Monthly Archives: January 2013

Cerebral Palsy foundation surpasses fundraising goal for its wheelchair clinic

A clinic that custom-builds wheelchairs is moving ahead with its expansion plans after the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas exceeded its goal of $605,000 by raising $613,260.

In a news release Tuesday, the foundation said funds will be used to expand and modernize its wheelchair seating clinic.

At the Daniel M. Carney Rehabilitation Engineering Center, wheelchairs are custom-made for each client. The process involves such steps as conducting evaluations, determining levels of activity and molding each chair’s seat to fit the user.

Because the personalized approach takes time, the news release stated, the foundation wanted to make sure the clients and their families or friends were comfortable while waiting. So the expansion will include a spacious waiting area for the person receiving services and their families to interact and relax in a non-restrictive space. The family area also will have recliners, a big-screen television (complete with a gaming system), computers with Internet access, a kitchenette and more.

The Carney Center is one of four seating providers used by Medicaid recipients younger than 21, and one of two clinics available to Medicaid recipients older than 21. More than 700 people with disabilities from more than 80 counties across Kansas receive services each year from the Carney Center, making it the largest volume outlet for customized wheelchairs in the state, according to the foundation.

Greteman Group to handle outreach for aviation-training project

Greteman Group, a Wichita marketing agency, has announced that it has been selected to handle outreach for a $14.9 million effort to develop training curricula for the aviation industry.

In September the Wichita Area Technical College announced that it would be the lead partner in the project, which involves five community colleges across the country that comprise the National Aviation Consortium. The effort also is expected to involve private-sector employers that could potentially provide jobs to workers trained using the curricula that is developed.

WATC officials said in September that the local portion of the $14.9 million grant from the federal government was worth about $9 million.

Greteman Group announced in a news release Tuesday that it would handle outreach for the project. The agency’s efforts will include “research, campaign messaging and creative, identity and brand development, website, search engine optimization, television, radio, print, outdoor, email and social media,” according to the release.

Steve Hunt to speak at K-State’s Cattlemen’s Day on March 1

A sponsored lecture is the newest feature of Kansas State University’s Cattlemen’s Day, scheduled for March 1 in Manhattan.

Marking the 100th year of the event, K-State has a number of exhibits and a commercial trade show planned, starting at 8 a.m. in Weber Hall.

It also will start the Henry C. Gardiner Lectureship, with inaugural speaker Steve Hunt of U.S. Premium Beef.

Gardiner, widely considered a pioneer in beef genetics, is founder of Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kan., according to a news release from the K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Hunt was CEO of U.S. Premium Beef from 1996 through January 2013. He now serves as an adviser to the company.

Other topics and presenters will include: Keeping Your Farm in the Family for the Next Generation – Ron Hanson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Cattle Market and Industry Short-Run Outlook and Long Term-Prospective, Ted Schroeder and Glynn Tonsor of K-State.

There also will be breakout sessions and a dedication ceremony for the new Stanley Stout Center.

More information and online registration are available at

Agri-Women program looks at integrating agriculture into school curriculum

A women’s group interested in agriculture plans a program Feb. 16 about incorporating agriculture in elementary school curriculum.

Kansas Agri-Women said in a news release that it will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Walton, which is on U.S. Highway 50, northeast of Newton.

The meeting will start at the Whistle Stop Café, then move to the Walton 21st Century Rural Life Center, an elementary school that integrates agriculture into its lesson plans. The program also will include a question-and-answer session with kindergarten teacher Rhonda Roux.

The meeting and tour are free, but there is a cost for lunch. Anyone interested is invited to attend.  To register, contact Lesley Schmidt at 785-639-7744 or

More information is available at

Intrust Bank Arena ranked 40th among US venues by Pollstar

Intrust Bank Arena was ranked 40th for 2012 among entertainment venues of comparable size by Pollstar.

According to a news release from SMG, which manages the arena, the rankings reflect ticket sales for events taking place in the last calendar year.

“We’re excited to finish 2012 ranked in the top 40 in the United State for ticket sales,” AJ Boleski, SMG general manager, said in a statement. “As we celebrate our third anniversary in 2013, we are very appreciative to Wichita and surrounding communities for continuing to support Intrust Bank Arena.”

According to the release, the arena was ranked 77th worldwide.

Pollstar is an internationally distributed publication focused on the concert industry.

