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11:23 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Community Organization Abandons Hope Of Restoring Joyland Amusement Park

The Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County removed the iconic Joyland sign in May to be preserved and stored.
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Restore Hope Inc, a group that has worked for three years to restore the Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, is calling it quits.

Kira Johnson, who led the three-year effort, says a lack of time and money led the group to disband.

The group thanked members for their support over the years on its Facebook page. It said if donors had pre-purchased park passes, their money would be refunded.

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Community
4:29 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Take Flight In The 'Memphis Belle,' A B-17 Bomber

The "Memphis Belle," a B-17 that was used in the 1990 WWII film of the same name, will be in Wichita this week.
Credit Jordan Kirtley

A bit of history will be flying over Wichita this coming weekend. An organization called the Liberty Foundation will be offering flights at Jabara Airport aboard its remodeled B-17 bomber, one that was used in the 1990 film “Memphis Belle.”

    

Although their remodeled aircraft didn’t see any action, the rumble of its engines is still authentic. Just ask Lewis Smith, a 90-year-old WWII veteran that flew 35 missions over Germany.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

'The Best Job In Kansas Corrections'

Inmates from Hutchinson Correctional Facility take a break at the prison's wild horse training center.
Sean Sandefur

For over ten years the state prison located in Hutchinson has provided a unique opportunity for some of its inmates. They help manage hundreds of wild horses brought in from the western United States due to overpopulation. The inmates train, groom and care for these animals - in return, they enjoy a degree of freedom and they gain valuable skills.

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Community
6:16 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Development Of Wichita Central Library Being Discussed This Week

Design consultants present their ideas on the redevelopment of Wichita Central Library
Sean Sandefur

Future plans for Wichita’s central library are being discussed throughout this week as part of a 5-day design summit. Architectural consultants began presenting their ideas on Monday morning.

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Community
4:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

St. Francis Community Services Highlighted At Riverfest

The look from atop the St. Francis Ferris Wheel. The attraction gave its first go around to an adoptive family from Wichita.
Sean Sandefur

Wichita’s Riverfest began Friday afternoon with a celebration under the Keeper of the Plains. The festival will feature a number of musical acts over the next nine days, but one attraction has a distinct goal - to raise awareness for adoption services.  

 

A Ferris wheel tucked away in the kid’s corner of Riverfest gave its first go around to an adoptive family.

The attraction has been dedicated to St. Francis Community Services, which provides adoption and foster assistance in a number of states. 

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Community
10:56 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Coffeyville Trail Project Gets Boost From EPA Grant

A federal program designed to revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods is going to help people in the southeast Kansas community of Coffeyville get more physical activity.

The EPA has listed Coffeyville among 171 communities nationwide receiving $67-million this year through its Brownfields grant program.

Brownfields are abandoned industrial and commercial properties in need of environmental cleanup to spur redevelopment.

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Community
10:23 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Attorney General Gathering Input On Signs For Places That Bar Openly Carried Firearms

Kan. Attorney Gen. Derek Schmidt is holding a meeting Wednesday, May 28, to discuss regulations for signs that people must post to keep guns off their premises. Schmidt's office is soliciting public input about what should be required for the new "no-gun signs."

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Community
2:20 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Debra Fraser Is KMUW's New GM

Debra Fraser
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Wichita State University joins KMUW in welcoming the station’s new General Manager/Director, Debra Fraser. Fraser comes to Wichita from Houston, where she worked in public radio for 25 years. Her most recent position was as Chief Operating Officer and Station Manager of Houston Public Media at University of Houston from 2007 – 2013.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Waiting For The Bus: The Future Of Wichita's Transit System

The West Central bus awaits riders to board at downtown's central transit center. This bus heads west of downtown towards New Market Square.
Sean Sandefur

The city of Wichita’s public transportation provides about 2 million rides a year; rides that can lead to jobs, to an education or to medical appointments. But the city’s budget is strained and the future funding of transit is far from clear.

A Need For Transportation

Wichita’s central transit station is located in the heart of downtown, just one street over from the stop-and-go traffic of Douglas St. It’s a busy place; there are 30 or so people waiting to board different buses and many people are here out of necessity.

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Community
4:56 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Bob Dole Emphasizes Care For Veterans As Tour Visits Wichita

Former Senator Bob Dole speaks to a crowd of about 200 supporters at Wichita State University on Wednesday morning. Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, right, introduced him.
Sean Sandefur

Former Senator Bob Dole spoke to a crowd of about 200 supporters at Wichita State University on Wednesday morning. Dole is touring many parts of Kansas to say 'thank you' for years of support. 

The longtime politician and decorated WWII veteran is 90 years old. He spoke for about 30 minutes on  division in the Republican Party and reaching across the political aisle.

He also spoke about taking care of our veterans.

In 2002, Wichita named its veterans hospital Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center. He said with that honor comes responsibility.

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