Daily Archives: Dec. 4, 2009

“48 Hours Mystery” to air Kansas case

WICHITA — Despite strenuous objections from defense attorney Dan Monnat, “48 Hours Mystery” last year filmed inside a Johnson City courtroom where Chad Floyd was on trial on charges of killing Michael Golub, a former boyfriend of Floyd’s wife, Shannon.

Golub and Shannon Floyd were involved in a custody dispute over their son.

Golub’s body has never been found.

After two trials with no verdicts, charges were dismissed.

“48 Hours” is airing an episode about the case, called “Justice in the Heartland,” Saturday at 9 p.m.

Scholfield opens used luxury dealership in former west-side Saturn space

WICHITA — Scholfield Select Pre-Owned Center opened today in the former Saturn dealership at 8800 W. Central Ave.

“What we really have heard for a long time in Wichita (is) there’s a whole west-side clientele that doesn’t get served,” says Travis Brandenburgh, general sales manager for Scholfield Auto Plaza and Scholfield Lexus.

Those dealerships are at Kellogg and Greenwich, and west-side customers who have purchased vehicles there haven’t been able to fully take advantage of services like courtesy pick-ups and car washes.

“The people out west ought to get to take advantage of (those), too, without having to drive all the way across town,” Brandenburgh says.

The dealership will sell a variety of used luxury and import vehicles including brands Scholfield already sells, like Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Acura and Lexus.

Brandenburgh says vehicle prices will range from as little as $8,000 to as much as $80,000.

“The whole point here with us is just (to) broaden the reach.”

PR exec longs to be a Cubs bat girl

cubsWICHITA — Wichita native Susan Howe is president of the Chicago office of the international PR firm Weber Shandwick, but her true passion seems to be baseball.

That’s why she’s flying in for Koyie Hill’s Big Wish gala fund-raiser for Make-A-Wish on Saturday at Hartman Arena.

Hill is a catcher for Howe’s beloved Chicago Cubs, and one of the auction items for the evening is to be a bat boy for the Cubs one day at spring training.

“Spring training is almost a holiday for my family because it’s celebrating the return of baseball,” Howe says.

Her father, Al Vargo, is a die-hard Shocker fan, and Howe and her husband wear their Shocker hats every time Hill is catching for the Cubs.

“I don’t think anyone knows what the WuShock is,” she says.

Howe strategized for how she’d win the auction. She liked that it was for spring training instead of a game at Wrigley Field so there would be less pressure.

But then Howe learned the devastating news that no one over 18 can be a bat boy.

She’s now regrouped and decided to bid on throwing out the first pitch for a Cub’s game.

“But the bat boy or girl on that day had better watch out!”

You don’t say

“There’s a new definition of liquidity in our business: Looking at your operating statements and wetting your pants.”

Herb Krumsick, a commercial broker at J.P. Weigand & Sons, speaking Friday at the annual luncheon for the Kansas chapter of CCIM

Cargill readies IMA Plaza for more employees

WICHITA — Cargill is gutting the sixth floor of the IMA Plaza at 250 N. Water to accommodate more employees.

“We’re doing some renovations at that address so that we can move about 75 people from our Mead Street address,” says spokesman Mark Klein.

The company has several Wichita offices, including its local headquarters at 151 N. Main.

The 75 people who will move are in Cargill’s transportation group.

“It makes sense for the transportation people to be closer to the main office,” Klein says. “A lot of the other logistical functions, such as procurement and sales, are at 151 N. Main.”

There will be another 25 people from the headquarters who will move to the IMA Plaza as well.

Klein says the work should be done by February or March.

No additional employees will be added then, but he says, “We remain a very strong employer in Wichita.”