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Published 12/22/2012 in Business : Business

Group re-elects local pharmacist

TOPEKA — Jennifer Schmitt, R. Ph., of Garden City, was re-elected secretary/treasurer of the Kansas Independent Pharmacy Service Corp. during the Dec. 11 KPSC board meeting.

Schmitt is co-owner of Plaza Pharmacy in Garden City.

Officers are elected annually by the board of directors. Officer terms begin in January 2013.

The KPSC is an organization dedicated to ensuring the success and professional development of independent pharmacies in Kansas.

Syracuse bank to apply for branch in Garden City

Valley State Bank, based in Syracuse, intends to apply to the Federal Reserve Board for permission to establish a branch at 511 N. Campus Drive in Garden City.

The Federal Reserve considers a number of factors in deciding whether to approve the application, including the record of performance of applicant banks in helping to meet local credit needs.

The public is invited to submit comments in writing on this application to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, One Memorial Drive, Kansas City, MO 64198. The comment period will not end before Jan. 4, 2013.

The board's procedures for processing applications can be found at 12 C.F.R. Part 262; procedures for processing protested applications may be found at 12 C.F.R. 262.25. To obtain a copy of the Federal Reserve Board's procedures, or if you need more information about how to submit your comments on the application, contact Dennis Denney, assistant vice president, at (816) 881-2633.

The Federal Reserve will consider comments and any request for a public meeting or formal hearing on the application if received in writing by the Reserve Bank on or before the last day of the comment period.

As part of its bid to open a Garden City location, Valley State Bank has also applied for permission with the State Bank Commissioner.

Any person wishing to comment on that application may file in writing on or before Jan. 4, 2013, to the State Bank Commissioner, 700 SW Jackson St., Suite 300, Topeka, KS 66603.

Public comments may be subject to disclosure pursuant to the Kansas Open Records Act, K.S.A. 45-201. The non-confidential portion of the application file is available for inspection within three business days following the request for such a file. The file may be inspected in the office of the state bank commissioner during regular business hours.

Photocopies of information in the non-confidential portion of the file will be made available upon request. A schedule of charges for such copies can be obtained from the state bank commissioner.

Hotel employees recognized for decade of service

Two employees of the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Garden City have been recognized for 10 years of service with the company.

Clara Janaz is being recognized as a housekeeper at the hotel. She came to AmericInn from Super 8, where she also had been in housekeeping on recommendation through the management company for AmericInn. She brought expertise and care to her position.

She is married to Paul Janaz. They have two children and seven grandchildren.

Randy Brandenburger also has been with AmericInn for 10 years, showing dedication and helping to fill in as needed. Brandenburger also works for Barnes Distribution as a salesman, covering parts of western Kansas and Colorado.

He is married to Della Brandenburger, general manager of AmericInn. They have two children and three grandchildren.

Acquisition of Holcomb Bank completed

American State Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of American State Bank and Trust Co., Great Bend, recently acquired First National Bank of Holcomb. American State Bank has a branch office in Garden City, so the acquisition will increase the bank's presence in that market.

According to American State Bank President and CEO Don LacKamp, First National Bank of Holcomb will continue to operate as a standalone charter until it transitions to a branch of American State Bank sometime later next year.

LacKamp explained that from the customer's standpoint, they will notice no change in services. It will be "business as usual." This also gives First National a larger capital base to support future growth opportunities. American State Bancshares has a goal to become a $1 billion dollar financial company by the end of 2016, with a presence in central and western Kansas.

First National of Holcomb approached American State, and the opportunity fit well with ASB's strategic direction. LacKamp added that American State's business and strategic plan calls for expansion into other rural Kansas markets when the right opportunity presents itself.

Paul Pfeifer, president of First National Bank of Holcomb, said the previous owners purchased the bank in 1993, and it was chartered 10 years earlier. American State Bancshares has more than $670 million in assets. The merger will increase bank assets to about $95 million in the Garden City area.

In addition to Garden City, American State Bancshares has banks in Augusta, Belleville, Clyde, Concordia, Great Bend, Larned, Macksville, Rose Hill, St. John and Wichita.

KSU to host ag lease workshops

MANHATTAN — To help ensure that landlords and tenants understand the complexities in agricultural leases, Kansas State University is hosting seven workshops to address the issues.

The day-long workshops are designed to help landlords and tenants understand different rental arrangements, including cash rent, share rent and the recently-popular flex-rent arrangements in which rental rates can "flex" depending on prices, yields or both.

Dates, locations and contact information for each location include:

* Jan. 10 in Rush Center. Contact Jared Petersilie at (785) 222-2710 or

* Jan. 10 in Dighton. Contact Jared Petersilie at (785) 222-2710 or

* Jan. 15 in Wichita. Contact Gary Cramer at (316) 660-0100 or

* Jan. 16 in Junction City. Contact Chuck Otte at (785) 238-4161 or

* Jan. 17 in Hutchinson. Contact Cody Barilla at (620) 662-2371 or

* Jan. 22 in Scott City. Contact John Beckman at (620) 872-2930 or or Allen Baker at (620) 375-2724 or

* Jan. 23 in WaKeeney. Contact Julie Niehage at (785) 671-3245 or

The program includes several presentations by K-State Research and Extension agricultural economists Troy Dumler and Mykel Taylor:

* Introduction to rental arrangements;

* ethics of leasing;

* using excel spreadsheets; and

* using KSU-Lease.xls.

Lunch is included in the registration.

More information, including downloadable brochures with details for each site, is available at and click on 2012-2013 Lease Workshops or contact Rich Llewelyn at (785) 532-1504 or

KSU to host beef conference

MANHATTAN — K-State Research and Extension will host the 4-State Beef Conference at two Kansas locations on Jan. 29. The conference, set for 5 to 8:30 p.m., will be held in Wamego at the Wamego Senior Center, 502 Ash St., and in Seneca at the Community Building, 1500 Community Drive.

The conference is designed to give those with an interest in beef cattle in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri a regular update on cow-calf and stocker topics. Sessions also will be held in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska. An evening meal is included in the cost of the $20 registration.

Three topics to be covered at each location are the same, although some speakers will be different. They include:

* Genetic improvement of beef cattle feed efficiency, by Bob Weaber, K-State cow-calf extension specialist in Wamego and a representative of the U.S. Consortium for the Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle Seneca.

* Engaging consumers in a beef conversation, by Daren Williams, executive director of communications of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, at both locations.

* Beef industry update and outlook, by Todd Kalous, market analyst at CattleFax, at both locations.

* Saving that precious hay, by Amy Bandel, veterinarian, Mill Creek Veterinary Services in Wamego, and Jody Holthaus, Meadowlark District livestock and natural resources extension agent in Seneca.

Attendees are asked to pre-register by Jan. 25 to ensure an adequate number of meals and copies of conference proceedings. For more information or to register for the Wamego site, contact Karaline Mayer at (785) 765-3821 or or Austin Sexten at (785) 457-3319 or For more information or to register for the Seneca site, contact Jody Holthaus at (785) 364-4125 or

More information about the 4-State Beef Conference is available at Additional information, including details regarding conference sites in other states, is available at The conference is coordinated by specialists at four land grant universities: Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, the University of Nebraska and Iowa State University.

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