Meet the staff

Elizabeth Hingst

Graphic Artist
elizabeth@hillsborofreepress.com

Elizabeth Hingst?grew up in Newton, attended Newton High School and graduated in May from Wichita State University with a degree in entrepreneurship and a minor in accounting, all while nine months pregnant.

Hingst is married to David Hingst, and they have one daughter, Eleanor, who is six months old.?Hingst has five years experience in graphic design.

She is an avid crafter, quilter and do-it-your-selfer. Hingst also operates a design business on the side, Seventh Street Designs.

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Elizabeth Hingst

Elizabeth Hingst

Graphic Artist

Joel Klaassen

Book and Printing Consultant
joel@hillsborofreepress.com

Joel has been in the printing business since 1959 when he was initiated as a printer?s devil at his hometown newspaper. He has been in the printing and newspaper business for nearly all of those years since and is the founding publisher of the Hillsboro Free Press in Kansas. He?s been involved in more than 500 book titles from start to finish and takes the client through all of the processes needed to produce a finished first-class product.
He currently serves Kansas Publishing Ventures as its book and printing consultant and writes a weekly column in the Free Press named "partly Nonsense" which has run every week without a miss for the past 17 years.

He is a 1968?graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Kansas in 1968 with a BS Degree in Journalism, Advertising Sequence.

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Joel Klaassen

Joel Klaassen

Book and Printing Consultant

Shannin Rettig

Marketing / Advertising Specialist
shannin@harveycountynow.com

Shannin Rettig is a resident of Haven, Kansas, having moved there two years ago from Denver, Colorado. She studied Sociology and Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.

Shannin grew up an Army Brat, living in Kansas, Virginia, Texas and Colorado before settling in her family's hometown of Haven. She has also spent the last year renovating a home that has been in her family for 4 generations, since 1910.

Shannin serves as Board Secretary for the Haven Community Emergency Medical Service. She spends her free time doing anything outdoors, including raising her pet chickens.

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Shannin Rettig

Shannin Rettig

Marketing / Advertising Specialist

Wendy Nugent

Features Editor
wendy@harveycountynow.com

Wendy Nugent has more than 30 years of experience in journalism, having worked at a variety of newspapers, from the Key West Citizen to The Newton Kansan. While at the Kansan, she covered a variety of topics and took many photos until she left there after 19 years in 2012. She also did layout, copy edited and was in charge of the entertainment section, as well as other special sections. She interviewed many people, and she has a bachelor of science degree in journalism from The University of Kansas. She's won a variety of awards on the state, regional and national levels for her photography.

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Wendy Nugent

Wendy Nugent

Features Editor

Mike Mendez

Sports Editor
mike@harveycountynow.com

Mike Mendez comes to Newton Now from the McPherson Sentinel and has nine years experience covering sports starting at The Hesston Record and The Ledger, before working six years on staff at Catch It Kansas (KWCH-Wichita) where he shot video and photos, wrote game stories and did a little bit of everything else as a web producer.

Mendez most recently spent the last 10 months as the sports editor of the McPherson Sentinel covering teams throughout McPherson County.

Mendez is a Hesston native and lives in Newton.?He?graduated from Hesston College and then Wichita State University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in communications.

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Mike Mendez

Mike Mendez

Sports Editor

Adam Strunk

Managing Editor
adam@harveycountynow.com

Adam Strunk?serves as Newton Now's?managing editor.

He grew up near St. Marks, KS and attended Andale High School. He went on to? graduate in 2012 from The University of Kansas with degrees in journalism and English.

Before returning home to work at The Clarion newspaper in Andale, he spent a post-college year working as a web-producer and reporter at The Lawrence Journal-World.

He?s also helped cover state politics for The Wichita Eagle, and had a brief internship at the Miami County Republic.

He?s a news junkie but also enjoys a good beer, working a garden, playing a bit of music, reading and throwing a line in the water when he gets a chance.

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Adam Strunk

Adam Strunk

Managing Editor

Bruce Behymer, MD

Marketing Dude
bbehymer@buyersedgeks.com

Bruce is a lifetime resident of Harvey County and the MD ? Marketing Dude for Newton Now, The Edge and Harvey County Now magazine. He has over 30 years of sales and marketing experience with more than 10 of those in the newspaper and print industry. Bruce is currently a member of the Newton Chamber of Commerce, the Newton Downtown Promotional Committee and serves on the Historic Fox Theater board. He is a sought after public speaker, published author and an avid reader. He loves the great outdoors, fishing and recently discovered the fun of Home Brewing. ?I know a thing or two about marketing and advertising. However I think most people would prefer to talk about beer and fishing. Which I'm downright OK with.?

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Bruce Behymer, MD

Bruce Behymer, MD

Marketing Dude

Shelley Plett

Lead Graphic Artist
shelley@hillsborofreepress.com

Shelley Plett, lead graphic designer for the Hillsboro Free Press, Buyer?s Edge, Newton Now and Harvey County NOW magazine, and has worked in the newspaper and print industry for over thirteen years. Plett has a love for all things print (with a soft spot for vintage typewriters and print memorabilia.) She is an avid reader and writer whose idea of a good time is finding the next author meet-and-greet. She writes a column called Parts of Speech, which has run in the Free Press since 2005. She is proud mom to two daughters and lives in Hillsboro.

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Shelley Plett

Shelley Plett

Lead Graphic Artist

Joey Young

Owner and Publisher
joey@kspublishingventures.com

Joey Young?is the co-owner and publisher of Newton Now, Harvey County NOW magazine, The Hillsboro Free Press, The Clarion newspaper, The Edge and a thriving marketing company producing print and web solutions for small businesses.

He is a huge advocate for rural communities, has passion for journalism and marketing, and is really excited to be apart of this great team.

In his free time, Joey can often time be seen enjoying a craft brew, spending time with friends and family, participating in chamber and young professionals, playing basketball or rooting for the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Mavericks.

Joey graduated from Buhler High School in 2003. His first job in journalism was as "the Sedgwick guy" at the Harvey County Independent in Halstead.

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Joey Young

Joey Young

Owner and Publisher