Amazon donates 50 Kindles to school in Coffeyville

Amazon donated 50 Kindles and $2,500 in gift cards to Community Elementary School in Coffeyville on Monday.
According to a news release from Amazon, which operates a fulfillment center in Coffeyville, the donation of electronic readers is intended to foster the use of technology in the classroom among special needs students.
The event included remarks made by Craig Correll, assistant superintendent of schools, and George Schultz, general manager of the fulfillment center in Coffeyville.
The total value of the donation was more than $10,000, according to the news release.

Reno County job fair planned for Feb. 23

Reno County businesses are being invited to participate in a job fair Feb. 23.

Sponsored by the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce – as well as and KansasWorks-Hutchinson Workforce Center – the event will run from 9 a.m. to noon at the National Guard Armory, 1111 North Severance in Hutchinson.

In a news release, organizers said that they are requesting that participating companies have current job openings at the time of the job fair.

Booth space includes an 8-foot table and two chairs. There also will be refreshments and access to a hospitality room for participating businesses. Cost for a booth is $25. The deadline for signing up is Feb. 8. To register, go to

Commercial contractor Zernco adds ‘woman owned’ certification

The commercial general contracting company Zernco, Inc. has received certification as a Woman Owned Business Enterprise and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise from the state Department of Commerce and Kansas Department of Transportation.

The certification process confirms that a business is at least 51 percent owned by women and is operated and controlled by one or more women. The certifications are used by many government agencies and some private contractors as a factor in consideration of awarding work for projects and other business relationships.

Zernco was founded by Dave and Jan Zerngast, whose daughter Ashley Thill assumed the role of president in 2012. Previously Thill served as Zernco vice president.

For more information about the company, go to

Foley Industries adds certification as ‘women business enterprise’

Foley Industries and its three operating entities, Foley Equipment Company, Foley Rental and Foley Rebuild Center, have each been officially certified as a Women Business Enterprise by the National Women Business Owners Corporation.

In a news release Monday, the Wichita-based company said numerous public corporations as well as government agencies have programs for allotting a certain percentage of business to women-owned companies.

Foley has been woman owned and managed since Ann Konecny, president and CEO, assumed the leadership role in 1997, according to the release.

“Over the last year, we’ve had increasing requests from customers that we get certified.  It’s a rigorous and time-consuming process but we felt it would be worth the investment,” Konecny said in a statement. “Certainly, our WBE status is not the most important thing.  Understanding our customers’ needs and exceeding their expectations is much more important.  However, we are hopeful that our WBE certification will help grow our business.”

Foley Equipment is a full-line Caterpillar dealer serving 104 of 105 counties in Kansas and 40 counties in central and northwest Missouri, including the Kansas City metro area.

Wienermobile plans stops at area Walmart stores

Oscar Mayer is bringing its Wienermobile to Wichita this week, and the promotional vehicle will be on hand to mark the grand opening of the Walmart Store in Goddard Friday and Saturday.

According to a news release from Oscar Mayer, the Wienermobile’s schedule is as follows:

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, it will be at the Walmart at 11411 E. Kellogg in Wichita.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12,  the vehicle will be part of the grand opening events at the Goddard Walmart, 18631 W. Kellogg.

And on Sunday, Jan. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., it will stop at the Walmart at 4794 E 13th in Wichita.

Chase County residents get $5.27 million water project

A public water supply district has been formed in Chase County to serve residents in Strong  City, Cottonwood Falls and Rural Water District No. 1.

According to a news release from BG Consultants, Public Wholesale Water Supply District No. 26 will provide treatment, storage and transmission of potable water to all three entities. Strong City and Cottonwood Falls will remove their existing water treatment plants and water towers once the new water district’s facilities are in operation.

The project is funded through the federal government, by way of loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture totaling about $4.27 million, as well as a federal community development water project grant issued through the state of Kansas for $1 million.

The total cost of the project is $5.27 million, according to the news release.

Construction is anticipated to begin in 2013. BG Consultants is serving as project engineer.

MSN features WaterWalk condo as a ‘winter fun’ home

A WaterWalk condo in downtown Wichita is featured nationally as one of MSN Real Estate’s “12 homes for winter fun.”

According to the MSN website, the stand-out feature of the $509,900 condo is its “unique fireplace that’s perfect for winter get-togethers with friends and family.

Other properties listed in the feature are a nearly $1 million home in Big Sky, Mont., and a $22.5 million home in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.