Local and state talking points


Elementary, high school students to play at McCain

Seventy-five Manhattan-area students, grades 3-12, will perform as part of the Gold and Silver orchestras tonight in McCain Auditorium.

According to K-State Today, David Littrell, university distinguished professor, and Kristin Mortenson, instructor of music theory and listening lab, will conduct the string students.

The orchestras’ website states that Littrell founded the Gold Orchestra in the 1988-89 academic year with 10 students in grades 3-6. Fifteen other students were involved in the Silver Orchestra that year, a training group for learning orchestral routines and note-reading skills.

Instruments up will begin at 7 p.m. in McCain Auditorium tonight.

President of Tallgrass Brewery visits campus

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Tallgrass Brewery President Jeff Gill will be speaking in the K-State Student Union tonight.

“Kansas State University students and faculty are eager to celebrate the innovation, hard work and jobs created by entrepreneurs around the world,” said Chad Jackson, associate director of the Center for Advancement of Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration in a K-State Today article.

Global Entrepreneurship Week was founded in 2008 to encourage existing and aspiring entrepreneurs to dream up innovative ideas that improve lives and make a mark on the world.

Gill’s presentation will be in Union 207 today from 6-7 p.m.

Manhattan airport director announces resignation

On Friday, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Manhattan Regional Airport Director Peter VanKuren announced his May resignation.

VanKuren, according to the article, was a major influence in the airport’s $16 million expansion as well as the recruitment of daily airline service to Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago.

For the expansion, VanKuren secured grant funds, as well as planned, designed and oversaw construction of a new airport terminal.

“(VanKuren gave) substantial advance notice of his desire to relocate to the East Coast to be closer to family,” Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr said in the Capital-Journal article.

VanKuren, who served as airport director since 2006, will resign on May 15.

Junction City man hospitalized after crash on I-70

With winter weather comes slick roads, and drivers need to remain extra cautious.

According to the Little Apple Post, Walter L. Wright, 57, Junction City, was westbound on Interstate 70 when he lost control on a bridge over Kansas 57, struck the inside wall, crossed the median and highway before skidding into the right ditch.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred just after 9 a.m.

Wright was transported to Geary Community Hospital.

Shelton grew up in the desert southwest. A native of Lancaster, California, he mostly grew up in south Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and Colorado Springs, Colorado before moving to Kansas and graduating from Junction City High School. He started working as a news writer for the Collegian in 2009 before taking a three-year break from college. He returned to K-State in 2013 and has since worked for the news desk, feature desk, as a copy editor and now as a sports writer. He enjoys tap dancing, writing anything possible, reading court opinions and watching Arizona Coyotes hockey.