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July 2020

City of Wichita fights back against the Save Century II petition

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Almost three weeks after the City of Wichita was presented with a petition to “Save Century II,” the City has responded with legal action challenging the validity of the petition.

The Save Century II group delivered the petition with 17,000 signatures to Mayor Brandon Whipple on July 10.

Today, the City of Wichita filed a petition in the 18th Judicial District Court seeking declaratory judgment challenging the validity of the petition.

In a news release, the City says it supports the petition process and the right of citizens to express their opinion. But the City believes the petition is legally invalid and does not serve the citizens’ best interests.


Winner, Winner, Pork Belly Sandwich Dinner at Prost!

By Mike Thayer

Prost Pork BellyThe chefs at Prost have come up with yet another winner, winner, special sandwich dinner!

Called “Der Anton” it’s a FANTASTIC sandwich featuring pork belly, built on a hoagie bun topped with mayo, arugula, a homemade rhubarb chutney and a spicy chili sauce.  Served with Prost's OUTSTANDING fries and a pasta salad, this meal totally shoots past the high mark on the satisfaction meter.

Inspiration leads to creation

What makes this sandwich extra special is that it was inspired by the late celebrity chef Anthony Bordain and his love for pork belly.  What Prost has done here in honoring him has resulted in the creation of a sandwich Masterpiece!  The pork belly - the most deliciously tempting pork-related item known to man, as Bordain might say - was prepared perfectly, and that spicy chili sauce combined with that rhubarb chutney just puts this sandwich over the top!  Those ingredients alone put on a piece of cardboard would taste great!  Balancing out the spicy/sweet notes is that cooling pasta salad and did I mention how OUTSTANDING Prost fries are?

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Mmmmmm, pork belly... and that sauce!  It's another dose of YUM!

The Prost kitchen continues to raise the bar in pairing GREAT flavors together!  The "Der Anton" needs to be made a permanent menu item and that spicy chili sauce/rhubard chutney deserves to be bottled that's how good it is!   This sandwich special gets 5 out of 5 stars, it's another dose of YUM and a MUST try!

Prost is located at:  2721 E. Central Ave., #101, Wichita, KS. 67214

Phone:  316-260-3220



These 15 Wichita ZIP codes have at least 100 cases of COVID-19. Five have 200-plus.

There are now 15 ZIP codes in Wichita with at least 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

A map from the Sedgwick County Health Department breaks down coronavirus testing and positive COVID-19 cases by ZIP code. The online ZIP code map’s data is updated on Mondays. It can be accessed online at


20-year-old patient among nine new deaths from COVID-19 in Kansas over the weekend

The death of a 20-year-old patient with COVID-19 was one of nine new deaths from the coronavirus disease reported over the weekend in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s pandemic statistics showed 335 total deaths on Monday, which was an increase of nine from Friday’s report. The KDHE had previously reported the youngest patient to die was 29 years old. That changed on Monday with a 20-year-old listed.

The oldest patient die with COVID-19 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death was 99 years old. The median age is 78.


Wichita Park & Recreation: Fall Class Enrollment is Now Open

Incoming! Fall Class Registration is now Available!
The fall Evolve Activities Guide is now online and registration is open. Don't wait to sign up for your favorite Park & Recreation, Library or CityArts programs - Classes start September 7!
Sign up for Summer Youth Animation Tech Camp!
Aug. 3-6 | Register by 7/29 noon | Ages 9-17
Learn the basics of animation and digital design. Then, design and develop a variety of fun interactive animations. Perfect for students with big imaginations!
​Fee: $160
It's Time for Starting New At Golf (SNAG)!
SNAG is the best first touch program to effectively teach the game of golf! SNAG contains all the elements of golf, in a modified form, breaking down techniques so children as young as six years old can follow along.
Children learn proper grip, club sizes and swing speed. The instructors are able to utilize the SNAG equipment to create a fun learning environment that will keep a child’s attention for the full session!
Each class is 45 minutes long and the cost to register is $30 for the entire four week session. Classes are offered on Wednesdays, September 2, 9, 16, 23.
Sign up for a Golf Membership!
It's the perfect time to become a member with Golf Wichita and play at any of our courses for a low monthly fee! No green fees, no restrictions! Visit for details.
Golf Memberships

Wichita mayor wants city to bolster COVID response after county ‘gutted’ health order

Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said he’s exploring ways to strengthen the city’s coronavirus response after the Sedgwick County Commission “gutted” an order by its public health officer aimed at closing bars and nightclubs.

