Abilene, Kan., has been recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 20 best small towns to visit. The article, titled “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” appears in Smithsonian Magazine’s April issue.
Abilene, which is just east of Salina off of highway 70 and has a population of 6,800, comes in at number 17 and is featured among well-known small towns like Gettysburg, Penn. and Sausalito, Calif.
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gonzaga's gone. Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, including seven straight late, to knock the top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament 76-70 on Saturday.
The Kansas Aviation Museum opens the new Boeing Science, Math and History Learning Center in southeast Wichita Saturday.
The hands-on education experience is designed for students to work individually or in groups. The learning center has been five years in the making and features four learning stations with computers that will run interactive programs on things like flight and weather conditions.
A conference in Wichita this weekend aims to give couples the tools to strengthen their marriages.
Statistics show about half of adults in the US are married, a record low. The numbers are even lower for African-Americans, about 31 percent.
Sherdeill Breathett, president of the Kansas African-American Healthy Marriage Initiative, says their mission is to celebrate and provide models of a healthy marriage. She says as a whole, marriage is on the decline.
More than 800 Wichita seniors are fed a hot lunch on weekdays as part of Meals on Wheels. Federal sequestration could reduce funding for the program but not the bond that forms between volunteers and clients.
Nancy Hindle, 90, lives alone in a west Wichita apartment; she has been a widow the past three years. She has family in the area helping her with daily needs, but cooking a meal is a difficult task.
"I got so I couldn't put things together," says Hindle. "I have arthritis real bad. I don't ever use my oven if I'm by myself."
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."
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.