Category: Local Interest

As older population grew, Sedgwick County spending fell

August 2, 2021 | By Tammara Fogle

The Active Age Sedgwick County’s use of local tax revenue for older residents is not keeping up with the growth of that population, a new analysis by Wichita State University shows. In fact, per capita spending from that source has fallen 27 percent over the past decade while the population over 60 grew by almost […]

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Don’t judge ‘Death Project’ book by its title

| By The Active Age

“The Death Project: An Anthology for These Times,” edited by Gretchen Eick and Cora Poage (Blue Cedar Press, 2021, 196 pages) By Ted Ayres I have for some time admired historian and activist Gretchen Eick, rating her 2001 book, “Dissent in Wichita,” a classic. Eick worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. for more than a […]

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Mental illness driving homeless ‘disaster’

July 30, 2021 | By Mary Clarkin

By Mary Clarkin Micky Maddux encounters the homeless three to 10 times a day. She does not live or work in a shelter or sleep on a sidewalk. She’s the owner of an art gallery in Wichita’s Old Town Square. She’s cleaned their urine and feces off her gallery front in the morning, been accosted and […]

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

July 14, 2021 | By The Active Age

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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