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Fire destroys Derby businesses By Linda Stinnett

A thunderstorm packing winds in the 70 to 80 mph range caused a fire Thursday evening which destroyed a building housing two businesses. MJB Heating and Cooling, owned by Mike and Susan Beck, and Signs and Stripes, owned by Troy and Joy Pulver, were located in the building which was destroyed in the fire. Joy Pulver was alone in the building

when the storm hit at about 7 p.m. She said she did not hear a falling power pole or the subsequent fire over the noise of the strong winds. She turned off the sign machine and decided to wait out the storm before leaving for home. She said she watched the storm through the window and knew it was causing damage. She even assumed that was why police cars pulled in front of the building until an officer was at the door. “‘Ma’am, are you the only one in there?’” she said he asked. “‘You had better get out,

the building’s on fire.’” Joy picked up the sign she had been working on, some tools and the laptop. “I grabbed what I could and got out,” she said. A power pole had blown over onto the back of the building, and is believed to be the cause of the fire, according to Derby Fire Chief Brad Smith. The pole held two transformers which energized the metal flashing and caught the attic and roof on please see




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Firefighters from several towns fought a devastating fire at MJB Heating and Cooling on Thursday evening, June 27. A strong thunderstorm is preliminarily blamed for causing the fire.

Council wants Derby’s input on animal waste ordinance City website will have section for reporting violators By Linda Stinnett

Failure to pick up and dispose of a pet’s public waste could cost local residents just over $40, depending on the response received by council members to the proposed ordinance. The council had its first reading and discussion of the new ordinance which will make failure to remove a pet’s waste from public places and rights-of-way and other people’s property a $10 fine, with an additional $30.50 in court costs. The ordinance would typically be on the next council agenda for final approval. However, council members indicated they want to see residents be responsible for their pet droppings, but they feared the idea could be controversial. They requested public feedback and set the item back to the July 23 meeting. If it truly is a public problem the council needs to deal with it, according to Randy White, council member. “My concern is the reverse will happen here,” he said. “Instead of us fixing a problem, you create a problem.” Just a week before the July 4th holiday, when Sedgwick County officials established an alternate phone number for fireworks complaints so the 911 system is not overwhelmed,



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council members were also concerned with adding to the numbers of that system. If the ordinance is approved, the city hopes to utilize a feature on its new website as part of the enforcement, according to Taylour Tedder, city management assistant. In the case of the animal pooper scooper violation, the city will encourage residents to take a photo of the violator and turn a date stamped photo in through the new website. An animal control officer would then follow up with the violation without plugging up 911 lines. The city will launch an updated website this month, with a new feature, the Citizen Request Tracker. The tracker is designed to allow residents to initiate requests for the city, but has the capability of accepting photographs and can be utilized to report crimes which do not require an emergency response, according to Kristy Bansemer, city public information officer. The report can be made anonymously, but the city will encourage residents to sign in so they can be contacted about the incident. Such a system could create neighborhood problems, council members said. “If that’s not the quickest way for neighbor to turn on neighbor, then I don’t know what is,” said Tom Haynes, council member. “I’m having a hard time with this ordinance.” Courtesy photo Part of the city staff’s decision in A pole full of signs warns residents please see



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DRC eliminates intergovernmental wellness program By Scott Elpers

The Derby Recreation Commission voted unanimously to end a temporary program which drastically reduced membership fees for employees at the city of Derby and Derby Public Schools. The DRC will revert to its original corporate wellness program, which still offers the city and school district a discounted fee for employees. “Because of the way our corporate wellness program is set up, they are only paying 30 percent of the cost for all their employees,” DRC Superintendent Frank Seitz said. “There are significant discounts with our corporate wellness program as it stands. This is another discount on top of that.” The measure will take effect on Jan 1, 2015, since both entities are currently working on their budgets for the next fiscal year, said Seitz. “Both organizations handle it differently,” Seitz said. “The school

district contributes the full amount. The city has their employees pay. My contention is that the possibility exists that one of those organizations is actually making money on the program.” The intent of the program was to offer financial relief to the city and school district during budget cuts. It was never meant to be permanent, Seitz said. All governmental agencies are searching for alternative revenue sources without increasing the local mill levy. New charges from other agencies have depleted s o m e o f t h e D R C ’s financial resources, like limiting revenue from property taxes, he said. “ We a r e g e t t i n g increases from other government agencies that we really don’t have any choice in the matter; areas where possibly growth in mill levy is being taken away from us,” Seitz said. The DRC initiated the program two years ago, which cut membership costs for the school please see





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New city service raises tattletale questions If you are a resident of Derby you know there are certain rules you follow. You cut the grass before it reaches 10 inches in height. You do the same when dandelions pop up in the spring. You take the trash carts out no earlier than 2 p.m. the day before their scheduled pick-up. You put them back – behind the front face of the house or in the garage – no later than 9 a.m. the day after they are picked up. You never leave an old appliance or couch on your front porch. You keep your pets – dogs, cats and alligators – on a leash. You only shoot your fireworks during the designated hours and you sweep up the debris when you are done. And, you take freshly baked chocolate chip cookies to the new neighbors when they arrive. Ye s , v i s i o n s o f T h e Stepford Wives just popped into mind. This is not Stepford, nor does anyone want it to be. This is Derby. We all know there are rules and regulations that every community needs and wants to follow. They come into play because a small minority of the population declines to do what they should to be a good neighbor. So be a good neighbor and follow the rules above or be prepared to talk to someone with enforcement authority. That is except the cookies and cleaning up the fireworks debris – that is just a neighborly suggestion. During the Derby City Council meeting on June 25, discussion centered on a new pooper scooper law.

People love their pets and most are diligently good pooper scoopers, but talk to anyone who lives along a local walking path and he or she will tell you there are some who are not as diligent as they should be. So the city is looking at a law making it possible to enforce the good neighbor action. If it comes into law, the city will be following the lead of several other area communities and it will likely work as well as pet leash laws. The frightening part of the new law is the city’s intention to encourage residents to take time-stamped photos of their neighbors who break the law and submit them through a new city website for enforcement. The thought of that drew the attention of several council members, who said they have issues with actions which pit neighbors against neighbors. Council member Jim Craig said it could give Derby the reputation of a tattletale community. Ask any parent of a 5-year-old and they will tell you tattletales are not fun. Why encourage it in adults? Could it create neighborhood wars? It is understandable that city staff is seeking ways to enforce minor violations of local regulations without involving valuable police time or making the city hall receptionist assume the role of neighborhood referee. This solution, though, is alarming. We live in a society in which we know Big Brother is watching and tracking us in many ways. Taking it from Washington to the local level just does not seem like the proper solution. – By Linda Stinnett

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Recent storm brought out the best in Derby By Jeff Cott

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The summer storm this past Thursday evening produced 80 mile-an-hour winds which caused some brutal destruction for many in Derby. As I worked to assist with news coverage and witnessed some of the destruction, I was once again reminded that we truly are not in control. Circumstances that result from an event like this create everything from a minor nuisance for some to a personal catastrophe for others. Winds from the storm blew down an electrical pole that landed on a building, resulting in a fire. The fire destroyed the building and two businesses – MJB Heating and Cooling and Pulver Sign Company. Two fireworks tents along with the inventory were

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completely destroyed. Others sustained some minor damage. Tree limbs of all size littered Derby and resulted in property damage as well. During times like these we rely on services our city offers – and each other. Mike and Susan Beck, owners of the building and MJB Heating and Cooling, were grateful to the Derby Fire Department for their efforts. At a time that it would have made sense for Mike to be in complete despair, he was piecing together how he would make service calls the next day. He was also thinking of others and

Changes in appeals court will be seen By Martin Hawver

It is getting more interesting, this governorall-by-himself selection of nominees to the Kansas Court of Appeals. It’s the new law Gov. Sam Brownback pushed for and autographed this spring that eliminated on July 1 the role of the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission in the winnowing of applicants for a seat on the state’s second-highest judicial body. The commission? Nine members, mostly lawyers

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(that’s objectionable to some, but do you want that cranky Dancing with the Stars judge involved?) who interview and sift through qualifications or experience or height or fashion sense or whatever of applicants and select three nominees to forward to the governor for his/her choice. The commission still vets

Supreme Court opening applicants, just not Court of Appeals applicants under the new law – the Appeals Court change only took a bill; a Supreme Court change would need a constitutional amendment. Brownback would like that, too. Oh, yes, and those lawyers who under the old law applied for court jobs were publicly named, so anyone who cared knew who they were. Of course, we all learned who didn’t make it through the sieve that is the nominating commission. Not sure whether in lawyers’ newsletters they

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Across 1. Son or daughter by marriage 10. Laboring engine sound 14. Retired with benefits 15. Print made with aluminum plate 17. Intended to regulate monopolies 18. Blend 19. Toni Morrison’s “___ Baby” 20. Beanery sign 21. Iris part 22. Wading birds, such as herons or storks 24. Without concern 26. “Smart” ones 28. Atoll protector 29. 20-20, e.g. 30. Landlocked African country 32. Tropical fish with thick lips 35. Morgue, for one 36. “I” problem 37. Watergate, e.g. 41. Skyscraper, e.g. 45. Apprentice 46. Beach bird 48. Twangy, as a voice 49. Spacecraft protective covering (2 wds) 53. Fizzy drink 54. Specks in the sea 55. Competed 57. Back muscle, familiarly 58. Backgammon piece 59. Be naughty 61. Parsonage 62. Elevation instrument 63. Merlin, e.g. 64. Furniture refinishers Down 1. Like some relationships 2. Defensible 3. Competitors

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got asterisks next to their name to denote how many times they were rejected, or whether there was a tattoo involved. And, there is this hazy memory that some of us have, of the cheerleader turning us down for a prom date. Want that in the newspaper? But, the now-gone system was transparent. Transparency has become a big deal recently. It essentially means that everyone should be able to know anything about

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talked about thanking the Derby Fire department for their efforts. Firefighters combine helping and caring hearts with the courage to risk their own safety in the line of duty. Proof of that is apparent as evidenced by the 19 firefighters who gave their lives in Arizona this past weekend. If you see a Derby firefighter, tell them thanks. By Friday morning, tree limbs from the storm triggered a citywide cleanup. By Saturday, a steady stream of residents was unloading limbs at the city chip site. The city extended the hours of the site because of the large amount of tree damage. No, the city doesn’t come by and pick up your limbs after a big storm. But they do offer an extremely helpful service in the chip site. It’s a unique and valued service that many communities don’t have. I’m amused when I hear a select few complaining about the city not picking up limbs after a big storm. The city has acres of public property to maintain after a storm, through the parks alone. The expense of a communitywide limb retrieval service would be, to say the least, unjustified. I n s t e a d , l e t ’s t a k e responsibility for our own property and be thankful that services are available to dispose of the debris. I saw hundreds who were taking responsibility for their property this weekend. On the evening of the storm, I headed to the Blockbuster fireworks stand on north Rock Road. The wind damage was significant. Operating a

business myself, I felt for the fireworks stand owner who had invested in the stand. I also felt for the kids that were helping with the clean-up. A percentage of the proceeds from the stand will go to the DHS Football Booster club. As I roamed around the area looking for the perfect photo, I was impressed with these local kids who were diligently taking on the monumental task of cleaning up. As midnight became a reality, I was approached by a Derby football player who introduced himself and energetically said, “We’ll be back up and in business tomorrow.” The spirit and willingness displayed by this young man was refreshing. He was an example of how even youth can set aside problems and focus on the ultimate goal. Throughout that evening and over the weekend, I saw sign after sign of Derby residents stepping up and taking charge of their own problems and not dwelling on adversity. I’m saddened by the impact of last week’s storm, but thankful for the positive examples set by our city workers, Mike Beck, a DHS football player and many others this weekend. Forget the parks, the great schools and beautiful neighborhoods, Derby’s people are the biggest reason Derby is a great place to live.

