Category: Local Interest

Take grandkids to Cosmosphere, Eisenhower Museum and more for free this summer

July 14, 2021 | By Tammara Fogle

Kansans can take their grandchildren to many attractions for free this summer thanks to a program called Sunflower Summer. Participating attractions include the Cosmosphere, Botanica, Exploration Place, Eisenhower Presidential Museum, Boot Hill Museum and dozens of other museums, state parks, historical sites, theaters and more. The program, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Education, provides […]

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Immigrants of all ages embrace U.S.

July 1, 2021 | By Debbi Elmore

As a young man, Swapan Kumar Chaudhuri dreamed of coming to the United States. “I was envious of Americans and all the opportunities here,” he said. Chaudhuri realized his ambition in his late 30s. Since his arrival from Canada in 1996, he has earned a master’s degree from Wichita State University, landed a job in […]

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KU School of Medicine

Wichita’s medical school marks 50th year

| By Bonnie Bing

Ask someone to name institutions of higher learning in Wichita and they’ll quickly come up with Wichita State University, Friends University and Newman University. There’s another four-year school with a shorter history but no lack of impact on the area and state: KU School of Medicine-Wichita. The medical school is 50 years old this year. […]

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Debi Kreutzman

Woman behind ‘Bob Boxes’ merits honor

| By Joe Stumpe

The number of older residents served by the Kansas Food Bank is on the rise. A few years ago, about 7 percent of the people served by the food bank were seniors. Today, that figure is about twice as large. “We have many seniors who are living on limited incomes that can’t make ends meet,” […]

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ducks

Feathery friends make fourth appearance

| By The Active Age

  ANDOVER — Some temporary residents of the Andover Court assisted living facility have proven extremely flighty, but other residents like them anyway. For the fourth year in a row this spring, a mallard duck flew into the facility’s inner courtyard, laid her eggs and hatched them. “We think it’s the same one, we don’t […]

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Research on Kansas spelling doesn’t quite add up

| By Joe Stumpe

Here’s a two-pronged headscratcher: Why do Kansans have a hard time spelling “multiplication,” and why are we trying to in the first place? Researchers affiliated with AT&T looked into what words residents across the United States have been asking Google for help spelling. (No, they’re not spying on your laptop or phone. A website called […]

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Diana Wolfe

Teenage girls were crazy for cars, too

| By Diana Breit Wolfe

Recently I sent a couple of cards to my two great-grand nieces for their 14th birthdays. I kidded them about learning to drive, which made me think about my own experiences when I was 14 and so anxious to get a “learner’s permit.” It was 1957 and the family car was a pink ’57 Chevy […]

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The life and death(s) of ‘Charley’ Cordeiro

| By Jay Price

Early Wichita was full of colorful characters, few more so than Malachai R. “Charley” Cordeiro. A scout for the U.S. Army who opened a saloon in Wichita in 1869, Cordeiro became the defendant in  one of the town’s first murder trials. When an intoxicated customer named O. H. Whitman demanded that Cordeiro open up his […]

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Writer never had a sporting chance

| By Ted Blankenship

In more than 60 years of writing for newspapers and magazines, I have never been a sports writer. One reason is that I never participated in sports. I ran really hard but never got far. That’s because I was kind of fat. In the interest of truthfulness, I was really fat. Worse, I was short, […]

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Passageways to serve female vets

| By The Active Age

Passageways, Inc. has announced plans to open a group home for homeless female veterans on Wichita’s west side, where it already operates a home for male veterans. The nonprofit recently received donations of $50,000 from Cargill and $20,000 from the Goebel Family Star Lumber Charitable Foundation for that purpose. “We’re looking for individuals that might […]

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