Daily Archives: Oct. 19, 2009

Council may table Bowllagio tax incentives plan



Wichita City Council member Jeff Longwell said he may try to table a planned Tuesday vote to support tax incentives for a proposed destination bowling center in west Wichita.

The move comes after confusion over whether the “Gordon Vadakin School of Bowling” is actually part of Jay Maxwell’s plan. Maxwell, an established Wichita developer, stressed to The Eagle last week that it’s only an idea and that he still needs to negotiate Vadakin’s involvement. Allen Bell, director of urban development, said that Vadakin asked the city to withdraw his name from publicity after it emerged in a story in Saturday’s Wichita Eagle. But, Bell said, developers still plan on a bowling training center of some kind.

Vadakin would be key to the project. Read More »

Commerce Department appoints five to agricultural tourism panel



Five agritourism businesspersons — including a Newtonian and a Towandan — have been appointed to the state Agritourism Advisory Council, officials announced Monday.

The council works with the state Commerce Department to promote opportunities for tourists to visit working farms and ranches, wineries and other agriculture-related attractions.

The new appointees are:

• Sarah Beck, of Beck’s Farm, Newton.

• David Corbin of the Boot Scootin’ Barn, Towanda.

• Jan Jantzen of the Grandview Ranch, Emporia.

• Keaton Kelso of K&K Outfitters, Mulberry.

• Barbara Poore of Poore Farms Labradors, Woodston.

The Advisory Council will have its next quarterly meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at Harvest Farms, 31617 W Parallel Road, Turon.

The meeting will be followed by a public forum, networking session and farm tour from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Dangers of kids’ drinking to be subject of Eisenhower Library forum

no beerABILENE — The Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum and the Quality of Life Coalition are cosponsoring a Kansas Town Hall forum on underage drinking Thursday.

Titled “Underage Drinking: What are the Consequences? What Can we Do Locally?,” the forum will bring together representatives from the legal, medical, education, insurance and alcohol/substance abuse fields.

“Most citizens are unaware of just how many areas of a family’s life can affected by underage drinking,” said Katie Allen, director of the Quality of Life Coalition.

The event will be free and open to the public.

It will begin at 7 p.m. at the Eisenhower Library, 200 SE 4th Street, Abilene.

To RSVP, call 785-263-6700 or 877-746-4453.

Mayor Carl Brewer talks on Fox



Who’s that on Fox Business Network? It’s Wichita’s mayor.

See the clip on Business Casual.

City hosts final river and watershed meeting Tuesday

rivercanoeThe last of Wichita’s informational meetings on how the city might clean up and better use the Arkansas River is Tuesday.

The session runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Extension office near 21st and Ridge. The basic goal is to improve the quality of the water, promote sustainable economic development and find better ways for people to use the river. If that’s not enough, there will also be coffee from Starbucks and snacks. To learn more about the program, visit www.wichitawraps.org.

For The Eagle’s previous coverage on this, follow the jump: Read More »