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“They were concerned about getting down our driveway because they didn’t want to scratch their buns.”

Jerry Kerr of College Hill Bed & Breakfast, where the drivers of the visiting 8-foot-wide Oscar Mayer Wienermobile are staying

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“If they don’t have Haysville jokes, I’m not going.”

Bill Warren of Warren Theatres, who already has tickets for this week’s Gridiron show, on the city’s complaints that it’s the butt of too many jokes

Charlie’s PizzaTaco owners test cellphone battery chargers at each table

batterytwoWICHITA — The Shockers’ season may be over, but an incident that happened during one of the games has inspired an invention that is in the test phase and soon will go national.

A few weeks ago, Charlie’s PizzaTaco co-owner Tim Holmes says he observed a dilemma a customer was having in his restaurant near Central and Tyler.

“One day there was a young man watching the Wichita State game, and he was obviously fighting with his girlfriend via text message.”

Holmes says the customer’s phone was about to die, but he didn’t want to leave the restaurant. Nor did he want to further upset his girlfriend.

“He was kind of torn,” Holmes says. “So he asked me, ‘Do you have a charger that I could borrow?’”

Holmes thought it would a great idea to have a charger at every table so no customer ever has to choose between lingering over a meal and leaving in order to charge a phone.

His partner, David Hoffman, happens to own a company that manufactures cellphone batteries and sells accessories for phones to retailers nationally.

“We do about everything for a phone,” he says of Celltronix, which is part of Hoffco Brands in Golden, Colo.

Hoffman says his company is building a prototype and has some temporary devices at Charlie’s.

“I said, ‘Just put these out there, and get a reaction for me,’” Hoffman says.

“Basically what we’re doing right now is just testing the theory out,” Holmes says.

He says the device is a simple battery pack, which makes it portable.

“You don’t have to rewire your entire restaurant to do this project,” Holmes says.

There are three plugs in one charger for iPhones and Droids. The devices are attached to napkin holders.

The prototype batteries will be enclosed to prevent theft.

“Since I put them in, people just use the heck out of ’em,” Holmes says.

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J.V. Johnston takes Newman University job and keeps ownership in Johnston’s

jvWICHITA — J.V. Johnston is the new vice president of institutional advancement at Newman University, which means he’s now the former president of Johnston’s, the men’s clothier at his Collective development just east of 21st and Greenwich.

“I’m leaving because I’m able to leave,” says Johnston, who will remain an owner in the business.

He says he’s been delegating more and more the last several years.

“One day, I came in, and I said, ‘I don’t have anything to do,’” he says. “I really kind of delegated myself out of a job.”

He didn’t have any intentions to work at Newman, though, until he felt a calling.

“It may sound squirrely,” Johnston says. “I’m religious. I’m not fanatical. I never had a calling. This time I did.”

Before he got that higher calling, though, Johnston heard from Bob Simpson, his friend who owns Simpson Construction Services.

Simpson told Johnston about the open position and the qualities the school was looking for in that potential employee.

“I’ll get you some names,” Johnston told him.

Simpson made it clear he had someone else in mind for the job.

“He leans over the table and says, ‘I’m looking at him.’”

Johnston says he “really felt like someone hit me with a club over the head, and I was going to fall out of the chair.”

He asked president Noreen Carrocci if she would consider him. She advised he get a resume for starters.

“I never had a resume, which is weird.”

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Funeral services set for Pat Ayars

WICHITA — Services have been set for Wichita businessman Pat Ayars, who died of complications from cancer on Wednesday.

The service will be at 11 a.m. on March 19 at St. Mark United Methodist Church at 1525 N. Lorraine Ave.

A memorial has been established in Ayars’ name with Victory in the Valley.

Old RV no longer parked at Wal-Mart

After a year of looking at this camper, shoppers at the 13th and Oliver Wal-Mart won't have to see it anymore.

After a year of looking at this camper, shoppers at the 13th and Oliver Wal-Mart won’t have to see it anymore.

