Day: April 19, 2017

Cowley College student who perished to be awarded honorary degree

The Cowley College Board of Trustees voted unanimously April 17 to award a posthumous degree to former sophomore Garrett Misora. Misora died in a motor vehicle accident late last November. He was attending Cowley College on an ACT Scholarship. He was a Winfield native who graduated from Winfield High School in 2015. Misora was involved in the Cowley pep band, was a member of the Academic Excellence Challenge team and worked in the campus library. In addition, he was involved in local Boy Scouts Troop 318 and was an Eagle Scout. The recommendation of Cowley College’s academic affairs team to award Misora with a degree posthumously was met with somber agreement. The honor likely will be presented at this year’s commencement ceremony. Cowley College President Dennis Rittle said Misora represented the college’s four core values and praised the work of Harold Arnett, vice president of academic affairs, in making the honorary degree a possibility. 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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Dunkin’ Donuts truck coming to old KFC location in Arkansas City

Dunkin’ Donuts will appear April 20 in Arkansas City, via truck. This won’t be Dunkin’ Donuts’ first trip to Cowley County, as the truck recently was at a GE Aviation event. “People asked if we would come back and so we thought this would be a good time to try it,” said a company representative. “We’re just looking to service outlying cities that are interested in trying Dunkin’ Donuts.” Starting at 7 a.m., the Dunkin’ Donuts truck will be located at 1618 N. Summit St., in the old Kentucky Fried Chicken parking lot. “We will be loaded up with boxes and boxes of amazingly fresh donuts that were made that morning,” the company representative said. “We will be selling glazed and assorted (donuts). “Since we’re outside, we will have to make a call a few hours before, but we’re looking at anywhere from 30 to 100 dozen. We will … go until we sell out.” If coffee is desired, it must be ordered ahead of time at the truck’s Facebook page at 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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Wilson Park train’s paint removal to commence

City Manager Nick Hernandez shared an update on the Wilson Park train restoration project at the end of a City Commission of Arkansas City meeting April 18. The train has been closed off from the public for several weeks, in preparation for the lead abatement process. Mayor Duane Oestmann asked when the lead abatement was due to start. “They’ll be here (April 19),” Hernandez said. The lead abatement will be performed by J.R. Stelzer Co., of Lincoln, Nebraska, for a cost of $25,800. Locally, Rob Carroll and Kalin Taylor both have been tapped to work on the train once the lead paint is gone. L.G. Pike Construction President Carlla Pike has agreed to allow Taylor to do metal fabrication work free of charge. “(Taylor) already started the fabrication of some pieces— he’s got some really good ideas,” Hernandez said. “This is going to be done right,” Hernandez added. “They know how important the train is to the community.” Rotary mower switch The commissioners voted 4-1 to replace a 15-foot rotary mower attachment that currently is 16 years old. But the original staff recommendation also included the purchase of a new tractor to replace the 16-year-old model currently used by the city to mow the levee. “Are we having any trouble with the mower or the tractor?” asked Commissioner Dan Jurkovich. “Just old age,” said Assistant Public Works Director Mike...

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Winfield woman arrested in connection with identity theft case

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested a Winfield female April 13 on multiple counts of theft after a fraudulent check was cashed in Arkansas City. Tekeisha Lashawn Skwiat, 36, was arrested on suspicion of felony counts of forgery and making false information, as well as misdemeanor counts of identity theft and theft of less than $1,000. She was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $11,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. Skwiat since has posted bond and been released. Police were dispatched about 11:05 a.m. April 4 for a report of a fraudulent check that was cashed at Country Mart, located at 616 N. Summit St. The reporting party was contacted and interviewed. Officers determined that an unknown female had cashed a check from an account that had been closed since 2015. Further investigation led to the identification of Skwiat as a possible suspect. Police contacted the owner of the check, who reported that it had been stolen during a burglary that occurred in Wichita. Further follow-up investigation was conducted and a search warrant was obtained. The warrant was executed April 13 at Skwiat’s residence at 523 Broad St. in Winfield. Evidence of the forgery and thefts was collected, and Skwiat was taken into custody at the scene. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer...

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