Monthly Archives: July 2012

J.P. Weigand ranked 20th in magazine’s land auction list

J.P. Weigand & Sons is ranked 20th among auction companies in a recent edition of The Land Report, a magazine based in Plano, Texas, that covers real estate, especially rural tracts, including agriculture, vacation and resort properties.

The ranking was published in the magazine’s summer edition in an article titled, “America’s Top 30 Auction Houses.”

Based on the total value of sales, Weigand was listed as having $14.3 million in land auction sales.

The magazine noted that rising prices for farmland led to more agriculture-based auction companies being ranked. It said this was Weigand’s first time on the list.

The No. 1 ranking went to Farmers National Company, which is based in Omaha, Neb., and had a reported $450 million in land auction sales.

Weigand’s auction group includes Terry Rupp, John Rupp, Mike King, Paul Nisly, Rick Hopper and Ken Patterson, according to a news release from Weigand.

A digital version of the article in “The Land Report” can be found at

Hotel at WaterWalk gets No. 1 ranking on TripAdvisor

Hotel at WaterWalk has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, which honors top-rated accommodation businesses, restaurants and attractions, as reviewed by people on the travel website.

Also, Hotel at WaterWalk is ranked No. 1 in Wichita and the state of Kansas on the TripAdvisor site, according to a news release from the hotel.

To qualify for the certificate, businesses must maintain an average rating of 4 or higher out of a possible 5, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include volume of reviews and how recently the reviews were submitted. The recognition is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Hotel at WaterWalk has the only rating of 5 in Wichita, according to the news release.

“We strive to offer our guests a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor,” Steve Butcher, asset manager for the hotel, said in the release.

Pompeo backs Romney stand against wind tax credit

WICHITA — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has come out against the Wind Production Tax Credit, set to expire Dec. 31 unless extended by Congress. The tax credit is regarded by the wind energy industry as critical to continued growth of wind farms in the U.S. On Monday, local Rep. Mike Pompeo issued a statement supporting Romney and reiterated his own long-standing opposition to the tax credit.

Pompeo has even written a bill that would end any tax credits for energy production — but, crucially, his bill doesn’t seek to end tax deductions for energy production, such as those so dear to the Kansas oil industry: the accelerated intangibles provision, which allows oil and gas producers to write-off all drilling costs within the year incurred, and the depletion allowance, which allows owners of producing wells to deduct 15 percent of gross oil and gas income per year.  Here’s Pompeo’s statement:

“For the better part of my first term in Congress, I have been working to halt the practice of using taxpayer dollars to pick winners and losers in our energy markets.  I’m thankful for Gov. Romney’s strong stance in favor of ending the 20-year-old Wind Production Tax Credit this year.  The Solyndra scandal has demonstrated that taxpayers must no longer be forced to subsidize these industries. When the government bets on these energy technologies, it typically selects the most unaffordable energy leading to unnecessarily higher energy prices for all Americans.”

I guess it’s all how you define the word “subsidize.”


Mental health group to celebrate opening of housing development

The Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m. Aug. 8. The event is to celebrate the anticipated opening of a new housing community, The Garden at Wichita Place, 3242 S Wichita St. The complex is scheduled to start receiving new residents within the next week.

Board member Beth Hogan will preside over the event, and the public is invited to attend.

H&R Block schedules job fair for seasonal positions

The local H&R Block office will hold its annual career fair from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 7 at 2561 Seneca in Wichita.

In a news release, H&R Block said its local offices will be hiring for seasonal positions, including office managers, customer service representatives and tax professionals.

Those interested are asked to bring a résumé, as interviews will be conducted on site. Bilingual candidates are also encouraged to attend.

The news release said the office positions offer flexible schedules, ability to earn extra income, bonus potential and opportunity for advancement.

For more information about H&R Block visit

Businesses invited to matchmaking event

Small businesses looking to do business with bigger companies as vendors, suppliers or subcontractors are invited to participate in an Aug. 14 event.

The Wichita district office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is organizing the event, which will run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wichita State University Metropolitan Complex, 5015 E. 29th Street North.

According to a news release from the SBA, the event is intended to help businesses find contract opportunities. It will “provide a forum for corporate and governmental buyers to meet one-on-one with prospective suppliers, pre-matching buyer requirements with seller capabilities,” according to the release.

