Day: August 9, 2017

County time capsule includes items from Arkalalah, Etzanoa, Wilson Park

The City of Arkansas City recently donated several items for a countywide time capsule that was dedicated Aug. 4 during the Cowley County Fair in honor of the county’s sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary. The items included (clockwise, from top left): The exciting progress of the Etzanoa Conservancy is represented by an Ark City Daily Bytes news clipping and two Cowley CourierTraveler clippings, an Etzanoa brochure, and a picture of students working at the archaeology field school; A list of many ongoing city projects was included, the most prominent of which is the new Water Treatment Facility, where this 100-year-old glass bottle was unearthed during construction; The bold vision of the Wilson Park Master Plan is represented by a brochure and a news article detailing the unveiling of the flythrough video; The recent grand opening of the new McDonald’s will be memorialized with this VIP party invitation; And, of course, no submission of time capsule items would be complete without a piece of memorabilia from Ark City’s most famous cultural event, Arkalalah! This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. 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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Cowley College math instructor selected to participate in national initiative

Brooke Istas, lead mathematics instructor at Cowley College, recently was selected to participate in an initiative from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. It is designed to ensure that every adult learner receives the applied math skills he or she needs to succeed in the real world. Istas will be on a team with 20 other educators and experts in math education to identify and review high-quality open educational resources that can be accessed freely online. She said this initiative follows the Kansas Perkins Leadership Grant the college was awarded last year. “I am honored to be selected,” Istas said. “I know there were several high-caliber instructors who applied to be a part of this initiative from all across this nation, so to be selected really speaks to work we are doing in the Cowley natural science and mathematics department.” She will go through orientation this month before taking part in user group classroom evaluations and reviews from September through December. “I hope, by participating in this project, that I grow as an instructor by learning about what Open Educational Resources are available and open up mathematical tasks so that all learners can achieve their educational goals, and also share my growth with my colleagues,” Istas said. This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo....

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Third annual SCKMC Landrush to add 10-mile bike race, new obstacles

With only a week left before this year’s South Central Kansas Medical Center Landrush, the race planning committee is completing the final details for a new event. The third annual SCKMC Landrush will take place on Aug. 26 at the hospital grounds in Patterson Park Subdivision. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:45 a.m., with the first event beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding with the cycling event at 11 a.m. There will be a free spectator area, which includes food trucks, local vendors, a children’s play area with two bounce houses and more. The hospital fundraiser began in 2015 with a 5K, 12-obstacle race and expanded in 2016 to include a kids 2K with six obstacles. For 2017, the event is expanding once again to include a 10-mile cycling race, which includes the original 12 obstacles. “The idea for the cycling race was brought up by a member of the committee after seeing someone ride their bicycle along the trail following last year’s event,” said Clayton Pappan, SCKMC’s marketing director. Cycling race participants will begin at the bicycle trail entrance located on the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street, beside the soccer complex in Arkansas City. The race route follows the bike trail to Chestnut Avenue and then north on Eighth Street, past Skyline Road and connecting to 61st Road, which leads to the back entrance of the...

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College continues tradition of buying steer, donating meat to food banks

WINFIELD — To show continued support for the Cowley County 4-H youth program and community food banks, Cowley College purchased a steer during the Cowley County Fair 4-H/FFA Market Livestock Auction on Aug. 7 at the Winfield Fairgrounds. The 1,140-pound steer was presented by Malorie Depenbusch, a senior-to-be at Udall High School. She is the daughter of Craig and Ronda Depenbusch, and both she and twin sister Miranda had livestock in the auction. Malorie Depenbusch has shown animals at the fair for the past seven years and said she was pleased to know the sale of her steer will go toward a good cause. The meat will be processed and donated to the Manna Ministries food bank in Arkansas City and the Winfield Community Food Pantry, to benefit area families in need. “I really like the idea of Cowley donating the meet to the local food pantries,” Depenbusch said. She currently is enrolled in fall online classes at Cowley College. Cowley College President Dennis Rittle, Vice President of Finance and Administration Gloria Walker, Board of Trustees chair Bob Juden and trustee Dennis Shurtz represented the college at the fair. “This is a great way to support the youth in Cowley County,” Juden said. The college began purchasing cattle from local 4-H members back in 2010 as a way not only to support local 4-H programs and their students, but...

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