WICHITA — Ah, the power of the press. It may be even bigger than Wal-Mart.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Have You Heard? reported on an old RV that management at the Wal-Mart at 13th and Oliver has been unsuccessful moving for almost the entire year the store has been open.

“Man, that would be a perfect little travelin’ trailer,” says Wichita resident Kelvin McClish.

So he went to see the store’s manager on Thursday, but the camper already was gone.

“I guess it just took putting it in the paper,” McClish says.

It appears that’s the case.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Betsy Harden says management had been trying to find someone to tow the camper with no luck.

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“My business serves everyone. Except most Kansas legislators. Them, I reserve the right to spank and send home early.”

– A Facebook post by Pixel Time owner Skyler Lovelace, referencing three controversial (and failed) bills

Prairie Gynecology closes at the Collective, but it likely will transition to new business

WICHITA — Amy Short’s Prairie Gynecology abruptly closed last week, but Short says that doesn’t mean her attempt at gynecology and functional medicine wasn’t a success.

“The clinic was a massive success with filling a specific need in the community,” she says. “However, under an insurance paradigm, functional medicine is not profitable.”

When Short first revealed her plans to open a clinic at the Collective near 21st and Greenwich two years ago, she explained to Have You Heard? that functional medicine is about “going to the root causes of imbalance, whether that’s chronic illness or hormone imbalance, and solving it from the ground up rather than dealing with it … once the disease process has already manifested.”

She says it doesn’t work with a conventional billing system, though.

“The time we spend with patients, you simply can’t bill for,” Short says. “You just can’t recoup that time, but that’s what’s required to do the job.”

She says patient visits averaged 30 to 60 minutes. New patients generally took at least 40 minutes.

“It takes that long to get a good history,” Short says.

“It’s not that the medicine is invalidated by the practice closing. It just has to be rethought.”

Short says patients are “extremely sad and upset because they feel they have finally found a type of practice that fits their needs.”

In the end, malpractice insurance is what Short says caused her to have to immediately close.

“There’s absolutely no way for me to pay that.”

She says it’s like buying two Mercedes Benzes in the middle of a financial crisis.

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Wink Hartman Sr. and Hartmoor Investments sue Casey Bachrodt over Gardner land

WICHITA — Wink Hartman Sr. and his Hartmoor Investments have sued Casey Bachrodt over land they purchased together in a retail area in front of the Walmart in Gardner.

According to the suit, which was filed in Sedgwick County District Court, the two formed BRIC Gardner in 2008. The entity borrowed $1.95 million from Security Savings Bank, which the suit says Hartman and Bachrodt personally guaranteed.

The suit says that “BRIC Gardner was not an income producing enterprise,” so Hartman, through Hartmoor Investments, and Bachrodt made capital contributions to BRIC to pay the loan.

The suit says that beginning in August of 2010, Bachrodt started failing to make necessary capital contributions and Hartmoor Investments made up the difference, which was almost $360,000.

With interest, Hartman and Hartmoor are now seeking more than $410,000 under the operating agreement.

Hartman’s attorney declined comment on the case. Bachrodt didn’t return calls to comment.

New Kwik Shop opens in Haysville

WICHITA — It took a few years longer than some Haysville residents hoped, but the new Kwik Shop is opening Monday at the northeast corner of Grand and Meridian.

It looked like a new store was going to open a few years back, but it didn’t happen.

The new store is replacing the Kwik Shop at 424 W. Grand.

At more than 7,500 square feet, the new store is the second-largest Kwik Shop in the chain.

There are six fuel pumps, which means the pumps can fuel 12 vehicles at once.

There’s an expanded cappuccino and condiment bar along with a range of ready-to-go foods, such as pizza and breakfast sandwiches along with a roller grill and toppings bar.

The Kwik Shop also will sell grocery items, including produce and meat from its sister store, Dillons.

Grand opening celebrations will be held Feb. 21 and 22.