Monthly Archives: December 2012

Precision agriculture conference coming up in Salina in January

Early registration – and discounted prices – for the annual Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association conference is being offered by the nonprofit organization.

The 16th annual Precision Agricultural Technologies Conference will be Jan. 17-18 in Salina. The event brings together agricultural producers and industry leaders for a two-day interactive workshop on the precision agriculture industry.

According to a news release from the organization, those who sign up by Jan. 10 can receive a $50 discount, bringing the conference price to $175 per person (which includes meals and refreshments).

Funds generated through association dues and conference registrations are used to provide grants to facilitate on-farm research projects and instructional workshops that are conducted to help spread use of the findings from that research, according to the news release.

For more information about the event and registration information, go to


Hutchinson offers State of the City presentation

The Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce and AMBUCS organization will sponsor a State of the City presentation Jan 10.

The event, in its second year, is open to the public and will feature elected officials and city staff, who will offer an overview of city government activities for 2012 and plans and goals for 2013.

Following the presentation, the public will have an opportunity to ask questions.

The program, which will run from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Stringer Finer Arts Center Gallery Theatre, 640-698 E. 11th Ave., costs $10 and includes breakfast. Tickets may be purchased online at, or by calling the Chamber at 620-662-3391.

Value Place hotels collect toys for children

The Wichita Value Place hotels,  part of the economy extended-stay lodging chain, are participating in toy drives for area families this year.

The three Wichita properties — located at 3401 N. Great Plains Drive, 4665 S. Broadway, and 7525 W. Taft — are conducting a two-tiered effort, serving as collection sites for the local Toys for Tots drive and separately purchasing toys to deliver to children whose families are lodging at the hotels over the holidays.

Value Place has been accepting charitable gifts for several weeks, and will accept donations for the Toys for Tots drive through Friday. Additionally, Santa will be stopping by with a sleigh full of presents on Friday to give gifts to children staying at the properties.

Involvement with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys For Tots program began several years ago. Moved by the spirit of the program, staff in the company’s Wichita headquarters decided to raise money to buy toys for the children in its area properties. The effort was so popular that the company decided to institute it at all 74 locations managed by its Value Place Property Management subsidiary and recommended it to its franchise locations this year.

Gifts can be dropped off at any of the three locations from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Friday. For more information, call Value Place at 316-858-3500.


HoneyBaked enters area market with presence in Dillons

HoneyBaked is bringing its hams to the Wichita area through temporary kiosks at Dillons stores.

HoneyBaked started in business more than 50 years ago in Michigan and has stand-alone stores in several states. It has started to enter other markets with pop-up stores, or kiosks in existing retail stores.

HoneyBaked said its stores feature not only traditional bone-in hams, but also boneless hams, turkey breasts and a variety of sauces and soup mixes.

Stores at Dillons will operate until Dec. 24 at the following locations: 7707 E. Central Ave., 10222 W. 21st St. North, 10515 W. Central Ave., 1624 North Rock Road in Derby and 225 E. Cloud Ave in Andover.

Harden Hospice medical director Dr. Jerry Old will retire

Dr. Jerry Old, medical director for Harden Hospice Kansas, plans to retire at the end of the month, according to a news release from the hospice.

Old has been with Harden Hospice, formerly Hospice Care of Kansas, for more than 10 years and has worked with the organization in Arkansas City and Lenexa, as well as Wichita.

To honor Old for his years of service, Harden Hospice Kansas will have a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Bistro at the West River Plaza, 2622 W. Central Ave. The public is invited to attend.

Jed and Lisa Jeter start EmbroidMe franchise

Jed and Lisa Jeter have opened an EmbroidMe franchise at 5634  E Central.

In a news release, Lisa Jeter said that after working a combined 35 years at other businesses in the area, the couple were excited to start their own business.

“We embrace the opportunity to help others grow their business with our promotional marketing solutions,” she said in the release.

The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. The phone number is 316-425-7748 or send email to