Chamber opens nominations for Keeper of the Plains award

Buildings or projects completed over the last few years and that exemplify outstanding architecture are being sought for the annual Keeper of the Plains award.

The Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce has opened its nomination process for the award, which is presented annually to honor an outstanding architectural achievement.

The Keeper of the Plains award committee considers aesthetic quality, degree of improvement, visibility and maintenance, according to a news release from the Chamber. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s Honors Night banquet in April 2014.

To be eligible, construction must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2010, and July 1, 2013. Projects must be within Sedgwick County, and the recipient must be a Chamber member.

The form can be found at

For more information about the award, contact Holly Landon at 316-268-1127 or

BOK Financial announces successor to Lybarger as president

BOK Financial announced Tuesday that Steven Bradshaw will become president and CEO at the end of the year, replacing Stanley A. Lybarger, who is retiring.

According to a news release from BOK Financial, parent company of Bank of Oklahoma Mortgage, Daniel H. Ellinor will become chief operating officer in the line of succession. Ellinor and Bradshaw are currently senior officers of the company; they will assume their new positions following Lybarger’s retirement at the end of 2013.

“Steve and Dan have been very instrumental in BOK Financial’s past success, including the company’s geographic expansion and exceptional performance through the recent recession,” Lybarger said in a statement. “They possess the ability, experience and integrity to take the company to the next level.”

Bradshaw joined BOK Financial in 1991. In his current role, he has oversight for the company’s consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, treasury services and business banking functions, as well as Colorado State Bank and Trust and Bank of Kansas City.

Human Resources group plans golf tournament

The area association of human resource managers is holding a golf tournament to raise money for scholarships.

The Kansas Society for Human Resource Management’s sixth annual Russ Blosser tournament is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2, at the Auburn Hills Golf Course in west Wichita.

The event costs $65 a person or $220 for a team, and that cost covers green fees, cart, lunch and prizes.

A variety of prizes ‑ such as a golf bag, a free round of golf and gift cards ‑ are part of the event.

All proceeds raised will go to provide scholarships to students who are planning a career in human resources and are attending a state university in Kansas.

The deadline for registration is July 26. Go to to register.

Intrust Bank Arena’s ticket sales ranked 26th by Pollstar

Intrust Bank Arena finished the first half of 2013 ranked 26th in the U.S. market for ticket sales, according to Pollstar, a weekly trade magazine for the concert industry.

The arena, managed by SMG General, was ranked 55th in the world, according to a news release from SMG.

The rankings reflect tickets sold worldwide for shows played between Jan. 1 and June 30.

A.J. Boleski, SMG general manager at Intrust arena, hailed the rankings, and in a statement said they reflect both the high quality of concerts booked for the venue and the willingness of Wichita area residents to support the shows and events.

In the first half of 2013, Intrust arena was host to 11 of the top 100 worldwide tours, including Cirque du Soleil, Harlem Globetrotters, Sesame Street Live, Kid Rock, Disney On Ice, Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean, WWE and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Upcoming events include Taylor Swift (Aug. 6 ), Rascal Flatts (Aug. 9), Luke Bryan (Sept. 12), Blake Shelton (Oct. 5), Eagles (Oct. 7), Oklahoma City Thunder NBA exhibition game (Oct. 23) and the Wichita Wildcat Classic (Dec. 21).

More information is available at

IRS delays move to new Wichita offices

Officials with the Internal Revenue Service said the planned move of its Wichita offices will be delayed.

According to a news release, the offices, now at 271 W. Third Street, will move to 555 N. Woodlawn, Building 4, starting Aug, 23, 2013.

A delay in the shipping of some equipment was given as the reason for the delay.

As a result of the move, the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center will be closed Aug. 23. It will re-open in its new location on Tuesday, Aug. 27, according to the news release. Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The IRS website and toll free number will continue to work. The IRS website is at

The toll free number is staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; it’s 1-800-829-1040

Pittsburg fireworks company, fire department offer fireworks safety sessions

A Pittsburg fireworks company and the city’s fire department are teaming up to provide classes on fireworks safety.

The first class is today, Thursday, at 6 p.m.  at Jake’s Fireworks, 3002 N. Broadway in Pittsburg. A second session will be offered at 2 p.m. Sunday at the company.

Pittsburg Fire Department personnel and Jake’s staff will provide information that educates the public about how to enjoy fireworks safely, according to a news release from the company.

