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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism (KDWPT), has issued a public health warning for six lakes and a watch for six lakes due to harmful algal blooms.
Zones B and C of Milford Reservoir are under a warning for blue-green algae. Zone A is in watch status. Zone C of Perry Lake is also under a watch Please see the attached news release for a map of both lakes’ zones.
If a lake is under a public health warning for blue-green algae, activities such as boating and fishing may be safe. However, direct contact with water (i.e., wading, skiing and swimming) is strongly discouraged for people, pets and livestock. The lakes currently under a watch or warning status are:
- Warning: Central Park Lake, Shawnee County
- Warning: Marion County Lake, Marion County
- Warning: Melvern Outlet River Pond, Osage County
- Warning: Melvern Outlet Swim Pond, Osage County
- Warning: Milford Reservoir (Zones B and C), Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties
- Warning: Webster Lake, Rooks County
- Watch: Milford Reservoir (Zone A), Geary, Dickinson and Clay counties
- Watch: Overbrook City Lake, Osage County
- Watch: Perry Lake (Zone C), Jefferson County
- Watch: Sam’s Pond, Syracuse, Hamilton County
- Watch: South Lake, Johnson County
- Watch: Villa High Lake, Thomas County
When a warning is issued, KDHE recommends the following precautions be taken:
- Lake water is not safe to drink for pets or livestock.
- Lake water, regardless of blue-green algae status, should never be consumed by humans.
- Water contact should be avoided.
- Fish may be eaten as long as they are rinsed with clean water and only the fillet portion is consumed, while all other parts are discarded.
- Do not allow pets to eat dried algae.
- If lake water contacts skin, wash with clean water as soon as possible.
- Avoid areas of visible algae accumulation.
KDHE samples publicly accessible bodies of water for blue-green algae when the agency receives reports of potential algae blooms in Kansas lakes. Based on sampling results, KDHE reports on potentially harmful conditions.
For information on blue-green algae and reporting potential harmful algal blooms, please visit www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/index.htm.
EDWARDS COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – One man is dead and a Pawnee County deputy is injured after a pursuit began in Edwards County and ended in Pawnee County Thursday.
According to Kansas Highway Patrol authorities the incident began around 12:45 p.m. when a trooper attempted to stop a speeding Impala on US-56 in Edwards County. A male was driving the vehicle with a female passenger inside.
During the pursuit, the man driving the Impala began shooting out of his window at the trooper. The pursuit continued into the town of Garfield, where the driver continued to shoot at and hit a Pawnee County patrol car.
A Pawnee County deputy then attempted legal intervention, causing the deputy and the suspect to drive into a ditch and disabling the suspect’s vehicle.
The suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot. The deputy suffered minor injuries.
The Kansas Bureau of Investigation will investigate the incident.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – About 30 kayakers and paddle boarders started splashing around on the Arkansas River around 6:00 a.m. Thursday.
The early birds are part of a local company that is working with the City of Wichita to offer sunrise and sunset river tours. The tours are set to start in about a week.(Photo courtesy KSN News)
River tourists will be able to see everything from Cowtown and the Keeper of the Plains to the Wichita Boathouse.
“We’ve got a beautiful setting here in downtown, and people tend to take care of what they use,” said Jared Brown of SUPWichita. “And we want people to use the river.”
Brown said the state regularly tests the water quality to make sure it’s safe for boaters. The first tour is a week from August 26.
OLATHE, Kan. (KSNW) – The Kansas Attorney General’s Office, the Kansas Department of Transportation, and law enforcement agencies from across the state are joining forces to crack down on impaired driving.
Several Kansas counties are participating in the No Refusal Weekend, August 19-20 which focuses on the following campaign: You drink. You drive. YOU LOSE. During the weekend all suspected impaired drivers who refuse to breath testing will be subject to blood testing for alcohol. Anyone driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher is considered legally impaired.
“Alcohol and driving don’t mix,” said Attorney General Derek Schmidt. “Impaired driving is no accident — nor is it a victimless crime. The No Refusal Weekend brings prosecutors and law enforcement together to combat this danger on our roadways.”
Impaired drivers in Kansas cause 25 to 30 percent of traffic fatalities on average. Kansas averages nearly five people injured every day and one person killed every three days in alcohol-related crashes.
