Category: Main Feature

Pulling through: Tenacity and a new treatment help Wichitian survive cancer

August 1, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

More mornings than not, Bill and Carrie Van Sickle can be found gliding along the Little Arkansas River in one or two kayaks, enjoying the exercise and scenery. They usually cover between four and seven miles, their oars and sleek craft barely rippling the mirror-like surface. “This river is basically a hidden gem,” Carrie said. […]

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Next chapter: Leaving beloved jobs bittersweet

June 1, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

Travel. Grandchildren. Age. Love. These are some of the reasons people give up jobs that have seemed more like callings. But even those compelling reasons don’t make the actual decision to retire easy. The Active Age spoke to five people who recently decided to step away from highly fulfilling careers. All were thankful for the […]

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Volunteers eager to help in pet welfare crisis

May 2, 2022 | By Amy Geiszler-Jones

If you see a woman walking a dog around the Hyde Park neighborhood east of downtown Wichita, there’s a decent chance it’s Jodi Bartman. Especially if the identity of the dog keeps changing. Four days a week, Bartman shows up at Beauties & Beasts, an animal rescue organization on South Pattie, to give its furry […]

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Lynn Rogers Settles into Kansas Treasurer Post

March 31, 2022 | By Joe Stumpe

TOPEKA — Don’t hang out with Lynn Rogers at the Kansas state Capitol unless you want to talk to people. A lot of people. After a legislative hearing one afternoon last month, the state Treasurer and longtime Wichita resident lingered in the wing outside for 15 minutes chatting up lawmakers and anybody else who wandered […]

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Afghan refugees welcomed to new homes in Kansas

February 25, 2022 | By Mary Clarkin

In a span of months last year, a 26-year-old Afghanistan native named Wissa flew from his homeland to Qatar, then to Germany, next to Virginia and finally to Wichita. Wissa fled the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan along with his parents and three younger brothers, who range in age down to 14. He did not choose […]

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Take a hike: Women’s hiking club off to fast start

December 31, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

A pair of Wichita women seem to have unleashed a mini-stampede with a simple question: Anybody want to go for a hike? Cindy Coughenour and Jeri Brungardt, who started Women Hiking KS and Beyond two years ago, drew 17 women to the first hike they organized. In October, 106 showed up for a hike at […]

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Neighbors restore historic Riverside building

December 1, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

A historic building that was constructed in three months a century ago took volunteers more than a decade to restore. They say it was worth every Saturday spent stripping paint and patching walls, every grant application filled out and every donation request made on behalf of the Fresh Air Baby Camp building. Known by many […]

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All-female biker club rides for fun and friendship

November 1, 2021 | By Amy Geiszler-Jones

When Janice Friedman saw four women bikers roll up to a Harley-Davidson dealership in Wyoming, she was intrigued.  “I’d never seen women Harley riders before. But I was the last person you would ever guess would do that,” Friedman said. “I won’t lie, I was kind of high maintenance.”  In fact, she didn’t even enjoy […]

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New Deal’s impact still felt in Wichita

September 28, 2021 | By Joe Stumpe

As politicians in Washington debate massive new infrastructure spending, it’s interesting to recall how the New Deal programs of nearly a century ago affected Wichita.       The impact of those projects spearheaded by President Franklin Roosevelt can hardly be overstated. They are still a big part of the city’s life in areas ranging […]

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Allen House gets prairie garden to match

August 2, 2021 | By The Active Age

By Annie Calovich Visitors to the Frank Lloyd Wright house in College Hill have always been amazed at the pristine condition of the restored interior of the residence. The grounds surrounding the house, on the other hand, for a long while did not reflect the admirable inside, which is now a museum. But local master […]

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Butler CC benefactors step up for Andover facility

June 1, 2021 | By Beth Bower

For Scott Redler, it all started in his hometown of St. Louis. The co-founder of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers made breakfast for his family as a kid and helped his mother and grandmother in the kitchen on a regular basis. “I always had a passion for food,” he said. Redler used that passion to […]

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