Month: July 2017

East Madison Avenue bridge closed through Aug. 3 for tree removal

The East Madison Avenue bridge across the Walnut River will be closed through Aug. 3 for tree removal between the bridge and Crestwood Drive. The closure will occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The road will be reopened each night, then closed again the following morning. Access for local residents on this stretch of road will be maintained. The removal of trees along the north right-of-way of Madison is necessary so a new 12-inch water line can be installed in that area. It will serve as a future connection to a redundant line across the river. This open-cut line water line replacement project by Goddard-based Nowak Construction was approved July 25 by the City Commission of Arkansas City, for an amount not to exceed $124,278. East Madison will be closed completely on the west side at its intersection with the U.S. 77 bypass. The east closure will be at Crestwood Drive, although local traffic will be allowed through to access the residences west of Crestwood Drive. Non-local traffic will be detoured at Country Club Road. The Crestwood neighborhood will remain accessible from East Chestnut Avenue for the duration of the project. For questions, call the Public Works Department at (620) 441-4480 or (620) 441-4488. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. Share this:Click to share...

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Sheriff: Human remains found south of Arkansas City; no sign of trauma

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of human remains south of Arkansas City, according to a news release. Deputies were dispatched about 10 a.m. July 29 for a report of found remains at a location in the 7000 block of 312th Road. The identity of the person and the cause of death are not known at this time, said Sheriff David Falletti, and more will be known after an autopsy July 31. The autopsy will be conducted at the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Center in Wichita. The sheriff’s office is being assisted in its investigation by the Arkansas City Police Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Kansas Highway Patrol and Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, Falletti said. UPDATE (July 31): An autopsy was performed on the body that was located July 29, southeast of Arkansas City. The official autopsy report still is not complete, according to Sheriff David Falletti, but the preliminary findings show no trauma located on the body. The unidentified body is a male who is small of stature and there were no identifiable markings on his body. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation. Anyone who has any information is asked to call the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office at (620) 221-5444 or Cowley County Crime Stoppers at (620) 441-7777. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook...

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Fidget spinners in classrooms: Useful treatment, obnoxious fad … or both?

Fidget spinners seem to be everywhere — at the supermarket, online, at the gas station and, of course, attached to the hands of a number of youths right here in Arkansas City. The general populace seems entranced by the colorful, spinning metallic objects. Companies who manufacture fidget spinners claim they are supposed to help with ADHD, anxiety, autism and more. But there is no scientific evidence that they are effective as a treatment. For some, having something for their hands to do while they are thinking or working on a problem can be beneficial. However, it raises a question: Do fidget spinners have a place in the classroom, and is it possible that while they might be helpful to some, they simply are a distracting toy to others? Ark City Daily Bytes reached out to several schoolteachers during the past week to find out how they feel about the popular items. Keep in mind that these are only opinions of some individuals, and other teachers might feel differently. With school starting soon, it may be necessary to check with your child’s teacher to see if they can have fidget spinners in the classroom. Ann Headrick Ann Headrick, an academic coach at Arkansas City Middle School, is open to the use of fidget spinners. “I believe the spinners can be a good thing for some students who struggle staying focused,”...

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Rock it: #620rocks phenomenon bringing happiness to hunters, art lovers

A new rock movement has come to Arkansas City — one that has residents painting and hiding rocks in public areas. The Facebook group #620rocks was started by Britini Church. “I just loved the idea. I’ve always liked to collect rocks,” she said. “I have eight kiddos, as well, and knew they would have a lot of fun. I was hoping it could be a fun activity for our community, too, to bring all the kids together.” At least 100 rocks have been hidden in and around the Ark City area so far. How to rock out “First, you look for rocks … (and) paint/decorate them,” Church said. The rocks can be painted with any design, although the administrators of the Facebook group request that the content remains “G” rated, because many children have joined in the hunt for the rocks. From words of encouragement to cartoon characters and emojis, there are plenty of hand-designed rocks to be found. The group asks that anyone who designs a rock label it with the tag “#620rocks.” “We encourage people to also take a picture and post clues about where their rocks are hidden,” Church said. “We also ask, if you decide to keep any, to post a picture so others know which ones you’re keeping.” Once the rocks are found, the finder can choose to re-hide them. “When hiding rocks, please...

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Chicken carbonara recipe a great stand-in for dearth of Italian food locally

One thing Arkansas City lacks is an Italian restaurant. (They don’t seem to last long here, for whatever reason.) For some, that might not be an issue, but for my husband, it long has been a source of frustration. He could eat pasta for every meal if I let him. Thankfully, there are a lot of great sauces and pastas on the shelves of our local grocery stores. It is relatively easy to take those ingredients and create a great meal that will accommodate a dinner party, or have enough food to have leftovers the next day. This chicken carbonara recipe is one I frequently pull out during winter, but it is great for any time of the year. Chicken carbonara ingredients 1 pound bacon 3 large chicken breasts 10 ounces fresh mushrooms 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 box of bow-tie pasta 1/2 pound unsalted sweet butter 2 cups heavy cream 1 1/2 cups finely grated Parmesan cheese freshly ground pepper Instructions Start by butterflying the chicken breasts, then seasoning them with salt and pepper. Fry the chicken in a small amount of olive oil. While the chicken is cooking, start cooking the bacon. Once it is cooked, set it aside on a paper towel to absorb any remaining grease. Put on a pot of water to boil for the pasta. Make sure to salt it lightly....

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