Business

First-degree murder charges filed in robbery attempt at She’s A Pistol
January 9, 2015
The robbery of a gun store Friday afternoon in downtown Shawnee turned into a firefight resulting in the death of one of the store’s owners.
Bill would raise Kansas’ minimum wage $3 by 2017
January 8, 2015
A Wichita Democrat is sponsoring a bill that would raise Kansas’ minimum wage by $3 over the next three years, and although it’s unlikely to pass in the Republican-dominated Legislature, it could help focus attention on the issue.
Kansas court orders more state spending on schools
December 30, 2014
A state district court panel has ruled that Kansas isn’t spending enough money on its public schools to provide a suitable education for every child.
Tonganoxie Chamber reflects on year
Speaker says interchange will be big key to future
December 16, 2014
Cindy Cash told of famous Kansan Alf Landon’s plans for a housing development years ago. He personally planned for oak trees that were carefully spaced. She noted that Landon wouldn’t be around in 50 years to enjoy the full beauty of the trees, but he had the vision and foresight to plan for the future.
Sew generous: Trio uses Bonner Springs shop as base for charitable sewing projects
December 10, 2014
Elaine Kramer, Phyllis Greenlee and Carol Stuckwisch meet for about three hours every Wednesday morning to create items at Sunflower Embroidery, which allows them the use of its sewing machines and thread for their projects. They don’t have a name for their group’s efforts; they do all that they do in the name of keeping busy and good will toward others.
Tonganoxie’s Sunflower Auto Plaza closes doors, but owner’s tire shop continues to thrive
Owner cites hectic schedule, travel for decision to close business, plans to sell on smaller scale
06:03 p.m., December 1, 2014 Updated 06:03 p.m.
Business bustled at Sunflower Auto Plaza the past two years. Kelly Smith refurbished the former Casey’s General Store at the northwest corner of U.S. Highway 24-40 and Kansas Highway 16, opening the doors to the new business July 1, 2012. The business experienced plenty of success. The 17-vehicle lot, which had two sales representatives and a finance manager, was averaging about 23 cars sold each month. In the first month of business, Sunflower Auto Plaza sold 46 vehicles.
Report: Midwest economic index dips again
December 1, 2014
A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states has dipped again.
Overland Park took brunt of Sprint’s fall layoffs
November 26, 2014
More than half of the fall layoffs at Sprint Corp. occurred at the Overland Park headquarters.
Kansas has lower private-sector job growth than U.S.
November 24, 2014
Federal statistics show Kansas is seeing slower private-sector job growth than the U.S. as a whole, while unemployment in the state declined in October to 4.4 percent.
Tonganoxie florist returning to retail world
Former shop now a vintage store
November 18, 2014
Sandy and Ray Bichelmeyer have lofty hopes for downtown Tonganoxie.
Legends’ annual tree-lighting set
November 12, 2014
Legends Outlets Kansas City is kicking off the holiday season with its 10th annual holiday tree lighting ceremony, including displays of animated lights synchronized to music, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 22.
Kansas has high rate of vacant foreclosed homes
November 6, 2014
A company says a report that Kansas has one of the highest rates of vacant foreclosures in the country reflects the small number of foreclosures in the state, not problems in the housing market.
Winter wheat planting nearly finished in Kansas
November 4, 2014
Winter wheat planting in Kansas is almost finished. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 93 percent of the wheat has been planted in the state. About 82 percent has now emerged.
Report: Midwest economic index drops again
November 3, 2014
A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains has dropped again. A survey report issued early Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell in October to 51.8 from 54.3 in September. The figure was from 57.2 in August.