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Wiltse new Lane-Scott manager

Wiltse new Lane-Scott manager

Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative president Richard Jennison announced recently that its board of directors has named Ed Wiltse as the cooperative's general manager.

Wiltse will begin his duties on Dec. 3, and comes to Lane-Scott Electric after working for Ninnescah Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Pratt, and Pioneer Electric Cooperative headquartered in Ulysses. Experience with electric cooperatives as the general manager at Ninnescah and as the manager of member services at Pioneer provides a solid understanding of utility operations and maintenance, customer and member services and financial management, according to a release from the cooperative.

Wiltse currently serves as treasurer of the Kansas Electric Cooperative board, board member of Pratt County Community College, Pratt County Economic Development Corp, and has served on the boards of western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance and numerous civic and religious organizations including former mayor and councilman of the city of Ulysses. He also serves as president of the Kansas Committee for Rural Electrification, a political action committee that promotes rural electrification issues.

Jennison said that the Lane-Scott board selected Wiltse following a national search conducted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association management consulting group.

"Ed brings a wealth of experience to Lane-Scott at a time when we are experiencing load growth opportunities", Jennison said. "We look forward to having Ed join the outstanding team of employees that keep the lights on for our cooperative members every day."

"I am honored to be selected for this position," Wiltse said. "There are exciting opportunities ahead for Lane-Scott, and I look forward to working with the staff and cooperative members. Lane-Scott is a solid cooperative, and Lisa and I are pleased to soon become a part of the Lane-Scott community."

Wiltse is a native Kansan growing up on a family farm near Chanute and graduating from Pittsburg State University with a business administration degree. Since 2009, he has served as manager of Ninnescah Electric Cooperative in Pratt. From 1987 to 2009 he served as manager of Member Services for Pioneer Electric Cooperative in Ulysses.

He and his wife, Lisa, have two grown children: daughter Adriane, married to David, and son Michael.

Sunflower names new employees

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. has announced that Enrique Chairez, Jorge Hernandez and Ruben Perez have joined the company as operator trainees, and Kevin Begay has joined the company as a lab technician trainee at Holcomb Station on Nov. 5.

Chairez, Hernandez and Perez will attend Critical Information Network training classes for approximately 20 weeks. The trainees will obtain knowledge of basic power principles while completing CiNet course work to comply with the Operator Trainee Training Program requirements for advancement.

Begay will complete comprehensive classroom and on-the-job training program. He will assist with performing various chemical and physical lab processes and procedures, as well as the operation of station equipment, under direct supervision, to ensure the safety and efficient operation of laboratory and operational functions and activities.

Monsanto helps at Emmaus House

The Monsanto Company site in Garden City recently helped raise awareness for rural hunger by volunteering during the company's first "Rural Hunger Volunteer Week."

From 8:30 a.m. to noon on Nov. 9, employees from the Monsanto site in Garden City volunteered at Emmaus House to raise awareness about rural hunger in America.

Volunteers included: Molly Drimmel, Beau Tatro, Keith Miller, Manuel Michel, Kara McVey and Danny Pearson.

Hundreds of Monsanto Company employees at nearly 40 different locations across the U.S. — ranging from Hawaii to Massachusetts — took part in the company's first "Rural Hunger Volunteer Week." The employees will be volunteered in teams at their local food banks as part of Monsanto's push to raise awareness about and combat hunger in rural America.

By mobilizing employees across the country, Monsanto hopes to make a real impact while bringing the issue of rural hunger into people's consciousness this holiday season.

"As counterintuitive as it may seem, there are millions of rural families that simply don't know where their next meal will come from," said Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto's global volunteer program manager. "As a company with deep roots in rural America, we are committed to helping address this problem. That is what Rural Hunger Volunteer Week is all about."

In addition to "Rural Hunger Volunteer Week," the company is involved in several other efforts to fight hunger in America. Recently, Monsanto pledged $3 million to Invest an Acre, a partnership which helps farmers support their local food banks. Other efforts include annual food drives at industry tradeshows, which have raised 80,000 pounds of food over three years, as well as donations to rural food banks amounting to $300,000 through the Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities program.

More information about Monsanto's commitment to end rural hunger can be found at

Ribbon cutting held for Illusions

The Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Illusions Hair Salon's new location at 414 N. Main St. The salon recently moved from its prior spot at 218 N. Main St., which served the business for six years before owner Rosie Swick and her employees outgrew the location.

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