Newz Group Media Monitoring | Turning Information into Knowledge Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:25:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Newz Group 32 32 Author, Speaker and Entertainer Naomi Judd, spotlights “Survivors” May 5th Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:36:40 +0000

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Contact: Cindy Shorey


Author, Speaker and Entertainer Naomi Judd, spotlights “Survivors” May 5th

HONORING OUR MOTHERS hosts an extraordinary speaker on behalf of MOTHERS!

Branson, Missouri – April 26, 2016 – Naomi Judd, no stranger to the spotlight, hopes to shine a light on what it takes to be a “Survivor” at Cox Health’s HONORING OUR MOTHERS dinner in Branson, Missouri on May 5th.   All proceeds will go to support an area non-profit organization serving Single Moms, the Caring People.

Before achieving fame as part of country music’s mother-daughter duo, The Judds, Naomi once worked as an ICU nurse while struggling and surviving as a Single Mom so this ministry is especially close to her heart.

In the audience for Naomi’s presentation, will be one Single Mom who walks a similar path, working full time as an ICU nurse at Cox Medical Center Branson. Renee Garrison started pursuing a degree in nursing just after her high school graduation but soon put those plans on hold for a number of years while working at various theaters in Branson. It was during the time that she was general manager of one of Branson’s most popular theaters that Garrison said she realized she needed a change. She was working long hours day after day and was rarely getting to spend time with her children, a 22 year-old son and two daughters ages 20 and 11. Her work was consuming her life.  “My priorities were all messed up,” she said. She decided she needed a change and headed back to school to finish the degree she’d started years before.

“It was hard going back to school as a single mom,” she said, “but it was so worth it.”

Garrison, now a registered nurse in the critical care unit at Cox Medical Center Branson, said she has a very rewarding career that affords her quality time with her kids and grandson.

“I come into work and I give my patients 100 percent, and then, at the end of my shift, I go home and I can still give my family 100 percent when I’m with them,” she said. “It’s a very rewarding career. It’s not just taking care of patients, but you are often also taking care of the patient’s family who needs your support. We have an amazing team in critical care. We really are a family and together, we give amazing care.”

Why healthcare?

“I’ve always been a care giver,” Garrison said. “Even as a young girl, when my grandmother was dying, I was the little girl watching the nurses give it their all to help my grandmother. That’s what it is all about; it’s about helping people and I know I truly make a difference.”

Garrison works three 12-hour overnight shifts each week, which allows her time during the day to help with her grandson as well as spend time with her 11 year-old daughter.

“It’s the best of both worlds,” she said. “I love being a critical care nurse and I love being able to go home and have quality time with my family.”

Renee knows a thing or two about the Caring People. “It’s just an awesome organization,” Garrison said about the Caring People. She’s witnessed firsthand how they’ve helped Single Moms.  “There are so many single moms that need this organization,” she said.

As the presenting sponsor for HONORING OUR MOTHERS dinner, Cox Medical Center Branson has led the way in care for women.  The newly opened Women’s Center in Branson offers well woman visits, support throughout pregnancy, mammography, and the only pelvic health program in the region. William Mahoney, President of Cox Medical Center Branson, notes, “Recognizing that Single Moms often devote so much time and energy to meeting their families’ needs that they end up neglecting their own, we are honored to join the Caring People in their efforts to improve women’s lives.”

The Caring People was founded by JoDee Herschend in 1997 to impact the lives of Single Moms.  The ministry operates chapters in 3 states and El Salvador.

The dinner, HONORING OUR MOTHERS, will be held Thursday, May 5th at 6:00 pm at the Chateau on the Lake Resort and Spa.  Tickets are $75.00 and all proceeds will go to support the outreach to Single Moms. Call 877-CARE-525 for more information or to reserve your seats. To speak with JoDee Herschend, Founder or CEO, Cindy Shorey contact


A boost for rural North Dakota bus and van transit Thu, 07 Apr 2016 19:59:29 +0000



April 7, 2016

Contact: Jamie Olson, NDDOT Communications, 701-328-4444,

A boost for rural North Dakota bus and van transit

Bismarck –  Public transportation in rural North Dakota logged about 2.7 million miles in 2013, even though many rural residents aren’t aware that public bus and van service is available, according to transit service providers.

“Anyone of any age can ride rural transit,” explained Becky Hanson, the Transit program manager for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. “People seem to think these services are only for the elderly or disabled, but that’s not true,” Hanson said.

The Transit program and its 34 rural transit service providers across the state are trying to overcome this misperception through a new information program called, “You’ve Got a Ride North Dakota”  which launches this month to create awareness of the availability and benefits of public transit.

The North Dakota Transit program’s goal is to improve rural residents’ access to education, work, shopping, restaurants, entertainment and health care through economical public transportation.

