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 www.irs.gov 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.

GoTimeTraining plans open house Saturday

GoTimeTraining, which opened in 2012, plans an open house on Saturday.

Owners Kalene Smith and Shannon Dykman said they would be offering promotional deals and visiting with potential customers about what their business can offer. Dykman said GoTimeTraining offers personal training to help clients meet their weight loss and fitness goals.

The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at 11110 E. 26th St. North, Suite 600. That’s in the Greenwich Business Park, near the intersection of K-96 and Greenwich.

More information about the business can be found at www.gotimetraining.com

Coffee, anyone? Local credit unions ‘make difference’ by paying for customers’ purchases Tuesday

Representatives of three Wichita credit unions were at a downtown coffee house Tuesday morning picking up customers’ tabs.

That’s according to the Kansas Credit Union Association, which said the effort is part of its “Make A Difference” campaign to raise awareness about credit unions in the state and to promote community giving.

The KCUA said in a news release Tuesday that 11 credit unions are participating in the campaign in Emporia, Kansas City, Ness City, Norton, Topeka and Wichita.

Officials from Equishare Credit Union, Mid American Credit Union and Wichita Federal Credit Union were on hand at 9:30 a.m. at Mead’s Corner, 430 E. Douglas, to pay for customers’ purchases.

KCUA said at each location Tuesday credit unions were expected to give away up to $1,000 in cash or gift cards.

This is the second “Make A Difference” giveaway organized by the KCUA. Last October credit unions were at gas stations across the state paying for customers’ gas purchases.

Value Place starts work on extended-stay hotel in Louisiana

Value Place, which is based in Wichita, said Monday that it has begun work on its sixth Louisiana project – a 124-room building in Lake Charles.

According to a news release from the company, the extended-stay hotel will be completed by October and will include enhancements that improve customer appeal and cost efficiency.

The 181-unit lodging chain said it was focusing on southwest Louisiana in part because of economic activity there. That includes development of liquefied natural gas plants and a casino that is under construction.

Northridge vet clinic plans open house on Saturday

An open house for pets and their owners is planned at Northridge Veterinary Clinic & Rehabilitation on Saturday.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the clinic, 3233 N. Ridge Road.

According to a news release from the clinic, the event will include a cookout, homemade dog treats and cupcakes for the pets, giveaways and tours of the clinic.

Mark and Amy Ekerberg’s new practice, which opened in February, focuses on prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Amy Ekerberg, a native of Newton, and Mark Ekerberg, who is from Colorado, are graduates of Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and have been in practice for 18 years.

More information about the business can be found at www.northridgevet.com

Keisha Humphries wins Via Christi nursing award

Keisha Humphries, a nurse for Via Christi on St. Francis, was awarded the St. Catherine of Siena honor at a reception Sunday.

The award and others are given annually by Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita to recognize the hospital’s nurses, their values and the work they do.

Humphries is a service line administrator for oncology.

Other awards made at the reception Sunday included:

  • New-To-Nursing Award (for nurses practicing two years or less) – Polycarp Mochama, Via Christi Village on McLean;
  • Human Dignity – Elizabeth Hedges, Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis;
  • Stewardship – Michele Hemberger, Via Christi Hospital on Harry;
  • Excellence – Kalen Dusek, trauma/surgical ICU, Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis.

Winners were nominated for the annual awards by their peers, co-workers and patients.

Wichita optometrist to lead Kansas Optometric Association

Wichita optometrist Jason C. Eubank was installed as president of the Kansas Optometric Association during the group’s convention in Overland Park.

More than 450 people attended the 2013 convention April 18-20, according to a news release from the group.

Other KOA officers installed at the event were: Chad J. Thompson, Beloit, president-elect; and Craig E. Newland, Parsons, secretary-treasurer. Directors who were installed were: Dawn D. Williams, Garden City; Shane R. Kannarr, Pittsburg; and Wayne R. Hemphill, Olathe.

Zone presidents are: Stacy A. Clark, Salina; Jeremy M. Durham, Wichita; Matthew C. Gerstberger, Garden City; Brandon K. Hunter, Leawood; Charles Rottinghaus, Topeka; Matt D. Skahan, Iola; Seth A. Thibault, Pratt. Ron D. Hansen, Hutchinson, will serve on the board as past president.

Also at the event, Ron D. Hansen of Hutchinson was awarded the William A. Carriger, Sr. Legislative Service Award. And P. Joe  Jittawait, Wichita, won the 2013 Outstanding Young Optometrist of the Year Award for his numerous contributions to the profession.

Nonprofit group offering session on using social media for marketing

A seminar about how nonprofit groups can use social media to bolster their marketing efforts is being offered by the Nonprofit Chamber of Service on Wednesday.

“Social Media Strategy and Facebook: Enhancing Nonprofit Marketing” will run from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday at High Touch Technologies, 110 S. Main Street, Suite 600.

According to a news release, the session will include instruction on developing a social media strategy and ways that page managers can use Facebook more effectively for extending the reach of a nonprofit. There also will be a review of ways to improve visibility utilizing Facebook.

Mindy Tan, programs director for the Nonprofit Chamber of Service, will be the session presenter.

The cost is $20 for members and $70 for non-members. To register, call 316-440-6744