Day: August 10, 2017

Kiwanis add scholarships, seek new members after taking on blood drive

The Arkansas City Kiwanis Club is on the hunt for new members. Like many civic groups in Ark City, the Kiwanis are attempting to find members of all ages. The mission of Kiwanis International is to improve the lives of children worldwide. However, each club works in its own community to help to improve lives of the children locally. “We work for the good of our community and specifically for the children of our community,” said Kiwanian Jack Dickson. Service to others is at the heart of every club, which can be seen in the many service projects performed each year. The 7,333 clubs worldwide stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families, and projects. Local Kiwanis scholarships The Ark City Kiwanis Club raises funds each year primarily from the pancake feed during Arkalalah. “We provide scholarships for aspiring students, money for Boy and Girl Scout projects, funding for local baseball and softball teams, (and) support for young leaders going to Boys State and Girls State and other leadership camps,” Dickson said. This year, Kiwanis gave out six scholarships, plus one scholarship from the Legleiter family in honor of the late Ken Legleiter. These scholarships were competitive. Each student who applied had to submit an essay, their grade-point average and other pieces of information. Club members read each essay and then the...

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Ninja Sushi Steakhouse opens today, brings Japanese hibachi to Ark City

After nearly two months of waiting, Arkansas City residents finally will be able to sample the wares of Ninja Sushi Steakhouse. The new restaurant, located at 1618 N. Summit St. — in the old Kentucky Fried Chicken building — will open at 11 a.m. today. Ninja Sushi Steakhouse owners have no idea how many diners to expect on their first day of business. “I hope it will be a lot of people,” said Ninja representative Shuo Huang. Renovations that have been occurring inside the building for a while now include the removal of the drive-through. The interior of the restaurant now can hold 50 diners. “(It’s) nice for family and friends to gather around and have sushi and (other foods),” Huang said. Compared to some other sushi and hibachi restaurants, Ninja might not be as ornate, but it will be Ark City’s first hibachi grill. “(The owners) wanted a quiet place — a small town,” Huang said of the reason Ark City was chosen as a new location. Ninja Sushi Steakhouse menu details Ninja Sushi Steakhouse will serve Japanese hibachi and sushi, made from fresh ingredients. There also will be separate lunch and dinner menus. “They are pretty much the same, but the dinner (portion) is more (substantial) than the lunch,” Huang said. Among the sushi offerings, there will be spicy tuna, eel, soft shell crab and more. “We have...

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Wichita businessman Brand named to Union State Bank Board of Directors

Eric Kurtz, Union State Bank chief executive officer, recently announced the election of Mike Brand, co-founder of Brand Plumbing and a successful real estate developer, to the Union State Bank Board of Directors. Brand has served on the Union State Bank Advisory Board for the past year and said he is excited to join the USB Board of Directors. “Union State Bank is fortunate to be able to bring the experience and expertise that Mike offers to our Board of Directors,” Kurtz said. “Mike is a quality individual and entrepreneur who will help us navigate the banking environment very well.” Brand was born and raised in Colwich. He is the second oldest of six children born to Melvin and the late Rosella Brand. Mike graduated from Andale High School in 1976 and attended Wichita State University before entering the plumbing business with his oldest brother, Marc, and his two younger brothers, Tony and Max. This partnership quickly evolved into Brand Plumbing, an established business for more than 35 years. Mike Brand’s dedication to plumbing has resulted in several leadership roles, including 10 years on the Sedgwick County Plumbing Board. In 2007, Mike and Marc Brand purchased Cooks Heating and Cooling, and together their experience and expertise have grown the company to more than 50 employees. Mike Brand’s dedication to community also is reflected in his knowledge and success in...

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Regnier’s seat on Board of Trustees to remain vacant through election

A replacement for former Cowley College trustee Sid Regnier has not yet been named, nor will a new trustee be appointed before the completion of the fall elections. Regnier resigned his post March 13, 2017, with more than two years left in his term. Twenty-one weeks now have passed since his resignation. “Currently, the (Cowley College) Board of Trustees has not decided on a specific course of action related to filling the vacant seat, which was held by former trustee Mr. Sid Regnier,” said Cowley College President Dennis Rittle. “The trustees plan to wait until after the general election in November before making a decision on this matter.” The board is obligated to publish a notice in a newspaper that has general circulation within the community college district, stating the vacancy has occurred, according to Kansas statute. Following that publication, the trustees cannot appoint anyone to the seat until 15 days have elapsed. “The statute does not specify how soon after vacancy the publication must take place, nor does the statute set forth a time frame in which the vacancy must be filled,” said Cowley County Attorney Larry Schwartz. Recent trustees precedent The college had to fill another vacated board seat a year ago, when former trustee Jim Ramirez resigned his post May 4, 2016. After Ramirez vacated his seat, the college trustees set a recent precedent for trustee...

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