quest bows, and plans to continue expanding its stock for customers. The business will also feature a repair shop. Although the shop is still under construction, the Huehls anticipate it opening by September, if not sooner. Besides archery, they also hope to offer products such as tree stands, boots, ground blinds, optics and targets. Triple H Outfitters and Cardinal Archery is located at 1150 N. 130th Road, west of Lincoln. For more information, call (785) 488-5120, or find the Triple H Outfitters page on Facebook.

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and quail hunting in the midwest thanks to 1,500 acres of prairie and farmland. Hunters can choose from a variety of packages led by experienced guides who will take hunters on terrain suitable to their hunting skills and agility. Spillman Creek also offers waterfowl hunting on the lodge’s 14-acre watershed complete with blinds and pits. Guides are champion duck and goose callers, and hunters will be outfitted with all the necessary equipment for the complete experience. Groups of up to 15 can be easily accommodated, and most packages include guide, dogs, lunch, field transportation, birds cleaned and packaged. Full hunting packages, which include overnight lodging, offer hunters three meals each day. A working grain farm since 1871, the lodge offers accommodations that include private bedrooms, two private baths, full kitchen, private phone and satellite TV. Spillman Creek Lodge, is located at 1125 Pike Drive, at the west edige of Denmark. For more information, call (785) 277-3424, visit their website at, of find them on Facebook. Post Rock Ringnecks Pheasants Forever Chapter 635 The local Pheasants Forever chapter is dedicated to the conservation of local pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land-management policies and programs. An annual banquet each November offers dinner, raffles, silent auctions and other prizes to fund projects for youth and habitat development, including the annual mentored youth hunt each fall. Young hunters, ages 12-16, are invited to join members as they hunt on private land in Lincoln. For more information, check out the group’s Facebook page at Post Rock Ringnecks Pheasants Forever Chpt. 635.

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Co nveniently lo cated at the intersectio n o f H ighw a ys K -14 a nd K -18 is the City o fLinco ln, o riginally nam ed Linco ln Center and kno w n as the Po st Ro ck Ca p ita l o f K a nsa s. This beautiful co m m unity is situated o n ro lling hills o verlo o king the Saline River and bo asts bea u tifu l p o st ro ck bu ildings thro ugho ut its do w nto w n area including the co unty co urtho use w hich w as built in 1900 o ut o f lo cal lim esto ne. One o f the m ajo r lo cal industries co ntinues to be quarrying quartz ite. In additio n to the ex cellent scho o l system , Linco ln o ffers vario us recreatio n o ppo rtunities available thro ugh private o rganiz atio ns and lo cal residents, the city park pro vides a sw im m ing p o o l, ba llfields, tennis co u rts, and p la ygro u nds, as well as so m e fine o ld sto ne fa cilities. W hile yo u are here, be sure to enjo y a m o m ent benea th the sha de o fthe gigantic co tto nw o o d trees.


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SNAPSHOT: 181 AG SUPPLY “We are a family owned and operated business who saw a need in our community and the surrounding communities to offer ag supplies at affordable prices.”

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By Jennifer McDaniel Shopping is part sport and part entertainment, and for visitors to Lincoln County, it’s a chance to indulge in a little retail therapy. Travelers can get lost in the county’s oneof-a-kind shops and boutiques that specialize in small-town hospitality. Whether it’s clothing, jewelry, home decor or antiques and collectibles - no matter where you are, you’re sure to find that special something that will have everyone asking, “Where did you get that?” Here’s a look at a few of the special spots to shop in Lincoln County. Dollar General When the Lincoln Dollar General location opened in 2014, it joined the more than 12,000 stores in 43 states.The bargain retail chain sells a variety of household goods, groceries, beauty products and other items from brands like Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. Dollar General, located at 1886 E. Highway 18, is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. The phone number is (785) 524-2403, or find them online at Find specials and new product releases on the Dollar General Facebook page. Family Hair Flair 2 Nothing feels better than a new cut or fresh highlights, and the staff at Family Hair Flair 2 have the experience to make

