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Wichitan Spotlight
8:41 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Wichita Auctioneer Hopes To Win International Competition

Carla Eckels

Meet Megan McCurdy.

“Here we go ladies and gentlemen! What do you want to give?”

The 29-year old auctioneer conducts a recent charity auction at Wichita’s Botanica Gardens.

(Auctioneer chanting.)

Megan will compete Friday in the 2012 International Auctioneer Championship in Spokane, Washington.  It’s not her first time though, she was named first runner up in the final round of vigorous competition last year.

“Well, it’s intense. I will say that,” says McCurdy.

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Power Outage
1:37 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Lawn Watering Ban In East Wichita, Andover

City of Wichita officials are urging water customers east of Rock Road in Wichita, and in all of Andover, to not water their lawns until Saturday due to a loss of electrical power at a water pump station on Webb Road.

The power outage has reduced water pressure in areas east of Rock Road. Westar is working to restore the power to the pump station.

The voluntary watering restriction is not requested of customers west of Rock Road, because they are not affected by the power outage.

Community
11:32 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Wichita Group Launches Postcard Campaign To Attract Businesses, People To City

The postcard designed by the group "From Wichita, With Love".
From Wichita With Love

A group of young adults in Wichita has created an initiative to help promote the city as a cultural and commercial destination.

The project is called From Wichita With Love and was created by a group of local friends. After attending a conference, the group was inspired to come up with innovative ways to attract attention to Wichita.

They designed a retro-inspired postcard and last week distributed thousands of them to area shops, bars and venues.

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Holiday Closures
11:35 am
Thu June 28, 2012

What's Open, What's Closed On The Fourth Of July

 

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Wednesday, July 4.

This includes City Hall, Park and Recreation Centers, the Animal Shelter, CityArts, the Mid-America All-Indian Center, Cowtown, the Wichita Art Museum, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita Ice Center, Century II administrative offices, Wichita Transit, Wichita Public Library locations and Neighborhood City Halls.

The following will be open on July 4:

Botanica will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Community
12:57 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Volunteers Invited To Count Butterflies In Tallgrass Prairie

Sighting of a Bronze Copper butterfly.
Kenneth Spencer Flickr

The Tallgrass Prairie national preserve tomorrow will hold their 4th annual Marvin Schwilling Memorial Butterfly Count to assess the health of the prairie.

Volunteers are invited to help count butterflies alongside experts in the tall grasses of the Flint Hills.

The yearly count is named after the late biologist and naturalist Marvin Schwilling, who worked for Kansas Wildlife and Parks for 37 years.

By counting the butterflies, experts are able to assess the health of the butterfly population and the Tallgrass prairie.

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Voting
6:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

‘Souls To The Polls’ Seeks To Increase Voter Turnout

Rev. Eric Williams of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League talks to ministers and volunteers about increasing voter turnout in Wichita.
Carla Eckels

Ministers and representatives from churches across Wichita met with staff from the Sedgwick County voter registration office Thursday as part of an initiative called ‘Souls to the Polls’. 

The goal of the initiative is to get more people out to vote. 

Ministers and volunteers discussed ways to increase voter turnout and decrease apathy by some citizens who may think their vote isn’t important. 

Rev. Eric Williams is the Business Administrator for the Greater Wichita Ministerial League.

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Community
6:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Visioneering Announces ‘Priority Project’ To Improve Region

Three area groups hope to improve the region through The Priority Project.
Briana O'Higgins

Visioneering Wichita Monday announced the launch of a new initiative created to determine priorities for community improvement and development.

The initiative is called “The Priority Project” and is a partnership between Visioneering, Young Professionals of Wichita, and Wichita Downtown Development Corporation.

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Community
7:24 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Pair Sets Off To Reasearch Every City In Kansas

Marci Penner and WenDee LaPlant thank VP Cory Hoover of Midway Motors for loaning them the vehicle.
Briana O'Higgins

 

The foundation behind the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers this week kicked off a journey to every incorporated city in Kansas.

The result will be a new guidebook, due out in 2015.

It takes time to research a state guidebook for explorers.

Marci Penner, executive director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation would know, she has written and researched 4.

And earlier this week at Midway Motors in Mcpherson, she started a 2-year trek for book number 5.

“This is ERV,” says Penner.

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Loyal Employee
1:27 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

History Of The KMUW Pledge Drives

Pat Hayes has been with KMUW since 1978,
Chandra Stauffer

On the heels of her 68th pledge drive, KMUW’s member services coordinator Pat Hayes was honored with the WSU President’s Distinguished Service Award.

Her first day was Nov. 13, 1978 and has been with KMUW ever since.

Frank Dudgeon interviewed Pat about her history with the station and how things have changed throughout the years.

Politician Remembered
12:06 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Retired KS Politician Remembered

Kansas Statehouse
Jimmywayne Flickr

Family, friends and colleagues from across the nation are remembering retired Kansas politician Billy McCray who died June 2.

Funeral services for McCray will be held in Wichita Friday morning.

The long time Democrat, served in the state legislature for 18 years both in the House and Senate. He worked for the Boeing Company in the 1950’s.

Former state Senator, Rip Gooch said he and his friend were in unique positions at Boeing for people of color at that time; Gooch was a flight inspector and McCray a photographer.

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