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more urbanized, globalized and ‘social’-ized world, being truly connected to the people and the place that surrounded me was difficult. So I came back…I moved to Lincoln County four years ago to be the economic development director for the county and have loved every minute. I get to do work where the smallest of projects can send ripples through the community, where my friends and neighbors can benefit from my work, where I can connect people’s personal aspirations with the community they live in. Now I am “Rural by Choice,” as are many others. Throughout this magazine you will see stories of others who choose to “Live Lincoln County” and be rural by choice. Whether they were born here, retired here, or something in between, each story is one where people chose to live a life deeply connected to the community around them. Where their kids graduate with friends

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As a kid growing up on a farm in rural Kansas, I found it hard to feel like I was a special person in a special place. After all, I was related to half the town. I looked like everybody else. Most of the kids in my graduating class had been with me since kindergarten. All the big community events were enjoyed with the same people I saw at the local restaurant the weekend before. My story was the same as everybody else’s story. On top of that, the rest of the world seemed to view my world as being utterly flat and dull, our only excitement generated by the occasional tornado. In other words, if I wanted to stand out and make a difference, I would need to leave. Living rural wasn’t a choice. So I left…and realized I was wrong. From Philadelphia to India to Michigan, and places in between, I realized that the small town rural experience is a rare one. In an increasingly

that have been with them since kindergarten. Where their successes are celebrated with the same people who celebrated their beginning. If you would like to be rural by choice for a day, a weekend or a lifetime, I hope you are able to find a connection within this magazine. This publication provides a brief snapshot of who we are and what we have to offer. For more information about our county, please visit www.livelincolncounty.com, or find us on our Live Lincoln County Facebook page. But if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation at (785) 524-8954, LcedfDirector@Outlook.com, or visit me in my office in the basement of the county courthouse. Kelly Larson, Director, LCEDF (The phrase, Rural by Choice, and the logo, are used with permission of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.)

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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 fullline 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 an addition in matching native limestone, while modernizing the interior. Lincoln’s schools are often honored by the State of Kansas for Excellence in Education. Their Lincoln Leopards are competitive academically, musically and athletically with similarly-sized schools throughout the state. The city’s Recreation Commission provides a variety of recreational sporting events and activities for children ages five to 18. The Radish Patch, Lincoln’s community garden, gives residents and volunteers the opportunity to grow good food while cultivating friendships. Founded in 2012, The Radish Patch has more than 20 volunteers, who grow more than 2,000 pounds of organic produce, which is donated to local organizations. For a small fee, residents can also raise produce in their own garden plot. Historic buildings abound in Lincoln, including the Marshall-Yohe House, built in



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1875, the Lincoln County Courthouse, and the Cummins Block Building which is home to the Post Rock Scout Museum and the Crispin Drug Store Museum. Lincoln offers many of the conveniences of the city with the feel of a traditional rural American 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. Sylvan Grove offers a beautiful city park, a library, a historical museum, Hometown Cafe, Bennington State Bank, the popular Props & Hops Brewery at Fly Boy’s, and other independently owned businesses. The first Sunday of June the city park plays host to the annual Sylvan Community Day, which features old-fashioned fun with events ranging from turtle and frog races to a horseshoe tournament. Homemade ice cream and traditional entertainment round out the day.

Sylvan Grove is home to the recently expanded Sylvan-Lucas Unified School District known for exceptional student performance, both on the field and in the classroom. The Mustangs have fielded several championship teams in both girls’ and boys’ athletics and earned the standard of excellence in several categories, including recognition in 2008 from U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best high schools. Sylvan Grove city officials recently made improvements to the city park, including the installation of nearly 3,000 square feet of sidewalk and an ADA-accessible curb ramp. The sidewalks begin at the park entrance and connect all shelters, playground equipment and new restrooms. Other additions included a new play structure and equipment with features designed for older kids, and an estimated 30 tons of rubber mulch added to the playground to cushion falls. A pre-constructed restroom building was also installed and new grass and trees were planted. The Sylvan Grove Historical Society continues to rehabilitate the local Union Pacific Railroad Depot. A new base was poured, replacing the deteriorating underpinning supporting the last surviving depot in Lincoln County. Once the depot was set back on its reinforced foundation, volunteers began working on the interior and exterior parts of the project. The local historical society has been active

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in recent years in getting several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Cross & Morgan General Store, the Evangelical Lutheran School and the depot. It was in Sylvan Grove that the Post Rock Community 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, retail stores and a telegraph and express office. It was described as an important shipping point for agricultural products. With a declining population, Barnard’s

Beverly enjoys notoriety as the birthplace and childhood home of Donald K. Ross, the recipient of the first Congressional Medal of Honor awarded in World War II. A portion of Kansas Highway 18, located along the north edge of town, was renamed in honor of Donald K. Ross. Beverly’s community center, called the Colorado Township Hall, is located on Main Street and is home to many community events. Today, Beverly is home to the new SubStation restaurant and convenience store, 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 the former 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 a few years ago. The yearly celebration is believed to be among the longest, continually running school reunions in Kansas.

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 by providing scholarships for students through fundraising activities. The group also received a grant through the G.L. Huyett Co. to replace playground equipment at the City Park, providing another beautiful new asset to the community. Community pride is abundant in Barnard, Denmark people come from near and far to attend com- Located seven miles west, and three miles north of Lincoln, the small village munity events. of Denmark was settled along the banks of Spillman Creek by Danish immigrants. The Beverly Beverly, located on the eastern border of first settlers arrived in 1869, and nearly all of Lincoln County, was the first settlement in them lost their lives in an Indian raid in May the county. Settled by Civil War veterans of that year. In 1871, the ranks of Danish setknown as the “Colorado Boys” in 1865, the tlers grew. Many Denmark-area residents are town was incorporated in 1905 as a third- descendants of those early settlers, four and five generations later. class city, located in Colorado Township. Once a thriving community, Beverly was For more than a century, Denmark Lutherans the home to Beverly State Bank, a drug have clung to their faith and to the enduring store complete with a marble topped foun- rock of their tiny, sturdy church built atop tain backed by a huge mirror, a harness shop, the rise at Denmark, Kansas in 1878. The restaurants, retail establishments, a barber beautifully simple church has withstood the test of time, services being held there even shop, doctor’s office, and a hotel.


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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. 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 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 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 35 miles away in Ellsworth. 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.

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The Denmark Dames is a ladies’ service organization that does much for the church and the county by making donations. Denmark is also host to an annual AfterHarvest Plow Day event which features antique farm machinery used to harvest wheat and work the ground in historic fashion. After years spent watching Denmark’s buildings fall into disrepair, Debra Parmenter decided to do something about it. In 2016, she acquired a building across the road from the rural fire department. The structure, which was originally designed to house five individual businesses, had been neglected for years. A month later, she formed the

Denmark Preservation Foundation, and in December, work began to clear away trees crowding the building’s personal space. As the project has progressed, the original storefronts, doors and windows and other salvageable items were removed and are being kept in storage so they can eventually be restored and put back in place. Parmenter can already visualize what she hopes will become a cultural center displaying Denmark’s history. Her intent is to educate visitors about the Danish-American culture and art. And she has other ideas as well. Project expenses have so far been covered through donations, but even more money is

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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. (Photo by Tyler GIer) Westfall is thought of as a “sister city” to the City of Beverly. With less than eight miles needed. Parmenter said she would like to be Westfall between them, the two communities share a able to have the first phase completed to draw Eight miles south and eight miles east of volunteer fire department. visitors to the center, which could encourage Lincoln is Westfall. Located in Madison Students in Westfall are part of USD 298 more donations to further the project. Township, on Elk Drive and 270th Road, School District in Lincoln. Parmenter said she does not have a timeframe to complete the project’s first phase, adding it will all depend on the number and amount of the donations she receives. More information can be found on the foundation’s Facebook page, Denmark St. John Lutheran Church Preservation Foundation. A website is Faith Baptist Church Barnard United Methodist currently under construction as well. Rev. Ben aj min Sieber t Past or Jo n athan Schale Past ors K aye & Je ff M etzl er The foundation’s email address is Li n coln ,K an sa s Li n coln Park M an or...................9:30 a m Sun da ySchool ..........................10: 00 a m Two a nd one-half m lies so u th of Bible Stu dy.................................10: 30 a m M orn n i gW orsh ip.....................11: 00 a m denmarkpreservation@gmail.com. Li n c oln on Highw ay 14 W orsh ip Hou r............................11: 15 a m 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.

