Chamber Chat December 19, 2014

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Gray Drug & Fountain

Gray Drug & Fountain is having a Food Pantry Drive December 17th – 22nd!

*Bring in one of the following items & receive a $3 off Fountain Coupon:
Laundry Soap, Peanut Butter, Toilet Paper

*Bring in one of the following & receive a $2 off Fountain Coupon:
Cereal, Big Can of Soup, Ketchup

*Bring in any item and receive your choice of a free small coffee, soda or ice cream cone.

Guaranty State Bank

Please join the Guaranty State Bank and Trust Company for a Christmas open house on December 19th. They will be serving hors d’oeuvres and snacks all day!

Santa at Gray Drug & Fountain

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be at Gray Drug & Fountain Saturday, December 20th from 10am-12pm. You still have time to get your wish list in!!!

Schoens purchase Harrison Funeral Home

Sylvia and Barry Schoen announce that they have purchased the Harrison Funeral Home located on North Hersey Avenue in Beloit. The Schoens purchased the business from Jim Gabelmann, of Lincoln, Kansas. Sylvia has leased and managed the business for the last few years.

The funeral home will have a new name, Schoen Funeral Home and Monuments.
Sylvia’s husband, Barry has been involved in the business also, and will become more visible in the future, making it a family operation. They look to serve the community for years to come.

The Schoen’s are on call 24 hours a day. They do not use an answering service, but can be reached 24 hours a day. The funeral home has a new website and e-mail address, Sylvia said, “We feel that a personal touch is important in the time of need and we provide services for people of all faiths.”

Barry does all the monument work. The Schoen’s do monument sales and repair work, such as restoring stones in cemeteries that have been damaged over the years. Repairs are needed because in the past monuments were not made out of material that lasts, the Schoens said, such as the ones do now.

Sylvia serves on the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce Board and is a member of the Beloit Rotary Club. Barry is a member of the Beloit Volunteer Fire Department.

Sylvia obtained her license through Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado.
She grew up in Beloit and graduated from Beloit High School in 2010, residing in the area all her life. Sylvia’s parents are Jim and Tresa Kelly who also live in Beloit. Barry is a native of the Downs/Cawker City area. His parents are Bruce and Debbie Schoen of Downs. The Schoens have four children, Kimberly, 8; LeeAllie, 7; Peyton, 5; and Waylynn, 3 months old.

Currently the Schoens are making changes to the funeral home located at 302 North Hersey Avenue in Beloit and are adding a new sign. A new roof has been installed; gutters and facia, and the building will be painted soon along with new windows. There is also a lot of work being done throughout the inside.

The funeral service dates back to 1870 when J.H. Roberts founded the first funeral establishment in this area. From Beloit’s beginning there has been an “Undertaking Parlor”, as funeral homes were known in the late 19th century and early 20th century, to serve this growing community.
Fred Raleigh came to Beloit in 1927 and entered into a partnership with V.E. Daniels in a furniture store and funeral home at the corner of Mill and Main Streets. They operated the funeral business out of the furniture store until 1929.

A residential home at 302 N. Hersey was then purchased and renovated. In December of 1929, an open house was held with Raleigh and Bracken as funeral directors. In January of 1954, Harry and Lee Harrison bought the newly remodeled and enlarged structure at the same location. It was in May of 1983 that the Kansas Funeral Directors Association then presented the Harrison funeral Home with a One Hundred Years of Continuous Service since 1870 certificate. In 1985, Harry and Lee’s son Rick came back to Beloit to work with them in the family business.

For the past 144 years, people in the funeral directing professional have been serving members of all religions in the Solomon Valley area, and they have been proud to be a part of this heritage.

To Serve-to Assist-to Comfort are the fundamentals of their activity year-in and year-out.
It’s not so much the Beauty of the place
It’s not so much the size of the firm
It’s not so much a matter of facilities
What really counts is not material things
But service to our fellowmen.

