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City of Wichita

Work is beginning on a new urban wetlands park in northwest Wichita. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday for the park at 29th Street and Maize Road.

City of Wichita

The city of Wichita is considering two development projects for the Topeka Street firehouse.

One project would turn the building into a learning lab for Butler Community College’s hospitality and culinary arts programs.

The other project would create a commercial property providing small spaces and common seating to start-ups, freelancers, artists and businesses.

Mayor Jeff Longwell says developers will provide details at an open house on Thursday.

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A distinctive City of Wichita license plate will be available beginning January 2019 to help support city parks.

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Wichita’s Central Library downtown will close for good on May 6 after more than 50 years of service. Library staff members are preparing for the move to the new Advanced Learning Library which is set to open in mid-June.

The modern new library at Second Street and McLean is nearly complete. Crews are now setting up the building technologies and installing hundreds of bookshelves.

A moving company has been selected. Bids have been awarded for new furniture.

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The Greater Wichita YMCA announced two $1 million gifts that will help bring a YMCA to Wichita State University.

Steve and Becky Clark, along with Ken and Jan Shannon, have committed funding for the project on WSU’s Innovation Campus, the YMCA said Tuesday in a news release.

Steve Clark, a WSU graduate, is chairman of Clark Investment Group. The Shannons, both WSU alumni, own Metal-Fab, a Wichita manufacturing company.

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The youth baseball season begins Monday for League 42 in Wichita.

The non-profit baseball organization is based out of McAdams Park near downtown, but some games are moving to Linwood Park while crews finish field renovations at McAdams.

Construction delays due to high winds and cold weather forced organizers to push back opening ceremonies to next Monday.

Bob Lutz, the executive director of League 42, says renovation work at two ball diamonds is nearly complete.

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Valley Center’s only independent grocery store, Leeker’s Family Foods, closed this weekend. The store was not only a place to buy food, but it also served as a community hub for the past 50 years.

Our three-part Environment series began on April 10 at Roxy's Downtown with a discussion on Climate Change, from its broad extent to more specific effects on Kansas.

Panelists:

  • Rachel Myslivy, Climate + Energy Project Assistant Director
  • Ken Cook, National Weather Service Meteorologist in Charge
  • Susan Erlenwein, Sedgwick County Environmental Resources
  • Mary Knapp, KSU Weather Data Library, Department of Agronomy
  • Christopher Redmond, KSU Weather Data Library, Mesonet Manager

Democracy on Tap: Public Safety

Apr 11, 2018

The March Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, March 13th. The topic: “Public Safety,” the third in our Social Health discussion series.  Our expert panel will discussed the fire department, EMS, infrastructure and other public services that contribute to your health and the well-being of our community. Panelists:

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April 4, 1968: The date resonates in the hearts of many Americans, including Wichitans.

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