181 Ag Supply In October 2013, the family-owned and operated 181 Ag Supply opened its doors in Sylvan Grove, offering feed, seed and fertilizer, and last year, they added a second location in Tescott. And while 181 Ag Supply’s focus is on agriculture, with a wide selection of animal feed from crumbles to pellets and cubes, their inventory includes a selection of dog, cat, poultry, small and big game, goat, rabbit, lamb and sheep feed. For ranchers needing muscle, 181 Ag Supply offers Besler 3100 hydraulic bale beds. They also have crown feeds for horses along with hay savers and round-bale feeders for cattle. They also offer steel and poly-lined silage bunks and steel and poly stock tanks in various sizes. To keep cattle in, 181 Ag Supply also offers everything for your fencing needs from T-posts to Red Brand wire and continuous fencing. They also have cattle panels and gates. 181 Ag Supply is also a Hutchison HW Brand Dealer. Hutchison HW Brand is a manufacturer and wholesale distributor of livestock and equine equipment, gates, panels, steel stock tanks, feeders, lumber and building products serving farm and ranch supply retailers, rural farm cooperatives, lumberyards, implement stores and hardware dealers throughout rural America. And with so much to offer, customers will find what they need to outfit their farm. But if they don’t, just ask, and 181 Ag Supply will do whatever they can to get it. 181 Ag Supply is located at 306 W. Old Kansas Highway 18 in Sylvan Grove and 105 S. Main St. in Tescott. The business phone number is (785) 420-7037, for the Sylvan Grove location, and (785) 2834260 for the location in Tescott. Both locations are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Check out 181 Ag Supply’s Facebook page or find them online at

clients look their best. After operating a salon in Tescott for more than 20 years, a second location opened in Lincoln in 2015. The full-service salon offers haircuts and styling, highlights, color and nail services, or relax and unwind with a massage. Choose from Swedish, hot stone or deep tissue massages. Facials and waxing services are also available, along with a complete variety of hair and skin care products. Family Hair Flair 2, located at 150 E. Lincoln Ave., is open from 8:30 a.m.6:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. For an appointment, call (785) 524-5080. Find them on Facebook. Hayworth Hardware When Roger Hayworth isn’t tending to the plumbing, heating, cooling, and electrical needs of Lincoln County, he’s operating a hardware and sporting goods store in downtown Lincoln. Hayworth Hardware features all the nuts, bolts, nails, and screws you’ll need to tackle that weekend DIY project along with various sizes of PVC pipe, electrical supplies, and everything else the local contractor or do-it-yourselfer needs. Hayworth also stocks a variety of sporting goods, including guns and ammo, and hunting and fishing licenses for area outdoorsmen and women. Located at 119 W. Lincoln Ave.,

Hayworth’s is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Looking for something specific? Give them a call at (785) 524-3442. Lincoln Building Supply A family-operated business, Lincoln Building Supply offers customers an impressive selection of products not usually found at the lumberyard. Photo by Be

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Shop from a wide selection of specialty items including clothing, Amish wedding food items, greeting cards and home decor. Feeling thirsty? Stop by Java Junction, Lincoln Building Supply’s unique coffee shop, which offers 45 flavors of Big Train Gourmet Coffee. Mochas, hot chocolates and smoothies are also on the menu. Lincoln Building Supply also offers farm and ranch and pet supplies, housewares, lawn and garden supplies as well as a full line of Pratt & Lambert paints and Dewalt power tools. Located at 1111 N. Fifth St., just east of the Post Rock Motel on Highway 18 in Lincoln, the store is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. Reach them by phone at (785) 524-4416. Visit their website at, or look for them on Facebook. Lincoln Grocery Kerry and Kathy Jo Smith take pride in providing the residents of Lincoln County with a modern full service grocery store. Through the years, the small-town grocery has expanded to offer a selection of products usually found in larger communities. And if customers can’t find what they need, the Smiths are more than happy to order it for them. The grocery offers topquality meats, dairy, frozen foods, fresh pro-

duce and hot deli items. Doughnuts and pastries, magazines, seasonal flowers and lawn and garden items, along with DVD/ Blu-Ray rentals, cold drinks and a variety of ready-to-eat sandwiches. Lincoln Grocery is open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday. The store is located at 123 S. Fourth St. in Lincoln. The phone number is (785) 524-4401. Find them online at Mrs. B’s Greenhouse Brandy and Kenny Krueger recently opened Mrs. B’s Greenhouse & Nursery, at 811 N. Sixth St., in Lincoln, just off Kansas Highway 14, south of Lincoln Park Manor. The greenhouse offers flowering annual and perennial varieties, vegetables, trees and shrubs. Mrs. B’s Greenhouse & Nursery is open in the spring from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, and 1-3 p.m., Sunday, and also plans some autumn hours. The

business phone number is (785) 531-0748, or find them on Facebook. Patterson Health Mart Pharmacy Patterson Health Mart Pharmacy isn’t your regular pharmacy. Yes, the business fills prescriptions, offers over-the-counter medications and medical supplies, but