A number of the public transit providers in the state also provide senior care or other services for the aging, but provide services to many other types of riders. “We also get families to daycare, students to their college classes and take people right to their job-site,” said Pat Hansen of South Central Adult Services, the public transit provider for Emmons, Logan and McIntosh counties.

Public rural transit serves all 53 counties in North Dakota. Only a few other states have public transit services in 100 percent of their counties. By comparison, only about half of the counties in Montana and Wyoming have public transit (according to the 2015 Fact Book by the Small Urban and Rural Transit Center at the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute).

Most of the transit service miles in rural North Dakota are driven by “demand-response” as opposed to fixed-route bus service. Residents call in advance to request a ride, get picked up at their location and delivered to their destination.

“Our motto is, we get you where you need to go. With statewide rural transit in North Dakota, you’ve got a ride,” said Susan Fossen of Benson County Transportation.

Information, schedules and phone numbers for rural transit providers can be found at Those without Internet access can call 1-800-920-9595.

Hertz Farm Management Celebrates 70 years of family and farmland stewardship Tue, 01 Mar 2016 20:55:26 +0000

February 29, 2016

Kurt Lokenvitz, Vice President of Corporate Marketing
415 South 11th Street  |  Nevada, IA 50201
515-382-1500  |


2016 marks 70 years in the farmland asset management business for Hertz Farm Management. Carl F. Hertz, one of the first Accredited Farm Managers in the United States, founded the company in 1946 with a vision that every farm needs effective farm management. He was a key player in helping to start a new industry of professional farm management.

Hertz has evolved from a farm management company into a full service agriculture company with the addition of real estate and appraisal services. As a team of farmland professionals, their shared knowledge has supported and strengthened each area. With 14 offices and a staff of over 100 professionals throughout the Midwest, they manage over 2,400 farms consisting of more than 550,000 acres.

Hertz has offices in Humboldt, Mason City, Mt. Vernon, Nevada (corporate), New Market, Strawberry Point and Waterloo, IA; DeKalb, Geneseo, Kankakee and Monticello, IL; Omaha and Norfolk, NE; and Tipton, IN.

Randy Hertz, son of Carl Hertz, is the current chairman of Hertz Farm Management. “Our company continues to be unique and successful because of our commitment to the core philosophies my father believed in,” he said. “At Hertz Farm Management, we believe in stewardship, sustainability, and working with clients to meet their needs—and delivering excellent results with consistency and integrity.”

To commemorate the anniversary, Hertz offices will share their story and celebrate with the communities they serve at open houses planned throughout the year.

For more information about Hertz Farm Management, visit

Meek’s Employee Retires After 61 Years of Service Wed, 05 Aug 2015 23:42:35 +0000


Eric Sachse
Director of Marketing

Meek’s The Builders Choice
Business phone: (417) 521-2801

August 5, 2015


Meek’s Employee Retires After 61 Years of Service

Springfield, Missouri – Meek’s says goodbye to Lois Parson on July 31st after 61 years of service with the company. Parson was hired by Meek’s in 1954 to check invoices and keep books under Charles C. Meek, (father to Terry Meek and grandfather to Mike and Charlie Meek.) She worked her way up, ending her career as the much-valued Executive Assistant to Terry Meek. Parson proudly claims the distinction of having worked closely with three generations of the Meek family. She still thinks fondly of the momentous day she accepted the position at Meek’s, thinking it “sounded interesting”.

Friendly and professional, Lois Parson exemplifies the culture of Meek’s. She has fostered strong relationships over many years with employees and vendors in the company and is a personification of the Meek’s brand.

“Lois has been an inspiring example of hard work and professionalism for the entire Meek’s organization. We will dearly miss her warm and generous spirit at the office, but she will always remain an important part of our lives.”  Mike Meek

Meek’s hosted a retirement party for Parson on July 16 at Touch Restaurant to celebrate her achievements and dedication to the company over the last 61 years. There were many guests including general office employees, lumberyard managers, vendor associates, bank associates and others who interacted with Parson at Meek’s general office.

“I hold true appreciation for such a loyal employee. Lois had become part of the fabric of Meek’s and was an important part of our success over the years. She will certainly be missed.” said Terry Meek, President of Meek’s.

The retirement party included many humorous and heart-warming stories about Parson’s life with Meek’s. There was much discussion about Meek’s amazing growth rate over the last 61 years and the role Parson played in it. (Meek’s has more than tripled in size in the last three decades.) It was an entertaining and sentimental evening with laughs, tears and great food.

“People can retire and move on to different destinations in life, but family and legends will never retire,” said Terry Meek. “Lois has touched our lives and we are going to miss her.”