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HELL CREEK CABINS By Hailey Dixon For Live Lincoln County Wilson Lake has a new type of lodging available for campers, boaters, travelers and those simply wishing to get away: Hell Creek Cabins. Owned by Kathy and Rex Usher, the cabins opened late last year for lodgers. “We love the lake,” Kathy said. “[We] thought it would be a good deal to sort of semi-retire.” According to the Hell Creek Cabins’ Facebook page, the cabins overlook Hell Creek bridge, and offer “amazing” views of the lake. “It’s a great view,” said Kelly Larson, executive director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation. “It’s a great location there.” There are four cabins on the property, with the fourth cabin nearly completed, Kathy said. “We’re just now getting going this year,” Kathy said. The ribbon-cutting event for the cabins was in early December 2017, Larson said. “I think it’s wonderful to have the addition of these cabins in the county,” Larson said. “There’s a need for it.” The cabins are equipped with two full-sized beds, a bunk bed and other amenities, including fire pits, barbecue grills and a covered picnic table. “I was really impressed on the inside, with the wood interior that they have,” Larson said. “They’re really quite nice.” Kathy said the location of Wilson Lake is great for their family as it is centrally located. “We knew we wanted to come up here, so we started driving around different lakes and stuff like that,” she said. One of the aspects Kathy said she likes about owning the cabins is meeting people and seeing where they are from. “We kinda enjoy that,” she said. In addition to meeting travelers, Kathy said living here is also positive. The couple is originally from Texas. “... The community is just awesome,” she said.

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Currently, the couple is getting ready for the summer season, and encourages individuals who want to be out at the lake to check the cabins out. Larson said she is happy the couple decided to relocate here to Wilson Lake as well. “Rex and Kathy are great people and a great addition to the county because they moved here from out of


state,” Larson said. “[They are] very friendly, great to work with and I am happy they’ve chosen to be here.” The cabins offer on and off-season pricing, Kathy said. Hell Creek Cabins takes reservations by phone, (806) 333-2640. Individuals can also check out their Hell Creek Cabins Facebook page for more information.


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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 Lincoln County Historical Museum The Lincoln County Historical Museum in Lincoln consists of the Kyne House main buildings, Topsy School and Marshall-Yohe House. The museum, which tells the story of Lincoln County through historical collec-

tions, artifacts and information, is committed to the collection and preservation of artifacts and information that document Lincoln County’s heritage and culture, and to the production of interpretive exhibits, educational programs and publications. Among the museum’s many exhibits is the Cooper Room, which celebrates Lincoln native Frank Cooper, an artist and historian. Cooper, who graduated from Lincoln High School, worked as a graphic designer in New York City. Cooper later returned to Lincoln to operate the family store when his father died. The museum also features a newspaper collection, original drawings, the famed mystery stone, and the Post Rock Stone and Fence Room, which recognizes the primary building materials for fence posts and the building structures in Lincoln County. Last February and Preservation Foundation March the Museum renovated the main entrance with new paint and a new floor, and added a small gift store making the more usPreserving architecturally significant structures of Denmark, KS museum er-friendly. Kyne House Denmark Preservation Foundation Built by Lincoln resPO Box 333, Lincoln, KS 67455 ident 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 many 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. Marshall-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, stainedglass stairway leading to the second floor.

Jason & April Coover

When April Coover attended a career fair through the University of Kansas’ School of Pharmacy, she began a new chapter in her life. While attending the event, she discovered a career opportunity at the pharmacy in Lincoln. “Sadly, I didn’t even know where Lincoln, Kan. was,” said April, who is currently the pharmacist-in-charge and pharmacy manager at Patterson Health Mart Pharmacy in Lincoln. “I came out to visit, tour the pharmacy and area and felt like it was a great fit.” April, who is a native of Canton, Kan., which, according to Google Maps, is about 90 miles southeast of Lincoln, relocated to the area after her graduation in 2010, and began work at what was then Lincoln County Pharmacy. Not long after her move to Lincoln, she went on a “successful” blind date with the man who would become her husband, Jason Coover. Jason, April said, is a fifth generation farmer on his family farm in Lincoln County, and works with his father, Joe, and brother, Brady. (Photo by Tyler Gier)grew up outside of Barnard, and returned to Lincoln County “Jason to farm after graduating in agricultural economics from [Kansas State University],” April said. Together, Jason and April have two children, three-year-old Joy and oneyear-old Jed. April said she loves “the atmosphere and sense of community you get in smaller towns.” “We love that Lincoln County has great schools and is a safe community,” she said. “Opportunities abound, from recreational sports, to swimming, to dance, the movie theatre, a community garden patch, churches, parks, a nearby lake, 4-H/FFA and any committee you could possibly want to be a

part of.” April said the “close-knit community” and “personal connections you make with people” are some of her favorite reasons about living in Lincoln County. “We can let the kids play outside and know that our neighbors look out for them, love them and treat them just as they do their own kids/grandkids,” she said. As for living in a rural community, April said, it is like having an “extra extended family.” “The community looks out for one another, pulls together in times of trial and shares in your own joys and celebrations,” she said. By Hailey Dixon


Crispin’s Drug Store Museum

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161 East Lincoln Avenue • Lincoln, Kansas 67455 • (785) 524-5383 • rxmuseumist@yahoo.com

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, 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.

Post Rock Scout Museum 161 East Lincoln Avenue • Lincoln, Kansas 67455 • (785) 524-5383 • postrockscoutmuseum@yahoo.com

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 museum is generally open, but it is always best to contact us and schedule a tour as the sign says: “Open by Chance or Appointment.” 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 Museum Complex on West Lincoln Ave. includes the Historical Museum, the post-rock constructed Kyne House built in 1885, and the Topsy One-Room School House. Additionally the Marshall-Yohe House on South Second Street is an 1880’s mansion restored to its original decor and furnishings. Summer hours May through September are: Wednesday 1 to 4 pm; Thursday 4 to 7 pm; Friday 1 to 4 pm; Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. You can call for a special appointment to tour at other times. Winter hours October through April are: Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. You can call for a special appointment to tour at other times. All Marshall Yohe House tours are “By Appointment Only” year round. Entry is by donation. For more details about this organization that is dedicated to preserving the history of Lincoln County visit www.lincolncohistmuseum.com Photographs from top to bottom: Cummins Block Building; Crispin’s Drug Store; Kathie Crispin in the Post Rock Scout Museum; Renovated Lincoln County Historical Society Lobby; Abraham Lincoln Display at Lincoln County Historical Museum; Lincoln County Museum & Kyne House complex.