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obituaries Doloris Hargrove Dodge Doloris Hargrove Dodge, 77, retired United States Post Office human resource s e c r e t a r y, p a s s e d a w a y Wednesday, June 26, 2013. A Celebration of Life Service was held on Monday, July 1, at First United Methodist Church. Doloris was very involved with her church family and active in the Walk to Emmaus. She enjoyed making various crafts for her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Leona. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Ray; son, Steve (Brooke) of Derby; daughter, Sharon (Kirby) Davis; daughter, Jenny (Jerry) Hill, both of Wichita; son, Eric (Kristey) of Haysville; 11 grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Television Ministry, 330 N. Broadway, Wichita, Kan. 67202, or Bread of Life Walk to Emmaus, P.O. Box 47307, Wichita, Kan. 67201. Condolences may be offered at Patricia Ann Nelson Patricia Ann Nelson, born Sept. 7, 1949, died June 28, 2013, in Omaha, Neb. A memorial service at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Omaha to be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Heafey-Heafey-HoffmannDworak and Cutler, 7805 West Center Road, Omaha, Neb.

68124, www.heafeyheafey. com. She was preceded in death by mother, Mildred Keller; and brother, David Keller. She is survived by husband, David A. Nelson; father, Glenn Keller of Wichita; sister, Pamela Bush of Derby; stepchildren, Andrew Nelson (Sky) of Omaha, and Rachael Nelson of Omaha; nieces and nephews; puppies, Bella and Buddy. Memorials may be made to Hearts, Hands and Paws Dog Rescue. Ronnie Kyle Price Jr. Ronnie Kyle Price Jr., 28, of Springfield, Ohio, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at home. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9, in the Nazarene Church of Augusta. The family will Price receive friends following the service. He was born Feb. 13, 1985 in Wichita, a son of Ronnie Price and Lisa (McDaniel) Williams. Kyle, a 2003 graduate of Andover High School, was a member of the track team running the hurdles. He traveled several times to Mexico over spring break on mission trips with the First Baptist Church of Augusta building homes and churches. He completed Hobart We l d i n g S c h o o l a n d w a s employed by Cascade in

Springfield, Ohio. Kyle had a great work ethic. Survivors include his mother, Lisa of Springfield; father, Ronnie Price and his wife Sheri of Andover; sisters, Abby Price of Andover, Melissa Price of Derby, Melinda Wineinger and her husband Jason of Wichita; maternal grandmother, Jeanne McDaniel of Augusta; paternal grandparents, Marilyn and Randy Coley of Redondo Beach, Calif. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John B. McDaniel Jr. Memorial contributions in Kyle’s memory may be made to Jimmy V Foundation: The V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview C o u r t , C a r y, N . C . ; T h e WhereHouse Food Pantry, 110 W. Court St., Urbana, Ohio 43078, or to the Kansas Food Bank, Cargill Cares Complex, 1919 E. Douglas St., Wichita, Kan. 67211. Condolences to the family may be expressed at Jay Dee Shrum DERBY – Jay Dee Shrum, 75, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 24, 2013. A funeral service was held on Monday, July 1, at Cornerstone Christian Church, 5531 E. 37th St. N., Wichita; a graveside service was then held at New Mount Shrum Hope Cemetery,

Galesburg. Jay was born March 8, 1938, in Galesburg, to Lewis and Bernice Shrum. He worked with his dad in the family owned grocery store/meat-locker plant. After graduating from high school, he worked at Boeing and attended Wichita Technical Institute. Jay married his high school sweetheart, Sonya M. Rucker, on June 29, 1958, at Thayer. He pursued a career in the auto business and became partner/ owner of Robinson-Lesline Buick from 1974 to 1983, later becoming the owner with his son, Jay Jr., of Mid Continent Lease and Rental Car Sales to the present. Jay was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marcie; his parents; brothers, Kenneth and Ernie; and sister, Lois Bowman. Survivors include his devoted wife of 55 years, Sonya; son, Jay Lewis Shrum (Marni); granddaughters, Amanda Jaye Messenger (Jon), Ashlee Jae Thompson (Joey), Amber Jay Shrum (fiance’, Resean); greatgrandchildren, Landon and Emelyn Thompson, Brylee and Daric Messenger; brothers, Everett (Lois), Keith (Bonna); sister, Leita Beard; and his brother-in-law, Bill Bowman. Memorials have been established with Cornerstone Christian Church Youth Fund, 5531 E. 37th St. N., Wichita, Kan. 67220, and Victory in the Valley, 3755 E. Douglas, Wichita, Kan. 67218. View tributes at

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4:52 a.m., 700 block N. Farmington, EMS call 6:43 a.m., 1000 block N. Derby, EMS call 7:26 a.m., 1400 block N. Kokomo, EMS call 6:57 p.m., 6600 block S. Seneca, grass fire 8:39 p.m., 1700 block Walnut Grove, EMS call 9:16 p.m., 800 block E. Kay, EMS call June 28 1:26 a.m., 3100 block Rough Creek, EMS call 1:53 a.m., 1000 block N. Derby, assist citizen 2:11 a.m., Water/ Washington, power lines down 6:10 a.m., Water/ Washington, power lines down 7:38 a.m., 100 block Springdale, power lines down 9:26 a.m., 200 block S. Westview, EMS call 10:48 a.m., 400 block S. Westview, power line down 12:04 p.m., 9600 block E. 106th St. South, building fire 3:20 p.m., 500 block S. Kokomo, power lines down 4:22 p.m., 1000 block N. Derby, EMS call 4:58 p.m., 1000 block N. Derby, EMS call 11:00 p.m., 1900 block Quail Hollow, EMS call 11:23 p.m., 1700 block E. Osage, EMS call

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7:16 p.m., 1000 block N. Westview, power line down 7:16 p.m., 300 block Sunnydell, check smoke 7:19 p.m., 900 block N. Baltimore, check wiring 7:19 p.m., Georgie/Madison, power line down 7:20 p.m., 800 block English, power line down 7:21 p.m., 200 block S. Water, power line down 7:25 p.m., Mary Etta/ Woodlawn, power line down 7:27 p.m., Kokomo/Belmont, power line down 7:27 p.m., 300 block W. Washington, brush fire 7:28 p.m., 600 block S. Riverview, brush fire 7:43 p.m., 200 block Edgemoor, power line down 7:47 p.m., 1100 block Park Hill, arcing lines 7:49 p.m., 400 block Timber Ridge, check smoke 7:53 p.m., Market/Willow, check smoke 7:57 p.m., 500 block Spring Creek, power lines down 8:00 p.m., 200 block S. Westview, power lines down 8:12 p.m., 500 block Spring Creek, power lines down

8:19 p.m., 2800 block N. Rock Road, power lines down 8:21 p.m., 800 block English, power lines down 8:28 p.m., 800 block Sharon Ct., check smoke 8:33 p.m., 700 block S. Kokomo, power line down 8:51 p.m., 1200 block N. Westview, power line down 9:10 p.m., 200 block W. Kay, power line down 9:41 p.m., Woodlawn/Chet Smith, power line down 10:18 p.m., 500 block S. Georgie, power line down 11:31 p.m., 1700 block Walnut Grove, EMS call

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12:03 p.m., 300 block N. Rock Rd., EMS call 2:38 p.m., Rock/Woodbrook, motor vehicle accident 7:27 p.m., 900 block Bodine, EMS call

Cr., EMS call 11:58 a.m., 1700 block Pinion, EMS call 12:03 p.m., 1400 block N. Rock Rd., EMS call 12:08 p.m., Nelson/ Greenway, motor vehicle accident 4:56 p.m., 79th St. South/ West Street, crop fire 6:48 p.m., 400 block S. Kokomo, EMS call

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6:04 a.m., 800 block Morrison, EMS call 8:28 a.m., 1700 block Pinion, EMS call 11:46 a.m., 700 block Klein

accident reported at police dept. June 25, 10:58 p.m., non-injury accident at 1600 block N. Prairie Ln. June 25, 8:54 a.m., non-injury accident reported at police dept. June 25, 7:02 p.m., non-injury accident reported at 1400 block E. Patriot Ave. June 25, 5:22 p.m., non-injury accident at E. 63rd St. and N. Rock Rd. June 24, 12:06 p.m., injury accident at N. Nelson Dr. and W. Greenway Blvd. Larceny June 30, 5:27 p.m., reported at Hearth Hollow Apts., 200 block S. Woodlawn Blvd. June 30, 2:15 p.m., reported at 1200 block N. Sunset Dr. June 30, 12:41 p.m., reported at 1300 block N. Buckner Ave. June 30, 9:46 a.m., reported at Hearth Hollow Apts., 200 block S. Woodlawn Blvd. June 28, 8:28 a.m., reported at 900 block E. Morrison Dr. June 27, 11:31 a.m., reported at 100 block E. Stone Creek St. June 26, 6:50 p.m., larceny at 1400 block N. Nelson Dr. June 26, 6:02 p.m., reported at Hearth Hollow Apts., 400 block S. Woodlawn Blvd. June 25, 8:15 p.m., reported at 1100 block N. Armstrong Ave. June 25, 1:58 a.m., larceny at 400 block S. Circle Dr. June 25, 1: 53 a.m., larceny at 500 block S. Circle Dr. June 24, 10:52 p.m., reported at Rock River Rapids, 1900 block E. James St. June 24, 7:18 p.m., larceny at Walmart, 2000 block N. Nelson Dr. June 24, 1:36 p.m.. reported at 600 block N. Marguerite Pkwy. Burglary June 27, 2:38 p.m., reported at 300 block S. Lakeview Dr. Fraud/Forgery July 1, 12:17 a.m., forgery at Kwik Shop, 200 block W. Patriot Ave. June 28, 8:08 a.m., fraud at 600 block N. Baltimore Ave. June 27, 6:13 p.m., fraud at 200 block W. Greenway Blvd. June 25, 7:05 p.m., fraud at Walmart, 2000 block N. Nelson Dr. June 25, 3:33 p.m., fraud reported at police dept.

