Month: August 2017

Four ACHS musicians selected for K-State ALL STAR Marching Band

Four Arkansas City High School seniors have been selected to participate in the first-ever K-State ALL STAR Marching Band on Sept. 9. The four students — Hayes Cannon, Abbey Legleiter, Blake Legleiter and Justin Phillips — were selected from top band students from around the state. “We have many outstanding students in our band program, so it was extremely hard for me to be able to nominate only four students, expecting only two to be selected,” said ACHS band director Chris VanGilder. “It is a great honor that all four were selected. “The new ALL STAR Marching Band event will be a tremendous opportunity for these students to experience the thrill of a K-State game day as only the band can. Additionally, it will allow them to achieve greater success in a more educational and musically rewarding format.” The K-State ALL STAR Marching Band will perform the first solo selection (both music and drill) at halftime of the Charlotte game. Then they will be joined by the Kansas State University Marching Band for a selection together (both music and drill). Finally, the K-State Alumni Band will join the more than 500 musicians already on the field for three stand-still musical selections. Save Save 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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Groundbreaking for Cowley College’s Sumner County campus is Oct. 11

The groundbreaking ceremony for Cowley College’s Sumner County campus will be at 1 p.m. Oct. 11 in Wellington. The location of the future campus is east of Walmart, along U.S. 160. Refreshments will be provided and the event is open to the public. Agora Architecture will have 3-D Virtual Modeling goggles available at the groundbreaking ceremony for individuals to experience an interactive first look at the Sumner campus before it is constructed. In addition, large paper-based renderings will be available for public viewing. Sumner County voters made history Nov. 8, 2016, by approving the passage of a half-cent county sales tax to build a Cowley College campus in Sumner County, and provide educational services for citizens of Sumner County and surrounding areas. Marjorie Short, the wife of the late Bill Short, is the owner of Short Land Company LLC and the donor of the 18 acres of property just east of Walmart. In honor of the donation, the family received naming rights to the campus’ General Education Center. The Technical Center is expected to open in fall 2018, followed by the opening of the Short General Education Center in fall 2019. “This successful journey would not have been possible without the efforts and leadership of Stacy Davis, executive director of Sumner County Economic Development; Annarose White, executive director of the Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB; and Jessica Lucas, campaign...

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Hash brown casserole with sausage sure to please most breakfast guests

Every once in a while, my husband and I have guests who stay overnight. Inevitably, I am tasked with making sure the entire group enjoys breakfast. Whether canned cinnamon rolls or eggs, it does not matter. However, as an individual who is not particularly a morning person, I’ve come to embrace casseroles that can be made the day before. There are many different types of breakfast casseroles and while every family has their favorite, one in particular stands out in our home. I cannot recall where this recipe came from or if I have altered it at some point. In most instances, I cook this recipe in a disposable container such as a casserole tin. This casserole is guaranteed to please most breakfast guests! Casserole ingredients one 30-ounce bag of shredded, frozen hash browns 1 pound mild sausage, cooked 16 ounces sour cream 1 Hidden Valley ranch dip mix seasoning packet 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese 4 ounces shredded Colby jack cheese Instructions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Thoroughly cook the sausage in a skillet, making sure there is no pink left in the meat. When it is done cooking, drain off excess grease and add it to a mixing bowl with the frozen hash browns. Also add to the bowl the sour cream, ranch dip mix and cheddar cheese. Spray the disposable tin with Pam or...

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National Night Out kickoff party set for second straight year at Wilson Park

Arkansas City residents are encouraged to clear their calendars and head out to Wilson Park at 5 p.m. Oct. 2 for the Arkansas City Police Department’s annual National Night Out kickoff party. “We have many things planned this year and cannot wait to see you all,” ACPD School Resource Officer Chase Hobart, one of the event’s organizers, said in a news release. There will be delicious food, fun inflatables for different age groups, face painting by the Cowley College art department, train rides for kids, vendor booths and more. “Have you ever wanted to ‘pie’ a cop right in the face? Well, one lucky citizen will get the opportunity to do so,” Hobart promised. “All you have got to do is bring a little cash and put it in the jar of one unlucky police officer you would like to see get smothered. The officer with the most money in their jar by the end of the night will get pied!” There also will be an artistic guest speaker to start the night’s festivities and rocking live music from Annie Up. In addition to that, the police department has asked the Cowley College Tigerettes to dance and the Arkansas City High School drum line to break it down “Bulldog style” for a “dance off” between area schools, police and fire mascots, and maybe even a few officers. “So come...

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Arkansas City High School earns award at national education conference

During an awards ceremony at the conclusion of the 10th annual Focus on Freshmen conference, Arkansas City High School was awarded a silver medal in front of several hundred educators from across the country. The award was presented by Olympic gold medalist Dain Blanton and given in recognition of the time, energy, and attention devoted to the Career and Life Planning/Individual Plans of Study program, which is aimed at increasing student success. ACHS Principal David Zumwalt said the school was recognized for its work in carrying out the important Kansas State Department of Education initiative of having students design and plan their future. “We were pleased to receive this recognition,” Zumwalt said. “We believe strongly that it’s possible to teach students to not only dream it, but to plan it and do it.” As a silver medal school, ACHS has demonstrated exemplary implementation of the Career Choices series, an award-winning curriculum that builds college and career readiness skills as it walks students through the development of a personalized 10-year plan. These materials, from publisher Academic Innovations, align with the national Freshman Transition Standards from George Washington University’s Freshman Transition Initiative and provide the foundation course for the Get Focused…Stay Focused! Initiative. “By developing a 10-year education and career plan in a Freshman Transition course, young people learn how to project into the future and understand the consequences of the...

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