About Meek’s Lumber Company

With more than 90 years of experience, Meek’s has become one of the leaders in the building materials industry; ranking in the top 30 nationally. Currently there are 34 building centers in the Midwest Division with a general office located in Springfield, Missouri and 14 centers in the West Coast Division with a general office in Sacramento, California. Meek’s range of services includes distribution centers for insulation, drywall, plywood and engineered lumber; window showrooms; a custom window and door facility; and a delivery fleet of over 300 vehicles. Meek’s has more than doubled its volume in the past ten years and achieved HCN’s Pro Dealer of the Year in 2014. Visit for more information.


U.S. HHS recognizes Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates and the Kentucky Hospital Association Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:45:00 +0000

July 27, 2015

Contact: Jenny Miller Jones


Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) and the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) are among a select group of organ procurement organizations and hospital associations nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for working with hospitals and transplant centers in their service area to conduct activities that promoted enrollment in state organ donor registries. KODA, KHA and these facilities are part of the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Campaign, sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

KODA and KHA recruited hospitals and transplant centers to participate in Phase IV of the campaign and worked with them to plan awareness and registry activities focused on increasing the number of organ, eye, and tissue donors. Facilities earned points for each activity implemented between August 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, and were awarded gold, silver, or bronze recognition by HRSA.

Of the 1,658 hospitals and transplant centers enrolled in the national campaign, 736 were awarded recognition during this phase of the campaign.  Since launching in 2011, the campaign has added more than 350,000 donor enrollments to state registries around the country, far surpassing the original goal of 300,000.

Hospitals in KODA’s service area were among the highest percentage in participation nationally with 38 hospitals and 2 transplant centers receiving recognition, including 25 Gold, 11 Silver and 4 Bronze.

“Kentucky hospitals are committed to saving lives and improving the health and wellness of their patients — it’s what guides the actions and decisions of nurses, physicians and other caregivers every hour of every day, 365 days a year, inside Kentucky’s 125 hospitals.  Through the gift of organ and tissue donation, lives are saved because someone said yes to organ donation.  KHA is proud to collaborate with hospitals and KODA to ensure the ultimate gift of life is realized when tragedy or illness strikes,” said Michael T. Rust, president of the Kentucky Hospital Association.

This campaign is a special effort of HRSA’s WPFL designed to mobilize the nation’s hospitals to increase the number of those registered as potential organ, eye, and tissue donors. The campaign unites donation advocates at hospitals with representatives from organ procurement organizations, Donate Life America state teams, and state hospital associations. Working together, teams leverage communications, resources and outreach efforts to proactively promote the critical need for donors.




About Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA)


Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) is dedicated to saving lives through organ and tissue donation and transplantation. KODA is an independent, non-profit organ and tissue procurement organization and was formed to establish a statewide educational and procurement network. KODA serves 114 counties in Kentucky, four counties in southern Indiana and two counties in western West Virginia. The KODA service area includes 112 hospitals, three transplant centers and a multicultural population of four million. For more information about KODA visit

About the Kentucky Hospital Association

The Kentucky Hospital Association was established in 1929 and is a not-for-profit organization of which all Kentucky hospitals are members. The Association represents and facilitates collaborative efforts among Kentucky hospitals and is the source for strategic information about the constantly changing health care environment. KHA is a membership-driven organization that provides proactive leadership to create an environment in which Kentucky hospitals are successful in serving their communities. For more information, go to



HRSA’s Workplace Partnership For Life

 “Let Life Bloom” Hospital Organ Donation Campaign

Kentucky Hospitals Recognized for Outreach Efforts – GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE



Baptist Health Corbin-Silver

Baptist Health Hospital Lexington-Gold

Baptist Health Louisville-Silver

Baptist Health Richmond-Gold

Clark Regional Medical Center-Gold

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center-Gold

Flaget Memorial Hospital-Bronze

Fleming County Hospital-Gold

Frankfort Regional Medical Center-Silver

Georgetown Community Hospital-Gold

Hardin Memorial Hospital-Gold

Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital-Gold

Harrison Memorial Hospital-Gold

Hazard Appalachian Regional Hospital-Gold

Jewish Hospital-Gold

Kentucky River Medical Center-Gold

King’s Daughters Medical Center-Silver

Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital-Gold

Mary Breckinridge Appalachian Regional Hospital-Silver

McDowell Appalachian Regional Hospital-Bronze

Meadowview Regional Medical Center-Gold

Medical Center at Bowling Green-Gold

Middlesboro Appalachian Regional Hospital-Gold

Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital-Bronze

Norton Brownsboro Hospital-Silver

Owensboro Medical Health Systems-Gold

Pikeville Medical Center-Silver

Pineville Community Hospital-Gold

St. Joseph East-Silver

St. Joseph Hospital Lexington-Silver

St. Joseph Jessamine-Silver

St. Joseph London-Bronze

St. Joseph Mount Sterling Hospital-Silver

The James B. Haggin Memorial Hospital-Gold

University of Kentucky Medical Center-Gold

University of Louisville Hospital-Gold

Whitesburg Appalachian Regional Hospital-Gold

Williamson Appalachian Regional Hospital-Gold

Meek’s Announces its Kansas Expressway Store Grand Re-Opening in Springfield, Missouri Wed, 15 Jul 2015 23:56:53 +0000