Lincoln Art Center 126 E. Lincoln Ave. Lincoln, KS 785-524-3241 lincolnartcenter@att.net In the last 26 years, the Lincoln Art Center has grown into one of the best art galleries in Kansas. With 6-8 major exhibits each year, each kicked off with an opening reception and gallery talk, the Lincoln Art Center brings many opportunities for cultural growth to the greater rural Lincoln community. Bringing community together has always been an important part of the Lincoln Art Center’s mission, with weekly studio nights, monthly music jams, beginners classes, summer youth classes, as well as special student art workshops throughout the school year. Lincoln Art Center Director Joyce Harlow has long been dedicated to finding creative ways to keep the gallery thriving while simultaneously growing the Lincoln Arts & Humanities Foundation Public Art Collection. Make plans to visit the Lincoln Art Center or attend an event. Open TuesFri 12-4 p.m. and Sat 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. http://lincolnartcenter.org

Finch Theatre 122 E. Lincoln Ave. Lincoln, KS 785-524-4350 The beautifully renovated, state-of-the-art Finch Theatre is a multi-purpose facility founded by volunteers. The theater shows first run movies every weekend, is home to local children’s theater and other live events, and features a fully stocked concession stand with savory buttered popcorn, soda, and candy, for far less than the theaters in the city. The meeting room is available for rent for private parties and public meetings and features tables, chairs, linens, and a full kitchen with ice machine. The Finch is one of Lincoln’s most popular community gathering places thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of numerous volunteers and benefactors. Find them online at www.finchtheatre.com, or find them on Facebook.

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Original and period 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 Grove 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 struc-

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ture 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 2015, the school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The following year, nearly $10,000 in funding was awarded to the school to support the pieces of a large restoration project. The improvement project included tuckpoint work around the foundation, flooring repairs and exterior paint for the window and door trim. Gutters and downspouts were replaced in 2016, and storm windows were also installed. Cummins Block Building 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

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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 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 postrockscoutmuseum.com or crispinsdrugstoremuseum.com. Carnegie Library Built in 1914, Lincoln’s Carnegie Library is one of 59 libraries built in Kansas by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Today, it’s one of

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just 25 still in use for that purpose. The library is governed by a board whose members include Kathy Moss, Karen Jeffers, Patrisha Street, Sharon Luck, Sunnie McBride, Patti Winters, Charlene Batchman, and Travis Schwerdtfager. Children’s Librarian Mary Andersen recently took over for retired Library Director Nancy Jensen, and Alice Simmons was hired as the new Library Assistant. 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. For more information visit their website at lincolncl.blogspot.com.

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 25 years, the Lincoln Art Center has offered first-rate exhibits highlighting 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


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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 www.lincolnartcenter.org 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 semi-circle 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.

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Sylvan Grove Union Pacific Depot Two years 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 2016, a new base was poured, replacing the crumbling underpinning supporting the last surviving depot in Lincoln County. The depot has been placed back on the foundation and received a facelift with new paint. 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. 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 state-of-theart 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 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

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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 Re-enactment 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 Lincoln County Fair. The event is a showcase for Lincoln County 4-H’ers, 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 entertain-


ment, bingo, a demolition derby, ranch rodeo, 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 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 Sylvan’s City Park. The day begins with a church service in the park, and includes a potluck lunch, horseshoe tournament, frog and turtle races and a pickle-eating contest. The celebration eventually draws to a close as residents sit down to enjoy traditional live entertainment. 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. Recreational activities Lincoln County allows for easy access to

boating, camping, fishing, or a round of golf at one of the most challenging 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 22 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, resulted from the federal Flood Control Act of 1944. The act gave the go-ahead 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. Today, the Kansas City District of the Corps of Engineers manages 9,000 surface acres of water in addition to approximately 13,000 acres of land surrounding the lake. Shortly after the dam was completed, the 8,069-acre Wilson Wildlife Area was offered to the Kansas Forestry Fish and Game Commission 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. Labeled the Clearest lake in Kansas, and known for the massive fireworks show each Independence Day holiday, the body of water


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continues to attract visitors from hours away and right here at home. 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 box boasts a magnificent view overlooking the City of Lincoln. The course has recently undergone significant upgrades with members and volunteers improving tee-boxes, fairways and greens. The golf 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) 5310940. For pictures and a tournament schedule find the Lincoln Golf Club page on Facebook. Connie Achterberg Wildlife-Friendly 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, visit the farm’s website at: www.audubonofkansas. org/sanctuaries/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.

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By Hailey Dixon For Live Lincoln County Lincoln County residents are now able to participate in a new recreational activity at the Lincoln City Park. Disc golf, which involves the throwing of a circular disc into a basket, was installed at the park earlier this spring, with a grand opening planned for June. “It’s really on the rise,” said Pastor Adam Boyd of Lincoln Community Church. “It’s an up and coming sport ... it’s just like golf, with a disc instead.” The grand opening of the disc golf course at Lincoln City Park is slated for June 1, which is the same day that PRIDE activities in the park will occur along with the annual Lincoln Alumni weekend, said Jessica Clay, director of the Lincoln Recreation department. Pastor Boyd, Clay and Lincoln Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Kelly Larson are helping with this disc golf initiative, along with other sponsors and community leaders. “I think it’s exciting, and I think it will be a great amenity,” Larson said. Clay said the idea for disc golf in Lincoln came about four or five years ago in a Leadership Lincoln County class. Unfortunately, Clay said, the initiative stalled, but Pastor Boyd revived the idea about a year and a half ago when he approached her about the idea of disc golf. Clay said Larson’s summer interns also assisted in getting the idea of disc golf started again. Since then, Clay applied for a grant with the Post Rock Community Foundation, along with a Web Fund grant. The Post Rock Community Foundation awarded a grant in the amount of $3,144 to go towards the disc golf project, while Web Fund gave $900. There are a variety of sponsors as well, Clay said, including Meyer Tire & Lube, Bank of Tescott, Family Hair Flair 2, Insurance Works, Ronnie’s Diner, Schwerdtfager Masonry, Mity Mart, Biggie Bigg’s and Viv’s Retail Liquor. In addition, Clay said, Lincoln resident Steve McReynolds donated post rocks to each T-box. “We have a lot of community involvement,” Clay said. Clay said she is working with the Lincoln Carnegie Library to create a check-out system for individuals who wish to rent the equipment to play the game if they don’t have their own. “We hope that we can get more kids out there playing,” she said. Clay said she hopes there is a possibility of implementing disc golf into area schools’ curriculum. The appeal of disc golf, Pastor Boyd said, is fostering relationships with other people. “The best part of about disc golf for me is you’re out walking and talking with people,” he said. “It’s nice to be outdoors and doing something; it’s laid-back and everyone can enjoy it … it’s as difficult as you want it to be.” The sport is open to all ages, Pastor Boyd said, who often plays with his son, Peter. “He’s always enjoyed throwing a disc,” Pastor Boyd said. “Throwing things in the park is fun.”

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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. 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 microbrewery 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

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Saturday. Carry-out orders are welcome at 785-524-5044. Props & Hops Brewing at Fly Boy’s When Fly Boy Brewery & Eats opened four years ago, the emerging brewery offered four microbrews on-tap. Now the brewery boasts seven, including Hotel Oscar Whiskey, First Light, Aviator Ale, Tailspin IPA, Round Engine Red, Barnstormer Brown, and Lomcevak. Beer enthusiasts can also take advantage of Fly Boy’s seasonal small-batch brews, which are offered about every month. Other richly-flavored brews include a peanut butter porter, 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 Fly Boy’s signature items such as their 14-ounce flame broiled Ribeye; the P51 Mustang Burger, topped with chopped brisket, fried jalapenos, and onions; or a hearty chicken-fried steak. The aviation-themed restaurant can also handle large groups and has big-screen TVs in case you want to catch a game. Props & Hops Brewery at Fly Boy’s, located at 105 N. Main St., Sylvan Grove, is open from 5-10 p.m., Thursday; 5-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. The phone number is 785-526-7800. Find them on Facebook.


filled with pickup trucks most mornings. Inside, farmers, ranchers and locals gather in the cafe for coffee and fellowship. The family-owned operation was recently acquired by Sam and Alexis Pflugh offers a family-friendly atmosphere. The cafe offers staple options of burgers and sandwiches with fresh-cut fries and other sides and specials available on weekdays. The cafe also caters events and private parties. The Hometown Cafe, located at 116 N. Main St., in Sylvan Grove, is open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 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. The convenience store is open every day 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and open til 10 p.m. on the weekends during the summer.

