Daily Archives: March 20, 2013

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“Good….gives him time to hone his computer skills.”

– Wichitan Lu Ann Allen’s comment on Facebook after reading REAP CEO Joe Yager has been placed on administrative leave following an e-mailed sexual solicitation, which he says was the result of a computer mistake

REAP CEO placed on administrative leave

WICHITA — Joe Yager, CEO of the Regional Economic Area Partnership, has been placed on administrative leave following what he says was an inadvertent forwarding of an e-mail that was soliciting sex.

“A situation, a personnel matter, has been brought to the university’s attention, and it is being investigated as we speak,” says Ted Ayres, vice president and general counsel for Wichita State University.

WSU’s Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs has a contractual relationship with REAP to provide consultation and staff support.

On Tuesday, Have You Heard? reported that Yager forwarded a release from the state water office to members of REAP’s water committee that contained several lines of a sexual nature amid otherwise mundane news of a forthcoming meeting in Hutchinson. Yager says he accidentally copied and pasted the sex text while trying to delete it.

“It’s one of those situations that we take seriously,” Ayres says. “Certainly the interest of all concerned, including the employee, must be considered.”

Ayres is in Salt Lake City to watch the Shockers play in the NCAA tournament but is following the situation.

“It’s my understanding that just to facilitate the situation, our office and human resources did place him on administrative leave this morning,” Ayres says of Yager.

Misty Bruckner, associate director of the Center for Urban Studies at the Hugo Wall School, is temporarily replacing Yager.

“I am just handling contacts for a few days,” she says.

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Everybody’s Family Restaurant to close March 30 to make room for CVS

WICHITA — Wednesday is the second anniversary of Everybody’s Family Restaurant opening at Hillside and Harry, and owner Ernie Fincher says business has “been awesome.”

March 30 is its last day in business, though. The restaurant, which is on the southwest corner of the intersection, is closing to make way for a new CVS store.

“It’s a sad deal,” says Fincher, who also owns Fat Ernie’s Family Dining on South Hydraulic. “We really are going to miss it.”

Even though he’s known this was coming for a year, Fincher says he still hasn’t found a new location.

“We are looking, but I just want to make sure I make the right decision.”

There’s a possibility the restaurant won’t reopen until the economy improves. Fincher isn’t sure yet.

“We’re going to miss a lot of customers,” he says. “Hopefully some of them will go back over to Fat Ernie’s.”

Pure Fitness Rx opens in west Wichita

WICHITA — Pete Rohleder has been working out at Fit Physique Fitness Center since he was 12 and working there since he was 16. After spending half his life there, he says he was ready to have his own place.

This week, he’s having a soft opening for his Pure Fitness Rx at 3460 N. Ridge Road.

“Fit Physique is a wonderful place … but I needed to grow professionally,” Rohleder says.

He got his master’s degree in exercise science last year and says, “I wanted to be able to offer more services.”

Rohleder calls himself an exercise physiologist.

“It allows me to be a little bit more in-depth and a little more comprehensive with my approach to health and fitness.”

He says he can incorporate more physiological tools for better results.

“I can help develop programs that are much more efficient.”

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