Monthly Archives: August 2012

Wichita Transit hires director from North Carolina

Wichita Transit has hired Steve Spade, the transit director for Chapel Hill, N.C., to lead the agency.

In a news release, city manager Robert Layton said Spade will start work in Wichita Oct. 30. Spade served as Chapel Hill transit director since 2006. The Chapel Hill system provides public transit service to the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro as well as the University of North Carolina. The system has an $18 million annual budget, 200 employees and annual ridership exceeding 7 million, according to the news release.

North Carolina officials have praised Spade for his leadership, the quality of the transit system and improved relationships with employees as well as local, state and federal stakeholders.

Before arriving at Chapel Hill, Spade was general manager of the Des Moines Metropolitan Transit Authority from 1984 to 2006. He said he is looking forward to returning to the Midwest.

More than $300,000 raised for Children’s MIracle Network at Via Christi

Customers and staff at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in Kansas have raised $303,109 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Via Christi Health.

According to a news release from Via Christi Health, all the money raised goes to help sick and injured Kansas kids.

The money was collected, mostly through donations made at check-out, in Walmart and Sam’s Club stores in Arkansas City, Augusta, Colby, Derby, Dodge City, El Dorado, Garden City, Goodland, Great Bend, Hays, Hutchinson, Liberal, McPherson, Pratt, Salina, Wellington, Wichita and Winfield.

According to the news release, the fundraising total marks a 146 percent increase over 2011.

Seminar on choosing a nursing home planned for Sept. 7

Assessing the care offered in nursing homes is the subject of a meeting planned for the afternoon of Sept. 7.

Kansas Advocates for Better Care is sponsoring the event, which will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Extension Service, 7001 W. 21st St. North. It’s intended to help participants determine what standards they should set and assess as they choose a nursing home.

The event is free and open to the public, but those attending do need to RSVP by Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Sharee A. Wiggins, a nurse practitioner and geriatrics faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center & Landon Center on Aging, is the guest speaker.

To RSVP, call 1-800-525-1782 or email

Allstate says Wichita drivers better than average

Wichita, along with four other Kansas cities, has been listed by Allstate Insurance Company as having relatively safe drivers.

The company released its eighth annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report” Tuesday. It’s based on Allstate claims data and ranks the 200 largest cities in the United States in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers.

Wichita came in at the bottom of the Kansas pack, but ranked 42nd nationally. The other Kansas cities and their rankings are:

Olathe, 14;

Kansas City, Kan, 21;

Overland Park, 29;

Topeka, 37;

According to a news release from Allstate, Wichita’s ranking means we’re about 5 percent less likely than drivers nationally to be involved in a traffic accident.

All Things Floral affiliates with 1-800flowers

All Things Floral has purchased a 1-800flowers franchise. According to an email from owners Ed and Randa Haynie, the store is the first 1-800flowers franchise in Kansas.

The franchise agreement allows local shoppers to use a local store to send flowers outside the area.

The flower shop at Clifton Square, 3700 E. Douglas, can be reached at 316-683-7673. The website is

KWCH wins ‘Station of Year’ honor in contest

KWCH TV was named one of four Stations of the Year in the annual Kansas Association of Broadcasters contest.

In a news release, KAB officials said winners would be recognized at an Oct. 22 event in Wichita.

KWCH, a CBS affiliate, was the winner in the “large market” division. Station of the Year winners are determined by points awarded for placing or winning various categories in the KAB contest, the release said. Categories cover such things as commercial production, public service and station promotion announcements; public affairs programming; news and sportscasts; and in-depth reporting.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters includes TV and radio, and the group’s contest includes four market-size divisions for TV and three for radio.

How has your job changed?

The Eagle would like to know how your job has changed in the past five years.

Has technology altered what you do and how often you do it?

Have cutbacks in staff and spending by your company since the recession increased your workload and duties?

Or have other factors come into play and greatly altered what you do in your job or career?

If so, The Eagle would like to hear from you for a Labor Day story.

Please contact Eagle business reporter Jerry Siebenmark — at 316-268-6576 or — by Monday, Aug. 27.

Fireside introduces 2 new Catholic e-Bibles

Two new e-Bibles are being offered by Fireside Catholic Publishing, the leading publisher of English Catholic Bibles in the United States.

Fireside, based in Wichita, is publishing “The Fireside Personal Study Edition” and the “Fireside School and Church Edition.”

According to a news release, both are New American Bible Revised Editions, featuring the latest approved translation of the Catholic Church.

Ross DeVore, Fireside Catholic Publishing president, said his company began work on the e-Bibles immediately after the New American Bible Revised Edition was released by the U.S. Catholic Bishops.

Hampton Inn prepares to open in Mulvane

The opening of Mulvane’s new Hampton Inn hotel is set for October, according to company officials.
The 150-room hotel is located at Exit 33 off the Kansas Turnpike, next to the Kansas Star Casino, according to a news release from the company.
The hotel is building its staff and has a general manager, Elias Thompson, in place. To fill other positions, the hotel will hold a job fair Tuesday and Wednesday at Mulvane City Hall. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and from 8 to sometime in the evening on Wednesday.
The hotel’s 150 rooms include 50 king studio suites. There also will be an indoor swimming pool, guest laundry facilities and meeting spaces, according to the release.
Kansas Star has said it plans to open it larger, permanent casino late this year or in January.

Health conference puts focus on the workplace

About 300 people are expected to attend the 2012 Working Well Conference, scheduled for Tuesday at the Wichita Hyatt Regency.

The Economics of Healthy Behaviors, sponsored by Preferred Health Systems and UnitedHealthcare, provides businesses with information about best practices in work-site wellness, according to a news release from event organizers.

In its eighth year, the conference is supported through the Health & Wellness Coalition of Wichita. Speakers this year include Dee Edington of the University of Michigan; Michael Samuelson, president of the the Health & Wellness Institute; Jon Morgan of the Wisconsin Division of Public Health; and Jason Lang of the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Vintage Airstream joins Wichita’s mobile-food fleet

A 1973 Airstream Land Yacht is joining the mobile-food fleet in Wichita.

Proprietors Ann and Warren Tandoc have opened Espresso To Go Go, a coffee and espresso business on wheels.

According to a news release from the Tandocs, they use freshly roasted beans from the Spice Merchant for their coffee drinks. Espresso To Go Go’s Airstream has been outfitted with high-quality equipment to serve a full range of hot and iced coffee and espresso beverages, they said.

Espresso To Go Go went on the road officially Monday and will be open at various locations in Wichita Monday through Saturday. Those locations are announced daily and weekly on Facebook and Twitter, according to the release. The Facebook page is

World Trade Center changes name to Kansas Global Trade Services

Officials with the Kansas World Trade Center announced Wednesday that the organization is changing its name to Kansas Global Trade Services.

According to a news release, the change was approved by the organization’s board of directors.

The organization also has a new home. It has moved from 125 N. Market to the second floor of the Old Town Center, 800 E. First  Street.

In April, the board voted to officially discontinue the group’s membership with the World Trade Center Association. It began the process of renaming itself then.