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Fire at Glen Elder Senior Center Impacts Multiple Communities

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A small fire at the Glen Elder Senior Center on Monday morning caused significant smoke damage, but no structural damage was reported. The Senior Center in Glen Elder cooks meals for many senior centers in surrounding communities and will be closed at least for the duration of this week and possibly longer. Meals will not be available at senior centers this week in Glen Elder, Beloit, Cawker City and Tipton.

Sources say a small fan caught fire and filled the senior center with smoke. The extent of the smoke damage is still being determined. All food, including canned goods, must be disposed of according to regulations due to the fire.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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