“The aim of these efforts is to reduce the number of preventable deaths and injuries that occur when impaired drivers take to Kansas roads.” said Kansas Transportation Secretary Richard Carlson. “Think before you drink. Plan a safe ride home. Help us keep every friend, family member, and stranger from becoming another statistic. Let’s drive to zero fatalities on Kansas roadways.”
In 2016 alone, Kansas saw 1,119 impaired driving crashes where at least one driver was over .08 BAC.
The You drink. You drive. YOU LOSE. campaign runs through September 3 and includes increased education efforts, public service announcements and high-intensity law enforcement saturation from 150 agencies across the state.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – If you haven’t heard by now, a solar eclipse is set to take place on Monday, August 21. Some articles have circulated on social media about the need to purchase solar eclipse goggles to protect your pet’s eyes, but a Wichita area veterinarian is here to say: don’t bother.
Doggles sell on Amazon from $2 to upwards of $30. One PEOPLE article has used the “better safe than sorry” approach to advise people about protecting their four legged friends, but Dr. Gary Stamps of the Animal Hospital at Auburn Hills reassures that doggles are totally not necessary.
“They’re not going to be any more prone to stare up into the sun on Monday than they would any other day,” Dr. Gary Stamps said.
Stamps says, dogs actually see better at night than people do, as they have more rods at the back of their eye than humans. But Stamps reiterates, do not worry about Fido.
“I’m sure you’re going to find people peddling goggles and glasses for the pets but it really doesn’t make sense,” Stamps said.
PETCO locations in Wichita do not carry doggles according to a manager, they are primarily sold online.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter says former President Barack Obama’s tweet in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend has taken the crown as the platform’s most-liked post ever.
Obama tweeted a quote from Nelson Mandela Saturday night: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” Obama posted the tweet alongside a picture of himself smiling at a group of children of different races.
Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilo says Obama’s tweet set the mark shortly after 10 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday night by passing Ariana Grande’s tweet following a deadly bombing in May at her concert in England. Obama’s post had more than 3.1 million likes early Tuesday morning.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A former city attorney of Manhattan pleaded guilty today to federal child pornography charges.
Bill Raymond, 55, Andover, pleaded guilty to three counts of transporting child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. Raymond admitted that he emailed child pornography to himself using a cellular telephone and a computer on Nov. 9, 2014, Feb. 28, 2015 and May 17, 2015. He also admitted that on July 30, 2015, he possessed child pornography.
The crimes occurred in Butler and Riley counties. Raymond became the city attorney in Manhattan after serving as an assistant county counselor in Sedgwick County.
Sentencing is set for Nov. 6. He faces not less than five years and not more than 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each distribution count, and up to 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession count.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A white van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district on Thursday, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said.
In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others. Videos of the scene recorded people screaming as they fled.
Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene.
Las Ramblas, a street of stalls and shops that cuts through the center of Barcelona, is one of the city’s top tourist destinations. People walk down a wide, pedestrianized path in the center of the street, but cars can travel on either side.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Gov. Sam Brownback is making an announcement about the Department of Corrections at a prison that has seen at least three significant disturbances in recent months.
Lawmakers and the state employees’ union have urged the administration to address chronic staffing shortages and low pay among Kansas corrections workers. The governor’s office has not disclosed what Brownback will say Thursday afternoon at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.
The Department of Corrections has confirmed three inmate disturbances at the El Dorado prison in May and June and a pair of inmate-on-inmate stabbings on July 28. The maximum-security prison is struggling with an annual turnover rate among uniformed officers of 46 percent, and they are sometimes working 16-hours shifts because of staffing shortages.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons Thursday, declaring the nation is seeing “the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart.”
Trump’s new remarks came even as the White house tried to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on last weekend’s racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He also tore into fellow Republicans who have criticized his statements on race and politics, fanning the controversy toward a full-fledged national conflagration.
Pressured by advisers, the president had taken a step back from the dispute on Monday, two days after he had enraged many by declining to single out the white supremacists and neo-Nazis whose demonstration against the removal of a Robert E. Lee statute had led to violence and the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville.
He returned to his combative stance on Wednesday — insisting anew that “both sides” were to blame. And then in a burst of tweets on Thursday he renewed his criticism of efforts to remove memorials and tributes to the Civil War Confederacy.
