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Volume 4, Number 11

Agriculture
People in the News
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Kansas farm first in state to be Certified Naturally Grown
Joplin Business Journal
McCUNE, Kan. — It's a family affair at Schenker Family Farms near here and one that has not gone unnoticed. The farm just became the first in Kansas to be awarded the Certified Naturally Grown designation for livestock.

Banking and Finance
General News
Featured Article
Hometown Bank: keeping communities strong
CATHAGE, Mo. — "Carthage is the home for several of the founders that decided to start Hometown Bank," said Lonnie Heckmaster, president and chief executive officer. "We felt like we had a good following of customers and a good shareholder base in Carthage."

Todays News


Arvest recognized by ABA
Arvest Bank received national recognition for its contributions to the community at the Feb. 17 American Bankers Association National Conference for Community Bankers in Phoenix. The bank was recognized for its efforts in the Building with Habitat for Humanity category.

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How to keep your sales from running out of gas

Most of us have figured out that it's smart to have a least a few gallons of gas in the tank at all times. And it's not very bright to see how far we can go before running out of gas. A couple of "come and get me" calls is usually all it takes before we get the message to head for the gas station before disaster strikes.



People in the News


Jill Hulsey
Jill Hulsey has been named vice president and manager of the Community Bank & Trust Financial Center. She will oversee the Financial Center's offices in Neosho and Joplin. 



Johnny Brown

Johnny Brown has joined the Community Bank & Trust Financial Center. He will be responsible for retail investment sales and Trust Department business development.



Construction


Ivan Crossland Jr.
Pittsburg State University honored alumni Ivan Crossland Jr. with the Dr. Ralph J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award at the annual Apple Day ceremony March 5.

Education
General News
Todays News


Four chosen as finalists in PSU presidential search
Joplin Business Journal

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The search for the next president of Pittsburg State University moved into its final phase today with the announcement that four finalists have been invited for on-campus interviews over the next two weeks.





Freeman Health to dedicate new education center
Joplin Business Journal
JOPLIN, Mo. — Freeman Health System will unveil a new 3,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, medical education center at 1031 McIntosh Circle Drive during a March 31 invitation-only grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.



People in the News


PSU instructor wins international award
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Changing times demand changing technologies, and Linda Grilz is doing her part to keep Pittsburg State University students up-to-date in the printing industry.



PSU: Outstanding faculty recognized
Three veteran Pittsburg State University professors were named the 2009 Robert K. Ratzlaff Outstanding Faculty Award winners during the Apple Day Convocation.

Government and Politics
General News
Economic stimulus money directly benefits older Missourians
Joplin Business Journal
Older job seekers across the country soon will get a boost from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act signed by President Obama on Feb 17. An additional $120 million will be injected this month into the Senior Community Service Employment Program, the only existing federal program serving older workers.

People in the News


Donald D. Dailey
Donald D. Dailey, commander's representative at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant in Parsons, Kan., was recognized by the U.S. Army with the Commanders Award for Civilian Service during the recent deactivation ceremony at the base.

Health Care
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Agreement to cover more uninsured; no cost to taxpayers

JOPLIN, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was in town March 17 to promote a new and innovative plan that could provide more than 34,800 uninsured Missourians with health coverage.



Freeman Women's Center celebrates grand opening
JOPLIN, Mo. — "A new era in women's healthcare at Freeman began last November with the opening of the Freeman Women's Center," Gary Duncan, president and chief executive of Freeman Health System told the audience that gathered March 12 in the lobby of the Women's Pavilion.

Todays News


Med-Flight opens new station in Nevada
Joplin Business Journal
NEVADA, Mo. – St. John's MedFlight will host and open house to celebrate the opening of its new base located at the Nevada Municipal Airport. The celebration will take place March 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Nevada Municipal Airport, East U.S. Highway 54.



Mount Carmel earns accreditation
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Mount Carmel's Sleep Disorder Lab has been granted accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.



Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center earns national accreditation
Joplin Business Journal
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Demonstrating a commitment to the highest quality patient care and safety, Mount Carmel Regional Medical Center, its laboratory, home care and medical equipment services have once again been awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission.

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Worker's Compensation: the role of the family practioner in injury management
In a perfect world, every injured worker would be treated by a physician trained in Occupational Medicine, one who understands how to facilitate recovery and expedite return to work.


People in the News
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Health Care Heroes winners announced
JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin Business Journal has announced the winners and top winners of its second Health Care Heroes Awards.



Todays News


Freeman Health System welcomes Dwight Douglas
Joplin Business Journal
JOPLIN, Mo. — Freeman Health System announces Dwight Douglas as first General Counsel for the health system. Douglas will begin his new position on May 11, 2009, as a full-time Freeman employee.



St. John's announces new HealthFirst executive director
Joplin Business Journal
JOPLIN, Mo. — St. John's Regional Medical Center announced March 17 that Shelly Hunter, vice-president strategy and business development, has assumed the additional role of executive director for HealthFirst, St. John's physician network.

Legal
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Avoiding costly-and unnecessary-hiring mistakes in a down economy
With layoffs, downsizing and stressed-out employees, it is more important than ever for employers to focus on the legal aspects of hiring, managing and terminating workers.