Jake’s Fireworks recently opened its new headquarters in Pittsburg. The 500,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility allows Jake’s to carry more inventories and have a central distribution point to serve its outlets across the Midwest, according to the release.

A list of fireworks safety tips is available at

Excel Industries of Hesston win’s governor’s Exporter of the Year award

Excel Industries Inc. of Hesston was named the winner Wednesday of the Governor’s Exporter of the Year award.

It was one of two top awards announced at the annual Team Kansas/Kansas Cavalry Awards Banquet, which was held at Emporia State University.

The other top award winner was B&W Trailer Hitches of Humboldt, which won the Governor’s Award of Excellence.
The event was sponsored by the state Department of Commerce and Team Kansas/Kansas Cavalry, a volunteer group of business leaders.

In addition to the company awards, several individuals were honored at the banquet. They included Wichita businessman Jack P. DeBoer, chairman of the board of Hix Corp., and founder of Residence Inn, Summerfield Hotel Corp. and Candlewood Hotel Co. DeBoer was recognized as the Contemporary Award Winner.


KSU research leads to patent for feed supplement for cattle

Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry at Kansas State University, has come up with a way to help livestock producers stimulate growth of cattle and horses.

A patent has been granted for a feed supplement developed by Drouillard, according to a news release from K-State.

The supplement “stimulates the growth, health and reproductive functions of cattle, bulls and other livestock,” according to the release. It’s comprised of “molasses, oilseeds and oilseed extracts that when heated and evaporated, formed a substance that improves absorption of specific omega-3 fatty acids,” the release said.

“It’s put in the pasture and the animals consume it whenever they want,” Drouillard said in a statement. “The product’s physical characteristics restrict the animals to consuming less than a pound each day, making it a convenient and cost effective way to deliver essential nutrients.”

The substance contains fats that elevate levels of specific omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream. The increases in omega-3 fatty acids can stimulate growth, improve immunity, according to the release.

New Generation Feeds, a South Dakota-based company, has retained exclusive rights to the patented technology for use in its SmartLic brand of livestock supplements.

IRS Taxpayer Assistance Office will move in August

Among a number of federal offices moving this summer is the Internal Revenue Service’s Taxpayer Assistance Center.

According to a news release from the IRS, the assistance center and other IRS offices at 271 W. Third Street in Wichita will be moving in August.

The offices will be closed on Friday, Aug. 16, and then will re-open at their new location on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The new location is 555 N. Woodlawn, Building 4, according to the news release.

Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The IRS website is and the toll free line is 1-800-829-1040.

McDonald’s at 21st and Amidon celebrates renovation

The McDonald’s restaurant at 2661 N. Amidon, near the intersection of 21st and Amidon,  will celebrate its renovation with a week of special deals and promotions.

According to a news release, McDonald’s franchise owners Steve and Connie Brend said the restaurant now features a double-lane drive-through, free wi-fi and new dining furniture inside, among other improvements.

“We’re changing with the times – and we never stop looking for ways to improve,” said the Brends in a statement.

Celebration events begin Wednesday and will include a number of special deals on food and drawings for prizes. A series of different promotions are planned daily through June 4.

Towne East and Towne West malls to collect donations for tornado victims

Towne East Square and Towne West Square will be accepting donations Sunday and Monday from those who want to drop off useful items for those affected by the tornado in Moore, Okla., according to a news release.

In partnership with Two Men and a Truck, the malls will collect bottled water, diapers, baby wipes, individually wrapped snacks, hand sanitizer and personal hygiene products.

Donations will be accepted from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday. Each mall will accept items at a designated parking area. At Towne East, it will be near the Rock Road entrance. At Towne West, it will be near the Town West Drive entrance.

IRS will close all its offices 5 days as workers are furloughed

The IRS will be closing all of its offices for five days, the federal agency announced in a news release.

The Internal Revenue Service said the closures were necessary to meet the budget-cutting provisions agreed to by Congress and the White House.

Most of the closures are planned around holidays, starting with May 24. The other days are June 14, July 5, July 22 and Aug. 30.

According to the release, all operations will be closed, including toll-free hotlines and all assistance centers.

The closures will not affect any filing deadlines. However, the agency will give taxpayers an extra day to comply with a request to provide documents to the IRS if the last day for response falls on the furlough day.

At a later date, the IRS could add one or two additional furlough days.