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5:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. March 10. Fire officials recommend people change their smoke alarm batteries at the same time they change their clocks.
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The Wichita Fire Department is reminding residents to change their smoke alarm batteries at the same time they change their clocks for daylight saving time Sunday.

Wichita Fire Captain Stuart Bevis says a functioning smoke alarm is one of the most vital pieces of equipment in your home.

"Smoke alarms are a very vital tool in our home safety and to alert us in case of an emergency," he says. "So along with testing our smoke alarms every month these two times a year when we change our clocks, we want to change batteries on any smoke alarms that have batteries."

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Community
3:49 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Weekly Paper 'F5' Returns To Wichita

F5 papers sitting on Marlett's front porch Thursday, ready for distribution.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

A new, or not so new, weekly newspaper hits Wichita streets Thursday. F5 returns after a six year hiatus under the direction of founder Mike Marlett.

Marlett says he decided to start the paper back up again after constantly hearing from people that missed it.

“I met some young, successful guys with their own businesses and their own money to invest,” he says. “They had brand loyalty and they wanted it back.

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Community
6:19 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Senior Services To Hold 31st Annual Job Fair

Investment losses in recent years and higher prescription drug prices are forcing many seniors to continue employment or return to work. That’s according to Laurel Alkire, the executive director for Senior Services of Wichita.

“We saw last year about 800 applicants come through looking for work," she says.

"I believe we placed about 560 of those, so our placement rate is pretty high."

The 31st annual Senior Employment Job Fair for workers 55 and older will be on March 19. The application deadline to attend is March 15.

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Community
6:17 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Spring Break Lunch Program Expands

"Filling in the Gap - Lunches for Kids" will serve almost twice as many lunches over spring break this year.
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Partners for Wichita and the Kansas Food Bank are teaming again this year to provide meals on weekdays between March 14 and the 22 in their “Filling the Gap – Lunches for Kids” program.

Volunteers expect to serve about 3,500 meals at 14 locations during spring break for public schools in Wichita. That’s roughly double the number served last year.

“We’re aware that about 24 percent of the children in our area are at risk of hunger," says Pastor Sally Fahrenthold, who helped coordinate the program.

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Community
5:54 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Workshop Teaches Digital Skills For Sharing African-American Culture

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A two-day workshop in Wichita will offer skills on how to email, text, tweet and post on Facebook. The workshop is designed to build intergenerational bonds around African-American culture and technology.

The Digital Elder Project is a traveling, leadership and professional development retreat that teaches digital techniques. Shani Byard, founder and director of the Los Angeles-based, Message Media Ed - School of Black Leadership in the Digital Age, will facilitate the workshop. 

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Community
6:28 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Kansans Set Guinness Record For Food Packing

At a food-packing event Saturday, groups develop a rhythm to pack as many bags of food as they can in an attempt to break a world record.
Milt Radford KMUW

Two-thousand volunteers  packed 479,000 meals in less than one hour Saturday to feed children in Haiti, while setting a Guinness World Record. The previous record was just more than 315,000.

The event was sponsored by Numana Inc., Volunteer Kansas and The Downtown Rotary Club of Wichita. 

“We’re going to keep going until they tell us to stop,” said Lena Young, a volunteer, as she assembled the meals.

Guinness sent an adviser to Wichita to verify the process and witness the record being set.

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Community
9:40 am
Fri February 15, 2013

What You Won't Be Doing On Presidents' Day

Monday is Presidents Day and several City of Wichita facilities will be closed.

Closed:

  • Neighborhood City Halls
  • Wichita Public Library locations
  • Park and Recreation centers
  • Watson Park
  • Great Plains Nature Center
  • CityArts
  • Old Cowtown Museum
  • Mid-America All-Indian Center
  • Century II administrative offices
  • Wichita Art Museum
  • Botanica
  • Wichita Transit bus service and administration offices

Open:

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Community
6:06 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Lecture Covers The History Of Black Newspapers In Kansas

Historian Aleen Ratzlaff holds up The Community Voice while speaking at the Wichita Public Library.
Credit Carla Eckels

Dozens took part in a lecture Wednesday on African-American newspapers and communities in Kansas at the Wichita Public Library downtown.

Historian Aleen Ratzlaff, professor of communications at Tabor College in Hillsboro, says Kansas has a rich history of newspapers that were owned and published by African-Americans and targeted to black readers.

"The emphasis has been on mainstream newspapers, but there were vital publications that were part of the African-American community as well as other ethic communities," he says.

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Community
12:49 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Fred Phelps' Granddaughters Leave Westboro Baptist Church, Apologize For Hurting Others

Megan Phelps-Roper and her sister, Grace Phelps-Roper--granddaughters of Fred Phelps--have left the Westboro Baptist Church and are apologizing for their past behavior. 

Megan Phelps-Roper and her sister, Grace Phelps-Roper, left the controversial Topeka church back in November.  Westboro Baptist Church has gained national attention for, among other things, picketing the funerals of gay people and of soldiers. 

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Community
1:21 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

USPS Says So Long To Saturdays, Could Affect Readers Most

A notice that USPS posted on their Facebook page on Wednesday.
Credit USPS

The United States Postal Service announced plans Wednesday to stop mail delivery on Saturdays beginning in August.

Under the new schedule, packages will continue to be delivered on Saturdays and post offices currently open on Saturdays will continue to provide that service. Mail addressed to PO boxes will also continue to be delivered.

The USPS says the move will save the organization about $2 million.

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