Manufacturing
Featured Article
Precision Aero Services celebrates five years

NEVADA, Mo. — Founded in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1999, privately-owned Precision Aero Services Inc., is a Federal Aviation Administration-approved aircraft maintenance facility specializing in the manufacturing, inspection, repair, modification, and overhaul for sheet metal, structural, bonded, and composite airframe assemblies on commercial, regional, corporate, and military aircraft.

The week's feature highlights the work and capabilities of Precision Aero Services as they celebrate their fifth year of business in Nevada.



Todays News


Economist says trade plan needs coherence
Joplin Business Journal
The apparent lack of a cohesive trade policy from President Obama may spell problems for manufacturers striving to survive in today's economic climate, according to a leading industry economist.



Shuttle carrying EP batteries to ISS
Joplin Business Journal
JOPLIN, Mo. – EaglePicher Technologies, LLC, a leading producer of batteries and energetic devices for the defense, space and commercial industries, announced March 23 it supplied nickel hydrogen battery cells to Space Systems/Loral for the International Space Station.

Profiles
BUSINESS PROFILE: Leggett & Platt ~ Innovating future success
Joshua Babb, Associate Publisher
CARTHAGE, Mo. – The ability to be dynamic used to separate the elite corporations from the common; the cream from the crop. Companies now must evolve just to stay alive, as change is imperative in today's business climate.

Public Companies
General News


Empire District announces additional line of credit
JOPLIN, Mo. — The Empire District Electric Co. (NYSE: EDE) announced March 11 that it has entered into a $50 million unsecured revolving credit facility, expiring July 15, 2010.



Empire District announces plan to sell bonds
Joplin Business Journal
JOPLIN, Mo. — The Empire District Electric Co. (NYSE:EDE) announced March 18 that it plans to sell $75 million principal amount of its first mortgage bonds in a public offering.

Real Estate
Innovative real estate deal sours
Shelia Stogsdill, Oklahoma Correspondent
AFTON, Okla. — A Grand Lake couple were surprised to learn their drawing for their lakefront home had run afoul of the District Attorney's Office.

People in the News


Jim Bishop
Pittsburg State University honored alumni Jim Bishop with the Dr. Ralph J. Thomas Distinguished Service Award at the annual Apple Day ceremony March 5.

Small Business
General News


Chamber accepting nominations for 2009 Small Business of the Year Award
Joplin Business Journal

PITTSBURG, Kan. — In recognition of outstanding contributions to the economy and overall progress in Crawford County, the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and BKD, LLP are now accepting nominations for the 2009 Small Business of the Year Award.



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Holding it together when times are tough
Prospering through recessions and depressions from one who has done both, successful entrepreneur and businessman Dick Gunther offers his advice for getting through tough times - tips that apply to business as well as your personal life

Profiles
BUSINESS PROFILE: The Hunte Corporation ~ Transforming the industry
GOODMAN, Mo. — Andrew Hunte had been in the show dog industry since he was 10 years old. He began working at a pet retail store in Florida over twenty years ago, and he didn't like what he saw. Though many share Hunte's discomfort and even disdain for the industry's infamous characteristics (cramped living conditions, malnutrition, inhumane transportation methods), few have done as much to change the industry as Hunte has.

Technology
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Polymer Center to receive $1.3 million for research, jobs
PITTSBURG, Kan. — The Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University has announced the nod for nearly $1.3 million in federal money from the 2009 omnibus bill, providing the award-winning center with funding that will support additional research and jobs in agriculture and bio-based product technology.

Special Report


Backup or die ~ Stronghold Data
Robert L. Roach, Journal Senior Staff Reporter
CARTHAGE, Mo. — "Backup is the bane of the information technology industry," said James Richards, chief operating officer and part-owner of Stronghold Data. "Industry data shows that when people go to restore data that was lost, 70 percent of them were unable to do it – and they thought they could."

Lost data is more than the inconvenience of having to recreate some files, Richards said. "The Small Business Administration says that when small- and medium-size businesses lose data that is essential to their business, 90 percent of them are out of business within two years."

Senior Staff Reporter Robert L. Roach looks at how a regional firm helps back up vital business data for companies here and around the world.

Tourism
Todays News


Oklahoma tourism director slated as business luncheon speaker
Joplin Business Journal

MIAMI, Okla — Hardy Watkins, executive director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department will be the featured speaker at the April 1 Chamber Business Connection Luncheon.



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Miami visitor information detailed in new guide
MIAMI, Okla. — The latest in attractions, dining, entertainment and recreational opportunities offered in Miami, Okla., are featured in the newly released 2009 edition of the Miami Visitor Guide.

Transportation


Con-way recognized by EPA for efficiency, performance
Joplin Business Journal
JOPLIN, Mo. — Con-way Truckload, a full truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), announced March 27 that it has received the highest fuel efficiency and environmental performance score for 2008 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay™ Transport Partnership.

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Con-way Truckload recognized by TCA
JOPLIN, Mo. — Con-way Truckload, a full truckload carrier and subsidiary of Con-way Inc. (NYSE: CNW), announced March 11 that the Truckload Carriers Association named the company as "Best Fleet to Drive For."

People in the News
Todays News


Watco founder passes
Joplin Business Journal
PITTSBURG, Kan. — Charles R. "Dick" Webb, 70, of Pittsburg, Kan., died March 23, 2009 at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan. surrounded by his family. He was the founder and chairman of Watco Companies Inc., a rail service provider in Pittsburg.

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