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Seirer’s Clothing When Carly Errebo was deciding on a location for her new clothing business, she took a walk down Lincoln Avenue. What she found made her decide that her shop had to be in Lincoln. “I picked Lincoln because the people said ‘Hi’ to me,” Errebo said. “The people were friendly and willing to meet a stranger.” That was 1984. More than 30 years later, that small-town hospitality is just as important as it was then. “It’s one of those things we’re striving for,” she said. “We’re trying to offer the small-town experience.” The shop offers casual clothing for girls, boys, juniors, misses, women and men, a wide variety of footwear, including Skechers, Easy Street and Georgia Boots, jewelry, accessories, and so much more. Although she’s never called the shop a boutique, Errebo admits the clothing in her shop isn’t easily duplicated. “What we offer you’re never going to see in Salina or Wichita. I’m not going to meet myself walking down the street.” Seirer’s Clothing, 143 W. Lincoln Ave., is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and is closed on major holidays. The shop also offers special Ladies’ Night promotions the second Thursday of the month from March through December, and a special Men’s Night promotion to help men find the right gift during the holidays. The phone number is (785) 524-4752, and you can find them online at, or on Facebook.

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there’s even more inside the pharmacy, including jewelry, home and holiday decor, gifts for the KU or K-State fan, educational toys from Melissa & Doug, and Willow Tree figurines. Located at 204 W. Lincoln Ave., the fullservice pharmacy is open from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.Noon, Saturday. The phone number is (785) 524-4649, and they are online with a new website at They can also be found on Facebook. Rustic Floral and Gifts Rustic Floral and Gifts, Lincoln’s new floral and gift shop offers a wide arrangement of fresh flowers for all occasions including birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, weddings, prom, and numerous holidays. Along with a variety of fresh plants the shop has introduced Candy Bouquets. The candy bouquets are made to order in selected sizes with various candies, and some are made ready to grab and go. Rustic Floral is located on East Elm Street in Lincoln, and is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call in an order at (785) 524-5118, or find them on Facebook. Stop & Shop Thrift Store Opened in 1967, the Stop & Shop thrift store is solely operated by members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7928

Auxiliary. Antiques, second-hand items and one-of-a-kind treasures can be found throughout the quaint shop. Customers come into the store once a day, sometimes twice, to see if any new items have made their way into the shop, said Pat Florence, who manages the shop with her sister, Debbie Ortiz. “Sometimes we get brand-new items, some are second-hand,” Florence said. “Sometimes, people donate collectibles like Fenton Glass. You just never know what you’re going to find.” Any revenue from the shop covers operating expenses and also supports 36 or more local organizations and projects as well as veterans. The shop, which is located at 120 E. Lincoln Ave., is open from 9 a.m.-Noon,




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and 1-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Village Lines Step into Village Lines, and owner Marilyn Helmer greets you like a long-lost friend. Not only will you be treated to a sample or two, but you’ll find a unique shop with a heart for Kansas. Helmer boasts a large selection of Kansas-made souvenirs and takehome treasures as well as an ever-expanding selection of gluten/dairy/ preservative-free foods and products including skin care and makeup. And if you have any questions, Helmer’s more than happy to help. Specialty teas, coffees, sparkling beverages and Marcon pies can also be sampled and shared with friends as you sit around the table. The shop, which opened in 1986, also offers custom picture-framing, books and original art detailing the history of the Lincoln area. And for the history buff, Village Lines is the official headquarters for the annual Lincoln Reenactment and offers Lincoln County visitor information. Village Lines, located at 139 W. Lincoln Ave., is open from 10 a.m.5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The phone number is (785) 524-5133. Find them on Facebook, or online at

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US TOWER By Jennifer McDaniel Lincoln County’s economy is supported by a diverse mix of employers in fields including agriculture, health care, industry, education, and small business. If you’d like to turn your visit into an opportunity to LIVE Lincoln County, check out a few

