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Business Briefcase (Aug. 10, 2014)

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Janine Griffin, teacher assistant for Early Childhood Connections, has been awarded an Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate credential in recognition of outstanding work with young children. The Council for Professional Recognition in Washington awards credentials to early childhood educators who demonstrate the ability to constructively work with young children in group settings. The CDA is a nationally recognized credential for excellence in early childhood education. Each CDA candidate is observed working with young children and is assessed on his or her ability to develop the physical, emotional and intellectual capabilities of young children.

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Hays Medical Center welcomed several new physicians to its medical staff. Drs. Kayla Gray, Erin Hemphill and Roger Dietz recently have begun practicing in Hays. Hemphill and Gray are hospitalists, and Dietz is a pathologist. Gray completed her medical studies at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, Kansas City, Mo. She completed her internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Kansas in Wichita. Hemphill graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed her residency at Wesley Family Medicine in Wichita. Both physicians join the hospitalist program at HaysMed that specializes in caring for patients while they are in the hospital. Dietz, a pathologist, graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City. He completed his pathology residency and cytopathology fellow at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City.

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McDonald's of North Hays, Russell and South Hays have announced the May crew member of the month awards. The recipients are: Justin Adcock, North Hays; Grant Rose, Russell; and Brett Beougher, South Hays. Crew members nominate one employee from their particular restaurant for such characteristics as exceptional customer service, outstanding job performance, attendance, dependability, positive attitude, appearance, quality of work and team work. Award winners' names will be engraved on a plaque that will be displayed in each restaurant lobby. Each winner will receive an individual plaque and a $25 gift certificate. Adcock has been a part of the McDonald's of North Hays since Aug. 6, 2013. He previously received the award in December. Rose has been a part of the McDonald's of Russell team since Nov. 12. Beougher became a part of the McDonald's of South Hays team Nov. 9, 2007. He previously received the award in February 2010.

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Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King was elected president of the Mid America Association of State Transportation Officials recently at the group's annual meeting in Indianapolis. MAASTO is a consortium of Midwest states whose goal is "to foster the development, operation and maintenance of an integrated and balanced transportation system that adequately serves the transportation needs of the 10 member states." King said his focus during his one-year term will be the seamless, state-to-state movement of freight in the region. In addition to Kansas, MAASTO states include Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Kentucky.

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Home Depot associates of the month for July were Matt Dorzweiler, sales; Mike Cunningham, OPS; Tielia High, cashier; and Steve Kennelly, student.

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