The County Commission’s amendments to the order do close some nightclubs and bikini bars, but the vast majority of Wichita’s most popular bars are exempt from the order and allowed to stay open.

Whipple said he wants the city to tighten restrictions on those businesses before the coronavirus outbreak gets completely out of control.


Sedgwick County health officer to order bars to close and limit gatherings to 15

Sedgwick CountySedgwick County’s health officer said he will be issuing an order today shutting down bars again and taking other steps to control a recent spike in COVID-19 infections.

In a report at Tuesday’s county staff meeting, Dr. Garold Minns told county commissioners the order will include some of the restrictions in place during the stay-at-home order that was lifted in May and some new ideas.

The order will include:

Restaurants that serve alcohol will be required to close at 10 p.m.

All fairs, parades and festivals will be canceled.

Public gatherings will be limited to 15 people or less.


Wine Review: Albion California Cuvée Rouge

By Mike Thayer

Wine Shop at Home AwardsI recently joined a wine club and I'm digging it!   Thank you Lori!  Shopping online at my leisure in the comfort of my own home, discovering new and exclusive wines and having them shipped directly to my door = Happiness in Every Sip.  I borrowed that line from WineShop at Home, the club I joined, it's a true statement.  

WineShop At Home, founded in 2005, is headquartered in the legendary Napa Valley. The winery, owned by the Fredrick family of Dallas, Texas, produces award-winning, exclusive, artisan wines across 50 brands.  Their wines have won over 200 awards in national and international wine competions!  And they've got everything to please any wine preference, choose from sweet and bubbly to dry and crisp whites, smooth and supple to bold and intense reds.   WineShop at Home features artisan wines for every occasion, palate and personality.

In my monthly shipment I get four bottles of fantastic wine - I've NEVER been disappointed -  two whites and two reds and my last shipment included a red wine called "Cuvée Rouge" here's the description from the WineShop at Home website:

Albion Cuvee RougeThis wine is a winemaking first for WineShop At Home. It is the first time we blended a significant amount of Pinot Noir in a dry red blend of 60% Cabernet Franc and 40% Pinot Noir.

This Albion Cuvée Rouge has a very complex palate of aromas in the nose with plum, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry in the attack, followed by concentrated characters of jammy red fruit compote. The Cab Franc and the Pinot Noir elegantly mingle without a dominant influence from the toasted oak. The Cab Franc brings some intensity, good length and mouthfeel to the attack. Structure, power and acidity are all necessary ingredients for good red blends. The Pinot Noir influence results in dry fruit flavors and a juicy finish.

This generous, elegant, dry red wine will pair well with dishes like grilled chicken, pork chops or meatloaf.

Elegant indeed!  My girlfriend and I enjoyed this wine with the classic flavors of a Sunday meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy and roasted vegetables.  This wine is an example of why I like WineShop at Home so much, I'm not into dry wines like a Merlot and the winemaker at WineShop at Home has a true knack for blending grapes and crafting wines with fantastic, intense flavors!  This red blend is fantastic!

Palate pleasing, the Albion Cuvée Rouge is another MUST TRY from WineShop at Home and I'm giving it 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. 

5 stars

Currently offering some great discounts, I highly recommend WineShop at Home, they've got award winning wines at every price, exclusive wines delivered right to your door! 

Contact Lori and set up your wine tasting today!


White House report calls for stricter coronavirus measures in Sedgwick County

The Sedgwick County Commission has no immediate plans to follow a White House task force report that lays out additional measures county officials should take to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A White House Coronavirus Task Force report released Thursday by the Center for Public Integrity places Sedgwick County in the “red zone” for coronavirus cases and says county officials should use more restrictive public health mandates to protect against the virus.

The White House report calls for Sedgwick County officials to close bars, nightclubs and gyms, issue orders limiting gatherings to 10 people, increase outdoor dining opportunities and cut indoor occupancy rates in restaurants to 25%.


Coronavirus updates: Sedgwick County trending up in active cases, percent positive

The number of active coronavirus cases — and the percentage of positive cases — continue to rise in Sedgwick County.

On Saturday, the Sedgwick County Health Department reported an additional 80 cases, bringing the total to 2,553.

Sedgwick County’s dashboard also showed active cases increased by 53 to hit a record high Friday with 1,478. Active cases are cases minus recoveries and deaths. For the most part, that number had increased slowly from the end of May until around June 21, when it started to climb steeply.