US Tower US Tower, the largest manufacturing facility in Lincoln County, is also one of the county’s largest employers. Manufacturer of fixed and mobile telescoping towers, US Tower’s current product line includes telescoping tubular masts, self-supporting and telescoping lattice towers (standard and custom), mobile tower units, custom-built structures as well as a full line of accessories to accommodate antenna and feed line support. US Tower Corp. is often hiring to fill multiple positions at its Lincoln facility, including: • Engineers • Manufacturing Assemblers • Welders • Purchasers • Administrative Assistants For more information visit the Job Opportunities page at, or the Careers page at

of the county’s top jobs and employers chronicled on the following pages. Agriculture Farming is a tradition in Lincoln County that is passed on from generation to generation. And those roots run deep as families till the same soil their greatgrandfathers plowed a century before.

According to the 2012 U.S. census, Lincoln County’s 431 farms accounted for 397,172 acres. What’s more, crop and livestock sales that same year yielded $63.5 million. In 2015, the agriculture industry impacted Lincoln County’s economy by creating nearly 650 jobs, or about 31 per-

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cent of the county’s entire workforce, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. The industry, which includes the food and food-processing sectors, contribute about $118.3 million to the local economy, state agriculture officials said. Those nine sectors include: oilseed, grain, vegetable and other crop farming, beef cattle ranching and farming, including feedlots and dual-purpose ranching and farming, dairy cattle and milk production, poultry and egg production, animal production and bread and bakery product manufacturing. Of those sectors, the biggest contributor to the county’s agriculture picture is beef cattle ranching and farming, which employs more than 184 people, and generates more than $38.5 million. Grain, crop and oilseed farming follow respectively. Lincoln Farm Supply, Post Rock Aviation, Walker Elevator and Concrete, and the Sylvan Sales Commission are just a few businesses that serve agriculture producers and offer careers in the ag industry in Lincoln County. The Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the

Post Rock Extension District - an arm of Kansas State University’s Research and Extension program are all government agencies that assist producers and residents through state and federal funds. All have district offices in Lincoln. Farmway Co-op Farmway Co-op, which operates four grain elevators in the county, has 37 locations across north central Kansas. The cooperative has approximately 10 full-time employees in Lincoln County, and hires another 10 temporary workers during harvest season. “Acquiring a first-rate team is a crucial part of how Farmway Co-op, Inc. remains focused on its purpose – ‘Helping Our Owners Succeed,’” Mallory Wittstruck, Farmway communications director, said.

FARMW AY COOP “Farmway continues to actively recruit, retain and develop professional and passionate employees that believe in the cooperative system.”

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One local employee confirms that a career with Farmway can be rewarding. “Out of the many things I enjoy about my role at Farmway, working with member owners to develop sound, economical, and sustainable business plans for their operations is what I value most about my position at the co-op,” said Cody Hauschel, a field marketer with Farmway. “Without the opportunity given to me by Farmway, I would not have been blessed to end up in Lincoln County providing services that may not be available if it was not for our local cooperative. “Part of our mission at Farmway is to cultivate college students and give them indepth insight into professional careers within the agricultural industry through our internship program. We strive to show the interns what serving the membership is all about, and give them a head start in their professional careers with their experiences gained on a daily basis. Our hope is to develop young professionals that we are able to hire out of college to bring value to the Kansas communities we serve.” Industry In addition to US Tower, the Lincoln County area is host to a number of small manufacturers and industrial service providers. APAC-Shears, Quartzite Quarry APAC KS-MO has been building the midwest for more than a century. From


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supplying aggregate materials, hot mix asphalt and concrete to constructing road and bridges, APAC does it all. Customers include contractors, businesses and local governments across two states. The APACShears, Quartzite Quarry, is Photo b y Tyler located off Kansas Highway 14 Gier in Lincoln, and employs over 30 area residents. Precision Electrical Contractors/Street Plumbing, Heating & Electrical In the fall of 2014, Lincoln native Royce Hillegeist joined forces with local plumbing and electrical contractor Mike Street to expand their respective businesses into the former Carrico Implement building. Together the electrical, HVAC, and plumbing contractor serves commercial, industrial, and residential needs throughout the region and has quickly grown into one of Lincoln County’s largest employers. Banking Bennington State Bank, Citizens State Bank and Trust, The Bank of