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. Hometown Cafe & Convenience The parking lot at the Hometown Cafe is Grocery store owner Kerry Smith expand-

Craig & Mary Ann Stertz When Craig and Mary Ann Stertz purchased a crumbling building on Lincoln Ave., they saw a world of possibility and a restoration opportunity. “We didn’t want holes to show up on our main street,” said Craig, who owns part of Lincoln Farm Supply. With 36 years of marriage to their credit, the couple is still together after years of working out different opinions on the loft renovation. The loft space is located next to Crispin’s Drug Store Museum in downtown Lincoln. “Restoring the building in general has been a four year process,” Craig said. “We like doing the work.” The couple finds the work to be “stress-relieving.” Mary Ann said they have gained a lot of experience with old structures by living in a limestone farmhouse built in 1886. Those interested in staying the loft can rent it out via AirBnB, a vacation rental booking website. Individuals are able to rent the loft on weekdays and weekends or by the month. “We have a lot of younger people staying here,” Mary Ann said. The couple thinks the building was built between 1900 and 1910, most likely in 1904, Mary Ann said. The top floor was a dentist or doctor office, and the building also housed a hatchery and an apartment at one time, the couple said. Mary Ann, who is the deputy Lincoln County Treasurer, said she hopes this loft will inspire individuals, particularly young adults, to move to Lincoln. “It’s a wonderful place to raise a family and children,” Mary Ann said. “We

(Photo by Hailey Dixon) feel there is a lot of potential [in Lincoln].” Craig was born in Lincoln, moved away and then eventually returned to Lincoln. Mary Ann is originally from Ellsworth. They enjoy the slower pace that living rural offers, Mary Ann said. “We just like the fact that we don’t have traffic,” Craig said. “We don’t miss the crowds.” Currently, the main floor and basement of the building the Stertz’s own is unoccupied, but the couple is hopeful that someone may see the potential it brings, turning it into a business, Mary Ann said. “We’ve had people look, but that’s all,” she said.

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ed the deli a few years ago to offer hot and cold deli items, as well as occasional lunch specials. A full-service grocery, Lincoln Grocery is open from 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m.-6 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 www.lincolngrocery.com.

ery Wednesday night. The Barnard restaurant offers a unique dinner special every week that’s available for dine-in or take-out. Nancy’s Fancys, located at 314 Main St. in Barnard is open from 5–8 p.m. Wednesdays. The phone number is 785-792-6343.

Pizza Hut 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.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Carry-out orders are welcome at 785-5244462, or check out their menu online at www.pizzahut.com.

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 20-ounce 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 Friday, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Satur- Ronnie’s Diner day, and Sunday. The store is located at 1903 You can’t help but smile as you dig into E. Highway 18 in Lincoln. The phone number the creamy goodness of an ice cream sunis 785-524-4544, or find the Mity Mart page dae served up at Ronnie’s Diner. It just isn’t on Facebook. possible.

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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 a turkey burger for lighter appetites, to sandwiches and 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. They also feature daily lunch specials and offer gluten-free buns. Ronnie’s recently added breakfast serving morning staples including breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy. The 50’s-style diner, located at 116 S. Fifth St. in Lincoln, features a black-and-white checkerboard-tiled floor and a striking red interior. Business hours are from 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The phone number is 785-524-0005, or you can find Ronnie’s Diner on Facebook. Three Amigos Mexican Restaurant Three Amigos Mexican Restaurant in downtown Lincoln opened in March of 2017, offering locals authentic Mexican food and fast and friendly service. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas and other traditional Mexican dishes are on the menu along

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with daily specials, combination dinners and house specialties – many of which are family recipes items that have been handed down from generation to generation. Three Amigos, located at 109 W. Lincoln Ave., is open from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Sunday. Carryout is also available. The phone number is 785-524-0030. Sub Station Hungry customers in the Beverly area once again have a place to satisfy their appetites. The Sub Station opened this spring at 100 E. 3rd St. in Beverly and is ready to serve customers a full menu with breakfast, lunch, supper and homemade specials. The red- and gold-tinned corner building, has been a service station in the past, as well as a restaurant and bar, but recently sat vacant for several years. Owner Chris Behrens is also the owner of CB Trucking & Services, a commercial trucking, salvage and recycling business in Beverly. In addition to a restaurant, where patrons can find sub sandwiches and burgers, eggs and hash browns, coffee, and homemade specials, the Sub Station is a convenience store with cold drinks, candy and snacks, general merchandise items, grocery basics, beer, and eventually fuel and shop service too. The Sub Station is open seven days a week. Hours are


Mill Valley coach Joel Applebee (left) will count on Ike Valencia (#2), Monday through Thursday 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7 a.m.-10 Mitchell p.m. and Grissom (#67), Brody Flaming (#9) and Evan Rice (#18) to Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call 785-436-2201 lead the push for a third consecutive 5A title this fall. for more information or to place carryout (Photo by Derek Livingston, orders. of the month. dereklivingston.zenfolio.com) Each entree is accompanied by a salad, potaSylvan Sales Commission Cafe to, garlic bread and a drink. Mondays are sale days at the Sylvan Sales During the winter, every fourth Saturday, Commission in Sylvan Grove, and that fresh, tender lamb fries are served up for the means the kitchen is busy prepping for hun- more adventurous eater. gry ranchers, cattle buyers, and area resi- The VFW, located at 144 Fourth St., is open dents all looking for some of the best home- for steak night from 5:30-9 p.m. the second made cooking in the region. Saturday of the month, and from 6:30-9:30 Cook Teresa Erbert keeps the menu varied p.m. for lamb fries during the winter months. at the cafe, which serves up country-style, Carry-out orders are welcome by calling 785down home dishes from hamburgers and hot 524-4535. 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. The phone number is 785-526-7123.

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SANDY AND STAN LABERTEW Initially, when Sandy Labertew arrived in Sylvan Grove, she thought she would only be in the area temporarily. However, that all changed when the Labertews discovered the people of Lincoln County. “We spend a lot of time at the lake, but the people who live here are the best part of Lincoln County,” she said. The Labertews have lived in Sylvan Grove for 41 years, Sandy said. They originally moved to the area in 1977 when Stan, Sandy’s husband, accepted the principal position at the high school. Sandy and Stan are both retired educators. In addition to being the high school principal, Stan was a teacher and coach at Sylvan Unified schools. Sandy was a speech pathologist for the Beloit Special Education Cooperative, she said, and worked in both the Lincoln and Sylvan Unified school districts. “In the summers, Stan worked with my dad in the bee business,” she said. “We eventually bought part of that business and moved it from Nebraska to Sylvan Grove.” The couple has three children: Brandon, Britney and Ben. They helped with the business as they grew up, Sandy said. Sandy said Ben and his family moved back to Sylvan Grove five years ago and he and his family continues to help with Labertew Apiaries. Sandy said she and her husband have remained in Sylvan Grove “mainly because we felt it was a great place to raise our family.” Living rural, Sandy said, “isn’t just an area.” “I feel it’s a state of mind,” she said. “It’s a willingness to help others and become involved in communities and activities to help make the best of what is here.”

