Orpheum Theatre president plans to retire Dec. 31

Mary Eves, president of the Orpheum Theatre for the past 10 years, has announced that she will retire on Dec. 31.

Eves has helped lead the effort to restore the nonprofit, historic theater in downtown Wichita.

Orpheum board chairman Harvey Sorensen praised Eves for her years of service.

"Without Mary's long and generous service to the Orpheum Theatre, it would not be where it is today, and for that we are extremely grateful," he said.

The Orpheum's marketing manager, Jennifer Wright, will oversee management of the theater on an interim basis. Orpheum officials will continue their effort to complete the theater's restoration.

—Eagle staff

Food-packaging event set for Wednesday

Numana Inc., a local charitable organization, is hosting an event Wednesday where everyone is invited to help package more than 200,000 meals for people in need.

The meals will be sent to families in Haiti.

"It's a great opportunity for people to bring their families out, especially in this season of giving," said Darrel Herde, event coordinator for Numana.

The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of El Dorado and Rotary International District 5690. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the El Dorado Civic Center.

For more information, visit http://numanainc.com/index.php/2010/12/rotary-and-friends-feed-haiti/ or call Numana at 877-452-5445.

—Tiffany Roney

Woman, 79, becomes city's 29th traffic fatality

Police announced Monday that a 79-year-old woman has died after being injured in a traffic accident Thursday.

Alice Bobbitt, who was a passenger in a 2008 Honda driven by her husband, died a couple of hours after being taken to the hospital Thursday, police Lt. Doug Nolte said. The accident occurred in the 500 block of East Pawnee on Thursday afternoon.

As the car was leaving a store parking lot and trying to cross two lanes of traffic, a 2003 Dodge pickup hit it on the passenger side, Nolte said.

Although Bobbitt's injuries were serious, she had been expected to survive, Nolte said.

Her death is the city's 29th traffic fatality this year, he said.

—Tim Potter

Arc seeks volunteers to dismantle light display

The Arc of Wichita, which puts on Lights on St. Paul each year, is looking for volunteers to help dismantle the light display today.

Volunteers will help wrap cords from the display.

Those interested are asked to arrive at the display site at 8:30 a.m. and stay until about 1 p.m. Lunch will be served for all volunteers.

The entrance to the display is located at West Douglas and St. Paul.

—Tiffany Vincent

Former Senate president Robert Talkington dies

IOLA — Former Kansas Senate President Robert Talkington, who also served as state Board of Regents chairman, has died at 81.

A funeral home in Talkington's hometown of Iola says he died early Sunday at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., from complications of a stroke.

The Republican lawmaker and attorney won the first of two terms in the Kansas House in 1968. Four years later, he captured a Senate seat and was the chamber's president from 1985 to 1989.

—Associated Press