Day: August 14, 2017

Free VINE service alerts crime victims to offender custody status changes

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office is providing a new, free service to notify crime victims of offender custody status changes. The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system, developed by Appriss, provides victims of crime with access to timely and reliable offender custody information. This service is free to the public and now is available to look up incarcerated individuals in Cowley County. VINE lets victims call a toll-free number, (866) 574-8463; visit www.vinelink.com; or use the VINEmobile app to check on an offender’s custody status anonymously, offering peace of mind. Victims also can register to receive automated notifications about changes in offender status via their choice of format — phone, email or text. TTY service for hearing impaired also is available. VINE is available in more than 2,900 communities across 48 states, including Kansas. Support from the Appriss CustomerFirst Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year for callers who need help with locating an offender, registering for notifications or accessing victim services in their area. Notifications are available in more than 15 languages, with more than 200 additional languages available via live operator support. The VINE service provides offender custody status information to more than 20 million citizens annually. In 2015, VINE users conducted more than 46 million offender searches and delivered more than 40 million notifications nationwide. For more...

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Cowley College Golden Tigers program to hold fall enrollment Aug. 22

The Cowley College Golden Tigers, a popular program for men and women aged 50 or older, will hold fall enrollment from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room inside the Brown Center on the college’s main campus in Arkansas City. There is a $5 registration fee per person for the semester and a $2 fee per class. Some classes have additional costs or supplies that are needed. Those attending fall enrollment are reminded to bring mailing labels to use on the enrollment form and sign-up sheets. This saves writing one’s name multiple times and speeds up the enrollment process. Three educational trips are planned throughout the fall. Their destinations include Coffeyville and Chanute, Wellington and Oxford, and Wichita. The Golden Tigers also are offering a driver safety class from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13-14. The class will be held in Room 207 of the Webb-Brown Academic Center. Ron Upton will serve as  instructor for the class. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The driver safety program is an eight-hour classroom refresher course. Individuals must attend both sessions to receive a certificate. Insurance companies in Kansas give a discount on car insurance to seniors upon course completion. Anyone who wants more information about the Golden Tigers program should call (620) 441-5286 or e-mail lena.watkins@cowley.edu. Fall 2017 Golden Tigers...

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Southwestern College to host solar eclipse watch party Aug. 21 in Winfield

WINFIELD — A solar eclipse watch party, hosted by the natural sciences and mathematics division of Southwestern College, will be open to the public on Aug. 21. The partial eclipse is set to occur about midday and all are invited to attend the event near the main college entrance on the west side of the Southwestern campus. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between Earth and the sun, and the shadow of the moon falls on the Earth’s surface. For this eclipse, the moon’s shadow will race across the Earth’s surface from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States at speeds greater than 1,400 mph, according to Bob Gallup, professor of physics and mathematics. “When viewed from Cowley County, the eclipse will start at 11:36 a.m.,” Gallup said. “Maximum eclipse will occur at 1:04 p.m., when 90 percent of the sun will be covered, and the eclipse will end at 2:32 p.m.” A telescope will be used to project an image of the eclipse. In addition, personal eclipse projection cards and a limited supply of eclipse glasses will be available for use by participants. Gallup stressed the importance of eye protection while viewing the eclipse. “At no time will the eclipse be safe to view in Cowley County without adequate eye protection, and normal sunglasses are not sufficient,” he said. “Even at maximum...

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