Day: March 20, 2017

New city department, code review process outlined during work session

A work session for the City Commission of Arkansas City was a standing-room-only event March 17 at City Hall. The study session was called, in part, to discuss the code enforcement process in the city. City Manager Nick Hernandez offered an organizational change as a means of alleviating some of the “communications issues” that have arisen. “I’m proposing that we create a Community Development Director position,” Hernandez said, adding that he would fill that position himself, at least in the short term. The organizational change would see code enforcement come out from under the purview of the public works director and create a brand-new chain of command under Hernandez. It also would provide a layer of city planning that is not currently being handled by a single designated individual. “Being a development director is something that I actually handle pretty substantially (now),” Hernandez said. “I spend half my time right now dealing with development issues.” The measure, along with the full implementation of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings — which serve as a sort of planning review process — should help to ease some of the turbulence seen under the current structure, Hernandez indicated. The planning phase of any commercial structure would be discussed at TAC meetings, which would include the building official, development director, and other key local officials, such as the fire marshal, police chief and representatives...

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Interviewers needed from community for ACHS mock student interviews

Arkansas City High School students will take part next month in mock interviews for career and life planning classes. To find interviewers, the school is reaching out to community members. On April 5 and April 12, ACHS will conduct mock interviews during seven blocks of time. “(Interviewers must be) a professional in our community — someone in a profession that a high school student may want to be in (which) includes a small business owner,” said Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce Director Kammy Downs. Students will interview for an entry-level position. Interviews will be 10 minutes long, with an additional five minutes for interviewer feedback. A set of five basic questions will be provided. After the five questions have been asked, interviewers can ask additional questions of their own. A rubric will be provided for student feedback. Each interviewer will conduct two to three interviews per block. There are two blocks, with 40 students each, that will participate. The blocks will need to be two hours long in order to accommodate the number of students. Most blocks should be completed within an hour. Anyone who is interested in conducting a block of interviews should contact the Ark City chamber at (620) 442-0230. 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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South Central Kansas Medical Center celebrates Campbell, McCorgary

South Central Kansas Medical Center has celebrated two notable retirements within the past month. Phyllis McCorgary retired as the hospital’s medical staff coordinator on Feb. 24, and Jane Campbell retired as director of quality performance and risk management on March 17. The retirees were honored with receptions attended by staff and guests. McCorgary announced her retirement to the hospital’s Board of Trustees during its February meeting. “This has been very rewarding,” she said. “The hospital is very important to our community and to the people. I’m so very grateful for everyone for (serving on the board).” Campbell also announced her retirement to the board at the same meeting. “It’s been a real privilege to work for this hospital, and this board in particular. I think you are an outstanding board,” Campbell said. “I ask that you continue to support this hospital. It’s a gem. The facility is great, certainly, but the people who work here are amazing — not just in the care they provide, but in their humanity. The times they have gone over and above what they have been called to do as nurses, aides, billers or coders, they never failed to see our patients as human beings. That is something that is so important in health care. I know they appreciate your support. Thank you for the opportunity.” Board chair Carol Hearne addressed the retirees. “On...

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Fifth Thursday Art Crawl returns March 30 with 2017 kickoff event

The first Fifth Thursday Art Crawl of 2017 will take place March 30 and the event will continue on each fifth Thursday this year. “It seems like these days, it’s harder than ever to get people out and about in downtown Ark City,” said Paisley Howerton, one of the event coordinators. “The art crawl was created as a chamber business to create foot traffic in downtown businesses and get people out.” Businesses located in Arkansas City will host local artists and musicians during the event. From 5 to 5:30 p.m, there will be an after-hours chamber mixer. Visitors will receive an art crawl souvenir stadium cup, with soda, at the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce during the event. The cups will have the dates of all the 2017 art crawl events. There are four months that have five Thursdays this year, including March. The other dates are June 29, Aug. 31 and Nov. 30. From 5:30 to 8 p.m., patrons can pick up a list of businesses that are participating in the art crawl. Visit any of the businesses to shop late and visit artists. The list of businesses and their hosted artists also can be picked up at the Ark City chamber office, located at 106 S. Summit St. Art crawl sponsors are The Cowley CourierTraveler, 1025 The River and MidAmerican Credit Union. Share this:Click to share...

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340B pharmacy program to begin April 1 at South Central Kansas Clinic

A prescription discount program that could offer significant out-of-pocket savings to some patients has been approved for implementation at South Central Kansas Clinic. The federal program is called 340B and it has been in place since 2015 at South Central Kansas Medical Center. “Starting April 1, the discount program becomes available to everybody in the community that uses our downtown clinic,” said Holly Harper, SCKMC’s chief financial officer. “Prescriptions that the patient is prescribed by a provider at that clinic will be able to be filled at a participating pharmacy for lower costs then they currently get.” The discount will vary depending on the specific medication prescribed, and not all drugs qualify for the program. “In the 340B program, there are certain drugs they try to offer at a discount to patients,” Harper said. `“Some of the drugs are already at a discount, so you may only get a dollar or two off, but you still get the benefit from those savings. There are some diseases out there that have high-cost drugs and are included in that program.” Many of the drugs available through the discount program are used in the treatment of common conditions or diseases. “One of the drugs that I look at specifically, because it affects a lot of our population, is the diabetic drugs,” Harper said. “Not all of them, but some of them are...

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