Archive for Thursday, June 10, 2004

Sunflower Broadband opens office in Basehor

June 10, 2004

Sunflower Broadband became the most recent business to set up shop in Basehor on Monday.

The office, located within Basehor Town Square at 15510 State Ave., will serve as a place where Sunflower subscribers may pay their bills, ask questions, pick up equipment and subscribe to new services.

He's at his best when he's not noticed. Bouncing around from sporting event to sporting event, staying just enough on the outside to get close enough to the inside, Kevin Anderson is a master photographer. It's no secret that his arrival here at the Chieftain has legitimized our newspaper beyond my wildest dreams. His photos are sharp. They're crisp, they illicit emotion and thought, and they capture the essence of the action he's shooting. But unless you pay close attention to the credit line at the bottom right of each photograph -- a line far too small for the large impact Anderson has on our product -- you probably don't notice him. But chances are, if you've seen a picture that you've liked, Kevin took it. That is until this week. And that's the reason for this column. Last Saturday was opening weekend at Kansas Speedway, and like a million times before Kevin had a game plan and was ready to shoot the race. Before the race, Tony Hawk, Dave Mirra and a few other extreme sports stars put on a skateboarding and BMX exhibition, and Kevin and I were both looking forward to covering it. I was excited because I had never seen a skateboarding clinic up close and personal and was looking forward to the challenge of conveying the craziness of their twists and turns to words. Kevin was excited because of the potential for some incredible shots. Too bad he only got to take five. When we arrived at the vertical ramp, Kevin and I went our separate ways. I stayed behind the crowd, watching and noting some of the more spectacular tricks. Kevin cut through the crowd and got as close to the action as he could. He's an overachiever that way, always looking to get in the best possible position for that one killer shot. Unfortunately on this day, Kevin didn't take the killer shot; it was dished out to him. When Kansas City native Dennis McCoy came off the ramp on his bike, Kevin caught him in mid air. The shot was framed only by clouds and sky, and it was exactly the reason Kevin took the position he did. It was also the reason we had to run race pictures by another photographer this week. After McCoy left the scope of Kevin's lens, he was gone. Kevin's focus shifted to the next rider and his position did not change. As he waited for the next rider to drop off the ramp, McCoy wiped out to his right and the bike came flying Kevin's way. Unaware of the runaway bike bearing down on him, Kevin was drilled in the face by McCoy's bike. The impact broke the camera's lens, cut Kevin's face and sliced his finger. Speedway medical officials carted Kevin off on a stretcher and as he came out of the crowd, he smiled and signaled that he was all right. The incident wound up on the 10 o'clock news, and since the race itself was cut short because of rain, Kevin's accident was the talk of the speedway. After a trip to KU Med , Kevin returned to Speedway to collect his gear and his truck. He was still a bit dazed, but for the most part he was fine. His hand was in a cast and he still has to see a hand specialist to make sure the injury is healing correctly. When we arrived at the track, I knew we were in for a wild ride, but I had no idea that Kevin would become part of the action. I'm thrilled to tell you that he's all right, because if he wasn't, you might have to get used to looking at my pictures again. Talk about extreme.

The company decided to open an office in the Basehor area to better serve its subscribers in Tonganoxie, Basehor and Piper, as well as rural areas around those towns.

"Being the local company is very important to us," said Patrick Knorr, Sunflower Broadband general manager. "With the expansion of our broadband services to areas farther from our main customer service office in Lawrence, we wanted to make it easier for our subscribers in those areas to build a relationship with our company and our staff."

Its hours of operation will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The telephone number is 800-869-1214.

Sunflower Broadband is a Lawrence, Kan.-based company founded in 1970 that provides cable television and high-speed Internet services to residential customers in Basehor, Linwood, Tonganoxie, Lawrence, Eudora and the Piper area of Kansas City, Kan. Telephone services are also available to customers in Lawrence and will soon be available in additional areas.

In addition to cable television, high-speed Internet and telephone services, Sunflower provides advanced business services including Passive Optical Networking and on-site IT support services.

Sunflower Broadband is part of the World Company, a privately owned Lawrence-based media company that also operates eight area newspapers including the Basehor Sentinel, the Bonner Springs Chieftain and the Lawrence Journal-World.

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