Day: March 13, 2017

USD 470 falls victim to phishing scheme, exposing employees’ tax accounts

The Arkansas City Public School District and its employees were victims of a phishing scheme in which some school employees’ tax account information was compromised, according to an email from USD 470 Public Relations Director Alisha Call. USD 470 immediately reported the incident to the police, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. The district also has purchased complimentary advanced fraud monitoring and identity theft protection services for its employees, at no cost to them, to protect further against potential identity theft due to the breach. “The district takes the privacy and protection of its employees very seriously, and has taken all necessary steps to investigate and protect them from potential identity theft,” the email states. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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Kunkel raising funds for “Do It for Johnnie” walk for suicide awareness

Team “Do It for Johnnie” will participate in the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk in Washington, D.C. “Do It for Johnnie” is named for John Stephens, the late son of Cindy Stephens, who serves as the team’s captain. The team is made up of Stephens; her daughter, Harlee Musselman; her niece, Danielle Taylor; and Stephens’ friend, Donna Kunkel. Feb. 10 was the 10th anniversary of John Stephens’ death and Cindy Stephens wanted to participate in the walk in his memory. “I could not say ‘no’ because I have met her through the outreach I started in October of 2007 for women that have suffered a loss of a child or children — not just suicide,” said Kunkel, a local Arkansas City resident. “I wanted to do this walk with Cindy — not only for her son (and) my son, but for awareness and prevention.” Fundraising goal However, to participate, each of the women must raise a certain amount of money. “We must raise $1,000 each to be able to participate in the walk,” Kunkel said. “As of right now, (Stephens and Taylor) have raised their $1,000. Harlee (Musselman) is very close to her $1,000 — (but) I am falling behind. If I don’t raise the $1,000, I don’t get to participate.” “It doesn’t matter how much you donate — every dollar counts. Please pray for our team, ‘Do...

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Chamber announces details for Cowley Home and Outdoor Living Festival

The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and many area businesses are preparing for the upcoming Cowley Home and Outdoor Living Festival. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26 in the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. “This is sure to be a perfect event to get you ready for the outdoor living season,” said chamber director Kammy Downs. In 2015, the first year the festival took place, there were 400 people in attendance, according to Pam Crain, Ark City Convention and Visitors Bureau director. The event will be host to more than 30 local exhibitors, including Advanced Lawn and Landscape, of Ark City, and Gottlob Lawn and Landscaping, of Winfield. Corporate sponsors include PrairieLand Partners John Deere, of Winfield; Grouse Valley Equipment, of Dexter; and Price Brothers Equipment Co., of Wichita. The event will have children’s activities, a list of local talent entertainers and demonstrations from vendors on both days. It is free for the public to attend. Concessions will be provided by the Optimists of Arkansas City, who will serve their famous Arkalalah pork burgers, brisket and more. The event still has openings for local businesses to host a booth. Call the chamber for more information or to register at (620) 442-0230, or email ceo@arkcitychamber.org. Share this:Click to share on Twitter...

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Recommended: Top five food podcasts for fans of more in-depth talk

While podcasts have been around for years, they have garnered even more attention in the last few years after the success of “Serial.” Podcast listeners grew by 23 percent from 2015 to 2016 and have grown by 75 percent since 2013. In fact, 57 million Americans listen to podcasts and it’s no wonder, when there’s a podcast out there for everyone — book nerds, tech geeks, business marketers and foodies included. Food podcasts are the topic of today’s article. There are so many out there that it is hard to know where to start. Everyone has a connection with food — after all, everyone has to eat. The world’s obsession with good food has a long and documented history. Just take a peek at TV listings or Netflix options: “The Great British Baking Show,” “Top Chef,” “Chopped,” “America’s Test Kitchen” … the list goes on and on. Believe it or not, there are just as many wonderful foodie podcasts out there. So here is a list of five brilliant food podcasts: The Food Podcast Best-selling cookbook author and food story enthusiast Lindsay Cameron Wilson is the host of The Food Podcast. Wilson is an amazing storyteller and each episode is a story. Her voice is strong, the people she highlights are compelling and the episodes are just long enough. This podcast probably appeals to me particularly because Wilson approaches...

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April 22 event to donate proceeds to Danny Did Foundation for epilepsy

A fundraiser for the Danny Did Foundation will be held April 22 in Arkansas City. The fundraiser will be hosted by Miss National Elegant Teen Jodi Furrh. It will include a dance with live music, a silent auction and various gift drawings. Tickets are on sale for $10 and can be purchased by calling (620) 517-0948. Visitors of all ages are welcome. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Danny Did Foundation, which was founded by Mike and Mariann Stanton, of Chicago, after the death of their 4-year-old son, Danny. The Danny Did Foundation, according to its website, works toward its mission to prevent deaths caused by seizures with these main goals in mind: advancing public awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP); enhancing the SUDEP communication model between medical professionals and families afflicted by seizures; the mainstreaming of seizure detection and prediction devices that might assist in preventing seizure-related deaths The Danny Did Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized in the state of Illinois and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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