“You can’t change history, but you can learn from it,” he tweeted. “Robert E. Lee. Stonewall Jackson — who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish. …
“Also the beauty that is being taken out of our cities, towns and parks will be greatly missed and never able to be comparably replaced!”
He wasn’t talking about beauty in earlier tweets, lashing at GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Jeff Flake of Arizona.
He accused “publicity-seeking” Graham of falsely stating his position on the demonstrators, called Flake “toxic” and praised a Flake primary election opponent.
Graham said Wednesday that Trump “took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency” between the marching white supremacists and the people who had been demonstrating against them. And Flake has been increasingly critical of Trump in recent weeks.
Other Republicans, including the most powerful in Congress, have been making strong statements on Charlottesville and racism, but few have been mentioning Trump himself.
The Senate’s top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, condemned “hate and bigotry.” House Speaker Paul Ryan charged that, “White supremacy is repulsive.” But neither criticized the president’s insistence that there were “very fine people on both sides” of the violent weekend clash in Virginia.
The nuanced statements reflect the party establishment’s delicate dance. Few top Republican officeholders want to defend the president in the midst of an escalating political crisis, yet they are unwilling to declare all-out opposition to him and risk alienating his loyalists.
In another major sign of discontent within the Republican Party, Trump abruptly abolished two of his White House business councils Wednesday as corporate chiefs began resigning in protest of his racial statements.
“Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” Trump tweeted from New York. His action came after one of the panels had already agreed to disband earlier in the day.
The White House is trying to deal with the repercussions from Trump’s defiant remarks on the Virginia tragedy. Advisers hunkered down, offering no public defense while privately expressing frustration with his comments.
But Trump himself, staying at his golf club in New Jersey, was increasing rather than slowing his tweet-a-thon.
On Wednesday, he had told associates he was pleased with how his combative press conference had gone a day earlier, saying he believed he had effectively stood up to the media, according to three people familiar with the conversations who demanded anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about them.
Business leaders felt differently.
Denise Morrison, chief executive of Campbell Soup, declared she was leaving Trump’s manufacturing council, saying, “The president should have been — and still needs to be — unambiguous” in denouncing white supremacists.
CEOs had begun tendering their resignations from White House panels after Trump’s initial comments following the Saturday violence. The first to step down, Kenneth Frazier of Merck, drew a Twitter tongue-lashing from the president. Later, Trump called those who were leaving “grandstanders” and insisted many others were eager to take their places.
Members of the Strategy and Policy group, led by Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman, concluded after a 45-minute conference call in the morning that they would end the council and announce their decision in a statement, according to two people familiar with the discussions. They insisted on anonymity to discuss private conversations.
In a subsequent call with Trump, the president agreed it was the right course of action. He tweeted before they could announce the decision they’d reached — making it appear it was his choice.
Publicly criticizing the president and resigning from his councils is a significant step for big-name corporate leaders. Though the policy influence of such advisory groups is sometimes questionable, simply meeting with Trump with TV cameras going is valuable face-time for the executives — and for the president.
Bykowicz reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Darlene Superville in Bridgewater, new Jersey, and Josh Boak in Washington contributed to this report.
GREAT BEND, Kan. (KSNW) – A Great Bend city council member resigned Thursday morning.
Wayne Henneke, a council member in ward 2, submitted his letter of resignation effective immediately. It follows the retirement of city administrator Howard Partington.
KSN has obtained the letter below:
Memo to: Mayor Allison, City Council
Re: Letter of Resignation from City Council, Ward 2
I have had the privilege to work in City Government from 1974 – 2012. With the last job with the City of Great Bend as Finance Director/City Clerk from 1996-2012. I have been on the City Council since 2013.
With the turmoil in the City such as it is, and the City Administrator resigning. I do not need or want the stress. I am resigning my position effective immediately.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ronald Dantowitz has been looking forward to Monday’s solar eclipse for nearly 40 years.
An astronomer who specializes in solar imaging, he’s been photographing eclipses for more than three decades, and will be using 14 cameras to capture the Aug. 21 celestial event. The cameras have solar filters to capture the eclipse in its partial phases, along with custom modifications that can photograph the corona and light wavelengths that are invisible to the human eye, allowing scientists to view and study the sun’s temperature and composition in a way only possible during a total eclipse, he said.
