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July 22, 2012 - Hays Daily News

Quinter native Brent Barrett will perform as the villainous Captain Hook in "Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan" July 24-29 at Starlight Theatre, Kansas City.

Barrett, who began his education at Fort Hays State University, last appeared at the Starlight in "Chicago."

He has performed on Broadway, in London and in productions and concerts around the U.S.

Since 1990, "Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby" has made four stops on Broadway, garnering the show four Tony nominations including best revival of a musical and for Rigby, best acress in a musical and two Emmy awards.

Tickets for the show are $10 to $85 and are available online at, by calling (816) 363-7827 or at the Starlight box office at 4600 Starlight Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64132.

May 31, 2012 - Hays Daily News

The Kansas Department of Commerce has named 22 Regional Business Excellence Award winners and 97 Merit Award winners as part of Business Appreciation Month, the department's annual celebration of Kansas businesses and their contributions to their communities and the state economy.

The 119 businesses were nominated in one of four categories: manufacturing/distribution, service, retail and hospital/non-profit. Six of the 22 Regional Business Excellence Award winners have been named finalists for the Governor's Award of Excellence -- the top award given to a business by the state -- which will be announced June 12 at the Kansas Cavalry Encampment in Manhattan.

The finalists include Gove County Medical Center, Quinter, Midland Marketing, Hays, and Nex-Tech Inc., Lenora.

"I want to congratulate all the businesses recognized this year," Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. "They represent the very best of their communities and Kansas. These awards are a way the state recognizes the business accomplishments and community contributions that allow Kansas to be the best place to live and work."

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by Gayle Weber
May 24, 2012 - Hays Daily News

QUINTER -- A great tribute and a great fundraiser. That's how Dr. Doug Gruenbacher describes the upcoming Waldo McBurney Race in Quinter.

In its fifth year, the June 2 race honors the man once recognized as America's oldest worker and raises funds for the Castle Rock Wellness Center in Quinter, which opened in January 2011.

"Waldo was a pretty famous fellow in his own time," said Gruenbacher, the race director. "It's a neat thing to honor him. He was alive for the first couple years of it."

McBurney died in 2009 at age 106.

The same group, including Gruenbacher, that organized the first race also got the wellness center going. Now, the race serves as a fundraiser for the health and wellness facility.

"It's been fantastic," he said of Castle Rock. "More successful than we ever would have thought."

The race this year includes a 200-meter fun run for kids, a 1-mile walk/run for kids and adults and a 5K. Also in the mix is a 10K -- a new competition this year for the race that usually draws between 200 and 300 participants, Gruenbacher said.

All kids younger than 12 will receive a medal for participating, plus this year, Quinter school children have been gearing up for the marathon mile that will be awarded at the end of the race. Gruenbacher said any child is eligible, but Quinter kids have had a head start.

"They run or jog or walk or whatever 25 miles over the month or two before the race," Gruenbacher said.

Then, the 26th mile of their marathon will be completed during the Waldo McBurney Race. It's a challenge Gruenbacher expects to continue in coming years.

There also is a spectator contest for Quinter residents that encourages them to come out and support the runners, Gruenbacher said.

Registration still is open for the race and will be taken on race day.

The 10K begins at 7:30 a.m. June 2, followed by the 5K at 8 a.m., the 1-mile at 9 a.m. and the 200-meter kids' race at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $20 in advance and $25 on race day. Prizes and T-shirts are available.