Month: May 2017

Wade creates fun, complex cast of characters in True to You

Do opposites really attract? John and Nora might just be the perfect match. Find out in True to You, book one in Becky Wade’s new series! Genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now. Former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him to uncover the identity of his birth mother. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith and their devotion to one another. Those looking for a summer read need look no further than Becky Wade’s newest offering. In True to You, Wade creates a fun, complex cast of characters to populate her world. This is the first installment in a proposed series surrounding the Bradford sisters, and it centers around Nora, a genealogist and business owner. Through a series of events, Nora meets former Navy SEAL John Lawson. John is an adoptee who enlists Nora’s help in searching for his biological mother. The story is told through their perspectives, with an occasional chapter from a different character’s point of view,...

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Two downtown Arkansas City faces enter race for college board of trustees

The candidate field for the Cowley College Board of Trustees has expanded once more. Local residents Darrin Green and Jonathan Hansen have both thrown their hats into the ring, joining two incumbents and two other citizens. Both men work at downtown Arkansas City businesses — Green is the owner of Double Eagle Firearms and Pawn, while Hansen works as a pharmacist at Graves Drug. Incumbents Ned Graham and Brian Sanderholm — as well as Michael Bergagnini, who also is seeking re-election as the mayor of Parkerfield, and former Cowley County commissioner Gary Wilson — filed prior to the end of last week. The race for the USD 470 Board of Education has been expanded to four individuals who have filed for the three available seats — most recently, Tyler Yung and Lori Barnes joined Cowley College librarian Rhoda MacLaughlin-Ramirez and Union State Bank market president Lance Niles in the race. No incumbents are expected to file for re-election to the school board. The race for the three available City Commission of Arkansas City seats has also seen an additional candidate file. Pastor Richard Humphrey is joining the other five candidates — citizens Kanyon Gingher, Tim Perry and Milissa Robb; and incumbent commissioners Jay Warren and Karen Welch. The filing deadline for all local races is noon June 1 in the Cowley County Clerk’s Office at the Cowley County Courthouse South Annex...

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Ark City Community Band gears up for its 146th summer concert series

The Ark City Community Band will begin its 146th season of free public concerts at 7:30 p.m. June 1 under the Wilson Park rotunda. This is the first of eight concerts planned this summer. The first concert will have an “All-American” theme. Some park benches are available, but concert-goers may wish to bring lawn chairs for comfort or a blanket to sit in the grass. During the past couple of seasons, the band — led by board members Robert Ferris and Melodie Parman — has initiated several changes to try to bring back the “old-time” atmosphere of the concerts. Thanks to many generous sponsors, each of the six concerts that will be held at Wilson Park will have free hot dogs, chips, and drinks provided for concert-goers and band members. “We are really trying to give the public a little slice of a simpler time, when people came together in the park to enjoy an evening together,” said community band director Chris VanGilder. “The businesses that have come forward to sponsor the food and drinks, along with the continued support of the City of Arkansas City, have been truly a blessing.” On a special note, the June 15 concert will feature special guests — the 35th Infantry Division Band of the Kansas National Guard. The community band will open the concert at 7 p.m., but quickly will turn it over...

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Registration open for Aug. 26 SCKMC Landrush — now with bike race

The third annual SCKMC Landrush race is open for registration now. The race will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 26. Landrush is a fundraiser that benefits South Central Kansas Medical Center. The money raised is used as the foundation for growth and development of the services SCKMC provides, such as equipment purchases, physician recruitment and program enhancement. This will be the third annual Landrush race. The first two years have seen an average of 135 participants and 300 spectators. The event was fashioned after popular “extreme” races such as Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder and Spartan Race, according to SKCMC Marketing Director Clayton Pappan. This year, races will include multiple heats of a 5K (3.1-mile) track with 12 obstacles spread throughout, a 2K track with six obstacles for kids aged 8 to 14 and a new, 10-mile on-road/off-road obstacle course for cyclists, spanning Arkansas City. Obstacles include: an 8-foot wall climb; a large-scale mud slide; mud pits with mounds of mud in between; bales of hay that runners must climb, and then jump from bale to bale; a horizontally climbed “rock wall” obstacle; a tangle of ropes that each participant must climb through from one side to the other; a series of hurdles that must be climbed over or crawled under a mud pit “on the rocks” — which is colder than other water on the run; a...

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Preparing for an emergency: What to eat or drink and how to find it

Kansas weather can be unpredictable and there is no telling the damage that it is capable of. If an earthquake, severe thunderstorm or tornado strikes, will you be prepared? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided tips for preparing in case of an emergency. The most important thing is to stock up on food and water, because we can’t live without them. When stocking up on food, make sure to follow your family’s unique needs and tastes. Include food they will enjoy that is high in calories and nutrition. Something that requires no refrigeration, special preparation or cooking is best. Individuals with special diets or allergies will need particular attention, along with babies, toddlers, nursing mothers and elderly people. It is something that should be talked about with family members, so you know just what to put into storage. When it comes to storing food, FEMA has several pieces of advice: Keep food in a dry, cool spot or dark area, if possible. Store food in resealable containers so you can close them tightly after each use. Wrap perishable food in plastic bags and keep them sealed. Empty open packages of sugar and dried nuts into screw-top jars or air-tight canisters to keep pests out. Inspect all food for signs of spoilage before using. Throw out any canned goods that are swollen, dented or corroded. Use food before it...

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