Dantowitz, who is based at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts, is lending his expertise to NOVA’s “Eclipse Over America,” airing at 9 p.m. EDT Monday on PBS. That hourlong special, which will incorporate his images, is among extensive coverage planned on TV and online of the first solar eclipse to cross the United States in 99 years.
Still, witnessing totality — when the sun is completely obscured by the moon — is best done with the naked eye, not a camera, Dantowitz said, adding that protective lenses are needed to view partial phases of the eclipse.
“Enjoying totality by eye is more rewarding,” he said. “There is much to see: stars during the daytime, the million-degree solar corona, and seeing the sun blacked out during the daytime.
“I have been waiting almost 40 years for this eclipse, and although I will be operating 14 cameras during totality, I will certainly take a moment to gaze at the eclipse the same way people have done for thousands of years: with wonder.”
For those not in the 14 states comprising the eclipse’s “path of totality,” here’s a look at some of the viewing opportunities online and on TV:
— “Eclipse of the Century “: In partnership with Volvo, CNN plans two hours of livestreaming, 360-degree coverage accessible in virtual reality through Oculus and other VR headsets beginning at 12 p.m. Accompanying television coverage will include reporting from Oregon, Missouri, Tennessee and South Carolina.
— “Eclipse Over America “: The PBS science series NOVA is planning a quick turnaround on its eclipse documentary premiering Monday. Senior executive producer Paula S. Apsell said “Eclipse Over America,” which delves into why eclipses occur and what scientists can learn from them, will incorporate images of the event from across the country shot earlier that day with Dantowitz’s high-tech cameras.
— “Great American Eclipse “: The Science Channel will broadcast its live coverage from Madras, Oregon, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with commentary from educators and astronomers from the Lowell Observatory.
— “The Great American Eclipse “: David Muir will anchor ABC’s two hours of live coverage, with correspondents reporting from viewing parties across the country. NBC also plans live coverage, with Lester Holt hosting special reports at 12 and 1 p.m. featuring correspondents reporting from Oregon, Illinois, Wyoming and South Carolina. Shepard Smith will break into typical broadcasting on Fox News Channel from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to update viewers on the eclipse and introduce footage from NASA and observatories around the country.
— “Solar Eclipse: Through the Eyes of NASA “: NASA will offer hours of coverage online and on NASA Television beginning at noon Eastern. It plans livestreaming of the eclipse beginning at 12 p.m. with images from satellites, research aircraft, high-altitude balloons and specially modified telescopes.
— “The Total Solar Eclipse”: The Weather Channel is kicking off its live coverage at 5 a.m. and continuing throughout the day with dispatches from seven locations along the “path of totality.”
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Local law enforcement agencies said counterfeit bills are on the rise in Wichita.
In July, the U.S. Secret Service collected around $13,000 worth of counterfeit bills. In total, from January to August, the agency collected around $144,000.
In 2016, it collected around $177.
Senior agent Ron Emmot said this is a significant increase from 2012, when the agency collected $50,000.
According to Emmot, there’s many reasons why counterfeiting increased in Wichita. One of the reasons is drugs, specifically meth, as many cases the agency works involves drugs. Counterfeit bills are also easy to manufacture with 3-in-1 printers sold at Wal-Mart or Target.
The issue of counterfeit bill is something agents are trying to crack down on. The agency works closely with local and state partners in law enforcement and the Wichita community.
“We try to go around to the merchants and give classes in how to identify counterfeit and what the security features are that are in the counterfeit, and we go around the banks and do the same thing,” Emmot said.
He added that $20 bills are counterfeited the most, but he’s also seen $50’s and $100’s — even dollar bills.
According to Emmot, it’s now more important than ever, to be vigilant of every bill received.
“A lot of people don’t know what they’re looking for when, let’s say, at a garage sale,” he explained. “Somebody comes up and gives you $50 and you don’t know what the security features are, so you take it and you give them their change, and they walk out with their $2 item and so it’s a $48 profit for them.”
Each bill has a security feature, such as a watermark or a security thread. Bills can also be tested with a UV light.
“If it’s got writing from a foreign country on it,” Emmot said. “If it says ‘For motion picture use only,’ it is not a genuine bill.”
Many stores sell counterfeit pens that will determine if the bill is created from genuine currency paper. However, Emmot said counterfeiters are now bleaching genuine currency paper, and printing $50’s or $100’s on it.