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An Em ployer of Choice What do you love about working and living in Lincoln County? “I enjoy talking to the community and helping them with their concerns and needs. I have lived in Lincoln all my life and I truly enjoy the small town rural setting.” Leann Bishop, Lincoln County Treasurer

“I feel blessed to work with great people who want to see this smaller community thrive.” Hanna Townley, Clerk Secretary

“The benefits working for the County Highway Department let me work on building the family farm too. Can’t beat the rural lifestyle.” Jarrod Heinze, Mechanic at Lincoln County Highway Department

“I chose to return to my hometown for many reasons. Most importantly because of the citizens of Lincoln County.” Dustin Florence, Lincoln County Undersheriff

“My job with Lincoln County has offered me the ability to build a career while still providing the flexibility to raise my family and volunteer within my community.” Michel O’Hare, Director of Public Works

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The Metz Law Firm is celebrating its 91st year of providing legal services in the Lincoln County area. Dan Metz continued the law practice started by his father Ted Metz in 1925. Legal Assistant Konnie Budreau is in her 30th year with the firm. Metz Law Firm, is a general practice law firm that includes trusts, wills and estates, real estate transactions, contracts, and agricultural law.

M ET Z LAW FIR M P.O. Box 36 • 116 S. Fourth • Lincoln, KS 67455 Phone (785) 524-4466 • Fax (785) 524-5191


Tescott, and Wilson State Bank operate banks in Lincoln County communities. Together, they serve as one of the county’s largest employers. Farmway Credit Union also operates a branch in Lincoln. Education USD 298 - Lincoln Superintendent Kathy l o o Sch Robertson joined the USD y r a t n Eleme 298-Lincoln School ln o c Lin District in July 2015, relocating from southeastern Kansas to the Lincoln community. Not only was Robertson charmed by Lincoln’s small-town atmosphere, but was looking for a place where she and her husband could put down roots. The district, which includes the communities of Lincoln, Barnard, Beverly and Westfall, employs more than 80 staff members. The district has three buildings - an elementary school, junior/senior high school, and district office. During the 2014-2015 school year, the district had 356 students enrolled. “Lincoln USD 298 focuses our efforts on ensuring all students are prepared to be college- and career-ready,” Robertson said. “This focus helps Lincoln staff members align instructional programs and support activities that will allow all our students to be academically and socially prepared for success in the 21st Century. Besides an outstanding instructional staff, the district also provides students with the technological tools to maximize their learning. A one-to-one laptop initiative at Lincoln Junior-Senior High School is designed for students to create, design and increase critical-thinking skills while preparing them for real-life experiences. At the elementary level, students in third through sixth grades

• Consistent Standard of Excellence Achievement • Tradition of Athletic and Academic Success • Low Student-to-Teacher Ratio • Pre-School and After-School Programs • Commitment to Current Technology • Innovative Curriculum • Virtual School for Alternative Students

Sylvan-Lucas Unified Schools 504 W. 4th • Sylvan Grove

Phone: (785) 526-7175 Fax: (785) 526-7182

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have one-to-one use of either laptops or iPads. This technology is used to enhance instruction, differentiate learning, and increase student engagement. USD 299 - Sylvan-Lucas The USD 299 - Sylvan-Lucas Unified School District is led by Superintendent of Schools Jude Stecklein. The district, which employs more than 60 teachers and staff members, includes the communities of Sylvan Grove, Vesper, and Hunter as well as Russell County students from the Lucas and Luray areas. In 2010, the Russell School District transferred the territory and schools in Lucas and Luray to the USD 299 School District. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, the school district established an elementary school for grades kindergarten through sixth grade in Lucas and a junior/senior high school in Sylvan Grove for seventh- through 12th-grade students. During the 2014-2015 school year, the district had 233 enrolled. The district’s mission is to provide students with a safe atmosphere, balanced curriculum and a progressive education that will help them become active, welleducated and responsible citizens. Using technology, communications, leadership and community involvement, the staff will

cky Rathbun challenge students to reach Photo by Be their fullest potential and prepare them for postsecondary education or entry into the workforce. Government One of Lincoln County’s largest employers is the county government, which offers competitive wages and an excellent benefit package for both full- and part-time employees. Lincoln County regularly has both full- and part-time positions open and employs approximately 70 workers. Lincoln County not only offers positions in treasurer’s, county clerk’s and appraiser’s offices, but employs deputies in the sheriff’s department and emergency medical services personnel. Other county offices include the county highway and Health Care health departments, district court Lincoln County Hospital and waste management. Lincoln County Hospital opened its Each municipality in the county also doors in 1952 and continues serving resiemploys a number of people in central dents in Lincoln and the surrounding area offices, on maintenance crews, and in other with high-quality care. key positions.