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9:28 a.m., 2000 block N. Nelson Dr., EMS call 10:02 a.m., 200 block E. Kay, EMS call 2:33 p.m., 2200 block Curtis, EMS call 4:20 p.m., 2000 block N. Nelson Dr., EMS call 6:33 p.m., 1700 block Pinion, EMS call

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4:55 p.m., 100 block N. Derby, wiring problem 5:13 p.m., 1300 block N. Buckner, lock-out 9:52 p.m., 700 block Klein Cr., EMS call 10:56 p.m., 1700 block Walnut Grove, EMS call

Arrests June 30, Devon C. Marlow, 21, from Derby, failure to appear. June 29, Jessica Lynn Calvin, 26, from Winfield, failure to appear. June 29, Angela J. Ehrmann, 32, from Haysville, theft. June 29, Luis Armando Samaron, 33, from Wichita, driving with suspended/cancelled license, no proof of insurance, driving while habitual violator, transporting an open container, miscellaneous arrest. June 28, Kelsey A. Geary, 26, from Wichita, failure to appear. June 28, Ryan Hilmes, 30, from Derby, possession of hallucinogenic drugs. June 28, Shannon Leach, 41, from Rose Hill, reckless driving, no proof of insurance, duty of driver to give certain information after accident. June 28, 14-year-old male, from Derby, aggravated battery. June 27, James Allen Dyer, 33, from Wichita, failure to appear. June 27, Sergio Ornelas, 21, from Wichita, failure to appear. June 27, Latrena D. Webb, 47, from Wichita, failure to appear. June 26, Jeremy Scott Peabody, 34, from Wichita, failure to appear. June 26, David Allen Puczylowski, 29, from Wichita, failure to appear. June 26, Rachael A. Wilson, 23, from Derby, theft. June 25, Lawrence Ray Williams, 44, from Derby, driving under the influence. June 24, Jeanann Mary Dyer, 34, from Derby, domestic battery, criminal damage to property, battery. June 24, Michael D. Salts, 19, from Wichita, failure to appear. Traffic Accidents June 28, 6:20 p.m., non-injury hit-and-run accident at 400 block N. Stonegate Cir. June 28, 5:56 p.m., non-injury accident at N. Rock Rd. and E. James St. June 28, 12:03 p.m., non-injury accident reported at police dept. June 28, 6:09 a.m., non-injury accident reported at 1100 block N. Kokomo Ave. June 26, 7:43 p.m., non-injury accident reported at police dept. June 26, 5:20 p.m., non-injury

building permits Single Family, 3025 Emerson St., $128,200 Single Family, 224 Rosewood Ln., $105,000 Single Family, 2825 Emerson Cir., $139,000 Shed, 628 Kokomo Ave., $2,300

community activities July 3 Derby Senior Services Advisory Board meeting, 10 a.m. at Senior Center, 611 Mulberry Old Fashioned Burger Burn, 5-8 p.m. at Derby VFW/American Legion, 101 S. Baltimore July 5 Rotary Club, noon at Derby Public Library Community Room, 1600 E. Walnut Grove Steak Night, 5:30-8 p.m. at VFW/ American Legion, 101 S. Baltimore July 7 Sons of the American Legion Post 408 meeting, 7 p.m. at VFW/ American Legion, 101 S. Baltimore VFW Riders meeting, 1 p.m. at VFW/American Legion, 101 S. Baltimore July 8 Derby Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m. at library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove. This month’s program: “More Than

Plants.” VFW Post meeting,7 p.m. at VFW/ American Legion, 101 S. Baltimore VFW Men’s Auxiliary meeting, 7 p.m. at VFW/American Legion, 101 S. Baltimore July 9 City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. at city hall. Go to for meeting agenda July 10 Lions Club meeting, 12 p.m. at Derby Public Library, 1600 E. Walnut Grove Old Fashioned Burger Burn, 5-8 p.m. at Derby VFW/American Legion, 101 S. Baltimore July 12 Rotary Club, noon at Derby Public Library Community Room, 1600 E. Walnut Grove Steak Night, 5:30-8 p.m. at VFW/ American Legion, 101 S. Baltimore

5:44 a.m., 700 block Farmington, EMS call 7:05 p.m., 200 block S. Baltimore, building fire 7:13 p.m., 400 block N. Westview, power line down 7:14 p.m., 900 block El Paso, power line down 7:15 p.m., 400 block N. Baltimore, power line down

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Aiken ends 20 years of service on school board By Scott Elpers

The newest class of Derby High School graduates was not born when Tim Aiken was first elected to the Derby Public Schools Board of Education in 1993. “When I first ran, I had no idea what I was getting into or how long I’d be doing it,” Aiken said. “It’s been an honor to serve on this board. Educating kids is the most important thing that we do.” After 20 years of service, Aiken retired from the school board after its meeting on June 24. He chose not to seek re-election this past spring after his current term was up. “It’s truly been an era on the Derby board of education with (his) service,” said Janet Sprecker, Derby school board president. “We

certainly appreciate it.” During his tenure on the school board, Aiken saw the passage of two school bonds, the addition of Park Hill Elementary and a groundbreaking for a new middle school, as well as four different superintendents overseeing the district. Aiken served two, threeyear terms on the board of directors for the Kansas Association of School Boards from 2001 to 2006. He sat on numerous committees, including negotiations, budget, district improvement and the KASB Government Relations Network Representative Legislative Lobbying Committee. He also attended several workshops, conventions and regional meetings during his two decades on the board.

“His many years of service to the district has helped to enhance and improve Derby’s public education,” Sprecker said. “I personally appreciate all of his expertise, especially in areas of negotiations, budgets and many other areas over the past four years that I have served on the board.” Aiken and his wife moved from Arkansas City to Derby 24 years ago. They had three children in school, which motivated his decision to move to the community with what he believed was the best public school system. “I think that’s the reason why a lot of people move here,” he said. “We’ve had great schools here in Derby Courtesy photo for a long time. I think that Tim Aiken (middle) posed with Derby Public School Superintendent Craig Wilford and school board president Janet Sprecker at his final board meeting on June 24. Aiken is still true today.” served on the school board for two decades beginning in 1993.

Computer glitch causes early morning low water pressure By Linda Stinnett

A computer software glitch effectively shut down one of Derby’s water towers early on June 26, causing low water pressure for a number of local residents. The software in the city’s SCADA – supervisory control and data acquisition – system runs valves in the water towers. When it malfunctioned, a valve in

the tower on Rock Road just south of Meadowlark became locked in the shut position, according to Robert Mendoza, city director of public works. The system also has low pressure sensors throughout the city which notify of problems within minutes. Those sensors began setting off alarms at about 6:15 a.m. Employees responded to the alarms and were able to manually open the closed

valve, he said. The technical support for the system was also able to quickly resolve the software problem, but the city was double checking the software system in an attempt to avoid a repeat of the problem, he said. The problem occurred during the peak time for first shift residents preparing for work and third shifters returning home from work. Even with the other two towers working, the impact

of peak load sent many customers’ water pressure to a trickle pretty quickly. The neighborhoods believed to have felt the pressure issues the most were in the Southcrest and Park Hill neighborhoods and surrounding areas.

After 30 to 45 minutes, the water pressure began rising again, Mendoza said. Just before noon, pressure was back where it should be. “Everything is back to normal now,” he said. “We do apologize for the inconvenience.”

The city had a similar problem, also due to the software and at about the same time of the morning, in May 2012. At that time, though, low water pressure sensors malfunctioned and did not alert employees to the problem as quickly.

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Derby resident treated following near drowning By Linda Stinnett

A 53-year-old Derby resident is being treated at a Branson hospital, following a near drowning on Sunday afternoon. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Curt W. Perry of Derby was found floating in the water near Point 2 on Table Rock Lake at about 12:40 p.m. on Sunday. Perry was pulled from

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School board implements technology fee, will issue laptop to every DHS student By Scott Elpers

To help offset costs of new technology throughout the school district, the Derby Public Schools Board of Education voted to implement a $10 technology fee for each student, grades kindergarten to 12th, at the beginning of each academic year. The district issued 1,590 iPads to students this past year, which cost $1.27 million. The board also approved a proposal at its meeting on June 24 that would provide every student at Derby High School with an Apple Macbook Air. The total cost of the laptops is $1,867,254, which will be broken up into four annual payments of $473,454. “Technology needs to be

in the hands of the kids,” said Janet Sprecker, school board president. “Cost will go up with that.” “Before the sixth, seventh and eighth grade iPads were issued, we were averaging in the neighborhood of about $20,000 a year in repairs,” said Drew Lane, director of technology for the district. “The semester we issued iPads, we had about $8,600 in extra repairs.” The district set aside $20,000 for repairs as a technology line item in the operating budget. The new $10 fee is expected to generate an additional $30,000. With a stagnant budget and increasing operational costs, Lane said the $10 technology fee would help pay for any district issued technology that is lost,

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stolen or broken. “We could be looking at some serious impact on the general fund for just repairs for devices that we have,” Lane said. The $8,600 in repairs was for 170 student-issued iPads. Not all cases were the students’ fault, Lane said. “I know what 170 breaks and $8,600 sounds like,” Lane said. “Consider that out of almost 1,500 devices. It’s still not that bad. For the most part, our kids take care of their iPads.” The district does pay for an AppleCare warranty

From Page 1 district by $33,000 and the city by more than $8,300. The program was not at the request of either agency, which are both supported by local taxpayers. “What concerns me is

that we’ve eroded our corporate wellness revenues significantly from offering that program,” he said. The DRC has not had an increase in memberships from the program, Seitz said.

“ We d o h a v e s o m e concerns in that area. We were pretty sure we were going to have some increased costs,” Adkisson said, adding that the district could look at not issuing students laptops and iPads or bill the parents for every damaged device. Other school districts in the area already charge similar technology fees, Lane said. Haysville assesses a $45 technology fee for kindergartners and a $75 fee for students in first grade through fifth grade.

It jumps to $85 for grades sixth through 12th. Maize charges $75 for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, and $85 for high school students. Goddard, Valley Center and Clearwater assess a fee ranging from $50 to $95. “I don’t like it, but I’m willing to go forward with it,” said Tim Aiken, board member. “I hate putting another fee onto our kids and parents.” ––– What do you think? Comment on this story at

City begins concentrated effort to promote conservation By Linda Stinnett

Ask any questions Be aware when hiring thoroughly. The Derby City Council you may have. contractor after storm • Make sure the business is approved the move into a Stage 1: Water Watch at The Better Business Bureau properly licensed and insured. • Ask how long they have been its meeting this past week, of Kansas offers the following tips when hiring contractors after in the community. despite concerns by a council • Do not pay the full amount member that the drought may a storm. • Consumers should be aware of the job up front. be waning. • Do not pay with cash. it is easy to check out a business The Stage 1: Water Watch • Be wary of any company that through the Better Business Bureau at 1-800-856-2417 or says they will work it out with is triggered by regional your insurance company for you. drought conditions in place • Contact the Better Business and forecast to continue. It • Don’t allow the business to pressure you into signing the Bureau to check out the business, implements an educational at or contract. effort by the city to convince • Be sure the read the contract call 1-800-856-2417. residents to voluntarily reduce water consumption, according to Eddie Sheppard, assistant director of public POOP: Better pick it up works. it is a problem for those Sheppard noted the hottest From Page 1 living along the sidewalks. and driest part of the summer its recommendation to move H o w e v e r, h e w a n t e d is yet to come. forward with the ordinance, more thought put into the Council member Vaughn was based on input received mechanism of reporting Nun, though, came with at a recent “Listening to violators. information from a news “I don’t want to be on article which cited the National Derby” session. That session had less than a dozen the nightly news that says Oceanic and Atmospheric audience members and was Derby is allowing dog poop Administration’s Climate not a good sampling of the calls to come through on Prediction Center. It released community, said Chuck 911,” he said. information this past week I f t h e o r d i n a n c e i s that the short-term drought Warren, council member, as he asked for additional approved, it will require has ended in the Wichita area. signage in parks to remind public feedback. “Obviously that would be Pooper scooper laws pet owners of the law. very optimistic and we would are becoming common, Tedder said the city will love that,” Sheppard said, according to City Manager also promote an education adding the report Nun cited Kathy Sexton. Fines range campaign for residents so showed half the county still in from the $10 proposed by they would know to carry severe drought. “Right now Derby, to nearly $500 in a disposable bag when with us in severe to moderate, suburban Kansas City areas. walking their pet. I think it (the Stage 1: Water ––– Jim Craig, council Watch) is the route to take.” What do you think? member who lives at Nun said he questions the a popular crossroads of Comment on this story at Derby walking paths, said

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program, which covers manufacturing defects and offers one-time discounts on damaged items. The cost to fix a broken screen on an iPad is regularly about $250. It is $49 with AppleCare, Lane said. The district does not assess a damage fee to students, unless it was deemed intentional. The number of repeat offenders is small, but the district might look at a new measure in the future to combat the issue, said Don Adkisson, director of finance for the district.

