Schneider has grand opening

The public is invited to attend the grand opening of Lora Schneider's new Edward Jones office. The event begins at noon Friday at 409 N. Campus Drive, Suite 108, Garden City.

There will be a ribbon cutting, refreshments and door prizes at the event.

Edward Jones provides a wide variety of financial services for the individual investor. Edward Jones, headquartered in St. Louis, was recently listed as No. 4 on Fortune magazine's 2014 "Best Companies to Work For" ranking.

"I am excited to be opening an Edward Jones office in Garden City, because I really see a need for the type of service we provide," Schneider said. "This firm concerns iself exclusively with the needs of individual investors and small-business owners, and I'm happy to be bringing that kind of personalized service to this community.

Vapor Wave to have grand opening

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday for VaporWave, 519 W. Mary St., Ste. 107. The grand opening celebration begins at 1 p.m. and lasts until 5. There will be door prizes, drawings and wings.

VaporWave offers a full range of e-cigarretes in a variety of flavors, as well as accessories.

Golden Plains relocating

Golden Plains has outgrown its current space at Dillons and will be relocating to 1504 Taylor Plaza as of Feb. 18. The last day at Dillons will be Feb. 15.

In addition to more space, the new location will have a drive-through and will offer loan service, safe deposit box service and a lobby computer for Golden Plains Online access.

Debbie Foster will be the vice president, branch services, at the Taylor Plaza location. She oversees both Dillons locations and has worked for Golden Plains for 13 years.

Growers in tall corn

Vern Nightengale of Copeland, Robbie T. Yost of Montezuma, John Koehn of Montezuma and Fred S. Goossen of Montezuma were among growers winning a title in the recent National Corn Growers' Association's (NCGA) Corn Yield contest in Kansas.

Nightengale took first, second and third in the Irrigated division, bringing in 309, 307 and 304 bushels respectively. Koehn won first place in the no-till/strip-till irrigated division, with 307 bushels per acre, Yost won second with 298 bushels and Goossen took third with 297 bushels per acre.

The growers were all using Pioneer brand hybrids. The NCGA awarded 433 state titles in this year's contest, 266 of which were won by growers planting Pioneer hybrids.

The NCGA Corn Yield contest is an annual U.S. National competition among corn growers with the goal of capitalizing on the high genetic yield potential of today's corn hybrids.

IRS tax season has begun

The IRS opened the 2014 filing season Jan. 31, after updating tax forms and completing programming and testing of its systems. The IRS also updated and strengthened its systems against refund fraud and identity theft.

The update process, and hence the opening day of tax season, was delayed due to the 16-day federal government closure.

Taxpayers have until April 15 to file their 2013 tax returns and pay any tax due.

About three of four filers typically get refunds, and the IRS issues nine in 10 of these refunds in less than 21 days. E-file, when combined with direct deposit, is the fastest way to get your refund.

Free file is available again this year through the site. Free file makes available free of charge name brand tax software such as H & R Block, Tax Cut and many others to help taxpayers making less than $58,000 AGI file their taxes and ensure they get all deductions and credits for which they qualify.

The most often missed deduction, the Earned Income Credit, can be worth up to $6,143 for qualifying families of low to moderate incomes. The credit is paid even if you don't owe any tax, so even if you do not pay income taxes, you should still file the form to see if you qualify.

Physicians Assistant earns CAQ

Only two certified Physicians Assistants in Kansas have earned a Certificate of Added Qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and one of them is right here in Garden City.

Colleen Marie Finegan, PA-C, is a physician assistant at St. Catherine Hosptial.

She's one of 108 certified PA-Cs nationally to earn the specialty credential, and one of two statewide, according to officials with St. Catherine.

Her CAQ in Nephrology was earned by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements, and then passing an exam in the specialty.

CAQs were offered to certified PAs in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, orthopaedic surgery, nephrology and psychiatry. This year, NCCPA will add hospital medicine and pediatrics to the CAQ program.

Certified PAs are licensed and certified health care professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision and bring a breadth of knowledge and skills to patient care. Though their role in any particular workplace is determined in consultation with the supervising physcian, certified PAs can take histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventative health care, assist in surgery, perform a variety of procedures and write prescriptions.