Day: August 29, 2017

Winfield police donate patrol car to Cowley College criminal justice patrol

WINFIELD — The Winfield Police Department recently donated a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria to Cowley College’s criminal justice program. The vehicle will be used as a student patrol car. Newly hired Winfield Police Chief Brett Stone said he recognizes the value of having a strong criminal justice program at the college. “Cowley College runs a fantastic criminal justice program,” Stone said. “We have a good relationship and have benefited by hiring students (who) have gone through the program.” Criminal justice instructor Frank Owens said the program has begun the process of designing side decals for the patrol car. The program also will conduct fundraising activities this fall to raise money for a third patrol car. “This shows a lot of support from the Winfield Police Department and the students we put out in this field of work,” Owens said. “We hope to start expanding our patrol opportunities.” Cowley College President Dennis Rittle said partnerships such as these stretch dollars and fuel innovations to the benefit of all. “On behalf of the students, faculty and staff, thank you to Winfield’s finest for donating this vehicular resource, which will not only provide real-world experience for our criminal justice students, but equally provide a valuable security service to our communities,” Rittle said. The criminal justice program at Cowley College prepares students for a successful career in law enforcement and corrections. Students participating...

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Ark City woman airlifted to Wichita following accidental shooting Aug. 28

The Arkansas City Police Department is investigating an apparently accidental shooting Aug. 28 that left an Arkansas City woman wounded in her upper left leg. The 25-year-old female was transported to South Central Kansas Medical Center for treatment and later was airlifted to Wesley Medical Center in Wichita for further treatment. Officers responded at 10:22 p.m. Aug. 28 to a residence in the 100 block of West Cedar Avenue for a report of an accidental gunshot wound. They found the female victim sitting on the floor, wounded. After further investigation, officers learned that another person inside the residence was attempting to a clear a .22-caliber rifle when it accidentally discharged, striking the female victim. No arrests have been made at this time and the incident remains under investigation by police. 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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Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor names marketing, admissions director

Sean Page has joined Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor as its new marketing and admissions director, according to Executive Director Sarah Griggs. “Sean will be a great addition to our team,” Griggs said. “He has a terrific sales background and has demonstrated a genuine interest in learning the senior living industry, (as well as) getting to know the Arkansas City community and our residents at Presbyterian Manor.” Page joined Presbyterian Manor in July. He has seven years of experience in direct sales and leadership, most recently as a store manager for U.S. Cellular for six years. He has an associate’s degree in computer science from Vatterott School of Technology. “I’m looking forward to representing Presbyterian Manor to local groups in Cowley County and building relationships with local seniors who may benefit from what is offered at the campus,” Page said. For more information about Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor, call Page at (620) 442-8700 or email Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor has served Cowley County since 1978 with independent and assisted living, long-term care, and short-term rehabilitation. Learn more at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with 18 locations in Kansas and Missouri. Learn more at This information was provided by Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor Executive Director Sarah Griggs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new...

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More than $6,000 raised for Cowley’s Eli Hilderbrand Memorial Scholarship

LAWRENCE — Seven teams and 28 golfers participated in the inaugural Eli Hilderbrand Memorial Golf Tournament on Aug. 15 in Lawrence, where $6,185 was raised for the Eli Hilderbrand Memorial Scholarship at Cowley College. Gavin Kreidler, a close friend of the late Hilderbrand who established the scholarship, also organized the tournament, which featured 17 sponsors. “I was happy with how the first tournament went, but also have done some thinking on what we could do better for next year,” Kreidler said. “I think over the course of two or three years, this will turn into something really special and hopefully raise a substantial amount of money for the scholarship fund.” After graduating from Purcell (Okla.) High School in May 2007, Hilderbrand enrolled at Cowley College in Arkansas City, where he was studying to become a massage therapist. He immersed himself into the college, where he was co-founder of the Multicultural Student Union and played intramural sports. He also was employed at the Ben Cleveland Wellness Center. Hilderbrand lost his life in an apartment fire on Oct. 2, 2007. Kori Gregg, Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement, said the Cowley College Foundation truly is grateful to all of the participants and sponsors who made the first-ever Eli Hilderbrand Memorial Golf Tournament a shining success. “With (more than) $6,000 raised this first year, we have been able to award four...

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