Businesses look to grow and serve during 2016

The year 2016 began with the owners of Hillsboro Com­munity Hospital announcing the start of construction on a long-awaited new $11.4 million facility. It ended with St. Luke Hospital in Marion announcing it would be opening an urgent care clinic at 535 S. Freeborn St.

In between, various businesses announced openings and closings even as the agriculture economy struggled financially even in the midst of quality harvests.


HMC/CAH Consol­idated Inc., owners of Hillsboro Community Hospital said construction on a new $11.4 million facility should begin around the first of March.

Parkside Homes Inc. engaged Eric Huebert as its an interim administrator while the search begins to find a permanent successor to Gretchen Wagner, who resigned last month as CEO and president.

Whether it was a Wal-Mart Express or a Wal-Mart Neigh­­borhood Market, the Hillsboro store was one of more than 150 locations closing nationwide because of a pilot program that failed. Less than nine months after its grand opening, the Hills­boro store closed Jan. 28.


A new chapter began for Marion’s Bown-Corby building, which has served as an elementary school, a community college outreach program, is now as a 12-unit apartment complex.


Nicole and Kevin Suder­man cut the ceremonial ribbon symbolizing the transi­tion of ownership of the Hills­boro True Value store on North Main. Also participating were former owners, Ken Koslowsky and Lori and Tom Koslowsky. Tom and Lori Koslowsky will continue to serve customers as employees.

The addition of a 4,000-square-foot automobile service area to the main facility at Rod’s Tire & Service is owners Rod and Carrie Koons’ latest investment in the future growth of their business. “If you aren’t growing and moving forward to opportunities and thinking things out, you aren’t growing, you’re going backward,” Rod Koons said.

Workers completed the top ring of the third 330,000-bushel grain bin Coopera­tive Grain & Supply has added for storage in the past couple of years at the Hills­boro location.

MB Foundation announced it would break ground in July for a $2 million office facility on the site of the former Prime­Time convenience store.

Owner Craig Dodd said he was “really surprised” when informed that his business, Chisholm Trail Outfitters in Hillsboro, was selected an “Emerging Business of the Year” by the Kansas Small Business Development Center state­wide network.


Kodi Panzer, owner of Panzer Chiropractic Clinic in Hillsboro, added Kyler Clawson to her practice. He is a graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, and prior to that earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Kansas State University.

Jeremy and Tammy Ensey of Marion purchased the Elgin Hotel from Jim and Nancy Coultier, who bought the historic hotel and restored it about seven years ago. The Ensey family intends to use the space as a bed and breakfast.

Valerie McGhee began working as chief executive officer of Parkside Homes in Hills­boro.


Casey’s General Store in Hillsboro celebrated a major remodel with a ribbon-cutting event May 9. Jeanette Schaefer, cashier, said the store is launching 24/7 service for its customers.


James Wiens started a new business in Goessel called “Sunflower Promo” with the goal of providing com­­panies and organizations a way to enhance their products and services using promotional items and print services.

The husband-wife attorney team of Josh and Courtney Boehm opened a law office in Hillsboro called Cotton­wood Law Group.

Fay Family Chiropractic at 410 E. Main St. is one of the newer businesses in Marion with emphasis on helping people from birth to retirement. “We are a family practice, and family is important to us,” said Heather Fay, co-owner.


Scott Akers, 31, is one of the newest and youngest doctors at St. Luke Hospital in Marion. Akers, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, arrived with wife Vallin and 18-month-old son August at the end of June. He started practicing after the Fourth of July holiday.

Ty and Terra Reus­ser, a husband-wife dentist team operating R2 Center for Dentistry in Wichita, became the new owners of the longtime dental practice established decades ago by Eugene Vinduska and currently operated by son Gerald A. Vinduska.

Now in its 10th year, the St. Luke Hospital Auxiliary Shoppe at 321 E. Main St. in Marion, was ranked first overall among similar facilities in Kansas.

Two Hillsboro businesses were presented certificates at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon as part of Busi­ness Apprecia­tion Month in Kansas. This year’s nominees recipients were Con­tainer Services Inc. and Rod’s Tire & Se­r­vice.

Dollar General announced it purchased the former Wal-Mart Neigh­borhood Market location in Hills­boro. Company officials anticipate relocating its existing store by October. The facility is one of 41 former Wal-Mart Express and Neighbor­­hood Market locations across 11 states that Dollar General has purchased.

Straub International closed its agriculture equipment dealership in Marion July 31 because of a general slowing of business. Presi­dent Ron Straub at the Great Bend headquarters office said the decisions to close dealerships at Marion and Lar­ned were not made lightly. “These are some historic times we are going through right now, and our company is working our way through them the best way we can,” he said. The Marion facility had nine employees; all were offered severance or options to transfer to other stores.

Wink Hartman Sr. and his Vintage Bank purchased Peabody State Bank for an undisclosed amount. “It’s a very nice addition,” Hart­man said. Vintage Bank is about a $50 million bank. Peabody Bank is about a $40 million bank.


Panzer Chiropractic Clinic raised $1,070 for Marion County’s Back-to-School Fund at the grand opening of its Marion satellite clinic. Owner Kodi Panzer said the local business be purchasing supplies from Lanning Pharmacy in Marion.

Tracy Hett, owner of Trace of Copper in Marion, was featured in Kansas Profile, a publication of the Huck Boyd Institute at Kan­sas State University.

Joey and Lindsey Young, majority owners of the Hillsboro Free Press, purchased the Herington Times from John Roberts of Holden, Mo., keeping the 127-year-old newspaper and community resource in business.

Workers with Hett Con­struction of Marion began moving dirt Aug. 22 for the new Green­haw Phar­macy building at the corner of Ash Street and Orchard Drive in Hillsboro.


About 100 people, including the entire JE Dunn construction crew, gathered under cloudy skies Sept. 8 to enjoy a sausage barbecue meal and to mark the unofficial half­way point of the Hills­boro Commun­ity Hos­pital project.


More than 1,000 quilters were in Hillsboro from Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. Partici­pants also visited eight other shops in the area. According to Marie Kess­ler, owner of Kessler’s Krea­tions, this is the 18th year the Central Kansas Quilt Shop Hop has taken place.

Peter Mungai became the new administrator at Salem Home in Hillsboro. The 44-year-old was born and raised in Kenya. Mungai came to Kansas in 2002 and completed his program at Emporia State University in 2004.

Veterinarians and livestock producers in Marion County are gearing up for the Jan. 1 implementation of a federal mandate that will track the use of antibiotics in their herds and flocks. Producers will be required to work alongside a veterinarian in regard to using medicated feeds for their animals.

The board of directors of Cooperative Grain & Supply voted to approve an agreement that would unify their cooperative with MKC pending a vote by members of CG&S.

Dollar General is no long­er a small retail outlet in Hillsboro after moving into the former Wal-Mart building in Hillsboro. The store’s manager, Robert Nelson, said people seemed pleased with the larger store and additional inventory.


The proposal to unify Cooperative Grain & Supply with MKC failed to gain a two-thirds majority of CG&S members during a special meeting Nov. 22. Lyman Adams, general manager, said, “The membership has spoken. Cooperative Grain will continue as it has been operating.”


St. Luke Hospital employees pledged $136,512 as an internal effort to boost the hospital’s “Mov­ing Forward Together” campaign. The campaign will fund renovations at the Living Center and medical clinic that are scheduled to begin in 2017. Nearly 80 percent of employees donated during a pledge drive run by the hospital’s Employee Development Council.

St. Luke Hospital said it will open an urgent care clinic located in Marion. Urgent care will be available Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. beginning Jan. 7.

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