Community National Honored

Community National Bank & Trust employees received a plaque naming the bank a finalist for the Governor’s Award of Excellence.

Community National Bank named finalist for award

Community National Bank & Trust was selected as one of five finalists for the 2017 Governor’s Award of Excellence.

This is the third time in five years the company was chosen as a finalist for the award.

The award qualifications include business expansion in Kansas, successful employee retention and recruitment practices, employee educational programs, capital investment in Kansas and support of local activities and community events. In May all finalists gave a presentation about their company and community involvement to a panel of judges from across the state.

Community National Bank & Trust employees serve on more than 105 boards and economic development groups and support more than 50 nonprofit entities, schools and organizations in the communities the business serves. In the past 12 years, CNB&T has expanded to 10 Kansas communities and has added more than 100 new employees. The bank’s most recent rating for the Community Reinvestment Act was an “outstanding.”

The bank has branches in Parsons at 330 N. 16th St., in Cherryvale at 222 W. Main and in Edna at 101 Delaware.


Flower shop relocates

A-Blossom for Every Occasion has changed locations.

The flower shop formerly located at 2631 Main St. relocated about a week ago to 2701 Main.

A-Blossom owner Yolanda Wolke said of the move that it was just time for a change. 

A-Blossom opened in November 2008 at 105 S. 18th St. Wolke moved the business to 2631 Main in April 2011.


Hannah’s Promise gets grant

Hannah’s Promise Pregnancy Life Center was selected to receive a Women’s Giving Circle Grant from the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas for $2,500 for a transportation for education, employment and improved health services project.

The money will be combined with a $2,500 grant from the Parsons Area Community Foundation and other money pledged or raised to replace transportation at Hannah’s Promise.

The review committee appreciated the matches to fund the project and the work involved to see the project to completion.

Additional donations for the project can be mailed to 1706 S. 21st St., Parsons, KS 67357.

The Women’s Giving Circle Grant is funded by the Rita J. Bicknell Women’s Health Fund and managed by the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas.


Librarians       attend training session

Phylis Coomes, Lee Ann Eggers and Scotty Zollars of Labette Community College attended the Southeast Kansas Library System academic and school library inservice day entitled “Media Literacy, Digital Literacy & Information Literacy: How Do We Make It Happen?” on May 25 at Flint Oak Lodge near Fall River.  

John Gable, CEO of, discussed how news bias affects everyone but that making a conscious effort to listen to other sources can help students and adults become better informed and more tolerant of different people and ideas. AllSides provides free programs for schools and libraries to foster dialog, collaboration and critical thinking skills. 

The second half of the day was presented by MaryAlice Wade and Robyn Hartman of Fort Hays State University. Discussion centered on how to identify the successes and challenges librarians face in helping students move from high school to college and gave school and academic library staff members insight into the process of teaching information literacy during the transition to college.


Rothstein joins credentialing committee

Dr. Terry Rothstein of Parsons Eye Clinic, 220 N. 32nd, is serving on a small group of medical professionals that reviews credentials for potential providers for a national health care organization, Envolve Vision.

Envolve has been providing comprehensive health care services for more than 30 years. The national company designs vision programs that meet specific needs for commercial, Medicare and Medicaid clients.

Rothstein will serve on a small “head” group of credentialing medical directors who review non-controversial cases of providers (including optometrists and opthalmologists) wanting to offer services to Envolve clients. Before, such cases went to the entire credentialing committee for Envolve, but that changed in 2016 to streamline the process.

Rothstein was chosen by Envolve’s chief medical director. 

Handbag store closes

Abbi’s Addiction, which sold handbags and accessories among other items, closed its store at 2701 Main recently.

Tracy Howard, owner of Abbi’s Addiction, announced on the business’ Facebook page that the store would be closing in mid-April so that she could take a job that offers insurance. The Facebook post mentioned the business would continue offering custom apparel and would have a website soon. Howard said on Monday she will not create a website for the business and instead will use the Abbi’s Addiction Facebook page.

Abbi’s Addiction started in May 2011 at 2631 Main. 


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