Archives for September 2017

World Tree Climbing Championships In Wichita This Weekend

You may not know that Wichita is hosting the North American Open Masters Tree CLimbing Championships this weekend. The competition has competitors from al lover the world in town, including from Estonia, England, and Barbados. Competition starts at 3pm tonight at Oak Park in Riverside. It runs through Sunday. Tonight’s main event features head-to-head tree climbers surrounded by a laser light show. There will be food trucks tonight and tomorrow, as well. Spectators should bring their lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the weekend.

WSU Unveils Plans For Dave Stallworth Statue

A replica statue of WSU basketball legend Dave Stallworth has been dedicated on the campus. Wichita State President John Bardo helped unveil the replica on Thursday, revealing plans for a future permanent location for a real statue at Charles Koch Arena. A Tucson, AZ, sculptor has been commissioned to create the life-sized bronze statue of Stallworth in a clossic jump shot pose. Bardo says the university is raising money privately to pay for the statue. If you’re interested in donating, contact the WSU Foundation.

Teenager Killed In Sumner County Motorcycle Crash

Sumner County authorities say a young boy was killed in a motorcycle accident west of Wellington. Captain Mike Westmoreland with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office says the crash happened at about 8:30 last night on US Highway 160, three miles west of Wellington as a truck had stopped to turn onto Edwards Road. Another car stopped behind the truck, but the motorcycle rider did not stop and struck the car from behind. The name and exact age of the victim have not been released, but Westmoreland confirmed the victim is a juvenile.

Republican Group Wants To Circulate Century II Petition

A group of Wichita Republican leaders say they are thinking about circulating a petition to put the future of Wichita’s Century II Convention Center on a ballott for a citywide vote. The Kansas Republican Assembly on Thursday says it is looking to “seek the protection of Century II for 50 more years” by making it illegal for the City of Wichita to “destroy Wichita’s favorite building” without a public vote. Assistant City Manager Scot Rigby has asked the group to delay a discussionon the convention center until late October.

Nancy Shoemaker Kidnapper Up For Parole Next Month

Longtime Wichita residents will surely remember the Nancy Shoemaker case. The little girl, at 9 years old, was abducted… snatched from a storefront where she’d gone to get her sick brother some 7-Up. Missing for days, the community put together large search crews to look for the little girl in 1990. Her lifeless and assaulted body was finally found days later in a field near Mulvane. One of the men who helped absuct her, Donald Wacker, is now up for parole. Wacker and Doil Lane were convicted in the case. Lane was recently denied his parole and will remain behind bars. At Wacker’s last parole hearing, more than 22,000 people signed a petition to keep him behind bars. Wacker’s 4th parole hearing will be in Derby on October 18th.

Committee Hearing To Be Held On Potential Brownback Ambassadorship

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says a U.S. Senate committee hearing is set for next week on his nomination for ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. But Brownback told reporters Wednesday he’s not sure how quickly the Senate could vote on his nomination after the Oct. 4 hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His departure would automatically elevate Republican Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to governor.

Third Teen Candidate Enters KS Governor’s Race

A third Kansas high school student has now entered the race for Kansas Governor. The latest candidate is a Wichita Heights High Schooll student named Ethan Randleas. Randleas is a senior at Heights who says he wants to get the state back to basic principles such as life, liberty and property. The race now has 13 candidates, including heavyweights like Secretery of State Kris Kobach and State House Minority Leader Jim Ward, and former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer. Randleas counts his lack of political experience as a plus, saying he brings a new and fresh approach to Kansas politics. 16-year-old Jack Bergeson and 17-year-old Tyler Ruzich from Shawnee Mission are the other teenagers officially in the race.

Cheney Woman Sentenced To Probation For Stealing From Newspaper

A Kansas woman was sentenced to five years of probation for embezzling more than $48,000 from a local newspaper where she worked. Sixty-year-old Diane Neises, of Cheney, pleaded guilty in July to felony theft and computer crime. The crimes occurred while Neises was an officer manager from 2009 to December 2013 at the Times-Sentinel Newspapers in Cheney.

Butler County Woman Killed In Crash On SE Bluestem Rd.

Butler County investigators say a woman was killed Monday morning when her vehicle went off SE Bluestem Road and landed in a creekbed. Sheriff Kelly Herzet says the woman had reportedly dropped off her daughter at a school in Leon. She struck a concrete bridge and went into the creek. The vehicle landed in about three feet of water and the 47 year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her name has not yet been released.

Wichita Man On ATV Killed Along Local Bike Path

A WIchita man has been killed along a bike path. Wichita Police say 44 year-old Milo Bell was riding an ATV on the bike path near 17th and I-135 when he struck a tree branch. That caused the ATV to flip over and throw him off. The machine landed on top of Bell, killing him. Police noted that it is illegal to ride ATV’s on city bike paths.