Dollar General remodels Erie store

Dollar General announced recently it completed a remodel of its store at 618 W. State St., Erie. 

With an updated layout and design, the store now offers a selection of produce and expanded frozen and refrigerated food offerings in addition to the same categories, brands and products customers trust Dollar General to carry, according to a prepared statement from the company’s headquarters.

“Through our ongoing commitment to provide a pleasant shopping experience to our customers, we are excited to welcome the community to see our recently remodeled located in Erie,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development, said in the statement. “We hope our customers enjoy the fresh layout and design, as well as the new product assortment including produce and expanded food assortments.”


Librarians attend    workshop

Martha Parsons of McCune Osage Township Library and Carol Boone and Willie Markham of Parsons Public Library attended the Southeast Kansas Library System summer reading workshop Feb. 28 at North Community Building, Iola.

Kim Lehman, featured speaker, shared books, ideas, websites, songs and games to be used with the summer 2018 theme of Libraries Rock!

Library staff attending were able to network with others from the surrounding libraries and share favorite summer ideas in a lightning-round question-and-answer session. Ideas for extending summer reading programs and events to young adult and adult audiences also were shared.

Research indicates that summer reading programs in the library help children and teens retain and enhance their reading skills.   


February home sales figures

Homes sales in Southeast Kansas rose by 16.7 percent in February compared to the prior year, according to a report released by the Southeast Kansas Association of Realtors.

Sales in February totaled 63 units, up from 54 in 2017. The average sale price was $85,261. This represents an increase of 7.9 percent from the February average price of $79,046.

A total of 62 contracts for sale were written in February, down from 83 in February 2017. This is a decrease of 25.3 percent. Contracts written during the month reflect, in part, sales that will close in the near future.

The inventory of active listings in Southeast Kansas stood at 695 units at the end of February, which is down from 755 homes that were on the market at the end of February last year. At the current rate of sales, this figure represents an 11-month supply of homes on the market.

Julie Eisele, president of the Southeast Kansas Association of Realtors, said that 2018 is off to a good start with home sales in Southeast Kansas up over 12 percent for the first two months. She said home prices have crept up just a bit as well.

“On the other hand, the number of new listings is down 30 percent. Last year Southeast Kansas saw 349 new listings through the first two months, and we’ve seen 249 this year,” Eisele said. “The housing market will need new inventory to keep home sales on pace and ahead of last year. Homeowners who are interested in selling their homes should take advantage of this timing and contact a real estate professional. Spring is a great time to enter the market.”  


Oswego hosts training for librarians

Nick Fleury and Samantha Graven of Parsons Public Library and Stacy Hein, Kathy Coonrod and Kim Sterling of McCune Osage Township attended the Southeast Kansas Library System training for library boards at Oswego City Library on Feb. 22.

The training was entitled Library Budgets for Trustees. The evening focused on important concepts in Kansas library law that board members need to know as well as best practices in financial oversight for public libraries.

Twenty-six trustees and library directors from seven Southeast Kansas public library boards met to learn to be more effective board members. This was the first of four scheduled trustee training sessions planned by SEKLS this year.


Coldwell Banker awards announced

Coldwell Banker Real Estate recently announced its 2017 year-end award recipients, including five from the Parsons location.

The winners achieved the highest international award, which recognizes affiliated agents who display leadership, business excellence and service to others, according to a statement from the company.

Award recipients from Coldwell Banker Wood-Dulohery Real Estate, 1725 Washington Ave., include Janice Dulohery, broker, International President’s Elite (top 3 percent); Suzanne Wood, broker associate, International President’s Circle (top 5 percent); Carol Bush, sales associate, International Sterling Society (top 13 percent); Everett Shrum, broker associate, International Sterling Society; and Kylie Smith, sales associate, International Sterling Society.

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