Rebate program will be designed to promote water savings As part of its effort to promote water conservation, the city-owned El Paso Water Co. will develop a rebate program. A rough draft of the rebate program was presented by city staff. Among the options proposed for rebates on water bills are: • Efficient sprinkler heads on irrigation systems. The latest designs can reduce water usage by as much as 30 percent and they cost $5 to $7 each. Staff is looking at a retroactive $25 rebate for heads purchased back to July 1, 2012, and a rebate of 25 percent of the purchase price of new heads. • Smart controller sensors for irrigation systems. The sensors track wind, soil conditions, moisture, humidity and more. Depending on how intelligent they are, they cost $70 to $250. The rebate would be 25 percent of the purchase price, and available retroactively for one year. • Rain barrels. Homemade barrels are

need to move into drought measures. “I really have a question of whether we need to go into this at this time,” he said. City Manager Kathy Sexton said she thought the move was appropriate with current conditions. “If you don’t do it now, when would you do it?” she said. “Things don’t look as dire, but it might be good practice for us.” The water watch is primarily educational measures, a move supported by Council Member Cheryl

inexpensive, but if purchased they can cost up to $200. The rebate would be 25 percent of the purchase price, with a cap of $50 each. Those who have already purchased rain barrels in the past year would be eligible for a $10 rebate each with proof of purchase. • Other items to be considered for rebates are water system audits, indoor reduction (washing machines, dishwashers, toilets, etc.), and rewards for decreased overall usage of water. The program needs additional rules, such as the length of the incentive program, implementation timing, billing credits/rates and a funding source, according to Eddie Sheppard, assistant director of public works. The plan will undergo further work before it is implemented. Moving forward with development of the plan was approved by a 6-3 vote, with Council members Chuck Warren, Darrell Downing and Mark Staats opposed.

Bannon. “It’s going to be a lifestyle change that takes getting used to,” she said. “If we take the lead, which we have done on other issues to get advanced in this county, I think it’s time

to do this.” The move was approved, with only Nun against it. ––– What do you think? Comment on this story at

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County manager Storm wreaks havoc on fireworks sales previews budget recommendations By Ginger G. Golden

By Ginger G. Golden

Two elephants are not enough for the Sedgwick County Zoo. The zoo must have a minimum of three if they are going to continue to house elephants and they have until the end of the year to decide if they can expand that space. That decision has been made by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, said William Buchanan, county manager. Sedgwick County has cut almost $800,000 from the zoo over the past couple years, he said. “We’re working with the zoo to try and figure out how we can increase some funding, not just for the elephants, but for all those buildings,” said Buchanan. “All the buildings belong to the county and we’re behind on some maintenance programs there.” This was just one potential budget item Buchanan shared with the District 5 Advisory Board this past week. The final recommended budget will be presented to the Board of Sedgwick County Commissioners on Wednesday, July 10. Two public hearings will then take place on July 17 and 31 before a budget is adopted Aug. 7. Other items Buchanan presented this past week include: • Judge Riddel Boys Ranch – This facility began in 1961 to help boys who entered the juvenile court system. According to Buchanan, the state pays the facility $126 a day but operations require $201 a day. He approached the state about the problem and said the facility was given $750,000, which will pay for it to remain open through June 2014. The facility is also in need of improvements to its air conditioning system, sewer and boiler. “If that program is not going to be funded by the state, then why are we investing money in the building?” Buchanan said. “We’re going to try to patch it together and see what the state does next session.” • Mental Health Pod – Approximately one-third of Sedgwick County Jail inmates have mental health problems, said Buchanan. “Out of the 1,100 or 1,200 people in the jail, we know that 350 of those are on some psychotropic drug,” he said. “It’s the same way with Judge Riddel Boys Ranch.” Conmed Healthcare Management Inc. is hired by the jail to provide health services and the county may look at increasing its staff there. • Voting machines – Sedgwick County has 608

Thursday evening’s storm charged through Derby with a forceful vengeance that endangered the welfare of workers at fireworks stands set up at eight locations around the city. In the end, four tents stood strong, protecting the merchandise within. Three tents collapsed or blew away and one partially fell down. Tw o t e n t s , F a r h a Fireworks at 3201 N. Rock Rd. and Krehbiel Wholesale Fireworks at 2718 N. Rock Rd., were blown away by the storm. In addition to the Krehbiel tent blowing away, the storm brought down a short electric pole and sent it through the camper of volunteer Bill Powell. “We’re trying to sell our damaged goods, buy one, get one free” said Shane Krehbiel, owner of the stand. “The fireworks didn’t get that wet at all. If fireworks are wet and they dry off in the sunlight or under something where the wind blows, they go off. Some of it won’t, some of it will.” Krehbiel said he estimates damages to be $60,000, which includes the $20,000 tent. Gerald Farha said his stand reopened Saturday at noon. “It was blown away totally,” said Farha. “We haven’t assessed the value yet.” The Ka-Boomers tent

voting machines, Buchanan said. “Those batteries haven’t been replaced for five years, so half the machines don’t work,” he said. “We’re going to have to spend some money to make sure the batteries are purchased and maintained.” • County employee salaries – The last classification and compensation study to compare how much county employees make in comparison with other communities was done in 2001. Buchanan said he would like a new study to be conducted. When hiring a noxious weed director, Buchanan said five individuals were interviewed and offered the job but each one was looking for $20,000 more JEFF COTT/Informer photo than what was offered. Mercedes Swartz (at left) helps Simon Abou-Faissal in retrieving fireworks from under “We want to pay people the collapsed tent at Farha Fireworks, 3201 N. Rock Rd. a fair and decent wage and you don’t want to get too at 1300 N. Nelson Drive put it back up and restrung location. “The owner took a far behind the market,” he collapsed but has been put it, redid the stakes and put large number (of damaged said. “It’s not so bad to be back up. in new straps.” fireworks) in his truck back behind the market, but we “We lost all the poles The storm damaged all to his facility. We don’t try don’t know where we are.” except two outside and of Ricke’s lighting and to sell the wet stuff.” • The Child Advocacy the two main ones were destroyed the orange netting Those that remained intact Center – The CAC has leaning half-way,” said surrounding the tent, she with little to no damage purchased an old building Barbara Ricke on Friday said. are Shocker Fireworks at from the Wichita school who volunteers there with The Big Daddy Fireworks 103 W. Patriot, Big Daddy district. It has yet to be her family. “I hired a bunch tent at 1001 N. K-15 ripped Fireworks at 407 W. Patriot remodeled and will cost of guys last night and they and partially collapsed. and Wholesale Fireworks at the organization more to put the poles kind of up and “This is a much smaller 331 W. Patriot and 2200 N. maintain, Buchanan said. then the tent crew came tent,” said Andy Jones, who Rock Road. The CAC offers medical down from Kansas City and heads the volunteers at that care and counseling for children who have been significantly abused. The new facility will also house police and sheriff’s officers who investigate such crimes, he said. “Successful programs By Linda Stinnett until state aid is available on Oct. 15, transfer is less than 2 percent of the around the country are in according to Don Adkisson, district total which was authorized in the the same building, with director of finance. budget, he said. That is reflective different entrances,” said On Friday, the final day of the of the decreased state aid funding The money the Derby school Buchanan. “We’ve got district has left at the end of the district’s fiscal year, it transferred and the district’s efforts to stay to think about what the school year is down significantly $751,386 to the special education competitive with salaries, he said. county’s role in that is.” fund, during a two-minute school “So, our year-end cash takes the this year. • H e a r t l a n d hit,” he said. The funds are retained each year so board meeting at noon. Preparedness Center The balance available for that the district can meet payroll demands Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer wants a $30 million facility to be built by the new armory at K-96 and I-135 to train police and sheriff’s officers, said Buchanan, who also said he believes it can be done for less money By The Informer staff Kansas were approved June Avenue railroad crossing safer and more direct access somewhere else. 19 by the Kansas Department project in Derby. to the industrial park on “The mayor ’s really of Transportation. Th e p r o p o s al w o u ld Derby’s west side. The insistent on going out to the Included was a $512,330 extend Madison across existing crossing at Cherry armory,” he said. “We’re Bids for state highway going to have to work with c o n s t r u c t i o n a n d bid from Cornejo and Sons the railroad tracks west Street would be closed after the city.” maintenance projects in of Wichita for the Madison of Baltimore and create construction is complete.

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HAWVER: Appeals court process is not as transparent as previous one From Page 2 everything. Sounds a little like democracy but it is not a perfect rhyme. Brownback? He is not interested in releasing the names of everyone who asks him for the job, whether by formal letter or maybe the guy in front of him at the supermarket checkout. The governor figures that under the new law, it really does not matter whether his choice has been vetted by people who actually know what an Appeals Court judge

does because whoever he chooses has to be confirmed by the Kansas Senate. It will get one name, his favorite, and then we see whether the conservative Republicancontrolled Senate agrees with its conservative Republican governor. We are going to see how this works probably later this month, when Brownback names his appointment to a new Kansas Court of Appeals seat – the 14th seat, so we are figuring that one appointment is not going to shift the balance of the court. But it might give us a chance

to see whether this process works well, and whether most Kansans, who probably are not familiar with what an Appeals Court judge does anyway, have an objection. Transparent? Probably not until the Senate starts looking through Brownback’s nominee’s Facebook page and Twitter postings, or maybe just driving by to see how he/she keeps up his/her yard. And we won’t know whom the $99,636-a-year governor turned down for the $131,518-a-year job on the court. Transparency? Not as good as the previous system, but the Supreme

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Businesses will continue, owners say By Linda Stinnett

Two businesses housed in the building destroyed by fire will continue, their owners said Monday. Both MJB Heating and Cooling and Signs and Stripes have been displaced due to the fire which destroyed the building at 201 S. Baltimore. Mike and Susan Beck, owners of MJB Heating and Cooling, were back at work on Monday and already making plans to rebuild at the same location. “Yes, we are still in business,” Susan said. “We are conducting business as usual.” The company’s service vans were not damaged in the fire and through business acquaintances and friends they have managed to find some equipment to help them stay up and going. “We can still operate because we work in people’s homes,” she said. Mike roughly estimated the loss at nearly $500,000

for the company which has been in business since 1986. Susan said they had met with an insurance adjuster and it has been determined the building and contents were a total loss. While there were items, such as metal duct work which survived, Susan noted that all now contain a distinctively smoke smell and would not be suitable for use in a building. The Becks are already talking to the city about the process for rebuilding and what will be necessary to meet city codes. For now the company is considering renting a temporary location, if the right building can be found, Susan said. Troy and Joy Pulver, owners of Signs and Stripes, were renting a room in the north side of the MJB Building. That company, too, is looking at the options available as they try to restart the business. “We are kind of still in the processing mode,” Troy said. “I don’t think there’s

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Mike Beck, owner of MJB Heating and Cooling, talks with Derby Firefighters Matt Ludwig (at left) and Skyeler Reynolds.

any way to put a timeline on it.” He did not have a dollar loss for his company, but said

he did not have insurance purchased online or second newspaper carrier and to cover the equipment or hand to keep his overhead the trademark “Roving inventory. He also said much down. Reporter” which asked of his equipment had been “We did not have the several local residents amount of investment the each week to respond to a Becks have,” he said. question. At one time she The Becks purchased the was featured by the Roving building on March 26, 2009, Reporter. “I was just a kid,” she said. In addition, during the and the exact age of the Both the Pulvers and the time the fire department property is unknown. It was fighting the MJB fire, was formerly the home of Becks said they have had there were 29 other calls the Derby Daily Reporter, an outpouring of support for assistance. The heavy almost from its start in 1960. following the fire. The losses Teresa Shubert was among due to the fire are unsettling, smoke from the fire did cause several people to a large crowd of local people Troy said, but the kindness become alarmed when they who showed up to watch the has been overpowering. smelled smoke in their own fire. She remembered the He asked for continued homes, in addition to many building as important to the thoughts and prayers for both families. downed power lines and community. “It was the newspaper for “It just touches your arcing power lines across heart when people help you the city, he said. Sedgwick a million years,” she said. She remembered her out,” he said. “It keeps you County Fire District No. 1 firefighters helped respond to b r o t h e r w o r k i n g a s a going.” those calls, Smith said. Mike Beck said the firefighters did a good job Learn about the Pro Series Reverse and he appreciated their Osmosis Drinking Water System at ... efforts.

