Day: April 20, 2017

Fortner resigns as Cowley County Emergency Communications director

Cowley County Emergency Communications (CCEC) Director Carl Fortner no longer is employed by the county after he tendered his resignation Thursday, according to County Administrator Lucas Goff. “The Emergency Communications Department provides a valuable service for the citizens and response agencies of the communities, and Cowley County is dedicated to continue that service without interruption,” Goff said in an email Thursday afternoon. For the time being, Cowley County Emergency Management Director Brian Stone will serve as interim CCEC director. The county will begin the recruitment process for Fortner’s replacement in the near future. “We will be reaching out to the (Emergency Communications Advisory Board) community to help (during the process),” Goff said. “I would ask for your patience and understanding as we make some changes in this transition, to prepare both our community partners and our internal staffing for the next director to come aboard,” he added in an email addressed to emergency response chiefs countywide. Fortner and his department were the subjects of a series of investigative articles written by Ark City Daily Bytes. The investigative series was launched after the Cowley County consolidated 911 dispatch center came under heated scrutiny during a meeting of the City Commission of Arkansas City. After the meeting, Ark City Daily Bytes requested and inspected numerous emails between city and county officials, spanning more than a year and a half, in order...

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Third annual Bobby Estus Memorial Bike Ride gears up May 27

The third annual Bobby Estus Memorial Bike Ride will be May 27. This year, the ride will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Paris Park and participants will ride or walk to Veterans Memorial Lake in Arkansas City. Strollers and wagons are welcome, but organizers ask that no pets be in attendance. The Bobby Estus Memorial Bike Ride is a fundraiser that began in 2015, with the goal of providing bicycles to children in the community who have no means to pay for a bike of their own. Last year, the Bobby Estus Memorial Bike Ride was able to raise funds to buy 42 bikes and donate them to Angels in the Attic for Christmas presents for Arkansas City kids. Sponsors who donate more than $100 this year will be featured on event T-shirts, which are free to those who pre-register. Burgers, chips, cookies and water will be provided at Veterans Memorial Lake after the ride. Those interested in registering or becoming a sponsor may call (620) 442-8255 or (620) 441-7110, or stop by 526 N. Summit St. 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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Former SC academic dean Nichols to sign latest book April 27 at college

WINFIELD — The history department at Southwestern College will be host to a book event with local author David Nichols at 7 p.m. April 27 in Deets Memorial Library. Admission is free and the public is invited. Light refreshments will be served, and copies of the Nichols’ “Ike and McCarthy” will be available for purchase and signing. The former academic dean at SC, Nichols has written three books on President Dwight D. Eisenhower and currently is on a national press tour for the launch of his latest book, “Ike and McCarthy,” published by Simon & Schuster. The new book has won rave reviews in such periodicals as The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and, most recently, The Washington Post. “Ike and McCarthy” is the first book to rigorously document, using declassified and ignored sources, Dwight Eisenhower’s secret campaign to destroy Joseph McCarthy’s political influence. Dwight Eisenhower shrewdly deployed trusted subordinates in a clandestine operation that ruined McCarthy, and “Ike and McCarthy” is the first book to fully authenticate that fact, said SC history professor Stephen Woodburn. “David Nichols has remained a good friend of Southwestern College,” Woodburn said, “and has done great things in his research on Eisenhower. This book represents incredible findings and tells a great story, as well.” For decades, Eisenhower’s detractors have depicted him as cowardly in refusing to use his “bully pulpit” to assault the senator’s...

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Lowell Elementary School plans scramble golf tournament as fundraiser

WINFIELD — Lowell Elementary School will be host to a four-person scramble golf tournament April 22 at the Winfield Country Club. The purpose of the event is to raise funds to purchase technological and sensory equipment for the classroom, as well as to help with field trips, assemblies and educational activities. Registration starts at 11 a.m. The cost to participate is $100 per person or $400 per team. Participants will receive range balls, greens fee, a cart, lunch, two drink tickets and a raffle ticket. At registration, they also can purchase mulligans. Games will include hole in one, longest drive and closest to pin. Raffles include PBR tickets for April 29, Rubbermaid coolers, massages, photography, Stagecoach BBQ and Cowley Fitness. Participants will be able to purchase extra tickets for the raffles. For more information or to register a four-person team, call Teri Bruner at (620) 229-8145. This information was provided by the Winfield Public School District. 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 birthing praised by March of Dimes

South Central Kansas Medical Center’s family birthing center has received special recognition from the March of Dimes for reducing the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. “We’re proud of our expert team of physicians and nurses who have worked together to put in place policies to avoid scheduling C-sections or inductions before 39 weeks of pregnancy, except when medically necessary,” said Virgil Watson, SCKMC’s chief executive officer. Even babies born just a few weeks early have higher rates of hospitalization and illness than full-term infants, according to the March of Dimes. The risk of death more than doubles for infants born at 37 weeks of pregnancy, when compared to babies born at 40 weeks. Babies who survive an early birth often face lifelong health challenges, such as breathing problems, cerebral palsy and learning disabilities. “The last weeks of pregnancy are important. Babies aren’t just putting on weight. They are undergoing important development of the brain, lungs and other vital organs,” said Dr. Paul Jarris, March of Dimes senior vice president and chief medical officer. “We commend (SCKMC) for being a champion for babies with their quality improvement effort.” The hospital’s family birthing center team consists of Shaylee Jagels, team lead, plus three other registered nurses and two...

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