Benson Accounting Specializing in small business and farm accounting

SYLVAN SALES COMMISSION 400 E 1st St • Sylvan Grove Phone: (785) 526-7123

Joel Benson, CPA Mary Benson, CPA

1929 S. Ohio Salina, KS 67401

COW SALE Every Monday

Office: (785)827-3157 Fax: (785)827-3159

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In 2009, the hospital began an ambitious multi-phase remodel, expanding the facility’s emergency unit with two new examination rooms and the addition of an ambulance bay. The nurses’ station and patient rooms were also updated during the initial stages. Improvements made during the second and final phases included a new pharmacy, laboratory, an updated lobby/waiting area, three additional patient rooms, the expansion of the hospital’s therapy department and a covered front entrance. The project, which totaled approximately $6 million, was completed in 2011. The hospital, along with the Lincoln and Sylvan medical clinics, employs nearly 100 people, including medical and administrative staff. Services offered at Lincoln County Hospital include inpatient, skilled and outpatient care, an emergency department, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitation services. To learn more about career opportunities, visit the employment page on their website at: employment/. Lincoln Park Manor Lincoln Park Manor provides muchneeded services and careers for Lincoln County residents of all ages. The facility, which offers assisted living, rehabilitation,

home health, intensive care and hospice services, employs more than 50 staff members. Lincoln Park Manor has 36 rooms on the nursing side for patients in intensive care or skilled rehabilitation, and also includes nine assistedliving apartments. The facility also hosts community events such as legislative coffees, emergency preparedness meetings and quilt shows in its basement community room. Small Business A number of small businesses, including retail shops like Seirer’s Clothing, Village Lines, Lincoln Building Supply, and Lincoln Grocery, contractors like Elite Construction and Bullfoot Contractors, attorneys Bob Crangle, Jennifer O’Hare, Susan Marshall and Dan Metz, and insurance agents like Tara Kubick, Katie Obermueller, and Art Wagoner are among


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If you are age 60 or older, the suggested, voluntary contribution for a meal is $3.50 or whatever you can comfortably afford. Home delivery is available for those who need it.


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Otherwise, anyone of ANY AGE may eat at the Lincoln Senior Center for just $5.25 a meal. Contact the Lincoln Senior Center at 785-524-4738 116 W. Lincoln Ave. • Lincoln

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Health problems can interrupt lives.

By protecting and promoting health, the health department helps people succeed in school or on the job, raise healthier families, contribute to a more vibrant local economy and participate fully in the community. Yet the work often happens behind the scenes. You may not see the work of protecting food and water supplies, containing disease outbreaks, teaching families healthy lifestyles and ensuring children are safe and healthy. Because the health department supports our lives in these quiet ways, people and the county have opportunities to be more productive. They work hand–in-hand with hospitals, healthcare providers, schools, civic and faith-based organizations and are continually strengthening partnerships with businesses, police, firefighters and emergency preparedness officials. These partnerships foster deep roots in the community. We grow stronger and healthier, creating a protective shield to guard our health, and building a community that strives for wellness.

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• Home Health • Assisted Living • Skilled Nursing Home • Rehab to Home Program • Morning and Afternoon Restorative Therapy Sessions • 1:1 Individualized Restorative Therapy • Brighter Day Telehealth for Dementia-related Mental Health Services 922 N 5th, Lincoln, KS 67455 Phone: 785-524-4428 Fax: 785-524-3522

The help you need when and where you need it. Lincoln Park Manor is a smaller-sized nursing home facility in Lincoln, KS that participates in Medicare and Medicaid and has a Rehab/Skilled Care, Long-term Care Unit and Assisted Living. We also have Hospice rooms. Get up when you want, go to bed when you want, eat when you want, and join our many activities of your choosing. Currently five area primary care physicians provide rounds at Lincoln Park Manor.

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