Art in the Park falls prey to weekend downpour
Brutal rain showers forced Art in the Park artists and spectators like Jasmine and Hadasseh Puderbaug, above, to pack up early Sunday afternoon.
Light rains hit the annual South Park art festival about 2 p.m., causing tentless artists and vendors to call it a day. About 3 p.m., heavy rains forced the rest to call it quits before art objects were damaged.
The festival was scheduled from noon to 5 p.m.
Event organizer Jennifer Rinehart-Unekis said the crowd was heavy and the 86 artists in attendance were doing well selling jewelry, paintings, pottery and other items before the rain hit. The soggy end to the day was a letdown for all.
"It's disappointing because a lot of people went to a lot of work to have only two hours to stay and two hours to enjoy it," Rinehart-Unekis said.
The event will not be rescheduled, Rinehart-Unekis said.
The Skyhoundz Canine Disc Championships on the west side of South Park also was rained out.
Washington, D.C.: Lawrence native accepts post with trade office
U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback's chief of staff, a Lawrence native, has accepted a position with the office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
Heather Wingate, daughter of John and Heather Kiefer, Lawrence, will be a USTR Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Liaison (IAPL) in Washington, D.C. She will help administer the federal trade advisory committee system and provide outreach on trade policy issues to state and local governments, the business and agricultural communities, and labor, environmental and other domestic groups.
Wingate graduated from Lawrence High School in 1985, Kansas University in 1989 and KU School of Law in 1993. After leaving KU, she worked for a private Washington, D.C., law office and then for the National Rifle Assn. before working with Brownback.
Helen Kiefer said her daughter enjoyed working for Brownback.
"I knew she had a great deal of respect for the senator, and I knew it was a very hard decision to make," Kiefer said.
Fatality: Two killed in plane crash near Wichita speedway
A small plane crashed near the Wichita International Raceway on Sunday, killing two people, the fire department said.
The names of the victims were not released late Sunday.
Witnesses said the Cessna 182 clipped power lines near the raceway before crashing and burning. The accident happened about 3:45 p.m. in northwest Wichita.
Fire officials said they did not know the plane's origin or destination.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and Cessna's crash team were on the scene about an hour after the crash.