Monthly Archives: February 2013

Ambassador Hotel offers “snow rate”

The Ambassador Hotel said Wednesday afternoon it would offer a “snow rate” Wednesday night.

According to a news release from the hotel downtown on Douglas, the $89 rate is for anyone who “cannot get home or must be at work in the downtown area tomorrow.”

“Some companies or services cannot close their doors” said the hotel’s general manager Michael Frimel, “The weather makes it hard for employees in the outlying areas to get to work. This is a convenient and safe way to ensure these vital services and organizations have the staff they need.”

Call the hotel at 316-239-7100 for more information.

Newton secures additional funding for airport runway project

The airport in Newton will receive an additional $380,484 for the Newton City/County Airport’s runway reconstruction project, according to a news release.

The federal funds were distributed through the state Department of Transportation’s Airport Improvement Program.

According to the release, nearly $5.8 million from the Federal Aviation Administration already has been secured for the $6.4 million project.

Newton’s runway reconstruction was one of 46 projects around the state selected for the airport improvement program funding.

Last fall, contractor Dondlinger Construction finished the first phase of the project, replacing pavement on the south end of the 7,000-foot runway. Phases 2 and 3, which will reconstruct the middle and northern pieces of the runway, will begin this spring.

The existing concrete runway was built in 1944.

Shopportunity to benefit Independent Living Resource Center

A fundraising event that features shopping is planned for April 25 at NewMarketSquare.

The Independent Living Resource Center has announced that Shopportunity, now in its eighth year, will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., although stores and restaurants will be open for their normal hours.

According to a news release, new this year are Diva Club tickets, which entitle the purchaser to breakfast at Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria from 8:30 to 10 a.m. They also receive a special shopping tote, which will be delivered to them at Avivo so they don’t have to wait in line. Diva Club tickets are $50 each.

Regular tickets are $25 each – or buy four and get one free. Regular ticket holders get a different shopping tote, coupons from participating merchants, free limo and party bus rides, a display of “Hot Cars for Hot Women,” free photos, and a variety of drawings, food and drink samples and other activities.

Proceeds from the event go to the ILRC, a nonprofit that assists people with disabilities.

Tickets are available at ILRC, 3033 W. 2nd Street North, by calling 316-942-6300, or go to

Bunting Magnetics offers catalog on food safety

Bunting Magnetics Co. in Newton has produced a new catalog for the food industry.

According to a news release from the company, the catalog is dedicated to safety products in the food industry.

Bunting produces magnetic products for the worldwide food, printing, automobile, plastics and electronics industries.

More information is available at

Black Hills Energy buys Longford natural gas system

Black Hills Energy announced it has purchased the municipal natural gas system in Longford, which is northwest of Junction City, and will now provide natural gas service for the community.

The purchase follows approval by the town’s voters and the Kansas Corporation Commission, according to a news release from the energy company, which also serves Wichita.

“We are pleased to welcome Longford into the family of 59 communities we now provide with natural gas service in Kansas,” said Vance Crocker, the general manager of Black Hills Energy in Kansas.

Longford is located 30 miles west of Milford, whose natural gas system was also recently acquired by Black Hills. The town’s 58 customers will be served by a full-time technician who has relocated to the area and will be supported by Black Hills Energy’s Wichita office, according to the news release.