There's plenty to do, see, and learn in Wichita, Kansas.
Wichita is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 382,368. Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area. As of 2011, the metro area had a population of 630,721.
The city was incorporated in 1870, based on the success of businessmen who came to hunt and trade with native populations. Its position on the Chisholm Trail made it a destination for cattle drives heading north to access railroads to eastern markets. In the 20th century, aircraft pioneers such as Clyde Cessna, Walter Beech and Bill Lear began projects that would lead to Wichita's nicknaming as the Air Capital of the World.
The aircraft corporations Stearman, Cessna, Mooney and Beechcraft were all founded in Wichita in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft remain based in Wichita today, along with Learjet and Spirit AeroSystems, and both Airbus and Boeing maintain a workforce in Wichita. The city was also at one time the headquarters of the former Derby Oil Company, which was purchased by Coastal Corporation in 1988.
An area cultural center, Wichita is home to Intrust Bank Arena as well as numerous nightclubs, restaurants, shopping centers, museums and parks. Several universities are in Wichita, the largest being Wichita State University with an enrollment of 15,000 students. In July 2006, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Wichita 9th on its list of the 10 best U.S. big cities in which to live. In 2008, MSN Real Estate ranked Wichita 1st on its list of most affordable cities. Wichita was also named most "Uniquely American" city by Newsmax Magazine.
Kansas man pleads guilty in death of 4-year-old daughter - KAKE
23 Oct 2017 at 2:31pm
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, man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of his 4-year-old daughter. The Kansas
City Star reports that 28-year-old Devondre Sanders was scheduled to go to trial Monday but instead entered the ...and more »
Man shot in southwest Wichita - Wichita Eagle
21 Oct 2017 at 6:56pm
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Paul Arnold was relaxing at home on a cold, rainy autumn night when he heard something that surprised him. ?It was pop-pop-pop, then a pause, then pop-pop-pop,? Arnold said as he looked at the police cars parked down the street from his house on ...Wichita
police arrest man involved in weekend shootingKWCHall 5 news articles »
Wichita drag racer was part of nationally known racing family - Wichita Eagle
23 Oct 2017 at 4:25pm
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?Heaven gained another drag racer last night. Brett Henry was in a terrible accident, and did not make it,? Kansas
International Dragway posted on its Facebook page at noon on Monday. ?It won't be the same without you ?Rest in peace. God speed.? ...and more »
2 University of Kansas students arrested on rape accusations - KAKE
23 Oct 2017 at 7:58am
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Authorities say two University of Kansas
students have been arrested on suspicion of rape at a residence hall. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the KU Public Safety Office says campus police made the arrests Saturday. KU Police Deputy Chief ...and more »
Hays woman dies after crashing head-on into semi on I-70 - KAKE
23 Oct 2017 at 12:51pm
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Highway Patrol says an 87-year-old woman has died after crashing head-on into a semi. The crash happened at around 11 a.m. Monday on Interstate 70 near Vine Street in Hays. The Patrol reports that Luverna Schmeidler was driving west on ...Woman dies after head-on crash with tractor-trailerWichita Eagleall 7 news articles »
Former Wichita superintendent receives state honor - Wichita Eagle
23 Oct 2017 at 10:28am
Wichita EagleFormer Wichita superintendent receives state honorWichita Eagle
School Superintendents' Association named Allison, 53, the 2018 Kansas
Superintendent of the Year this week, recognizing both his contributions to the Olathe school district and his record of success as a longtime leader of Wichita
Schools Leader Named Kansas
Superintendent Of The YearKMUWall 3 news articles »
Wins for Kansas: Gerard House - KAKE
23 Oct 2017 at 5:12am
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Hundreds of pregnant teenage girls have found a home, thanks to the generosity of the Gerard House. The non-profit has been operating in Wichita
for almost 30 years. Many of the girls who come through the door, never thought they'd end up there, but ...
Wichita Police Department training to be impartial - KAKE
23 Oct 2017 at 4:26pm
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There are 650 Wichita
Police Department commissioned personnel members attending "Implicit Bias Training" to be fair and impartial while policing. "That is a big commitment, not only financially but also with time," said Chief Gordon Ramsay during a ...
People in need eat every day at a Wichita park - KAKE
22 Oct 2017 at 5:13pm
KAKEPeople in need eat every day at a Wichita parkKAKE
The word is starting to get out and the crowd is growing each afternoon in Nafzger Park, thanks to three men who just want to do a little good for others. By the grace of a few men, people who spend their days at Naftzger Park get to eat every day, but ...
Experts disagree on winter outlook for Kansas - Wichita Eagle
22 Oct 2017 at 3:03pm
Wichita EagleExperts disagree on winter outlook for KansasWichita Eagle
But it's too soon to know just where in Kansas
that will be, he said. Long-term winter forecasts are ?inherently limited? in skill because there are so many uncertainties, he said. Wichita
averages about 15 inches of snow a year, though only 2 inches ...and more »