Day: April 6, 2017

Trio of Easter festivities planned this weekend for area kids to enjoy

There will be several opportunities to join in Easter festivities this weekend. The Easter Bunny will visit Graves Drug from noon to 2 p.m. April 15 at 212 S. Summit St. Also, Arkansas City First Church of the Nazarene will be host to its first Easter Palooza. This event will feature a bouncy house, games, cotton candy, crafts and an egg hunt. Easter Palooza will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at 1928 N. 11th St. Those with questions may call (620) 442-8770. Finally, Kindred Hospice and Medicalodges of Arkansas City will be host to the annual Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. April 16 at 203 E. Osage Ave. There will be prizes available for all ages. 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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Aviator Church coming to Cowley County as part of evangelical outreach

Aviator Church is coming to Cowley County this year. The church will hold two informational meetings at Steamy Joe, located at 216 W. Central Ave. These meetings will be at 7 p.m. April 13 and 8 p.m. April 27. “We are still looking at all of our options as far as a meeting location for our worship services, but regardless, we plan to be involved in all of Cowley County,” the representative said. “For us, the church is not a building — it is the people. As a church, we will be all over Cowley County.” About Aviator Church Aviator Church already has begun to plan its evangelical efforts in Cowley County. The church was founded in 2008 by Pastor Joe Boyd and his wife, Michelle, in Derby. Boyd studied theology at Perkins School of Theology and Logsdon Seminary. The church had 10 original members, but in the last seven years, they have helped to start seven new churches. Aviator Church was named one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in America by Outreach Magazine. 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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Cowley College AEC team places second at state tournament in Salina

SALINA — The Cowley College Academic Excellence Challenge (AEC) team finished a close second to Coffeyville Community College after setting out with the goal of winning the KAEC State Championship on March 31 and April 1 at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. Coffeyville remained remarkably consistent all weekend, scoring between 300 and 380 points in all eight games, which resulted in a second-place finish for Cowley among the eight teams at the tournament. “Our team was disappointed because we had played so well until we met up with Coffeyville,” said AEC sponsor Dianne Flickinger. Coffeyville only had answered one more bonus question than Cowley before going into the final playoff rounds. Cowley scored between 290 and 390 points and won the first six games, but dropped matches by scores of 210 to 350 and 280 to 370 points in the last two rounds with Coffeyville. Coffeyville has four freshmen who remained undefeated all weekend as the Red Ravens claimed their first state title in 24 years. Individual players were ranked by how many tossups were answered for their team to earn the opportunity to answer three more bonus questions. Cowley’s Daltin Brock received a fifth-place medal, while Chase LaPorte came in eighth, Harvey Baker tied for 10th and Jesse McCabe was 21st. Cowley also had a junior varsity team that played the only other JV team, from Neosho County...

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Season 3 of Rick and Morty finally set to be released after long wait

Season three of “Rick and Morty” finally has started — after fans originally were told the season would be released in late 2016. Adult Swim released the season premiere April 1, which might or might not have been a long term April Fool’s joke. The premiere itself was uploaded to YouTube and may or may not be available still. The season itself is set to come out later this summer — hopefully. We left off last season with the arrest of Rick, which followed a wedding between Bird Person and a woman who ended up being a spy. Bird Person did not fare well — and neither did most of Rick’s friends. In the wake of a horrifyingly bloody wedding reception worthy of George R.R. Martin, the Smiths all ended up on a tiny planet. It is on this tiny planet that Rick hears Jerry plotting to turn him in. Essentially, we were left on a sad note, something that doesn’t happen often in “Rick and Morty,” despite Rick’s catchphrase. At any rate, this season premiere has been long awaited. One of the best surprises is that Nathan Fillion makes a guest appearance as a bug from the galactic government. I’ll try not to give any spoilers, but I will confirm that Rick still is incarcerated, that we will see an origin story — whether it is true or...

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Cowley College’s Act One Drama Club brings home ideas from Florida trip

ORLANDO, Fla. — Cowley College’s Act One Drama Club recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World to enjoy the Disney Performance Workshops. “I already knew their shows were incredible, I knew the Disney College Program was a dream for a few of our students and I knew I had several contacts in the area that would help me inspire the students,” said interim theater director Cara Kem. “Once I discovered we could take classes, too, I felt the trip was not only what we have structured our trips to be, but it was also the obvious choice.” Act One organized several fundraisers to help to pay for the trip. “Before we knew it, 20 students had put a down payment on a trip to Disney,” Kem said. “It was a trip of a lifetime for many of them, and it is most definitely on our radar for future Cowley theater trips.” While in Florida, Act One students took part in acting workshops, a custom technical theater workshop, and had a chance for a question-and-answer session with professional performers Brandon Lonza and Shaullanda Lacombe. “I wanted to introduce Brandon to the students because he was in their shoes not that long ago,” Kem said. “He didn’t have great connections and didn’t have a huge résumé, but wanted to perform. He helped the students see that there are so...

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