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Year in Review — Progress 2008 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 08 January 2009 18:02

    Business changes paved the way for progress in Wauneta in 2008, with some closed businesses reopening and one family ending their historic involvement in the Wauneta business community while another family initiated theirs.
    Crossroads CBS gas, which was owned by members of the Cecil and Dorothy Steckman family for six decades, was purchased by Tracy and Janice Haarberg of Imperial this summer. Angie West of Wauneta took over as manager of the business, now called Wauneta Crossroads, in September.
    Kevin and Denise Janicek of Wauneta opened Hunters Haven LLC south of Wauneta in northwest Hitchcock County in time for hunting season, offering overnight rental of a rural Wauneta farmhouse providing ideal lodging for out-of-town hunters and guests.
    Tommy’s Sports Club reopened in March under new owners Craig and Jo Fanning, Mick and Gina Strand and Keenan and Tina Kitt after former owners Tom and Katie Weigel closed the restaurant and bar in 2007. The new owners expanded the use of the property to include a fenced in back patio area. The backyard at Tommy’s provides al fresco dining as well as horseshoe pits for some friendly competition.
    Kim Libby opened “I Want That” in 2008, offering Wauneta residents a choice selection of household and gift items, as well as quality shoes, children’s clothing, and other merchandise. The business is located in a portion of Tillie Lucas’ Triple L Catering shop next door to Roonie’s.
    Terry and Dora Harris, with help from daughter Tiffany Harris, reopened The Sweet Shop in the old drugstore building in May, offering breakfast and lunch specials as well as sandwiches and sweet treats throughout the day.
    Dustin Weiss of Imperial opened a Farm Bureau Financial Services  office in Wauneta, with the business utilizing one of the offices in the former downtown law office building now belonging to Will and Deb Echols. The Farm Bureau office is regularly staffed by Kelly Vitosh of Imperial who assisted Weiss in hosting a grand opening cookout on Oct. 21.
    Nancy Noble hosted a “grand reopening” of The Gift Shop in October, showcasing the remodeling of the south portion of her Country Clipper building where she offers a wide array of home decor items.
    Other progressive developments of note:
    • Chase County Transit expanded their handi-bus service in Wauneta, with area residents now able to catch a ride Monday thru Friday, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. or at other times by calling 394-5287. Transportation to and from church services around town is also available two Sundays a month.
    •A new lighted flag pole and sign were dedicated at Elmer Cemetery Memorial Day weekend, with the landmark corner once again providing a visible point of reference in rural Hayes County northeast of Wauneta.