Ribbon Cutting

A Ribbon Cutting will take place on Tuesday, January 6th for Schoen Funeral Home (formerly Harrison Funeral Home), 302 N Hersey, at 10am.

Plan to stop by and congratulate Sylvia & Barry on their new endeavor.

Central National Bank

It’s that time of Year!
Need your Gifts
Wrapped ?
Your paper or ours.

Bring your gifts to us we will wrap them
For your donation to
Mitchell County relay for Life!
Central national bank 101 S mill glen elder

Chautauqua Isle of Lights

Beloit’s Chautauqua Isle of Lights is a fun and beautiful place to bring your family and friends to see. The Park set-up allows for one-way traffic that drives on the lit roads and displays are viewed on both sides of the road.

The display opens tonight, Wednesday, November 26th from 6pm-9pm. It will remain open until December 31st. The hours are Sunday through Thursday 6pm-9pm, Friday and Saturday 6pm-10pm.

Becker Autos & Trailers Expands to Close Out 2014

Becker Autos & Trailers in Downs and Beloit has definitely made some changes to close out 2014. They hired their first full time vehicle mechanic, Charlie Harmon of Beloit. With several years of mechanic experience under his belt, Charlie joined the Becker Autos & Trailers team in Beloit in November. Charlie has been able to help maintain the current inventory and hopes soon to be able to service customers’ repair and maintenance needs.
Becker Autos & Trailers has added a new 60×80 metal building to the Beloit lot for full time trailer repair facility. Doug DeVore, full time employee and jack of all trades, will manage the shop. DeVore hopes to meet all your trailer needs. Welding and aluminum welding, floor installation, banding, frame straightening and structural repair, trailer wiring, flatbed and gooseneck ball installation for trucks are just a few of the things the shop will specialize in.
Becker Autos & Trailers in Downs and Beloit now offers financing on vehicles! Low and competitive rates for good credit and options for bad or no credit. Introductory good credit rates start as low as 1.99% through 2014. This is an option that they have never had before and should allow the family owned dealership to compete with bigger dealers in the market. They also have financing options available for several of their new trailers brands.
“We are so excited to have all these new options to better serve our customers. We think 2015 will be a great year for Becker Autos & Trailers, and really appreciate the local support we continue to receive!” said Lydia Housh, Manager of Becker Autos & Trailers in Beloit.
To find out more about the new offerings at Becker Autos & Trailers, stop by their Beloit location at 3008 US 24 Hwy or call 785-534-1227. Their inventory is also available online at

Chamber Coffee!

coffee cup

The Chamber Coffee is Friday, January 9th at Nex-Tech Wireless, 3053 B E Hwy 24, from 9am-10:30am. Stop by for a cup of coffee and network with great friends!

Here is the schedule for 2015!

January 9th Nex-Tech Wireless
February 13th The EyeCare Center
March 13th Cunningham Telephone
April 10th CASA
May 8th
June 12th World Pest Control
July 10th
August 14th
September 11th Bobby Lee’s
October 9th Central National Bank
November 13th Solomon Valley Hospice
December 11th

If your company would like to host a coffee in 2015, call the Chamber Office at 738-2717 or email There are a few months left!


If you missed the Chamber Annual Banquet last year, mark your calendars for Saturday, February 21, 2015! You won’t want to miss out again this year!

The Chamber Banquet is set. Keep watching Chamber Chat for the release of who will be performing! Sponsorships are available and you can contact the Chamber Office for more details!



KVSV Production Schedule for High School Basketball

Hear High school Basketball Play By Play Friday night Dec 19th..on KVSV…..St John’s Tipton at Rock Hills

6:00 Girls pre-game…boys game to follow on KVSV FM 105.5…AM1190 KVSV THE MIX……also

hear on TV Cable Channel 12 in Beloit and on Synergy Channel 997 on Cunningham Cable.

John Swanson and Jerry Rehmert have the call.

Guaranty State Bank

Santa will arrive at Guaranty State Bank on Wednesday, December 24th to receive that last minute wish list! He will be in the lobby from 9am-11am!