Another way to spot a fake bill is by feeling the printing along the bill’s border. There’s a distinct ridging of ink, Emmot explained.
What should you do if someone tries to give you a fake bill? Agent Emmot said to not confront the person.
“Get as much identification, identifiers as you possibly can, just like any other crime,” he said. “Don’t try to keep the people there or fight over it. If they want it back, give it back to them.”
With online sites, such as Craigslist or Facebook ‘Buy, Sell, Trade’ pages, Emmot said these sellers are east targets. He encouraged sellers, and the general public, to stay vigilant.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – After Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing yielded no jackpot winners, the prize climbed from $430 million to a gargantuan $510 million.
The numbers drawn Wednesday were 9, 15, 43, 60, 64, Powerball: 4, Power Play: 3
The grand prize pool has been growing since June 10 — meaning there have been 19 straight drawings with no winner.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – August is ‘Kids Eat Right’ month and for the Greater Wichita YMCA and the Health and Wellness Coalition that means introducing children to new, healthy foods.
“It’s a perfect time for it because kids are going back to school. It’s a great time to focus on getting kids to eat healthy when they are going back to school so they are getting the nutrition they need,” said Greater Wichita YMCA Healthy Eating Director Tammi Krier.
Krier said nutrition is vital for kids and extremely important for them to learn at a young age.
“Getting them adequate nutrition really helps them be able to focus, helps them with their academic performance, helps them with being able to be present in the classroom and paying attention to what is going on,” Krier said.
On Wednesday, Krier did a demonstration for KSN on how to introduce children to healthy foods.
“Getting kids to just try new fruits and vegetables and making it fun and interactive with them is one way to do that, so they are exposed to new foods throughout their life because if they are exposed to it more frequently they are more likely to try new things and that really helps set them up for success,” Krier said.
Krier first introduced mango to the group of kids which included Rylee, 4, Hailey, 5, and Kaitlyn, 7. Krier cut the mango into pieces, placed them on each girl’s plate and then had them smell and taste the fruit.
“It smells like a pear,” said Rylee.
“It’s good!” said Hailey.
“It’s good, but it wouldn’t be my favorite fruit,” said Kaitlyn.
Krier then added kiwi to the girls’ plates and asked them to describe the fruit to her.
“It kinda looks like a pear with seeds in it,” Kaitlyn said.
As the girls munched on the kiwi, Krier explained to them that they can also eat the kiwi’s skin.
“It’s got good fiber in it which is good for your belly in the inside,” Krier told the girls.
Rylee and Kaitlyn tried the skin, but both of them eventually spit it out. Krier said that’s normal and OK for kids not to enjoy every healthy snack they try.
“I don’t think you expect every kid to like every fruit and vegetable and that’s OK. The point is exposing them to new things and it can take someone 10 to 12 times to try something to realize they actually like it,” she said.
Finally, Krier introduced four different types of apples to the girls and asked if they could tell her which one was the most sour or sweet. Each of them had different answers, but all of them giggled while saying them. Krier said overall Wednesday’s introduction experiment was a success.
“One of them hadn’t had mangoes before so just getting her to try it, she doesn’t do that at home for on any given day of the week,” Krier said.
“I didn’t really know I was going to like it, but then it actually tasted very good,” Kaitlyn said.
Krier said there are many different ways to encourage kids to try healthy foods. She said it’s a good idea to get them involved and let them pick out a new fruit or vegetable to try while at the grocery store. She also said if a child doesn’t like a particular vegetable in its raw state, parents can try to give it to their kids in a steamed or baked state.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Airmen from McConnell Air Force Base got to be big brothers and big sisters Wednesday.
They were paired up with about forty Wichita kids for the Big for a Day event, sponsored by the 349th Air Refueling Squadron. It gave the men and women a chance to show off what they do — from flying with the tankers to working as part of the emergency ground crews.
“It’s very low maintenance. It’s not a whole lot that’s required of you, but it means the world to that little,” said Airman First Class Julian Awari, Big Brother at McConnell Air Force Base. “Meeting just once a week or once every other week could mean the world to them. And for them it’s a lot more than what you think.”
Organizers say they’ve been teaming up with McConnell Air Force Base for nearly thirty years and they usually get about 15 new volunteers to be big brothers and big sisters.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A crash in Wichita Wednesday night left six people injured.