Eric Sachse
Director of Marketing
Meek’s The Builders Choice
Business phone: (417) 521-2801

July 15, 2015


Meek’s Announces its Kansas Expressway Store Grand Re-Opening in Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, MO — Meek’s will be celebrating its Kansas Expressway store’s new remodel with a Grand Re-Opening event beginning Saturday, July 25th and going through Saturday, August 1st.

The Grand Re-Opening event kicks off Saturday, July 25th with “Customer Appreciation Day”, a full day of fun and great prices. The Kansas Expressway Meek’s in Springfield will run specials all day and serve free hot dogs and refreshments from 11:00am to 1:00pm. There will be a bounce house and a balloon artist for the kids. Adults can register to win Meek’s door prizes, including the $500 Meek’s Gift Card Grand Prize.

Meek’s will offer more sales and fun as the Grand Re-Opening Celebration continues throughout the week, with free popcorn, soda and great deals.

Store specials include low prices on flooring, fencing, tools and more. Customers who purchase a K3.000 Follow Me Electric Pressure Washer for $199 will get a $50 value deck and driveway cleaner free plus a $25 Meek’s gift card. 6’ fiberglass step ladders will be on sale for $35 and 1” x 6” pine flooring is a great buy at just 47¢ a linear foot.  Meek’s Kansas Expressway store is also offering a $5 instant savings on Valspar Medallion paint and a $10 instant savings on Valspar Pristine paint.

The Meek’s Kansas Expressway Store Grand Re-Opening event is set up to show off the store’s new look, including a reorganization of the space to better accommodate customers. Additional checkout stations and an expansion of several departments and product lines give this location a fresh new feel.

“We are looking forward to the Kansas Expressway Grand Re-Opening event,” says Jim Kirby (manager at the Kansas Expressway Meek’s). “We are ready to show off our new look and help customers explore our expanded product lines.  The new store will be extra convenient and a great resource for the people in this area.”

“Meek’s total store count is now up to 34. It is our goal to continue to improve and provide the most convenient services and best products to the area. We hope to reduce the cost in both time and travel for our customers,” says Meek’s General Manager, Charlie Meek.

About Meek’s Lumber Company

With more than 90 years of experience, Meek’s has become one of the leaders in the building materials industry; ranking in the top 30 nationally and voted Pro-Dealer of the Year by the national home improvement magazine, HCN. Currently there are 34 building centers in the Midwest Division with a general office located in Springfield, Missouri and 12 centers in the West Coast Division with a general office in Sacramento, California. Meek’s range of services includes distribution centers for insulation, drywall, plywood and engineered lumber; a custom window and door manufacturing facility; and a delivery fleet of over 300 vehicles.  Meek’s operates 2 full service Design Center Showrooms in Springfield, MO and Springdale, AR.  Visit for more information.


NDDOT: Over 2,100 safety enforcement contacts made within two weeks Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:17:10 +0000 Motorist contacts during the two-week Memorial Day seat belt enforcement campaign put law enforcement officers face-to-face with citizens 2,170 times.

NDDOT: Look Twice for Motorcycles During Riding Season Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:19:00 +0000 June through September are primary months for injuries and deaths in motorcycle crashes, according to the North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT). The NDDOT, along with state and local law enforcement, are reminding motorists and motorcyclists to do their part to prevent crashes during summer travel when motorcycle traffic peaks.

NDDOT: Ford Driving Skills for Life Event for Teens held in Dickinson Fri, 12 Jun 2015 02:30:39 +0000 Many teen drivers, ages 14 to 18, from across North Dakota participated in today’s Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) event at Dickinson High School. The event is a free, hands-on traffic safety program for new drivers and provides participants a chance to be involved in multiple traffic safety activities.;DOT staff will be available for comment at Dickinson High School until 2 pm. […]

NDDOT: A DUI can cost more than $10,000 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 21:35:11 +0000 Bismarck – Drivers who want to hang on to their hard-earned money should be aware that extra driving under the influence (DUI) patrols will be out in force during the month of June. A driver who gets hit with a DUI arrest can expect the consequences to be costly. […]