You don’t say

“I’m not good at sharing cookies.”

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Dave Unruh’s confession, which was the first of a couple during Wednesday’s proclamation of Girl Scout Cookie Month 


“As a Calvinist, it’s important for me to confess my transgressions. Commissioner Norton, I took your Lemonades. As a good Methodist, I know that you’ll forgive me and let me keep them.”

– County Manager Bill Buchanan’s cookie confession to Commissioner Tim Norton

You don’t say

“You know, if I could build a mountain out here, I’d do it. So I’ll get busy working on that after lunch.”

Sedgwick County Commission Chairman Jim Skelton speaking at the chamber’s Chairman’s Lunch about how to boost tourism and economic development

Mike’s Steakhouse owner Craig Gabel opens Edy Burger and has plans for more concepts

WICHITA — Restaurateur Craig Gabel, owner of Mike’s Steakhouse on South Broadway, opened a new restaurant Friday.

Edy Burger, named for Gabel’s 15-year-old daughter Edith, is at Westway Plaza at Pawnee and Seneca.

“Basically, you can describe this as Red Robin meets Chuck E. Cheese’s,” Gabel says.

He says he offers gourmet burgers and lots of games — one room for kids under 7 and another for young adults.

Edy Burger is just the beginning of what Gabel plans for Westway.

He’s negotiating for 42,000 more square feet with an option for 30,000 more after that.

Gabel is planning three restaurants — each a different concept — a sports bar and concert hall.

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Karl Peterjohn, onetime Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce foe, to speak at the group’s Chairman’s Lunch

peterWICHITA — When invitations recently went out for the Feb. 11 Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce’s annual Chairman’s Lunch, three speakers were listed, but only two by name.

Mayor Carl Brewer will speak, as will 2010 Chamber Chairman Sam Williams.

The third speaker is the Sedgwick County Commission chairman, who at the time the invitations were printed was not yet elected.

Now he has been, and it’s Karl Peterjohn. As in the same Peterjohn who in 2008 claimed there was a “political jihad” against him by the Chamber and its political action committee.

“I was the No. 1 candidate that the Chamber opposed,” Peterjohn says.

derre“Oh . . . that is all old history,” says Chamber president and CEO Bryan Derreberry.

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