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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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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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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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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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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1:58 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

42nd Annual Special Olympics Games Kickoff Friday

The 42nd annual Special Olympics Kansas Summer Games will take place this weekend at Wichita State University’s Cessna Stadium.

The opening ceremonies will begin Friday evening with the Parade of Athletes followed by the lighting of the cauldron by the 2011 Most Inspirational Athlete, Chevi Peters of the Pittsburg New Hope Bulldogs.

A Law Enforcement Torch Run includes 900 officers from more than 85 agencies carrying the “Flame of Hope” throughout 28 counties in Kansas as they travel to the annual games held in Wichita.

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12:00 am
Fri May 4, 2012

New Baseball Field For Players With Special Needs

A baseball field specially designed for children and adults with disabilities will open in Orchard Park this Saturday morning. KMUW’s Megan Pauly has more.

The first of its kind in the city, Miracle field will feature a cushioned, rubberized surface to prevent injuries. The field will be home to 90 players of the Miracle League Association.

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1:33 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

City Offers Free House Paint

People living in certain parts of Wichita can now begin applying for free house paint through a program offered by the city.

Qualified property owners will receive up to $200 in paint.

Seniors and those with certain disabilities may also qualify for a grant to cover the cost of labor to have their homes painted.

The program continues until September 14 and is paid for with Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.