BEN AND ANGIE LABERTEW Ben and Angie Labertew arrived back to her husband’s hometown of Sylvan Grove after working at a different school district for 12 years. “After both teaching in another school district for 12 years, the opportunity arose for us to come back to Ben’s roots to teach and coach,” she said. “It also allowed us to be a part of an 80+ year family-owned bee business and to keep that tradition going.” Ben and Angie both work at USD 299. Ben is a counselor, teacher and coach at the high school, while Angie teaches first graders in Lucas at the elementary school. The couple have three children: Jase, 14, Maggie, 10 and Cai, 9. In Lincoln County, the Labertews enjoy watching sunsets and sunrises, Angie said. “It’s a pretty area with some of the best sunrises and sunsets,” she said. Easy access to Interstate-70 is also a plus, in addition to kind individuals, Angie said. “It’s enjoyable to be around great, friendly people from around the various communities,” she said. “The accessibility to [I-70] allows for easy travel routes.” The family also loves Wilson Lake, she said. “If the weather allows us to be on the water, that’s where we spend a lot of family time during the summer,” she said. Angie said the area is a “great place” to raise their children. “They love the outdoors and small-town vibe,” she said. “Just because we are small, doesn’t mean we have less opportunities than an urban environment. People are friendly and work hard, places are safe and opportunities are available.”


By Hailey Dixon For Live Lincoln County Eagle Communications is seeking to expand its services to Lincoln residents by offering fiber internet to the premise (FTTP). The company, which is based out of Hays, offers internet, television and telephone services to Kansas residents. Eagle officials are optimistic they’ll meet their goal of 200 sign-ups for fiber internet by the May 15 deadline, helping to make the project of bringing fiber to the community a reality. “The reason we’re doing this is because this is what we do,” said Dennis Weese, Community Relations and Commercial Sales Director for Eagle. “Our business model, how we pay our employees, and grow each of our homes inside our own communities is to do projects like this. We find towns that fit our profile that have needs.” Eagle Communications has been looking into Lincoln and the possibility of adding fiber internet within the community for “four or five years consecutively,” Weese said. “This year the stars lined up for us,” he said. “So we know that if we put good infrastructure, modern products that’s inside a small town, we can do good business there.” Adding fiber internet to the Lincoln community benefits both Eagle Communications and Lincoln, said Eagle Communications Broadband Division General Manager, Travis Kohlrus.

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“It creates a win-win,” he said. “The community wins, and Eagle wins, really from a standpoint of sustainability. It’s just that tool set that allows us to continue to thrive in the future and support our initiatives.” Weese said the relationship between towns like Lincoln and Eagle Communications is “simply compatible.” “It’s kind of like a marriage,” Weese said. “We are simply compatible with the communities in which we do business. We understand them; we seek to have them understand us and we work towards the same goals. ... We’re a good community partner because we sincerely believe that small town America deserves to grow, can grow and we can help them grow.” Eagle Communications created a community committee to help with the project. The individuals serving on the committee are Kansas Pregame Magazine Publisher John Baetz, Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Director Kelly Larson, Citizens State Bank Trust Officer Jim Metz and Lincoln Senior Center Site Manager Becky Rathbun. Metz said he has already signed up for fiber internet with Eagle Communications. “After doing some research and comparing Eagle fiber with my current service, I signed up with Eagle,” Metz said in an email. “They are offering faster internet using better technology, and the prices are comparable, if not better than our current options.” Metz said he thinks Eagle Communications and its fiber internet service will stop issues with his television freezing up and poor screen resolution.

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the intersection of Highways K-14 and K-18 is the City of Lincoln, originally named Lincoln Center and known as the Post Rock Capital of Kansas. This beautiful community is situated on rolling hills overlooking the Saline River and boasts beautiful post rock buildings throughout its downtown area including the county courthouse which was built in 1900 out of local limestone. One of the major local industries continues to be quarrying quartzite. In addition to the excellent school system, Lincoln offers various recreation opportunities available through private organizations and local residents, the city park provides a swimming pool, ballfields, tennis courts, playground, and a modern RV park with water, sewer and electricity.


DENMARK PRESERVATION By Hailey Dixon For Live Lincoln County Denmark is currently undergoing major renovations to protect and revive its historical buildings. Debra Parmenter, president of the Denmark Preservation Foundation Board, along with Jon Pancost, owner of Bluestem Quarry and Stoneworks, among others, are working together to restore such buildings, which include the Andreson Building, which is known as the “Strip Mall.” “I feel, like many folks, a strong desire to see some of these historic landmarks preserved, and the history along with them,” said Greg Rud, local photographer, who has been taking photos over the course of the renovations in Denmark. The buildings, which are made from limestone, were built in the early 1900s, Parmenter said. Some of the buildings are safe from the elements, such as weather, with siding, doors, windows and floors installed. “We still have a lot more work to do inside,” she said. “[It] took us awhile to find a roofing contractor,” Pancost said. “This winter we put a decking on the floor.” Pancost said he began working with the Denmark preservation project in December 2016. “It’s kind of at a stand still right now,” he said. “We’ve been problem solving since the beginning.” Moving forward, Parmenter said the number one goal is to protect the buildings from further deterioration. The buildings will continue to be restored “as funding becomes available,” she said. “It’s a huge, expensive project!” Parmenter said the foundation is erecting a road side marker where the Peter Christianson dug-out was located. In addition, they are looking into straightening up old fence posts coming into Denmark on 120th Road. With 2019 being the 150th commemoration of the Indian raids near Denmark, Parmenter said she would like the projects to be finished for that. Turning one of the building units into an art and cultural center displaying information and history about Denmark is part of Parmenter’s vision. She would like it if visitors could “visualize” and “enjoy” Denmark and the structures as they were 100 years ago.

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“It’s been a long time since we had a true all-day destination to Lincoln County,” said Marilyn Helmer, owner of Village Lines in Lincoln. Helmer said it is “important for people to support” the Denmark Preservation Foundation. “Every community has history,” she said, “and they need to invest in that history and restore any remnant of historical buildings.” Rud said he has helped with many initiatives in Lincoln and Russell counties “promoting awareness and preservation of the historic limestone structures.” Rud, who also takes photos around Russell County, in addition to Lincoln County, sees these building and landmarks as works of art. “Denmark Preservation Foundation, and founder Debra Parmenter, are spearheading efforts that are a role-model for those who have similar interest in

restoring and preserving these beautiful … limestone landmarks of their heritage,” he said. “I consider it an honor to contribute in any way I can; for me, it is with a camera. Exposure is a critical element in their preservation.” Pancost, Parmenter said, has done an “amazing job” with the restoration work within Denmark. “He was so superb,” she said. Pancost said he enjoyed working with Parmenter as well. “We love Deb,” he said. “She’s awesome, really great person to work with.” Pancost said he hopes he can continue to work with the preservation efforts. “I’d like to do the whole thing,” he said.

Below are photos taken by Denmark Preservation official photographer, Greg Rud. The top photo depicts the progress on the Skove House located next to the Andreson Building. Pictured below is the Andreson Building, which is know as the “Strip Mall”.



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information, call 785-524-4424. Hours are 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m.10 p.m. Sunday. Find them online at postrockmotel.com.

