When invitations recently went out for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce's annual Chairman's Lunch , three speakers were listed, but only two by name.
Mayor Carl Brewer will speak, as will 2010 Chamber Chairman Sam Williams .
The third speaker is the Sedgwick County Commission chairman, who at the time the invitations were printed was not yet elected.
Now he has been, and it's Karl Peterjohn . As in the same Peterjohn who in 2008 claimed there was a "political jihad" against him by the chamber and its political action committee.
"I was the No. 1 candidate that the chamber opposed," Peterjohn says.
"Oh... that is all old history," says chamber president and CEO Bryan Derreberry .
"I'm trying to look forward and not backward," he says.
The two meet for lunch about every five weeks.
They discuss business, economic development and community issues.
"I think that there's a lot of common ground," Peterjohn says.
"Karl is a very astute student of economics and taxes," Derreberry says. "It's been valuable to learn his perception of the world and what makes it tick."
He says they "have a fun and vigorous exchange of ideas."
So does that mean the chamber is likely to support Peterjohn if he runs again?
"I think today we've got a good relationship with Karl," Derreberry says. "I enjoy working with him. That's what we're focusing on right now."
With its recent acquisition of Green Thumb , Complete Landscaping Systems is expanding its space by buying the building next to its current headquarters at 1727 E. Second St.
George Baldridge of Baldridge Electric wasn't looking to move from 1717 E. Second St., but he didn't mind either.
"Part of it's downsizing," Baldridge says. "We just have a lot more inventory than we need to have, and the times are tough."
His current building is 8,000 square feet with 12,000 square feet of yard area.
Baldridge would like to find another building in that area that's about 5,000 square feet with at least 1,000 square feet of land for trucks and material.
"We are not closing by any means," says Baldridge, who has been in his current building for 18 of the company's 22 years.
Complete Landscaping chairman Peter Salmeron says the acquisition will double his company's space.
He says new company president Laura McMurray has been instrumental in the company's growth.
"We're going to be looking at the possibility of expanding a little more," Salmeron says of some other lots on Second Street. "That's probably in another year or two."
'A good man'
A lawyer for Brett Harris met with Clear Channel Radio representatives Friday, but there's no resolution on whether Harris will remain as morning host at B98-FM .
"Brett has been given a new contract offer, and he has yet to respond," says Tom Glade , Clear Channel vice president and market manager.
Glade previously said he's starting a search for Harris' replacement just in case.
Now, he's bringing five candidates to Wichita to compete in "Wichita Idol (Tracy's Looking For A Good Man)."
Each candidate will co-host with Harris' former morning co-host, Tracy Cassidy , who has been doing the show with guest hosts since Glade told Harris he couldn't return until he made a decision.
Listeners will be invited to offer their comments on each host starting Monday.
"They're certainly going to have a role," Glade says of listeners helping select Harris' replacement.
Noura's Hair Accessories will open in Towne East Square on Feb. 5.
Owner Babak Razzagh currently sells wigs, hairpieces and hair jewelry out of a Noura's cart in Towne West Square .
His second site will be a full store in the 1,250 square feet that Tweet Me used to occupy.
You don't say
"My only concern is this better not be a lifetime achievement award because I've got two kids to put through college."
—KAKE , Channel 10 , managing meteorologist Jay Prater on winning the 2010 Award for Broadcast Meteorology from the American Meteorological Society