Day: August 4, 2017

Summer projects wrapping up at college; Tiger Enrollment Night is Aug. 8

With the first day of fall semester classes at Cowley College slated to begin Aug. 15, the college has been busy with renovations to its main campus in Arkansas City. Those interested in enrolling for classes will see a new look at the college’s admissions office as the remodeling of that area nears completion. Along with new carpet and paint, walls have been torn down and new ones put up. The admissions and business offices will be separated only by a partition wall. This will allow for a one-stop process in which students can visit with admissions and financial aid representatives before having the option to pay their bill, all in one location. Kristi Shaw, executive director of enrollment management, has new furniture set to arrive that will match the new carpet and paint, while a new testing center located in the basement of Galle-Johnson Hall also is nearing completion. “It looks amazing,” Shaw said. The maintenance crew has worked hard to complete the renovation by Aug. 1, according to Todd Ray, maintenance and grounds supervisor. Tiger Enrollment Night for fall classes will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8. During this event, prospective students can have their scholarship and financial aid questions answered while viewing the renovations to the admissions and business offices. Refreshments and prizes will be provided. The maintenance crew and members of the...

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Alcohol consumption area moved to tennis courts for this year’s PrairieFest

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 3-0 on Aug. 1 to approve an ordinance allowing the consumption of alcohol at PrairieFest this year. While consumption also has been allowed in years past, there will be a change in where it can occur this year. In years past, beer was allowed within the confines of snow fencing used to segregate the rotunda from the rest of Wilson Park. The common area was monitored by the placement of disposable bracelets on those who were of legal drinking age. This year, there instead will be a bar area on the four westernmost tennis courts, which were decommissioned recently. The area will be closed off to anyone younger than 21 and no alcohol can leave the area. The commission was provided two options — either to use the old method or to modify the drinking area. “Chief Ward, what would you like for us to explore?” asked Commissioner Karen Welch. “The reason I suggested (the change) is that it is much easier to police,” said Police Chief Dan Ward. “At the last event, we didn’t have an issue,” Ward admitted. “I feel fine with how it worked last time.” But that is not always the case with similar events. One recent event at the Agri-Business Building had problems keeping to the rules where alcohol was concerned. Ward said he suggested the segregated...

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Poppy seed chicken casserole feeds many, makes great leftover lunches

Poppy seed chicken is a recipe my aunt brought back with her from her time in Alabama. I am sure it was a Southern dish to begin with, probably born in the kitchen of a mother who needed to cook for a household of growing kids. This hearty meal is best suited for the winter months, but it also makes for a quick leftover lunch in small portions. As a bonus, if your kids don’t like green veggies, it’s easy to sneak a can of peas or green beans into this casserole. To begin, cook four to six chicken breasts. You can boil or bake them, but season them only with salt and pepper. Also, boil one package of wide egg noodles to al dente — the noodles will finish cooking in the oven. While this is cooking, smash three packages of Ritz crackers into small crumbs. Melt half a stick of butter in a pan and fry the crumbs with 1 1/4 ounces poppy seed. You can adjust the amount of poppy seed for your individual taste. Set the Ritz cracker mixture aside. When the chicken and noodles are done, shred the chicken into small bite-sized pieces and combine them with the noodles. Add to this mixture a 12-ounce container of sour cream and three cans of cream-of-chicken soup. If you want to add vegetables, do so at...

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Three local churches planning back-to-school events with free supplies

Several local churches are giving back to the community in the next two weeks by helping to provide for students who will start school this month. This weekend, First United Methodist Church will give away shoe vouchers, in cooperation with Walmart. In order to apply, parents must go through the Arkansas City Public School District. The vouchers will be given out from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 6. Students from prekindergarten through fifth grade are eligible. First United Methodist Church is located at 2448 Edgemont Drive. Pair of back-to-school events On Aug. 12, two other churches will host back-to-school events. First Baptist Church, located at 220 E. Central Ave., will have its annual backpack blowout giveaway. Children must be present to receive a free backpack and school supplies. Starting at 9 a.m., prekindergarten students, kindergartners and second- through fifth-graders will have the opportunity to get gear for this school year. (All first-graders will receive a backpack from KanPak at each elementary school’s open house event.) This event also will feature games and face painting. It will end at noon. First Church of the Nazarene, located at 1928 N. 11th St., will be host to a back-to-school bash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be free food, door prizes, free haircuts for children prekindergarten through fifth grade and free dental supplies. Some games will include water, so participants...

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Factory Connection offers discounted brands for back-to-school shopping

Back-to-school clothes shopping is essential for all ages, including Mom and Dad. But finding the right styles can be difficult when store options are limited. Factory Connection offers a wide range of merchandise for reasonable prices. “Regular-priced (items) run (from) $7.99 to $29.99,” said store manager Raven Birmingham. “We don’t get a larger selection of anything over that price.” The store has been located at 2135 N. Summit St. in Arkansas City since it opened in 2011. It also can be found online at www.factory-connection.com, where shoppers can sign up for special discounts, advanced notice of sales and much more. Discounted brands at Factory Connection Factory Connection stocks clothing brands that other stores might sell at higher prices. The clothing offerings are in line with teen and adult sizes. “We are a full retail store, including home décor and accessories, too,” Birmingham said. “Most of the time when people in the community tell me they’ve never been to the store, it’s while complimenting something I’m wearing. “First thing I get excited about is telling them I bought it at the store, and how much I paid for it.” Customer service “We absolutely strive for better customer service, as well,” Birmingham said. It is not uncommon for Factory Connection employees to help customers find “that perfect item.” Whether you’re looking for jewelry, wallets, watches or shoes, the staff will take...

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