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 turkey and quail hunting packages on more than 3,000 acres of private hunting land. His business also offers finished bird dogs for sale, dog training and puppies. The hunting lodge was built in 2018 and is located approximately 30 miles northwest of Salina. Most hunts will be within 20 miles of the lodge. The lodge is a three bedroom, two bathrooms/showers with beds, satellite television, central air, heated floor, stove, sink, refrigerator, and microwave. No smoking or pets indoors. Visit the Setter Dogs website at www. setterdogs.com, or find the business on Facebook. To contact Gourley, call 785-2494316 or email him at jim@setterdogs.com.

Salt Creek Outpost Located five miles north of Lincoln, the Salt Creek Outpost offers hunters cozy 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 workroom, 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 Post Rock Motel Spearpoint Ranch The glow from the Post Rock’s vintage neon hunting. sign attracts the attention of motorists as they For more information, call 706-483-6461, When Steve and Laura Wirth first opened or find Salt Creek Outpost on Facebook. their working grain and livestock ranch to drive down Kansas Highway 18. hunters in 2001, they did so with the idea The motel, which was recently renovatof offering guests a comfortable, successful ed, features 20 rooms with either one, two, Setter Dogs three, or even four queen beds. Each room is In 2006, Jim Gourley walked away from his pheasant hunting experience. Years later, the equipped with televisions, wireless internet, job as director of career services at Washburn couple are still offering hunters small-town University, and returned to Lincoln County to hospitality as well as the excitement and rerefrigerators and microwaves. Hunters have access to a game-cleaning start his own business training hunting dogs ward of a private pheasant hunt. and hosting hunters. A decade later, Gourley The Wirths specialize in a relaxed atmoarea and rooms feature front door parking. Post Rock Motel is located at 1907 E. is operating a successful business that has sphere where hunters enjoy clean and comfortable accommodations in a modern, ranchHighway 18, Lincoln, just east of the hunters returning year after year. Highway 14 and 18 intersection. For more That business, Setter Dogs, is licensed by the style home, which features a fireplace, pool 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.

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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 spearpointranch.com, or find them on Facebook. Spillman Creek Lodge Located in Denmark, Spillman Creek Lodge provides some of the best pheasant 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 edge of Denmark. For more information, call 785-277-3424, visit their website at www.spillmancreek.com, of find them on Facebook. Triple H Outfitters 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. But for Gerald, and his sons, Donovan and Charlie, archery and hunting wouldn’t be occasional hobbies or sport, but a true calling that would eventually lead them into opening their own outfitting business. Two years ago, the three teamed up to form Triple H Outfitters and Cardinal Archery. The family-owned and operated business, Donovan said, primarily focuses on guided turkey and deer hunts in Lincoln County, but has continued to expand. The outfitting business also hosts out-ofstate hunting excursions for bear and elk as well as red stag hunts in Argentina.

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Triple H clients can choose from archery, rifle and muzzleloader deer hunts and youth, archery and shotgun turkey hunts. Hunters can also select from four- and five-day deer and three-day turkey packages. All packages are all-inclusive and cover lodging, meals and transportation to and from the hunt. Clients who visit the Lincoln County lodge often travel from out of state, including New York and Michigan, and in groups of 12 to 15 hunters. Many of those clients, Gerald said, are customers who return year after year. Cardinal Archery offers G5 Pro, Prime and Quest bows as well as a repair shop. Besides archery, the business sells other products and hunting accessories. Triple H Outfitters is located at 1150 N. 130th Road, Lincoln. For more information, call 785-488-5120 or check out their Facebook page or visit their website at www. triplehoutfitters.com. 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.

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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 Chapter 635.

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Jared Spear and his fiancé Lisa Simmons keep themselves busy with ownership and operation of several businesses in Lincoln County: S&S Autobody Towing & Services, Post Rock Motel, Main Street Laundromat and Lincoln Auto Supply. Spear, who was born and raised on a family farm in Lincoln County, enjoys rural living and took an opportunity to open a business in his hometown after returning from WyoTech. Once he did that, he decided to open another business, and then another. “[Lisa and I are] both very work-motivated,” Spear said. “Lisa pretty much takes care of the motel.” Spear said Simmons’ hard work is the “glue that holds it together.” When Spear purchased the motel, he said one of the goals he had was to fix the sign, which is now beatifully restored with working neon. Spear said he enjoys the towing work the most. “It’s a challenge every time,” he said. As for living close to family, Spear said, it’s “a big plus.” The couple, who have a one-year-old son named Axl, said “they enjoy the fact that most of the people they see, they know on a first name basis.” “If I go in the gas station, I know 95 percent of the people there,” Simmons said. “It’s nice to be in a small town and I know the neighbors.” Spear and Simmons also think Lincoln is a great location to own a business and raise a family. They enjoy living “where people care about the well being of the community and other local businesses.” In addition, they said Lincoln is a great place due to the ability to instill positive values in youth thanks to excellent, and safe, schools. Low crime

(Photo by Becky Rathbun) rates and safe streets are added benefits. S&S Autobody is located in Lincoln at 229 W. Lincoln Ave, with the Main Street Laundromat and Lincoln Auto Supply just across the street, both near Highway 14. The Post Rock Motel is located right off Highway 18 at 1907 E. Highway 18.


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 one-ofa-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. 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 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. 181 Ag Supply is located at 306 W. Old Kansas Highway 18 in Sylvan Grove. The business phone number is 785-420-7037. Hours are 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 www.181agsupply. com. Country Soul Co-owners Mandy Burger and Haley Richards, both of Sylvan Grove, opened their online shop, Country Soul, specializing in fun and funky country and western clothing, dress and work boots, shoes and accessories for kids, women and men. As customer demand has grown Country Soul expanded its selection of one-of-a-kind, brand-name items including Twisted X, Ariat, Hooey, Crazy Train and Cheekys. For more information, contact Richards at 785-534-0501 and Burger at 785-531-2919 or check out the Country Soul Facebook page for updates and offers.

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or find them online at www.dollargeneral. com. 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 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.

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 The Gift Gallery at the Lincoln Art Center Mills, and PepsiCo. Dollar General, located at 1886 E. Highway Throughout the year, the Lincoln Art Center 18, is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m.- displays unique, hand-crafted items made by 10 p.m. The phone number is 785-524-2403, local artists in its Gift Gallery. This partner-



ship allows the art center to make a few extra bucks to cover operating expenses, while helping small artists pay the bills to continue creating. The art center posts different items frequently. For more information, check out the Lincoln Art Center’s website at www.lincolnartcenter. org. The The art center, located at 126 E. Lincoln Ave. in Lincoln, is open from noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and from 9 a.m.–noon on Saturday. The business phone number is 785-524-3241. 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-ityourselfer needs. Hayworth also stocks a variety of sporting goods, including guns and ammo, and hunting and fishing licenses. Located at 119 W.