Your Home for High School Basketball and Wrestling This Season is KD Country 94 and Z96.3

High School Basketball
Friday, Dec. 19th: 6 p.m.Beloit at Ellsworth
VIDEO STREAM via Beloit Trojan Channel

Call 785-545-3220 if you would like a copy of any of the radio play-by-play broadcasts on KDNS 94.1 or KZDY 96.3 .

And for the latest information about your area team, go to

Your Home for High School Basketball & Wrestling This Season is KD Country 94 and Z96.3
Wrestling Locker-Room Chats on Tuesdays at 5:10 p.m. covering:
Wednesdays: Beloit, Osborne, Smith Center, & Lincoln

Basketball Locker-Room Chats on Wednesday and Thursdays at 5:10 p.m. covering:
Wednesdays: Beloit, Osborne, Smith Center, Lincoln, & Thunder Ridge
Thursdays: St. John’s-Tipton, Lakeside, Rock Hills, Sylvan-Lucas

Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting will take place for KKSJ 107.5 FM Catholic Radio in Beloit on Friday, January 9th at 1pm. The radio station is located in the Parish Office, 622 E Main. Please plan to join us.

Chamber Checks

With the holiday season approaching, a great way to keep your dollars local is with Chamber Checks! Spendable at over 120 Chamber businesses, Chamber Checks make wonderful gifts and employee incentives. These gift certificates are easy to use, just like checks.

Businesses, if you receive Chamber Checks, accept them like a normal check and deposit them with your daily deposits. Please remember to educate your staff on how to accept Chamber Checks. If you have questions, please call the Chamber Office for details.
Chamber Checks are spent exclusively with Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce merchants adding to the local economy.

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

The Chamber wants to help spread the word about your business. “Noteworthy News” is your opportunity to do just that. It’s a great way to inform other Chamber members about anything that’s new within your organization. Fill us in on what’s happening from staff changes to a new product or service. Send it to by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

Thank You for renewing your Membership
The following businesses have reinvested in the community through the Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce.

 A Full House
 Abram Ready Mix, Inc.
 All Things Exterior
 Anderson Insurance
 Beloit Auto and Truck Plaza
 Beloit Medical Center
 Beloit Motor Co., Inc.
 Beloit Ready Mix
 Budke Real Estate, LLC
 H & R Block
 Harrison Law Office, LLC
 Hopeful Beginnings Counseling Services, LLC
 Hubbard Feeds
 KDNS 94.1/KZDY 96.3
 NCK Wellness Center
 Pawnee Mental Health
 Pestinger Distributing Co.
 Prairie Land Electric
 Solomon Valley Cinema
 St. John’s Catholic Church
 Thummel Real Estate

Calendar of Events

Friday, December 19th – Guaranty State Bank Christmas Open House
Saturday, December 20th – Santa & Mrs. Claus at Gray Drug & Fountain
Monday, December 22nd – January 4th – NCK Tech Winter Break (College Closed)
Tuesday, December 23rd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, December 24th – 9am-11am – Santa at Guaranty State Bank Lobby
Wednesday, December 24th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, December 25th & Friday December 26th – Chamber Office closed
Tuesday, December 30th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, December 31st – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, January 1st & Friday, January 2nd – Chamber Office Closed
Monday, January 5th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, January 6th – 10am – Ribbon Cutting, Schoen Funeral Home
Tuesday, January 6th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, January 7th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, January 8th – Noon – Chamber Board
Friday, January 9th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Nex-Tech Wireless
Friday, January 9th – 1pm – Ribbon Cutting – Catholic Radio Station – Parish Office
Monday, January 12th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex
Tuesday, January 13th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Tuesday, January 13th – 7pm – Cassiopeia
Wednesday, January 14th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, January 15th – 12:30pm – SVED Board – NCRP
Tuesday, January 20th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, January 21st – 9:30am – Ministerial Alliance
Wednesday, January 21st – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Tuesday, January 27th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, January 28th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech

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