Article published in Smith County Pioneer, May 1, 2014:


Kim Goodnight, ITC Great Plains Regional Manger for Local Government and Community Affairs met with Gerald Caspers, El Dean Holthus and Mark McClain Trust Officer of Peoples Bank, Smith Center, KS in the bank meeting room on April 22, 2014. Mr. Goodnight presented an overview and update of ITC’s plans for expansion; ITC is America’s largest independent electricity transmission company. ITC invests in the electric transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, lower the overall cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. ITC supports deserving organizations in the communities it serves as one way to underscore its efforts to be a good corporate citizen.

Mr. Goodnight presented a check to Gerald and El Dean for the Peoples Heartland Foundation. The funds will underwrite the musical entertainment and tent rental for the Home on the Range Cabin re-dedication event scheduled for the first week-end in October. ITC also generously supported the July 4, 2012 celebration of the 140th anniversary of the construction of the Cabin by Dr. Brewster Higley VI, author of “My Western Home” which became “Home on the Range” official state song of Kansas.

So many people have helped in so many ways but in a project as large as the development of the Home on the Range Site there are times when corporate help is needed. Gerald and I thank Kim and everyone at ITC for sharing our dream and being major players in helping us make it come true.