About 300 small businesses and approximately 60 buyers from government agencies and prime contractors are expected to participate. Purchasing representatives from Boeing, Spirit Aerosystems, Cessna Aircraft Company, Bombardier Learjet, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation, McConnell Air Force Base, Fort Riley, GSA, NASA, the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, the Coleman Company and Wichita Public Schools have agreed to participate.

The agenda also features a keynote address by Wichita native Phil Ruffin of The Ruffin Companies, an industry panel on advanced manufacturing, and breakout sessions on topics such as government contracting, exporting and the Affordable Care Act.

To learn more about the event and to register, visit or call 316-264-5982.  Space is limited so early registration is highly recommended.

Young professionals group makes awards

Young Professionals of Wichita, a group associated with the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, has announced winners of awards for members.

The annual YPW Awards are meant to recognize and celebrate the contributions the group’s members have made toward making Wichita a better place.

Laura Bernstorf of Airbus was the recipient of the YPW Commitment Award; Tara Clary of Davis-Moore Auto Group won the Innovations in Business Award; and Sommer Keplar of Via Christi Health was awarded the Community Service Award.

The Distinguished Young Professional Awards were won by Cassandra Schwartz and Todd Ramsey, both with Apples and Arrows.

The Young Professionals Choice Award recipient, as voted on by the YPW members, was Koch Industries, Inc.

The recipient of the Corporate Investor of the Year Award was Spirit Aerosystems, Inc.

Mustang Brewing brings its beer to Wichita

Mustang Brewing Company is bringing its beer line to Wichita.
Started 3 years ago by Tim Schoelen, Mustang Brewing Company is now Oklahoma’s largest craft-brewing company, according to a news release from the company.
Its beer line, including Washita Wheat, will now be available in Wichita, as well as Oklahoma and Arkansas. Schoelen said the company plans to add three more states by year’s end.
According to the news release, representatives of the company will be in Wichita this weekend for tasting events.
Jacob Liquor, 3049 N. Rock Road, will host the Friday sampling, and JT’s Liquor, 3700 N. Woodlawn Street, will host the Saturday sampling. For more information, go to Mustang Brewing Company’s Facebook page,

What are the hot – and we do mean hot – jobs?

Just because we’re lucky enough to work in air-conditioned buildings, doesn’t mean most of us can’t complain about the heat.

The scorching temperatures and lack of rain have taken a toll not only on lawns and trees, but also the psychological well being of Kansans.

But compared to those who work in hot jobs – literally hot – we have it pretty good. So I’ve been wondering, what would you consider to be the most heat-induced miserable jobs?

Roofers? Firefighters? Highway construction crews? Welders?

What’s your vote?

And if you have a hot job, or used to have one, let us know what you think was the worst part of the job – and the best part of your day.

Intrust Bank Arena ranked 31st among concert venues

Intrust Bank Arena ranks 31st in a list of U.S. concert venues compiled by Pollstar, a trade magazine for the concert industry.

The ranking, according to a news release from Intrust Bank Arena’s management company, reflects ticket sales through the first six months of 2012.

“We’re thrilled to consistently rank among the top venues worldwide,” said SMG general manager AJ Boleski. “The community continues to support our events, and we look forward to announcing the remainder of our line-up for the second half of 2012.”

According to the news release, the arena hosted 10 of Pollstar’s top 100 tours: Brad Paisley, WWE, George Strait, Winter Jam, Jeff Dunham, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Barry Manilow and Nickelback.

Kansas Humanities Council names Fabris as board member

Julia Fabris McBride of Matfield Green is joining the 22-member Kansas Humanities Council board of directors.

McBride is director of Faculty and Coach Development at The Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita. She’s also a volunteer for The Pioneer Bluffs Foundation and was founding president of the Wichita Chapter of the International Coach Federation.

The Kansas Humanities Council is a nonprofit organization that supports community-based cultural programs and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities.

Alco announces new online store


Alco Stores Inc. announced today that it is launching an e-commerce store to serve shoppers.

The venture will include more than 10,000 items, according to a news release from the company, which has its headquarters in Abilene.

The online store’s merchandise at adds to products available at Alco’s 216 stores, which operate in 23 states.
The company said in its release that products offered on include video games and electronics, housewares, sporting goods, appliances and furniture, as well as office supplies and other goods.