Crist joins Realty

Executives Weis Real Estate Company

Manhattan attorney Jeremy J. Crist has joined Realty Executives Weis Real Estate Company as a member of the Linda B. Weis listing and sales team.

Crist is a native Kansan, originally from the southwest part of the state, and he has been connected to the Manhattan community for the past 22 years. He received his bachelor’s degree at Kansas State University, majoring in business administration and gerontology, then continued to law school at Washburn University, where he earned his law degree.

From 2007 until May 2019, Crist served Riley County as Assistant County Attorney, prosecuting criminal and traffic offenses. During that time, he worked professionally with agencies and individuals both locally and across the state.

Crist is a graduate of Leadership Manhattan, Class of 2019, a program of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce. Active in community leadership, he is a member of the Board of Directors for the Manhattan Crisis Center and serves as an officer on the Council of First Lutheran Church, where he is an active member.

He is a member of the National Association of Realtors, Kansas Association of Realtors, Flint Hills Association of Realtors and the Riley County and Kansas Bar Associations. Crist welcomes new real estate clients at the Weis Realty Executives office at 2316 Anderson Ave., by phone at (785) 320-1847 or email

FHDC hires assistant director

The Flint Hills Discovery Center recently hired Kendra Kuhlman as its new assistant director. Kuhlman assumed her position on August 19.

Kuhlman comes to Manhattan from Lawrence, where she served as an underwriting and development specialist for Kansas Public Radio. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Kansas State University. Kuhlman then went on to graduate from the University of Kansas with a Master of Science in Journalism, Marketing and Communications.

On staff, Kuhlman is responsible for connecting with local and regional sponsors to help support the programs, exhibits and events at the FHDC.

Sink, Gordon &


promotes Cave

Local accounting firm Sink, Gordon & Associates, LLP promoted Erika Cave to Senior Staff.

Cave joined the firm in 2013. She advises clients on compilation and review preparation, military tax strategies, QuickBooks consulting, tax preparation, payroll services and general bookkeeping. She is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

She graduated from Wartburg College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Cave furthered her education by earning her Master of Music degree in 2004 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Local Boys and Girls Club receives grant

Cox and The James M. Cox Foundation announced Tuesday that they have provided a grant to fund an Innovation Lab at the Boys & Girls Club of Manhattan.

The donation is part of a $150,000 grant Cox and The James M. Cox Foundation granted to provide access to the latest tools in technology for young people that need it most.

This year, Cox is taking its partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to a new level by installing Innovation Labs in clubs across the country. Innovation labs are a place to access the internet, learn about robotics, 3-D printing and STEM skills.

“To be productive citizens in the 21st century, young people need digital access for professional and academic success,” said Trent Jones, Executive Director at BGC of Manhattan. “More than 75 percent of colleges take their applications online, and nearly all Fortune 500 companies post new jobs through their websites. We are thankful to Cox for its continued generosity to provide Club kids with internet access—as no one should have to apply for a job on a smartphone.”

Valued at $25,000, each Boys & Girls Club Innovation Lab includes state-of-the-art desk top computers, monitors, laptops, printers, docking stations, robotics kits, 3-D printers, wireless routers, wireless cards and proprietary Microsoft and Club Tech software. Through the Club Tech suite of programs, kids learn the basics of business software, plus stay safe online and move on to advanced hardware and networking skills.

Since 2010, Cox has contributed more than $65,000 in cash and in-kind support to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manhattan.

Cox is also working to bridge the digital divide through Connect2Compete, a program that offers discounted internet service to families with children who qualify for the National Free School Lunch program.

Manhattan veterans receive quilts

from Farm Bureau

Recently, Farm Bureau Financial Services employees recognized their veteran colleagues for their military service, presenting them with handcrafted quilts. Marc Frink and Pete Peterson, both of Manhattan, were among five employees who were presented with quilts during an event at the company’s regional office in Manhattan. The quilts, which were made by fellow employees, were given to the veterans in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

This year marks the fourth year in which Farm Bureau Financial Services has recognized its veteran colleagues through Quilts of Valor presentations. During the past three years, 46 quilts have been presented in total.

Farm Bureau employees Sheryl Houston, Mel Summers, and Sara Deich organized a group of 30 quilters who created the quilts. The quilts, which take 10-30 hours each to complete, were presented to veteran Farm Bureau team members in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Utah.

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