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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. 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 Black Rifle 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 lincolnbuildingsupply.com, or look for them on Facebook. Lincoln Center Antiques 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. Simmons opened Lincoln Center Antiques and Collectibles, 123 E. Lincoln Ave., which most recently served as the home to Lincoln Auto Supply, earlier this year. The business typically features items Simmons doesn’t sell online through eBay, a successful venture that he has operated for several years. To date, he’s shipped more than 39,000 packages to antique buyers. Simmons said the items in the store represent just five percent of his total inventory of antiques. Business hours are from 1-5 p.m. MondayFriday. And for customers who can’t make it during regular business hours, they can give him a call, and he’ll open the business. Call the store at 785-738-0453, or look for the Lincoln Center Antiques and Collectibles Facebook page. Lincoln Grocery Kerry Smith takes 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, Kerry and son Stephan are more than happy to or-

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Al Joe Wallace

For Al Joe Wallace, living rural has been a constant. “I’ve always lived rural,” Wallace said. Wallace, who currently serves as one of the Lincoln County Commissioners, has lived at the same farmstead for his entire life in the Salt Creek township. “I like the community,” Wallace said. “I like the people, and so I had no desire to leave.” Wallace’s great-grandfather originally homesteaded in the Salt Creek township, which, according to Google Maps, is about 14 miles northeast of Barnard, and Wallace’s father continued the farming operation, he said. Wallace said he and his cousin continue that tradition. “I have been active in farming my entire life,” Wallace said. In addition to farming, Wallace maintained another passion in life: education. Wallace taught for 33 years in the USD 298 school district prior to his retirement, mostly teaching math to fourth, fifth and sixth graders, he said. “My aunts and my mother and I taught for 75 consecutive years,” he said. Currently, Wallace is active within the Barnard Lion’s Club, he said, and has been involved with it for over 30 years, helping with annual events such as Thanksgiving dinners, biscuits and gravy meals and Memorial Day weekend hamburger barbecues, among others. “My father was a Lion,” he said.


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Wallace is currently the treasurer on the Salt Creek Watershed board, and has been involved with it for over 20 years. He also attends two church services every Sunday, at the United Methodist and First Baptist churches, both located in Barnard. Wallace gets together with other Barnard residents for morning coffee at the elevator regularly too. “That’s kind of an important thing in the community,” he said. He was also involved when the community came together to raise money for the community building in Barnard in the 1990s. “They saw that need in the 1990s, and it has been the focal point of Barnard,” Wallace added. When Wallace has visitors to Lincoln County, he said, they marvel at the opportunity to view sunsets and sunrises unobstructed. He also said seeing the night sky and stars is a treat for out-of-town guests. “They like the slower pace of life,” he said. “I think they’re always amazed [at] how [quickly] the weather changes … no day is usually the same as the one before.” Wallace said he also enjoys that there is not much traffic in Lincoln County. “I hate traffic,” he said. “My brother lives in [Washington D.C.]. I like to visit him, but [it has] too many people.”

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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 der it for them. The grocery offers top-qual- through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday. The ity meats, dairy, frozen foods, fresh produce business phone number is 785-531-0748, or and hot deli items. Doughnuts and pastries, find them on Facebook. magazines, seasonal flowers and lawn and garden items, along with DVD/Blu-Ray Nancy’s Fancys rentals, cold drinks and a variety of ready- Owner Nancy Houghton has handmade to-eat sandwiches. crafts for sale, and home-cooked dinners evLincoln Grocery is open from 7:30 a.m.-8 ery Wednesday night. p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 The shop not only offers an assortment of a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday. seasonal crafts and home decor, but also has The store is located at 123 S. Fourth St. in craft classes for a minimal fee. Lincoln. The phone number is 785-524-4401. Nancy’s Fancys, located at 314 Main St. in Find them online at www.lincolngrocery. Barnard, is open from 5-8p.m. Wednesdays. com. The phone number is 785-792-6343. M&J Furniture and Appliance The Lincoln-based business has Crosley brand appliances in stock and available to order as well as furniture and mattresses to choose from. The business also rents DVDs. Business hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. M&J Furniture and Appliance is located at 112 E. Lincoln Ave. The business number is 785-524-4602.

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 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 full-serMrs. B’s Greenhouse & Nursery vice pharmacy is open from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Brandy and Kenny Krueger opened Mrs. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m.-Noon, B’s Greenhouse & Nursery, at 811 N. Sixth Saturday. St., in Lincoln, just off Kansas Highway 14, The phone number is 785-524-4649,

and they are online with a new website at pattersonhealthmart.com. They can also be found on Facebook. Rustic Floral and Gifts Rustic Floral and Gifts, Lincoln’s 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. 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

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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 www.seirersclothing. com, or 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-akind 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 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 and 1-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

great-grandfather is a part of the story. If you need a Kansas memento to take home, here’s where you find them. Or, if you need a gift for a new baby, a graduation, Mom, wedding. Just look for the Kansas flag with the welcoming coach lights at 139 W Lincoln Avenue and walk in to a great place to feel at home, the Lincoln way. Open 10 a.m.5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The phone number is 785 Village Lines Village Lines is a store offering something 524 5133, and Village Lines can be found on for everyone. From books and paintings of Facebook and their web site: www.villagelocal history to gluten and dairy-free foods, lines.com. you’ll find much in between in the attractive and warm hospitality the residents of Lincoln Viv’s Retail Liquor Viv’s Retail Liquor, located at 605 N. Sixth are known for. If you’re new to the area, Village Lines is a St., in Lincoln, offers a large selection of ligathering place of folks ready to guide you quor, beer, wine and spirits. Business hours around or just visit with you over a cup of are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday–Thursday and 9 coffee. There’s lots of destinations of his- a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The business tory to explore but as authenticity goes, it number is 785-524-4844. takes a guide to get you there. Or, just pick up a copy of “The 1911 Tar Party of Shady Bend, KS” the only true account of Lincoln County’s most infamous event, a compilation put together by Village Lines owner, Marilyn Helmer and Shirley Buchanan, whose

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By Hailey Dixon For Live Lincoln County Since its establishment in 2010, the Post Rock Community Foundation is Lincoln County’s permanent philanthropy to assist with needs in the communities that make up the USD 298 and 299 school districts. The “main priority” of the PRCF, which is an affiliate of the Great Salina Community Foundation, “is to raise funds and increase endowments that will strengthen the foundation’s assets,” according to an email collaborated on by PRCF members and sent by Sandy Labertew, PRCF Chair from Sylvan Grove. Labertew, who has been the chair for three years, said helping the community and individuals is one of the best things about working with PRCF. “It’s been nice to see things get done in the community,” she said. “I think the best thing is handing out the grants.” In addition, Vice Chair Ladonna Reinert said partnering with community members through the foundation is one of the best aspects of working with the PRCF. Reinert has been with the foundation for about four years, she said. PRCF also hopes to be a “good steward” of money granted to the foundation from endowments and the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, the email said. “We always want to grow our assets, and endowments,” Labertew said. “As they grow, we can grant more.” As a public charity, PRCF serves all of Lincoln County, and the school districts within it, including USD 298 and USD 299. “We connect people who care with causes that matter,” the email said. “Our local board of directors guides the foundation in grant making decisions and fund development.” The PRCF will continue to increase awareness of its organization, as well as grow assets through fundraising. PRCF also wants to work “to establish a more intentional grant making process by linking funding priorities to charitable goals.” “We will continue

to develop the role of philanthropic advisor by offering information that helps donors and nonprofit agencies achieve their objectives and improve the PRCF communities.” Overall, the PRCF “is focused on sustaining and improving our rural communities and lifestyle.” “With a little planning and help from the foundation, donors can create permanent funding for our school

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districts, churches, hospital, parks and many more nonprofits that will benefit our future generations.” Reinert said the foundation is currently looking for new board members from the eastern part of Lincoln County, including Beverly and Westfall. To volunteer, or donate, contact a board member or email the foundation at postrock@gscf.org for more information. Find them online at postrockcf.org.

The Sylvan Grove Depot restoration, new playground equipment at the Lincoln Elementary School and the Paw Prints screen printing business operated by Lincoln High School students are just three of dozens of local projects made possible in part because of grants from the Post Rock Community Foundation. (File Photos)


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 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 great-grandfathers plowed a century before. The agriculture industry impacts Lincoln County’s economy by creating nearly 650 jobs, or about 31 percent 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

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$38.5 million. Grain, crop and oilseed farming follow respectively. Crop Service Center, Central Valley Ag, Lincoln Farm Supply, Post Rock Aviation, Walker Products, 181 Ag Supply 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. Industry and Energy The Lincoln County area is host to a number of small manufacturers and industrial service providers, and thanks to recent expansions in wind energy and oil distribution, the county has become a center for energy production. APAC-Shears, Quartzite Quarry APAC KS-MO has been building the midwest for more than a century. From 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 APAC-Shears, Quartzite Quarry, is located off Kansas Highway 14 in Lincoln,


and employs over 30 area residents.

