Home Depot recently announced its associates of the month for February. They are Travis Plummer, sales; Merle Fager, OPS; Janelle White, cashier; Amy Dunn, student; and Josh Bird, department head.

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Elizabeth McDowell, Leavenworth, joined The Hays Daily News as a freelance photographer. McDowell will graduate from Fort Hays State University in May. She is a 2011 graduate of Lansing High School. She is the daughter of Randy and Rita McDowell.

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McDonald's trains so many people each year that they have surpassed the U.S. Army as the nation's largest training organization. Beginning at the crew level, McDonald's conducts "shoulder-to-shoulder" training on the numerous workstations in addition to using step-by-step manuals and videos. McDonald's of WaKeeney employees Morgan Powell, Michelle Schneider and Christina Walker have been promoted to the position of crew trainer. Powell has been a part of the WaKeeney team since Sept. 25, Schneider since Sept. 9 and Walker since Jan. 21, 2014. A crew trainer performs the following duties: (1) conducts initial training for new employees, (2) trains current employees on new procedures, (3) makes regular observations and (4) performs corrective training when deviations occur.

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DP Management and The Mall at Hays ownership introduced the new property manager of the mall to mall stores. Katie Dorzweiler was hired to oversee all operations. Dorzweiler was a store manager of Bath and Body Works in the Hays mall since 2012. Dorzweiler takes the role as construction is about to begin for the renovation of inside and outside features of the mall including flooring, lighting and revamping mall entrances. Dorzweiler is a mother of three boys and her husband farms near Hays.

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COLBY -- Mission Health Communities LLC, a premier provider of Senior Living and Skilled Rehabilitation Communities in the Southeast and Midwest, has taken over management and operations of Deseret Health and Rehab at Colby LLC. They have changed the name to Colby Health and Rehab and will begin managing the long-term health care facility effective immediately. Mission Health Communities is based in Tampa, Fla., and manages 31 other communities that provide an array of sub-acute nursing care, skilled care and rehabilitation therapy services, with a focus on wellness and enriched quality of life for residents. In addition, Mission Health Communities will also manage 13 other Deseret Health Group facilities in Kansas, bringing the total number of communities under the mission umbrella to 32. Mission Health Communities are located in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas. Colby Health and Rehab is located at 105 E. College Drive.

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Taylor Pfannenstiel has joined Insurance Planning Inc. in Hays as a commercial account executive. Pfannenstiel is a Hays native and a 2012 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a bachelor's of science degree in organizational leadership. Prior to joining Insurance Planning, he had similar responsibilities in property and casualty insurance for an independent insurance agency in Wichita, where he was also involved as a volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Outdoor Mentors and Wichita Area Young Professionals. Insurance Planning also has offices in Great Bend and Russell.

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