Day: September 6, 2017

Applications invited for city’s new Community Spirit Award Committee

Arkansas City residents are invited to apply now to join a new city committee that will select the annual winner of the Joe B. Avery Community Spirit Award. The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 4-0 on Tuesday night to create the new Community Spirit Award Committee. The first members of this new committee will be appointed Sept. 19. “This is a great opportunity for citizens who do not want to attend a lot of meetings or make a huge time commitment to still make a meaningful impact on the lives of their fellow neighbors by honoring their achievements and accomplishments in a public setting,” said Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson. “Although first preference may go to former members of the Community Cornerstone Award committee or the Human Relations Commission, we want all citizens to feel free to apply for this board.” The committee will have between five and seven members, each ultimately serving a three-year term. In 2017-2019, though, some terms will be shortened to one or two years so they can be staggered. The first duty of the new committee, which is expected to meet in late September or early October, will be to develop criteria and consider candidates for the 2017 Joe B. Avery Community Spirit Award. City officials hope to tie in the presentation of that award with this year’s Arkalalah festivities. The committee then will...

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Commissioners name four unsafe structures, hear passenger rail update

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 4-0 on Sept. 5 to declare several structures in Arkansas City as unsafe and dangerous. The structures all are in a state of disrepair. Many need work to the foundation or roof, or mold removal. Six structures — located at 215 North B St., 306 North C St., 310 E. Madison Ave., 315 North D St., 611 N. Seventh St. and 900 S. Third St. — were presented in depth by Combination Inspector Mike Bellis. Two of the properties were pushed to the back burner. One property owner has started demolition and the other has promised to pull permits to make repairs. The other four were declared dangerous and ordered to be repaired within 120 days or demolished within 45. Two of them are owned by a financial institution. “Can someone purchase these houses and do the work?” asked Commissioner Charles Tweedy III. “Yes,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez, “but they would need to do so soon.” The houses located at 215 North B St. and 306 North C St. both are available for purchase, but need to be brought up to safety standards and building codes before they could be used as habitable structures. Anyone interested in purchasing either property would need to contact Bellis before Sept. 19. After such a purchase, there would be a period of time during which construction or demolition permits...

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Music in the Park to feature 3 in One, Huffman, Russells on Sept. 30

Wilson Park soon will be host to a concert under the rotunda. On Sept. 30, several local artists will gather for “Music in the Park.” “This is a free event to show our (appreciation) for all the love and support that the community has given us,” said event organizer Sandy Durham. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the event will feature not only music, but food and prizes, as well. The Butler Bros., the 3 in One Vocal Band, Donnie Huffman and the Russells are just a few of the musical acts that will be on hand. A meal, including a hamburger, chips, dessert and a drink, will be available for $5. Prizes will be raffled off during the event. Tickets are $1 each. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Music in the Park is sponsored by Family Life Services, which is located at 305 S. Summit St. 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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New report: Cowley College graduates thriving at Emporia State University

New statistics show graduates of Cowley College excel at the four-year schools to which they transfer. A recent example of this was provided through a transfer report from Emporia State University. It showed 97 Cowley College graduates posted a cumulative 3.29 grade-point average (GPA) during the spring semester at Emporia State. The spring semester GPA for all 3,242 Emporia State undergraduates was 3.03 and the GPA for all 1,994 community college transfer students at ESU was 3.15. “It is very affirming to see our students doing well at the transfer universities,” said Harold Arnett, Cowley College vice president for academic affairs. “It is a testimony to the quality of teaching, the strength of our support services and the combined efforts of every employee of Cowley College.” This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo. 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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In Wheresoever They May Be, Wangard blends research with characters

The newest release by Terri Wangard, Wheresoever They May Be, is a well-crafted historical fiction novel. The story centers on four people — Lily, Frank, Susan and Joe — and their contributions to the war effort. Wheresoever They May Be doesn’t revolve around a particular battle or mystery. Instead, it is more of a look at how these characters’ lives were affected by World War II and the contributions they made. There are harsh realities faced in this novel, but the characters keep you glued to the pages. Wangard obviously did her research and weaves it masterfully throughout the story without “info dumping.” Overall, this was a highly enjoyable novel — one I would highly recommend to fans of historical fiction. Click here to purchase your copy! About the Book Book Title: Wheresoever They May Be Author: Terri Wangard Release date: August 31, 2017 Genre: Historical — World War II Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery — maybe even find a bigger house. Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home. Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out...

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