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 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 resi-



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Education USD 298 - Lincoln dential needs throughout the region and has The USD 298-Lincoln School District quickly grown into one of Lincoln County’s employs more than 80 staff members. The district has three buildings - an elementary largest employers. school, junior/senior high school, and district office. During the 2017-2018 school year, the Smoky Hills Wind Farm The Smoky Hills Wind Farm (Phase I & district had 354 students enrolled. Phase II) is a 250 megawatt (MW) wind farm in Lincoln and Ellsworth Counties. The farm USD 299 - Sylvan-Lucas is operated by Enel Green Power and produc- The USD 299 - Sylvan-Lucas Unified es enough electricity to power some 37,000 School District employs more than 60 teachaverage Kansas homes annually. The farm ers and staff members, and includes the comprovides a number of jobs to residents of the munities of Sylvan Grove, Vesper, and Hunter as well as Russell County students from county, and surrounding area. the Lucas and Luray areas. In 2010, the Russell School District transPony Express Pipeline Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline, LLC is ferred the territory and schools in Lucas a 764-mile crude oil pipeline running from and Luray to the USD 299 School District. Guernsey, Wyo., to the U.S. oil hub of Cush- Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, ing, Okla. With a design capacity to transport the school district established an elementa320,000 barrels of oil per day. Pony Express ry school for grades kindergarten through links new and emerging oil plays such as the sixth grade in Lucas and a junior/senior high Bakken, the Powder River Basin and the Ni- school in Sylvan Grove for seventh- through 12th-grade students. obrara Shale to markets across the country. During the 2017-2018 school year, the district had 241 enrolled. Banking Bennington State Bank, Citizens State Bank and Trust, The Bank of Tescott, and Wilson Government State Bank operate banks in Lincoln Coun- One of Lincoln County’s largest employers ty communities. Together, they serve as one is the county government, which offers comof the county’s largest employers. Farmway petitive wages and an excellent benefit packCredit Union also operates a branch in Lin- age for both full- and part-time employees.

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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 departments, district court and waste management. Each municipality in the county also employs a number of people in central offices, on maintenance crews, and in other key positions. Health Care Lincoln County Health Department The mission of the Lincoln County Health Department is to provide quality, cost-effective, preventative services to the County residents. Programs are offered within the limits of available funding emphasizing wellness education over illness treatment. Lincoln County Hospital Lincoln County Hospital opened its doors in 1952 and continues serving residents in Lincoln and the surrounding area with high-quality care. 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.

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Improvements made during the second and final phases included a new pharmacy, laboratory, an updated lobby area, three additional patient rooms, the expansion of the therapy department and a covered front entrance. The project, which totaled approximately $6 million, was completed in 2011. And the improvements have continued with recent upgrades and renovations to the radiology suite, and in other departments. 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: lincolncountyhospital.net/employment/.

The facility also hosts community events such as legislative coffees, emergency preparedness meetings and quilt shows in its basement community room. Patterson Health Mart Pharmacy Patterson Health Mart Pharmacy offers durable medical equipment, respiratory therapy equipment, sleep apnea therapy, oxygen therapy, and compounding along with a complete line of prescription and over the counter medications. 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 the many small businesses that help make Lincoln County home by offering services and small-town hospitality not found anywhere else. But more than services, these small businesses also provide dozens of jobs within the county, and the region. To find a career in Lincoln County visit www.livelincolncounty.com/category/work/ jobs/. Entrepreneurship Opportunities All businesses in Lincoln County are small

Lincoln Park Manor Lincoln Park Manor provides much-needed 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 assisted-living apartments.


by traditional standards, but the county is a booming entrepreneurship center, and dozens of county residents are fulfilling their dream of business ownership in the Post Rock Capital of Kansas. The number of new businesses opened in recent years, providing both full- and parttime employment, is significant and includes a broad spectrum of industries. According to statistics from the Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation the county has witnessed no less than 20 new business startups in just the last three years. Among them are BC Diesel, Elite Construction, Family Hair Flair 2, Massage Therapy by Tori, Ronnie’s Diner, Rustic Floral & Gifts, Triple H Outfitters, 3 Amigos Mexican Restaurant and others.

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Elijah & Lara Keever

of traffic and safe play outside for children, the family said. “...Here you have a sense of belonging; you’re not just another face in the crowd,” Lara said. “You can While Elijah Keever grew up in a small, north-central Kansas town similar drive across town without getting angry at the traffic, to Lincoln, his wife, Lara, made the switch from Boston-living to the rural your kids can play outside safely, and you don’t lifestyle in Kansas. waste hours every week standing in line or sitting in traffic. Life operates at The Keever couple, who have four children, Noah, 8, Jonah, 6, Caleb, a faster pace in the city, but just because you feel like you’re moving faster 3, and David, three months, moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, less than doesn’t mean you’re getting more accomplished.” a year after they were married, Lara said. They lived in North Carolina for four years prior to moving to Salina after the birth of their oldest son. (Photo by Tyler Gier) When Lara was younger, she lived in several places around the United States before settling in Boston when at age 11. For the last five years, the family has owned and operated Keever Auto & Ag, an automotive and agricultural repair business based in the annex to the old Lincoln High School building at the south edge of Lincoln. “We’ve gotten to know some wonderful people here in Lincoln, and were given an opportunity to start a business,” Lara said. Lara said she enjoys knowing several people throughout the county. “My favorite thing about living in Lincoln County is that I actually know more people and have more close friends here in Lincoln County than I did from living in the suburbs of major cities,” she said. The family loves the small community, and especially enjoys “wonderful community facilities and programs” like the Lincoln Recreation department, Finch Theatre and the Lincoln Art Center. They said they also enjoy that Lincoln County is just a short drive to bigger cities for additional medical services and other amenities found in larger, more populated areas. Some of the other benefits of living in a small community include the lack

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Cost of Living: Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Lincoln County: 79.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Estimated median household income in 2016: This county: Kansas: $50,845 $54,935 Median contract rent in 2016 for apartments: Lincoln County: State: $322 $616 Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: Lincoln: Kansas: $74,217 $144,900

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SCHOOLS: USD 298 had an enrollment of 354 K-12 in 2017-18 Lincoln has been honored by the State of Kansas for Excellence in Education.

USD 299 had an enrollment of 241 K-12 in 2017-18 Sylvan-Lucas in 2008 was named one of America’s best high school’s from U.S. News & World Report. Lincoln Recreation Department: In 2008 Lincoln County and the city of Lincoln partnered to form a recreation commission. The commission offers programs to all ages including adults all year round.

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages Rural Opportunity Zones Program: State Income Tax Exemption in 2016: $1,477 (1.9%) Individuals who move to Lincoln County outside of the state may be eligible for a state income tax exemption for up to five years. Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $1,388 (1.9%) Student Loan Forgiveness Individuals may be eligible for student loan forgiveness if they graduated Industries providing employment: Agriculture (agricultural inspectors, from an accredited post-secondary institution and move to Lincoln County. graders & sorters, agricultural products, miscellaneous agricultural All degrees and professions are eligible. workers, animal breeders) fishing and hunting, and mining (69.4%), Educational, health and social services (11.1%).


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The Historic Lincoln County Courthouse

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