Public input sought on next Wichita budget

Wichita City Manager Robert Layton will roll out his proposed 2012-13 budget July 12. But first the city plans to answer people's questions and hear their input.

Layton and other city department heads will discuss the budget and take questions from district advisory board members and the public at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council chambers on the first floor of City Hall, 455 N. Main.

The discussion will be broadcast live on cable channel 7.

People can participate in person or by sending a message to budgetquestions@wichita.gov.

The City Council is expected to vote on the budget Aug. 9.

— Brent D. Wistrom

Garden City man faces eavesdropping charges

A Garden City businessman has been charged with using a camcorder to eavesdrop in the women's restroom at his business.

John Scheopner, 56, who resigned in May after 14 years on the Garden City school board, made his first court appearance Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance. He faces four counts of use of a concealed camcorder to eavesdrop and two counts of intimidation of a witness or victim, according to the Finney County Attorney's Office. All are misdemeanors.

He allegedly used the camcorder to eavesdrop on three women in April at Scheopner's Water Conditioning. He also allegedly tried to deter two of the women from testifying.

— McClatchy Regional News

Fireworks banned in six parched counties

GARDEN CITY — The drought gripping much of southwest Kansas has taken some of the pop out of this year's July 4th celebrations.

Commissions in Finney, Hamilton, Haskell, Stanton, Grant and Stevens counties have banned the discharge of fireworks this year.

So far, fireworks will be allowed in Gray, Lane, Greeley, Wichita, Scott and Kearny counties.

Greeley County had banned fireworks, but changed its policy after a heavy rain Monday.

— Associated Press