FIRE: Storm is cause of Thursday evening destructive fire From Page 1 fire on the southwest side of the building, he said. The fire was reported at 7:09 p.m. Firefighters were also hampered by several downed power lines in the area and wind and rain from the storm, he said. As the winds abated, the building continued to send flames shooting into the air above the building. Smith said different roofs on the building from remodeling jobs over the years made the building somewhat hazardous. Firefighters were able to say the fire was under control

before 10:30 p.m. They were on scene throughout the night. Derby Fire and Rescue had 28 firefighters on the scene, along with two engines, two squad trucks, a quint and rescue track, as well as two command vehicles, Smith said. Two units, manned by five firefighters, also came from Sedgwick County Fire Station 36 (at Rock and Patriot) and 10 firefighters came on three Mulvane fire units to help fight the fire. Smith said once the extra personnel arrived, his crews responded with aerial apparatus to help knock

down the flames. The fire was declared under control at 10:30 p.m. and crews stayed on scene until 4 a.m. One Mulvane firefighter was injured while attaching a fire hose to a hydrant. The coupling came loose and struck his leg, causing him to need stitches on the laceration, Smith said. When the fire was reported, Derby firefighters were already out, checking on fireworks tents in the city. Several had collapsed due to the high winds and the department was checking to make sure the occupants were OK, Smith said.

Inconveniences of storm worse than predicted By Linda Stinnett

The inconvenience of Thursday night’s storm extended past the weekend for some residents. Westar Energy reported that a handful of local residents were still without power in Derby on Monday afternoon, with only about 200 customers in Sedgwick County still without power. All were expected to have their power restored by Monday evening. At the height of the power outages caused by the storm, 53,000 customers in the area did not have power, a spokesperson said. In Derby the outages were primarily on the north and southwest portions of the city. A Westar spokesperson said the company initially underestimated how long it would take to restore power, with announcements on Friday morning that most would be back on by Saturday morning. Those estimates were based on experience with typical thunderstorms and their concentrated areas of damage, according to a spokesperson.

Instead, the storm hit the entire area with its winds which have been compared to a Stage 2 hurricane. Northwest Wichita, Derby and Haysville appeared to have been hit the hardest, he said. The numbers of downed trees and limbs did a lot of damage, which virtually meant some areas had to have the entire power grid reconstructed. “It takes a lot of man hours,” the spokesperson said. By Monday, the utility had done 74,000 power restoration jobs. Some residents regained power quickly, but lost it again later, he said. The company also believes its ReliabiliTree program – branch trimming – was impactful in this storm. “If we didn’t have that, this could have been a whole lot worse,” he said. The city of Derby extended its hours for accepting tree limbs over the weekend, but will not be picking up debris from residents’ yards, according to information from the city. The chip site at High Park will be closed July 4, but resumes regular hours on Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday 8

a.m. to noon. The Derby chip site only accepts tree limbs up to 10 inches in diameter. The city is also asking that people not dump limbs when the site is closed and not use the site as a dumping ground for other unwanted items. The site is for the use of Derby residents only. Robert Mendoza, city director of public works, said crews were out before the storm ended, due to downed trees and fires reported at the time of the storm. The crews were both working to clear debris and providing barricades for the MJB fire on K-15. Some crews were not done until nearly 3 a.m., but were back at work first thing Friday morning, he said. Power outages from the storm created problems with traffic signals along Patriot and from Patriot south on Rock Road to Tall Tree. Crews utilized generators to power the signals until Westar could restore power in the area, he said. The city crews also worked to keep both water operations and the wastewater plant operating on backup power following the storm.

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Businesses with economic development incentives are meeting goals By Linda Stinnett

The three local businesses with city economic development incentives are meeting their goals, according to the annual report on the incentive program. Another project which was approved for incentives has passed its deadline and will not be eligible for the tax rebates. Hampton Inn of Derby The Hampton Inn of Derby has jobs for more employees than planned and has exceeded its plans for occupancy in its third year in business. The hotel had a 67 percent occupancy rate for 2012, down 1 percent from 2011 but still slightly above its

forecast in its original pro forma, according to Allison Moeding, city director of economic development. The hotel’s average occupancy rate has increased from 36 percent its first year to 58 percent in 2010, 68 percent in 2011 and 67 percent in 2012. So far this year the rate is 55 percent, as of the end of May, she said. The hotel has 18 full-time equivalent positions, six more than the projections in the original plans, she said. The hotel has a 10-year, 100 percent property tax abatement and a rebate on the transient guest tax. The transient guest tax rebate is set to continue until the average occupancy rate reaches 70 percent for three years. It will sunset after 10 years if that is not met. The transient guest tax

rebate must be used for promotion of convention and tourism. In 2012, the hotel paid $215,000 to Hilton Hotels for marketing fees, royalties, travel agent commission and rewards program reimbursements. In addition, a sales manager’s position was created for the hotel in 2012 to work with existing corporate customers, seek additional clients and market the hotel. The hotel is currently valued at $3.1 million. Oxford Memory Care Oxford Memory Care, the Glen Carr House in Derby, quickly exceeded its initial projections but one of its buildings is now sitting and waiting on customers. The memory care facility opened its first 12-bed unit in November 2011 and its

Legal Publication (Published in The Derby Informer on July 3, 2013) City of Derby, Kansas NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Thursday, July 18, 2013 the DERBY PLANNING COMMISSION will consider a VACATION CASE that requests the vacation of a portion of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Path Easement on unplatted land at the southeast corner of Madison Avenue and Woodlawn Boulevard. The

Planning Commission meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the COUNCIL ROOM located at Derby City Hall, 611 N. Mulberry, Suite 300, Derby, Kansas: THE LEGAL DESCRIPTION OF THE VACATION REQUEST IS AS FOLLOWS: A complete legal description is available upon request at City Hall. The vacation application area

is generally located at 801 E Madison Avenue, Derby, Kansas. Cody Bird Derby City Planner (316) 788-6632 **NOTICE** If you are in need of an auxiliary aid and/or special accommodation, please notify Marcia Hartman of this office as soon as possible so we can make arrangements to accommodate your need.

Legal Publication (Published in The Derby Informer on July 3, 2013) ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Bid No. 2013-012 OWNER: CITY OF DERBY, KANSAS ADDRESS: 611 MULBERRY, SUITE 300, DERBY, KANSAS 67037 Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of STREET IMPROVEMENTS (Resolution No. 27-2010) to serve TALL TREE ADDITION – PH. 2, DERBY, SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS will be received by the City of Derby, Kansas at City Hall, 611 Mulberry, Derby, Kansas 67037 until 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2013 and then at said office will be publicly opened and read aloud. The project is briefly described as follows: Item No. Approx. Quant. Unit Item Description 1 1 LS Earthwork 2 4,818 SY Reinforced Crushed Rock Base (5”) 3 2,479 LF Combined Curb & Gutter (3 5/8” Roll & 1 ½”) 4 3,854 SY AC Pavement 5” (3” Bit. Base) 5 2 EA Wheelchair Ramp (w/Det. Warning) 6 3 EA Inlet Hookup 7 3 EA Inlet Adjustment 8 1 LS Signs 9 1 LS Seeding and Erosion Control 10 1 LS Site Clearing and Restoration The City of Derby reserves the right to delay the Notice to Proceed for construction of this project by up to 40 days after the Effective Date of the Agreement in order to facilitate construction of the storm water sewer. The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS MAY BE EXAMINED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: Derby City Hall, 611 Mulberry, Suite 300, Derby, Kansas 67037 Engineering Design Firm: Baughman Company, P.A., 315 Ellis St., Wichita, KS 67211 Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of Baughman Company, P.A. with a payment of $35.00 for each set. No refund. Nondiscrimination in Employment Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Order No. 11246. Requirements for bidders and contractors under this order are explained in the specifications. Proposals must be accompanied by a certified or cashier’s check, or bid bond is acceptable to the City in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the proposal. Checks are to be made payable to the City of Derby and drawn on a solvent Kansas Bank or Trust Company. These checks or bonds are to be retained by the City Clerk until the contract for the project shall have been awarded. Kathleen B. Sexton, City Manager DATE

Legal Publication (Published in The Derby Informer on July 3, 2013) ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Bid No. 2013-011 OWNER: CITY OF DERBY, KANSAS ADDRESS: 611 MULBERRY, SUITE 300, DERBY, KANSAS 67037 Separate sealed BIDS for the construction of STORM WATER SEWER IMPROVEMENTS (Resolution No. 28-2010) to serve TALL TREE ADDITION – PH. 2, DERBY, SEDGWICK COUNTY, KANSAS will be received by the City of Derby, Kansas at City Hall, 611 Mulberry, Derby, Kansas 67037 until 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2013 and then at said office will be publicly opened and read aloud. The project is briefly described as follows: Item No. Approx. Quant. Unit Item Description 1 243 LF SWS Pipe RCP 15” 2 514 LF SWS Pipe RCP 24” 3 668 LF SWS Pipe RCP 36” 4 6 LF SWS Pipe RCP 30” (Stub) 5 245 LF SWS Pipe HERCP 53” x 34” 6 3 EA Inlet, Curb 1A (L=10’ W=3’) 7 1 EA Manhole, Standard (5’ Dia.) 8 2 EA Manhole, Shallow (5’ Dia.) 9 1 EA Manhole, Shallow (6’ Dia.) 10 1 EA Manhole, Shallow (7’ Dia.) 11 1 EA Special Yard Inlet 12 15 SY Riprap – Light Stone 13 47 SY Riprap – Heavy Stone 14 123 LF Flowable Fill 15 2 EA Manhole Adjustment 16 1 LS Seeding and Erosion Control 17 1 LS Easement/Ditch Grading 18 1 LS Site Clearing and Restoration The CONTRACT DOCUMENTS MAY BE EXAMINED AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: Derby City Hall, 611 N. Mulberry, Suite 300, Derby, Kansas 67037 Engineering Design Firm: Baughman Company, P.A., 315 Ellis St., Wichita, KS 67211 Copies of the CONTRACT DOCUMENTS may be obtained at the office of Baughman Company, P.A. with a payment of $35.00 for each set. No refund. Nondiscrimination in Employment Bidders on this work will be required to comply with the President’s Executive Order No. 11246. Requirements for bidders and contractors under this order are explained in the specifications. Proposals must be accompanied by a certified or cashier’s check, or bid bond is acceptable to the City in an amount not less than five percent (5%) of the proposal. Checks are to be made payable to the City of Derby and drawn on a solvent Kansas Bank or Trust Company. These checks or bonds are to be retained by the City Clerk until the contract for the project shall have been awarded. Kathleen B. Sexton, City Manager DATE

second just two months later. Two additional buildings have been completed, but the fourth is not expected to open until late this year, Moeding said. The four units can house 48 residents, but there are only 30 currently. The company is only two employees below the minimum needed to meet incentive projections. Another eight to 10 employees will be hired as the fourth unit opens, putting the company well above those projections. Under the three-phase incentive plan approved for Oxford Memory Care (two buildings are in each phase), the company had to begin its first phase by Sept. 8, 2011, have the first two phases fully operating no later than March 2016, and maintain at least 38 full-time equivalent employees by the end of the

