Special Reports

Brad Paisley concert at new arena sold out

The opening concert for the new Intrust Bank Arena featuring country star Brad Paisley has sold out, arena officials announced Thursday.

Paisley will perform Saturday night with opening acts Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore.

He's the reigning male vocalist of the year as named by the Country Music Awards and the Academy of Country Music awards.

The arena has a capacity of 15,000, but sightlines required for the Paisley concert allowed the sale of about 9,600 tickets, said arena spokeswoman Sarah Haertl.

—Eagle staff

Tiahrt to address Pachyderm Club

Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, who is running for U.S. Senate, will speak today at the Wichita Pachyderm Club.

The event will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Petroleum Club on the ninth floor of the Bank of America building, 100 N. Broadway.

The luncheon meeting is open to the public. The buffet costs $10 per person.

—Deb Gruver

Woman injured in fire at the Timbers dies

The woman who was badly burned in a fire at her apartment Monday night has died, officials said.

Mary Weaver, 55, died at about 11 a.m. Wednesday in the burn unit of Via Christi Regional Medical Center, Wichita Fire Capt. Stuart Bevis said.

She was a resident of the Timbers apartment complex and was burned as a result of careless smoking, fire officials said.

Because of Weaver's disability, Bevis said, she was not able to get away from the fire before the apartment's sprinklers put it out. She suffered burns over about 30 percent of her body, he said.

—Stan Finger

Tyler Perry to bring his 'Madea' to Wichita

Film actor, producer and screenwriter Tyler Perry is scheduled to bring his stage play "Madea's Big Happy Family" to Wichita as part of a 50-plus city tour.

The production is scheduled for March 11 at Century II Convention Hall. Tickets will cost $54 and $69 and will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. Monday. They may be purchased online at www.wichitatix.com, in person at Century II's WichitaTIX box office or by phone at 316-219-4849.

The tour marks the return of "Madea" to the stage after a five-year absence. Perry was recently named one of Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People of 2009."

—Eagle staff

Sedgwick County Zoo honors top volunteers from 2009

The Sedgwick County Zoo announced its 2009 volunteers of the year Thursday.

Tom Beauchesne, who has volunteered at the zoo for 13 years, received the award for adult volunteer of the year. He spent 1,012 hours at the zoo in 2009, from cleaning floors to preparing animal diets, a statement from the zoo said.

Student Micaela Atkinson received the youth volunteer award after spending 810 hours working at the zoo last year.

Overall, 1,049 volunteers donated 45,481 hours in 2009.

—Conor Shine