According to authorities, the crash happened around 9:20 p.m. in the 2900 block of W MacArthur Road.
One person is in critical condition and four people have serious injuries. One person has suffered minor injuries.
KSN has a crew on the way to the scene. This story is still developing.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The warnings are out there: protect your eyes during the solar eclipse.
The sun produces an incredible amount of ultraviolet lights, this is what gives you a sunburn on your skin. It will also cloud the clear part of your eye if damaged.
Infrared light, more commonly known as heat, is also produced by the sun. This light travels deeper inside the eye and will burn your retina. The retina is the sensitive surface inside the eye that allows you to sense light and form a picture of what you are actually seeing.
“Your typical sunglasses are not a safe viewing mechanism,” explained Harold Henderson, Director of Lake Afton. “They’ll typically block 10 to 15 percent of the sun’s light. The special eclipse glasses are more like welder’s goggles. They block 99.999 percent of light. They only let in about one thousandth of the amount of light that the sun would normally deliver to your eyes.”
If you have a pair of welding glasses, experts warn you are not supposed to use those to look at the sun because they are not ISO approved.
Your best bet is to find a pair of approved eclipse glasses.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Senior Services of Wichita kicks off its campaign this weekend to raise $3 million for a huge expansion project.
It includes tripling the size of the kitchen for Meals on Wheels.
Right now, the staff cooks and prepares about 850 meals a day. Then, volunteers deliver the hot food to homebound seniors.
So far this year, Meals on Wheels has helped 1,300 seniors eat healthy.
“Over 126,000 meals already,” said Sherri Flippo, Social Services Director for Senior Services. “And of course, with our new, large kitchen that’s coming, we’re anticipating many more.”
Up to 3,000 people, including those with special dietary needs.
“We’re going to try to do some choice options so we’re going to be ready for the boomers coming up,” said Flippo.
The construction has already started on the downtown senior center that dates back to the 1940’s and 50’s.
Once modernized and with a new heating and air system, nine other programs will also have more room to help more people.
“Our senior employment program, who saw 1,100 people last year, will get a much larger space in order to serve all of those older job seekers coming through the doors,” said Laurel Alkire, Executive Director of Senior Services.
The price tag for the entire renovation project is $6-million.
Fundraising kicks off Saturday with “A Galaxy of Stars” celebrity roast with Wink Hartman. Tickets are $125.
Senior Services has already received $3 million in donations from the Dwane and Velma Wallace Foundation, Bill Devore, Georgia Chandler, Cargill, Cindy and Barry Schwan, Dawson Grimsley, Doug Stark and the Grumpy Old Men.
Donations can be dropped off at the downtown senior center at 200 South Walnut.
“We want to be here because our mission is to keep seniors independent and at home for as long as possible,” said Alkire.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The search for the body of a missing Marine and Wichita native, Nathan Ordway, may be over. Ordway was aboard the USS Osprey with 25 other soldiers when the aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia. Ordway was one of three soldiers lost at sea.
The crash made headlines after the Marine Corps Osprey aircraft attempted to land at sea, crashed and left three of the 26 soldiers aboard lost. After 24 hours of looking for the Marines, the search was changed to recovery. Ordway’s mother, Kat Ordway, spoke to KSN Wednesday. She said her reason for speaking out was simple, to honor her son’s life.
“He gave the best hugs,” said Ordway. “I want them to remember the funny, smiling, goofy, not afraid to have fun guy.”
This feeling was echoed by Ordway’s JRTOC instructor, Eric Yeager.
“Nathan always had a smile on his face,” said Yeager. “He’s one of them kids that know when to play and know when to work.”
To the world, Nathan was a man serving his country but to his mother, it was different.
“He was just such a loving, sensitive, good man; hard for me to think of him as a man because he’s still my baby,” said Ordway’s mother. “I always want to call him a boy but he was a man.”
Kat said her son took after his father who served and fought in Desert Storm. The history of service and sacrifice brought one Wichita woman to Kat’s home, to pass on a piece of her own history.
“This quilt was given to me when my husband passed away,” said Margaret Blasi. “I felt like if I found someone that I thought was deserving, I was going to give it to them.”
Nathan’s mother left a message to her son’s fellow Marines.
“I just want them to know that I love them and I care about them and I need them to be safe and not ever ever ever have survivors guilt.”