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first two phases. Those have already been met. The company will receive a five-year, 100 percent tax abatement on each phase of construction. The buildings are currently valued at $2.1 million. Moeding said the company hopes to start construction on another two units – the third phase of the project – in 2015. That will depend on how the first two phases fill up, she said. BRG Precision Products BRG Precision Products has met nearly 20 percent of its employment target, after building its 40,000 square foot facility in March 2006 and adding a warehouse addition in 2010 – which is not part of the incentive agreement. The company makes clocks, LED message boards and church bells. BRG set its projections and promptly fell prey to falling economic conditions. The company continued to increase employment until this past year, when cutbacks in government contracts hurt the sales of clocks to military installations. The company continues to aggressively market its lines and increase market shares, Moeding said. A new economy clock and aviation product lines have seen brisk sales and the company’s carillon church bell systems are selling at record levels. “They have said they are stable and well positioned for growth,” Moeding said. The company has four more years in its 10-year,

100 percent tax rebate agreement. LakePoint of Derby The Derby City Council approved industrial revenue bonds for LakePoint Nursing Center on June 10, 2008. The company was granted the IRBs, after promoting a skilled nursing/assisted living complex which would serve even economically challenged residents. However, the resolution by the council required substantial construction by June 10, 2013. Construction never started on the facility and if it wishes to pursue those, the process must start over, Moeding said. Council member Randy White asked if the city has worked to fill the needs the facility would have met. Since they were approved Derby Health and Rehab was completed, even though it lost its bid for incentives, and Westview Manor renovated its facility, also without incentives, Moeding said. It has been widely reported in recent months that brisk construction of skilled nursing and other facilities appear to have flooded the area market. “I think there is not as crucial a need for (LakePoint) as there was at that time (2008),” Moeding said. Council member Jim Craig said he understood times have become difficult for the facilities. “It would have been a good addition to Derby,” he said.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2013 • Page 9

Casino traffic Area schools do not anticipate could bring changes due to new SE High School new signals, Andover Wichita School District School roundabouts District By Ginger G. Golden

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MULVANE – The Kansas Star Casino has created new traffic patterns, bringing a need for new signals and at least two roundabouts, a consultant said Thursday. Scott Dunakey, senior planner with Professional Engineering Consultants, spoke at a public hearing on the Casino Area Transportation Plan in Mulvane. He said PEC is recommending traffic signals be put along U.S. Highway 81 at 87th Street South and 95th Street South. For the intersection of Kansas Highway 53 and U.S. 81, PEC is recommending a roundabout. “This is the only intersection in the study area that has a crash rate above the critical rate,” he said. “In other words, there are more crashes here than other locations that are similar to it on the average. “Driver expectations wouldn’t be hampered by the fact that there’s a roundabout there, but a signalized intersection would work just fine,” he said. “The issue is really in the future years, the turning movements particularly with commercial development getting there, the turning movements get gummed up really quickly as the sites develop.” PEC is also recommending a roundabout be placed on U.S. 81 halfway between 111th Street South and K-53 in anticipation of future commercial development. To i m p r o v e t r a f f i c where the Turnpike exits near the casino, PEC has recommended a roundabout at K-53 and Hydraulic. PEC is not recommending any improvements where K-53 intersects with Hillside or Oliver. Dunakey said there could be merit to a K-15 to K-55 bypass on the west side of Mulvane. “The numbers are saying that there’s not really a capacity demand for this,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that it may not be a good project. There are other good reasons to pursue that project in the future.” Those reasons include safety for those crossing railroad tracks and saving time when traveling. “Volume’s not necessarily the only thing that should be considered,” he said. For the intersection at K-55 and U.S. 81, PEC is recommending moving the



west end of K-55 north of where it currently intersects with U.S. 81. The change would put the intersection in the center of the turn, giving drivers a clearer view of oncoming traffic. PEC is recommending either a roundabout or a stop sign. “If volumes increase beyond what’s anticipated, there could be some safety concerns at this location,” said Dunakey. “That’s primarily due to the fact that you’ve got the U.S. 81 traffic going through at 65 mph and the K-55 traffic trying to enter from a dead stop. “What we believe is probably happening is that people are at an odd angle and they’re misjudging the rate of speed and the distance of oncoming vehicles,” he said. “There’s not any overwhelming number of crashes but the crashes that do occur are a little more severe than one might expect at this location.”


By Ginger G. Golden

WICHITA – Southeast High School will move close to district boundary lines, but area schools do not anticipate major changes following the move. One mile south of that intersection is the Derby school district, two miles east is the Andover school district and another two miles to the south and east is the Rose Hill school district. Rose Hill currently has students attending who live in the Wichita school district. “The potential is that we could see some of our current students move back to their attending district,” said Randal Chickadonz, Rose Hill superintenent of schools. “I saw that the number of kids who live in that district exceeds the capacity of that school already, so I don’t know that it’ll be an issue at this point.” Andover schools do not accept out-of-district students, said Brett White, Andover assistant superintendent. Rose Hill’s policy for accepting out-of-district students has the same

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The new site of Southeast High School is in the far corner of the Wichita school district, bringing it much closer to the Rose Hill, Andover and Derby school boundary lines.

requirements as Derby and Wichita school districts’ policies in that it looks at students’ behavior, if they are in good standing, and if they have a good attendance record. “One never knows until the time comes, but I don’t

see it having much impact on our school district or Wichita school district,” said Craig Wilfod, Derby superintendent of schools. “We both have enrollments where we accept out-ofdistrict students and there’s a process to follow and so any

place that our borders touch any of the school districts around us, that opportunity exists.” ––– What do you think? Comment on this story at

Site of propane explosion has new owner By Ginger G. Golden

Nearly two years after an explosion killed one employee and destroyed four houses and one business, the former Global Propane site has a new owner. Topline Steel Buildings has purchased the property, located on Butler Road between Rose Hill and Andover, to build its new office. The owners, founder Kim Hocker and his two sons, currently rent a facility at 157th Street East and Central. “It was time for us to build our own instead of paying rent,” said Hocker. The company, which began in Arkansas City 28 years GINGER G. GOLDEN/Informer photo ago, sells metal buildings Topline Steel Buildings is building its new office at the former Global Propane site on Butler Road between Rose worldwide. Its new facility Hill and Andover. will have 4,250 square feet, more than tripling its current size, Hocker said. “We hope to be moved in by Sept. 1, because we’ve got landscaping and all that to do also,” he said. Global Propane moved Summer Morning Kids Movies from the location in October Invisible Teeth Straightening! as a goodwill gesture to Just $2 All Ages! residents, said Alan Martin, Learn more Kansas sales and marketing See what’s showing on our page for NGL Supply Retail, on our page LLC. The company now has its propane bulk storage facility at the Rose Hill Industrial Park.

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Region & State

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Transparency violation presents conflict of interest for Kansas attorney general By Travis Perry

A decision by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to defend open meeting violations by the Kansas Corporation Commission would be a massive conflict of interest, says a state press advocate. Rich Gannon, director of governmental affairs for the Kansas Press Association, said the KCC’s request that Schmidt defend the state agency against alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act puts the attorney general’s office in a precarious position. “To me, there is no question that there is a big old conflict, and that’s my humble opinion,” Gannon said. “I personally don’t

have any problems with, when this thing settles out, going over to the attorney general and explaining to them how to adhere to the law.” The Topeka CapitalJournal reported that the KCC has officially requested Schmidt’s help in defending the agency against alleged KOMA violations. Chad Taylor, Shawnee County district attorney, filed suit against the KCC on June 19, alleging its members violated provisions of KOMA in deciding a water rate case involving Howison Heights Inc., a small utility in Salina, without engaging in open meetings. Taylor’s lawsuit, against the KCC and commission members Albrecht, Mark Sievers

and Thomas Wright, was inspired by a complaint from the Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, which serves as a consumer advocate in utility cases. D o n B r o w n , communications director for the state AG office, said as of Wednesday morning they have not yet received an official request for representation from the KCC. “We are aware of media reports, but we cannot comment unless or until we are asked to participate,” Brown said. Brown also declined to comment on the general conflict of interest associated with the defense and prosecution of state agencies in violation of Kansas transparency laws.

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At issue is a KOMA provision that stipulates the Kansas attorney general is responsible, though not required, for the prosecution of such violations. Brown also declined to say whether his office had received any written requests to prosecute the KCC. Gannon said he could not recall a previous case where such a conflict had arisen. “I’m very biased, very prejudiced, I think that there is definitely a violation,” Gannon said. “I just wish that all units of government, whether it’s state or local, would adhere to KOMA and KORA (the Kansas Open Records Act). It’s the public’s right.”

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A new law requiring roofing contractors operating in Kansas to register with the Attorney General’s office will take effect next week, said Derek Schmidt, Kansas attorney general. Under the provisions of this law, enacted by the legislature in April, beginning July 1, every roofing contractor must obtain a roofing contractor registration certificate from the Kansas attorney general in order to legally charge commercial or residential roofing services in Kansas. The application form is now available at www., along with the proposed regulations and frequently asked questions for roofing contractors and consumers. The website also includes a public directory of roofers who have applied for registration. Roofing contractors or consumers who have additional questions may call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at (800) 432-2310.

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Official copies of Kansas Highway Patrol accident reports are now available through an online system. “We are pleased to be able to offer this service to the public, as it will make it much easier to purchase a copy of the reports they may need, and they won’t even have to leave the convenience of their home,” said Ernest E. Garcia, patrol superintendent. “The new system saves time for both our records personnel and for the public.” Only the reports for accidents that have occurred since May will be available online. Once records since May are entered in the online system, copies of the reports will always be available. To get a copy of a report, go to: www. Once there, users will create an account, then the system will proceed to an online “shopping cart” style of ordering. Information needed to request a copy of a report will be at least the name of the individual involved in an accident, and/

Governor names three to Kansas Board of Regents By The Informer staff

Gov. Sam Brownback has introduced his latest three appointments to the Kansas Board of Regents. Shane Bangerter, Dodge City; Ann Brandau-Murguia; Kansas City; and Helen Van Etten, Topeka will each serve a four year term, expiring June 30, 2017. “Our institutions of higher education are major drivers of economic growth in our state,” said Brownback. “The regents play a key role in our long-term strategy to create good jobs in Kansas. Shane, Ann and Helen bring a great amount of experience and talent to the board and I am excited they’ve agreed to serve our great state.”

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or a case number, and/or the date of the accident. Online payment for the reports must be made via credit or debit card. The cost for the copy of a report is $5. Once the transaction has been completed, the copy of the report is available for download. Accident reports will not be immediately available after a crash. By statute, officers have up to 10 days to complete the report of a regular accident, such as non-injury crashes or those without circumstances such as a drunk driver. Fatality crashes or those with reconstructions and more complicated cases take longer to complete and are allotted more than the 10 days. People can still purchase the reports in person at the Kansas Highway Patrol’s records section. There will be a link to the online reports on the KHP homepage. The Patrol encourages anyone who runs into a problem or cannot locate the report they are requesting to call (785) 296-6800. For several years, the KHP has maintained online crash logs of injury and fatality crashes. These are not the official version of an accident report.

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The nine-member Kansas Board of Regents is appointed by the governor. It is the governing board of the six state universities and the statewide coordinating board for the 32 public higher education institutions (six state universities, one municipal university, 19 community colleges, and six technical colleges). Shane Bangerter, who earned a juris doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law, has practiced law in the state of Kansas for more than 23 years. He is a founding partner of Rebein Bangerter Rebein P.A and serves as vice chair of the Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees and the Young Life Start Up Board in Dodge City.

Ann Brandau-Murguia, who earned a masters of business administration from Baker University, is the executive director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association in Kansas City, Kan. She also serves as 3rd District Representative on the Kansas City, Kan. Unified Government Board of Commissioners. Helen Van Etten, who earned a doctorate of audiology program from the University of Florida, is an audiologist with the Topeka Public School District. She is on the board of governors for the Eisenhower Excellence in Public Service Series and is a member of Heartland Sertoma Club.


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Young works overtime to build on stellar freshman year By Scott Elpers

know how good she was going to be coming in. I knew she played varsity volleyball and basketball and that she was fast, but I had no idea we’d be using her as our leadoff hitter and starting centerfielder.” Former girls head basketball coach Caleb S m i t h s a i d Yo u n g ’s workload was as heavy during the school year, when she would often go to two hours of volleyball practice for her club team or hit the batting cages after a full practice on the basketball court for the Panthers. This past week, Young squeezed in another basketball camp with her

Derby teammates before heading to a national tournament with her club volleyball team. She will play in another national tournament with her club softball team before she starts up her second varsity season on Derby’s volleyball team. “After volleyball, I felt like I could handle the varsity sports my freshman year,” she said. “I felt like I could take on all of the older girls after playing varsity volleyball.” Although balancing three sports can be time consuming, Young said the effort has paid off so far in her first year of high school.

“You might not get to spend time with your friends over the summer, but being recognized and seeing your name in the paper for your hard work is worth it,” she said. “I also don’t think there is a point in the year where I’m not in shape and ready to play.” Young hopes all the practice, extra games and hours in the gym and weight room pay off in the form of an NCAA Division I scholarship in softball or volleyball, her two favorite sports. “That’s what I’m working for,” she said.

C a l l K e n z i e Yo u n g a multitasker. Call her dedicated and busy. Just do not call her lazy. “It goes volleyball in the morning, then weights. After that it’s basketball, then I finish with softball,” Young said. “This summer has been the busiest, because now I’m on all these high school teams.” Young has always kept a busy schedule balancing multiple sports at the same time. An impressive freshman year at Derby High School, which included stints on varsity volleyball, basketball and softball, have made the summer before her sophomore year the most overcrowded yet. “When my brother (Travis Young) got into high school, he set the bar pretty high,” she said. “I wanted to top that. I wanted to get my name out here like he was. I think I’ll have a little more success this next year than I did my freshman year.” Young had significant varsity playing time in both volleyball and basketball, but she did not garner much attention until softball in the spring. She made first-team all-league in the AVCTL-I and was the only freshman SCOTT ELPERS/Informer photo to make the Class 6A allKenzie Young played varsity volleyball, basketball and state second-team. SCOTT ELPERS/Informer photo “She’s a spark plug,” said Teammates for the Derby Thunder are first row, from left: Garrett Kugler, Eli Stewart, softball as a Derby High School freshman this past year. She is spending the summer balancing practices and Derby head softball coach Austin Mitchell, Caleb Alfaro and DJ Seeby. Second row: Coach Brett Kolasch, Trevor tournaments between all three sports. Christy Weve. “I didn’t Hudson, Nathan Fox, Michael Kolasch, Caleb Sheldon, Jakob Jenkins, Doug Bosarge and Steve Fox. Not pictured is Conner Holt.

Derby Thunder qualifies for district tournament By Scott Elpers

The Derby Thunder, a 15-and-under baseball team in the Babe Ruth League, will have an opportunity at a district title after recently qualifying for the tournament. The Thunder is 12-1 so far this season and on course to top its 14-2 record in 2012.

Derby will play in the district tournament this weekend, which could qualify it for the state tournament later in the summer. The Thunder compete against area teams like Rose Hill, Andover, Clearwater, Newton and Winfield. “They really know how to take advantage of other teams’ mistakes,” said Derby coach Steve Fox. “We stress that.”

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Wichita State University student Ashley Brown (right) was recently named to the AllAmerican rowing team by the American Collegiate Rowing Association. The 2010 Derby High School graduate is the first rower in WSU’s history to be named an All-American.

Derby grad becomes first All-American rower at WSU By Scott Elpers

Ashley Brown wanted to swim in college, but settled for a sport slightly above the water. “I was originally a swimmer, but (Wichita State University) doesn’t offer competitive s w i m m i n g , ” Ashley B r o w n s a i d . Brown “One of the assistant coaches contacted me and I started visiting practices and became really interested in it.” Brown, a 2010 Derby High School graduate, was recently named to the American Collegiate Rowing Association All-American team. She is the first rower to receive the honor in WSU’s history. “It’s a huge honor,” Brown said. “I put in a lot of hard work and coxswains usually don’t get a lot of notice like a rower. It’s nice to be rewarded for the hard work.” Brown, who is starting her senior year at WSU and majoring in physical education, began as a rower. Back pain from an illness moved her to coxswain, which acts as the captain and orchestrates the speed, timing

and fluidity among the crew of the eight-person boat. As the only teammate in the boat without an oar in her hands, coxswains are mostly known for their vocal presence, but Brown said her job is more elaborate than that. “Steering the boat and keeping all the rowers safe is my first job,” she said. “We also motivate during races, almost like the coach in the boat. We critique the rowers’ strokes. It is much tougher than it looks.” “I have eight rowers in my boat and they all like to hear something different,” she added. “I try to be encouraging and make sure I say the right things to the right rowers.” Only one male and one female coxswain was chosen for the All-American team. Criteria for the recognition included career team results and testing scores in the 2,000-meter races, individual results and accomplishments, and a coach’s recommendation to the ACRA Board of Directors. The rowing season is long. When class at WSU is in session between the months of August and May, Brown and the rest of the rowing team are in downtown Wichita on the Arkansas River practicing before 6 a.m.

nearly every morning. Brown also spends time outside of practice studying other coxswains’ techniques online. She also has to plan out races for the rowers all over the U.S. “I think I’m pretty connected to everyone in the boat. They trust me and respect me,” she said. “That also helps a lot. If you don’t trust your coxswain, they are always looking behind them to make sure you are not going to run them into a bridge.”

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The Derby High School varsity cheerleading squad for the 2013-14 school year is pictured above. They are, front row, from left: Mariah Miller, Morgan Bott, Brooke Hull, Kaley Rinehart, Makayla Allen, Allie Smith, Kaitlyn Moushey and Madi Hileman. Second row: Lauren Russell, Michelle Lewis, Kirsten Dubree, Kelsey King, Amber Larson, Kari Ormsby, Jasmine Kennedy, Ocean Swartz and Makenna Allen. Not pictured is Kaitlyn Ashley.

Scoreboard Derby Twins (June 28-30) Liberal 2, Derby 1 Liberal 5, Derby 4 Derby 1, Liberal 0

Derby Twins’ schedule July 4 7:30 p.m. – Derby Twins v. Wellington Heat (Panther Field) July 5 7:05 p.m. – Derby Twins v. El Dorado Broncos (Panther Field) July 6 7:05 p.m. – Derby Twins v. El Dorado (Panther Field) July 7 7:05 p.m. – Derby Twins v. Wellington Heat (Panther Field) July 9 7 p.m. – Derby Twins v. Dodge City Athletics (Panther Field)

The junior varsity cheerleading squad is, front row, from left: Raley Mantz, Taylor Bynum, Savannah James and Alisha Beilin. Second row: Jordan Russell, Kiley Clift, Kathryn Taylor and Alexandria Kennedy. Not pictured is Hannah Nottingham and Elizabeth DeCristoforo.

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Smyth-Nordgren engagement Rachel Marie Smyth and Hans Kristofer Nordgren, both of Topeka, have announced their engagement. The couple plans to exchange vows on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, in Topeka. Hank Nelson will officiate. The bride-to-be is the daughter of Dean and Becky Smyth of Derby. She is a 2009 graduate of Derby High School and will graduate from Washburn University in December with a bachelor’s degree in history. The prospective bridegroom is the son of Eric and Barby Nordgren of Topeka. He is a 2008 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School and a 2013 graduate of Washburn University

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with a bachelor’s degree in education. He will be teaching math at Eisenhower Middle School in Topeka. Informer file photo

Cancer survivors lead off all Relay for Life fundraising events, including this one in Derby in 2011. Three young survivors led the group (from left carrying the banner): Gentry Brown, Charlie Futhey and Jessie Whiteside.

Relay for Life events begin Sunday By Linda Stinnett

Derby’s annual Relay for Life will be held July 12-13 at Panther Stadium, but some of the celebration of life begins this Sunday. The Survivors and Caregiver Birthday Celebration will be held

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It’s Recreation and Parks Month

Derby Mayor Dion Avello has proclaimed July as Recreation and Parks Month. “Parks and Recreation services provide preventive health benefits, support more productive workforces, enhance the desirability of location for business and families and stimulate tourism revenues to increase a total community economic development model,” he said. Ken Mulanax, president of the Derby Recreation Commission board of directors, (at left) encouraged residents to take advantage of local amenities, from fishing, organized sports, the water park and recreation center to the 25 connected miles of the hike and bike path.

Marissa Stuckey graduated from the Camp KAOS Space 301 program on June 15 at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson. Stuckey will be a freshman at Derby High School. She is the daughter of Michael and Dinell Stuckey of Derby. Space 301 is a week-long astronaut camp in which campers

spend two days at the Cosmosphere before traveling to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, home to NASA’s astronaut training facilities. D e v e n D a y Marissa graduated from Stuckey the Camp KAOS Starship Earth program on June 14 at the

fun lasts until 5:30 a.m. on July 13. Teams are still needed for the Relay. For additional information, go to www. or contact the event chairs: Kassie Campidilli at 788-2222, kassie.campidilli@ or Jean Epperson at 788-1519 or jeanepperson@

Prairieland Food has new local coordinator By Linda Stinnett

Prairieland Food, a notfor-profit organization which offers discounted food packages in exchange for community volunteerism, has a new local coordinator. Eileen Brown, who has served as the Prairieland Food Derby secretary for over 10 years, has accepted the position.

“I did not take the position last year when it was offered but found that some time restraints have been lifted, so it seemed like it was time to step up,” Brown said. Jonathan Elliott had been local coordinator, but resigned to take a teaching position in Liberal. Prairieland Food Derby

offers discounted food packages to people who volunteer for anything anywhere. With no income guidelines, volunteering is the only requirement to qualify to purchase the discounted food packages. Because Prairieland Food is a 501(c)(3) not for profit corporation, there is also

no tax on the orders. That alone can be quite a savings, Brown said. Find more information about Prairieland Food by visiting PrairielandFoodDerby. com or the blog at PrairielandFood.wordpress. com or simply call Brown at 788-0026.

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Sunday, July 7, at 3 p.m. at the Derby Public Library’s community room. Hot fudge sundaes will be provided and cancer survivors can pick up their 2013 commemorative survivor T-shirt, lapel pin and sash. The Relay will begin at 5 p.m. on July 12, with survivor registration before the 6:30 p.m. victory lap. The

Cosmosphere. Day will be a sixth grader at the Sixth Grade Center. Day is the son of Chris and Wendy Bigger. Starship Earth is a four-day camp for students entering fifth and sixth grades.

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Dear Dave, Our son is about to graduate from law school. He took out a loan to cover the cost, but we’ve been paying on it for two years to help him out. Right now, the balance on the loan is about $76,000. We could continue paying it off, but my husband is hesitant. How do you feel about this situation? – Patty

college news Mortar Board members selected Mortar Board, the national senior honor society that promotes scholarship, service and leadership at Kansas State University, has 29 new members for the 2013-2014 school year. Along with their demonstrated excellence in service and leadership, Mortar Board members must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Members provide service to the campus, community and the state of Kansas with activities like First Book, which fosters literacy by providing children access to books, and an annual reception to honor select faculty members for their achievements in teaching, advising or mentoring Kansas State University students. The university’s chapter of Mortar Board has been recognized as one of the best in the nation, winning the national organization’s Golden Torch award for six years in a row. The honor is presented to the most

outstanding chapters in the nation. New members of Mortar Board include Barret We l l e m e y e r, s e n i o r i n civil engineering, Derby. Wellemeyer is a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, serving as scholarship director and recruitment chair. He is a member of the university chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers, has been outdoor events coordinator for Students for Environmental Action and Ecuador water quality project manager for Engineers Without Borders. He is an Eagle Scout and received the Putnam Scholarship and Greg Hardin Memorial Scholarship.

Chambers named to president’s list Charity Ruth Chambers of Derby was named to the president’s list at Howard Calculate Payne University during the before refinancing spring 2013 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 Dear Dave, grade point average to be Is there a downside to named to the president’s list. refinancing your home

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Dear Patty, It’s not a bad thing if you guys decide to continue helping him out by paying off the rest of the loan. But I don’t want you to feel as if you’re obligated in any way. No deal has been broken here, and you haven’t reneged on a previous agreement. But there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a young lawyer earning a living and paying off his own debt. He can roll up his sleeves and clean up the mess he participated in making. If you do decide to pay it off, that’s an incredibly generous gift. In my mind, it should be met with much gratitude and appreciation. It should also be accompanied by a signed letter of agreement from him stating that he will never, except in the case of a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage, borrow money again. In other words, I’d want to see some kind of permanent commitment and recognition of the fact that you guys have changed your family tree. I’d want this kid to be affected in a deep and profound way by this gift; so much that his kids would also be affected in a positive way by your behavior and by his in the years to come! – Dave


–Katrina Dear Katrina, T h e r e ’s r e a l l y n o downside to this, as long as each time you do a refinance you lower your interest rate enough to allow you to recoup closing costs before you move. In other words, you have to first make sure the numbers work. First, calculate the amount of money you’ll save as a result of a refinance. The way to do

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this is by multiplying the interest difference by your loan balance. If you have a $200,000 mortgage on a 5 percent loan, and you refinance to a 3 percent loan, that will save you 2 percent per year, or $4,000. Next, look at the refinance costs. What are the closing costs in order to refinance? If it’s $10,000, and you divide that by $4,000, that says it would take two and a half years to get your money back. If the costs are $8,000, it would take you two years to get your money back if you’re saving $4,000 a year. That’s pretty substantial! What I just laid out is called a break-even analysis. Basically, it answers the question of how long it will take you to get back the money you spent on closing costs with the interest you save. That will give you the answer as to whether or not you should refinance again. So, there’s not really a “you’ve done this too often” rule. If you refinance three times in a year it would only be smart if interest rates have dropped significantly throughout that time. Doing a refinance to save an eighth of a percent won’t work out well for you. – Dave ––– Dave Ramsey is America’s most trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times best-selling books: “Financial Peace,” “More Than Enough,” “The Total Money Makeover” and “EntreLeadership.” The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 5,000,000 listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at

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Monsters University overcomes most of its own clichés and genuine lump-in-yourthroat emotion. Monsters University begins with a brief prologue that establishes Mike as a young monster somewhat doomed to be the outcast. It is familiar and similar in tone to Monsters, Inc., but screenwriters Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton quickly steer the material into totally new ground. When the film’s story really gets going visiting old characters like Sullivan (John Goodman) and Randall Boggs (Steve Buscemi) in totally new situations, it becomes a delight. It is established early that Mike has had his heart set on attending Monsters University since he was a child. When he gets there, he is a model student but lacks the spark for special talents. Sully, Mike’s counterpart, is riding on his prestigious family name and a boatload of talent to coast him through the

“Scare Program.” As you can imagine, Mike and Sully are not cut from the same mold and a history of the movies tells us that they are therefore required to be thrust together in a team-building scenario, experience highs and lows, hate each other before becoming BFFs, and learn a great deal in the process. It is not exactly a “new” story, and I wasn’t unaware of it when screening the film, but I just couldn’t help myself. Monsters characters are so likable and richly drawn that most of the film’s narrative clichés are not terribly distracting. There is a speculatively evil headmaster in Dean Hardscrabble. She seems to pine for Mike and Sully’s demise from day one, but with the acting talents of Helen Mirren, the character breaks the bonds of its archetypal features. The guys are recruited into the uncoolest fraternity on campus in Oozma

average of five feet per year and Underwood is desperately searching for a solution to the problem before his back yard disappears. Since the erosion began three years ago, Underwood has tried several possible solutions, from constructing a retaining wall to planting ground cover, but none of those answers to the problem worked. Now he has gone to the Derby City Council for help, but so far nothing has been done because his erosion problem exists outside city limits. Underwood has talked with the city’s present and former civil engineers, soil conservation department officials with Sedgwick County and the county engineer. He has also gone to the division of water 1988 - 25 years ago • Since July 1985, Larry resources in Topeka for help. Every one of those sources Underwood has lost about 16 seem to say that he should try feet of his back yard to Spring and get the Sedgwick County Creek. Erosion has taken an Commission to add Spring

Creek to the county’s stream maintenance program so Underwood started a petition asking the commission to do that. Sedgwick County Engineer David Sears said the stream maintenance department could straighten the creek’s channel, which would help solve some of the erosion problem, but he also said that once the creek is added to the program, a lot of paperwork and other procedures must be completed before any actual work on the creek could be done.

The Movie Minute

By Kevin Cott

Last week I wrote 600 words or so on the questions surrounding a college education and its worth in the 21st century. This week I was tickled to find that Disney Pixar’s Monsters University reinforces, at least in part, what I argued for in that column. In the film, a prequel to Pixar’s mega successful Monsters, Inc. from 2001, a monster named Mike Wazowski (Billy Crystal) is determined to make the grade and get a glamorous job as a “scarer” in the monster world’s version of a Fortune 500 company. He studies theory, aces tests, and proves to be a natural born leader, even though he is not a natural talent. We a r e s o m e w h a t surprised when the good guy does not necessarily win in the end. He learns that sometimes getting a prestigious job means

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working one’s way up the ladder with grit and determination. He makes the marks, but clearly it is the intangible skills that Monsters University grants Mike and gives him the know-how to succeed outside the walls of academia. I am not surprised that a creative juggernaut like Pixar would craft such a story with a message that is so pro learning. I was a little bit miffed to find it so predictable. Monsters University wins, though, because its creators understand the value of strong supporting characters and just the right amount of laugh-out-loud moments

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Pixar’s Monsters University is the No. 1 movie at the box office for the second week in a row.

Kappa. This plot point seems like the classic underdog of every sports movie cliché. The ragtag group, like most of the film, is so visually arresting, though, that the characters gaggle and doodle their way straight into the audiences’ hearts. This is a Pixar film that will be easy to undervalue by many a critic. It has the appearance of being lazy, financially safe, and artistically bland. It is a total mistake to label it a

failure, though. Monsters University is rich with dialogue and character development that is funny, quotable and extremely wise. By studying at Monsters University, the audience learns something as well: Education, not just the kind received from a lecture hall, can turn caricatures into fully formed individuals. I am glad someone at Pixar agrees with me.

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• Derby’s mill levy may be as much as two mills under the 34 mills of last year, according to cautious estimates from Bill Van Ruth, city clerk. The decline of the levy is attributed to a rise in valuation. The valuation last year was $5,078,533 and it is expected the figure this year will rise by at least $200,000. Most of the valuation increase comes from real estate, including Dixon Square; some from personal and business property and utilities. The new Kansas Gas & Electric franchise allows an increase of about one-fourth of a mill. • Madalyn Murray, a mother who fought Bible reading and prayer in schools and won before the U.S. Supreme Court, has filed papers incorporating a proposed American Atheist center in Kansas. It is creating a storm in Stockton, the proposed site.

Murray said land for the corporation has been promised by Carl Brown of Stockton. She said he is a former state senator and identified him as one of the corporation’s directors. She said the organization plans to initiate court suits attacking tax exemptions for churches. Murray said suits would be filed in about 15 states next fall. • Kansas’ new Sunday trading law has been ruled unconstitutional. Judge James J. Noone of the district court handed down the decision in a test case brought by a group of Wichita grocers who contend the act, which became effective July 1, deprived them of property without due process of law.

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• Derby residents will soon begin to see progress on the new Derby Aquatic Park. The city celebrated the start of this major project with a groundbreaking ceremony on July 1, and the site work began this week as construction crews started digging out the main pool area.


“This community has come a long way in realizing a dream that will bring many opportunities to residents,” said Mayor Dion Avello. “The attention this facility will bring to our city is sure to attract many visitors who wouldn’t otherwise come to Derby. In turn, this will encourage future commercial development that will benefit residents as much as it benefits visitors.” • The Derby Board of Education this past week approved the purchase of high speed digital probes and computers totalling $60,116. Sandy Tauer, math and science instructional coordinator for the district, said the digital probes will allow students to gather information about motion, light, gases, magnetic fields, voltage and much more. The information is instantly downloaded to a computer which then graphs the information.

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Reminder: Use 290-1011 on July 4-6 By Linda Stinnett

In an effort to keep 911 lines open for emergency calls, a non-emergency number (290-1011) will be available, beginning at 6:30 p.m. through 3 a.m. on July 4, 5 and 6. During that time, those who wish to report fireworks complaints, including the illegal use of fireworks and nuisances, should call 290-

1011. If a firework causes an injury, fire or other emergency, call 911 immediately, reports Sedgwick County Emergency Communications. Derby residents should use 911 in case of emergencies. Two years ago, emergency lines were clogged with fireworks complaints. It created difficulties for those trying to report a traffic accident which caused fatal injuries.

Local fireworks shooting and sales times The shooting times for the remainder of the July Fourth celebratory time includes: • July 3-4 - 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. (sales times) • July 3-4 - 8 a.m. to midnight (discharge times) • July 5 - 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Residents who live in areas

of Sedgwick County, outside the city limits, may possess and shoot fireworks July 1-4 only. Consumer fireworks, with the exception of rockets mounted on a wire or stick and aerial luminaries (also called sky lanterns), may be legally shot on those days.

Lisa Nelson has been recognized for her generosity! Part of the Derby Community Foundation’s 20 Acts of Generosity

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It seems like Lisa Nelson commits an “act of generosity” every day and she does it with a smile on her face. Lisa is the ultimate community volunteer. Lisa’s resume is long. When illness affected others who couldn’t participate, she stepped up and served as the on-site volunteer co-coordinator for the December in Derby event. With only two weeks’ notice prior to the event, Lisa was still thrilled to be able to help. Lisa’s volunteerism has also included organizing a week’s worth of food for a single mother of five after surgery. She babysat a small child every Sunday so the child’s mother could work. The list goes on. Lisa loves Derby and demonstrates that love through her daily acts of generosity.

July 4th schedule of events 33rd annual Firecracker Run 7:30 a.m. – Four-mile race and one-mile race (beginning at 8:30 a.m.), starting at High Park. For more information, contact Leon Mattocks at runlmatt2am@gmail. com or Ken Boote at kenboote@ Entry forms are available online at http://tinyurl. com/pcwmgj2. VFW/American Legion Independence Day Parade 10 a.m. – The theme is “Celebrating our Independence – Thank You Veterans” and Rose Pepperd, VFW 5th District chaplain, is grand marshal. Sen. Jerry Moran will be among the dignitaries in the parade. The parade route runs from Panther Stadium, west on Madison to Georgie, south to Market, east to Woodlawn and north on Woodlawn back to the middle school entrance. . Derby Historical Museum 10:30 a.m. (approximately) – The Derby Historical Museum will be open for visitors immediately following the parade, until 2 p.m. Community celebration 7 p.m. – Parking is inside High Park. Overflow is on the east side of the park (access off Madison Avenue), with hay rack rides to and from the parking. Handicap parking is near the enclosed shelter. • Here’s what begins at 7 p.m.: - Free ice cream, courtesy of Hiland Dairy. - Food options near the amphitheater will include B.S. Sandwich Press and the Flying Stove. - Optimist Bounce House and other kids activities, near the enclosed shelter. • 7:30 and 8 p.m. – Derby Senior Center Readers Theater patriotic readings in the amphitheater main stage. • 9:15 p.m. – Community choir performance in the amphitheater main stage. • 9:40 p.m. (approximately) – Fireworks.

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