Day: September 14, 2017

Police plan Neighborhood Watch program reboot during National Night Out

The Arkansas City Police Department has begun efforts to re-establish Neighborhood Watch chapters across the city. There currently are no formal Neighborhood Watch groups in existence in Ark City, although the program was thriving many years ago. ACPD is attempting to jumpstart the program back to life in conjunction with its upcoming National Night Out celebration in early October. “Neighborhood Watch is a practiced concept of neighbors looking out for one another, working with the police and sending the message to potential criminals that our citizens have their eyes out, keeping watch for suspicious and criminal activity,” said School Resource Officer Chase Hobart. The primary goal of the Neighborhood Watch program is to deter criminal behavior in the community. As part of this effort, ACPD has shifted two of its officers to a nontraditional “swing shift” for the purpose of community policing. Officers Tyrone “T.J.” Hall and Wade Hammond will patrol from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., which tend to be the busiest hours for the police department. Neighborhood Watch groups will be organized in such a way that each block has a block captain who assists in passing the information along to each of the block’s residents. They will also check in with the chairperson, who is in charge of arranging meetings and maintaining the larger group. Citizens still should call 911 for emergencies or to report crimes. However, they also will...

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Beraza arrested in connection with theft of motor scooter from Walmart

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested a man early Sept. 7 after he allegedly stole a motorized scooter from the local Walmart Supercenter. Miguel Angel Beraza, 23, of Arkansas City, was arrested on suspicion of one count of felony theft of property or services totaling between $1,000 and $25,000. Beraza was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. He remained in custody at the time of this release. Officers were dispatched at 2:01 a.m. Sept. 7 to Walmart, located at 2701 N. Summit St., for a report that a man had ridden the motorized scooter out of the store and off the store’s property. They spotted the abandoned scooter in the 2400 block of North Summit Street while en route. The immediate area was searched and police made contact with Beraza. After he was matched to the surveillance footage of the incident, he was taken into custody and later transferred to the county jail. The scooter was recovered and returned to Walmart, apparently undamaged. A defendant’s guilt or innocence is to be determined by a court of law. 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...

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Cowley College, Butler Community College team up to teach firefighting

The fire science departments at Butler Community College and Cowley College are joining forces to help firefighting students. The colleges have signed an agreement that provides Cowley College students with the ability to receive an associate of applied science degree in fire science from Butler after completing their fire science certificates at Cowley. Both schools understand a strong community is a healthy community, according to a news release announcing the agreement. Supplying well-prepared firefighters to serve in one of Kansas’ more than 600 fire departments is integral to the state’s workforce development and well-being. “By working together, Butler Community College and Cowley College are proud to be educating highly qualified first responders,” said Kim Krull, president of Butler Community College. “We are excited to partner with Cowley on another crucial program.” For more than a decade, both community colleges have collaborated on a joint paramedic program. Students can receive their EMT (emergency medical technician) training from Butler and then complete their paramedic training with Cowley instructors who teach at Butler’s Andover campus. “It is through the spirit of collaborative partnerships such as this one that we will succeed in providing high-quality education (that) is both accessible and affordable,” said Dennis Rittle, president of Cowley College. “Cowley College appreciates Butler Community College and looks forward to unveiling additional forward-thinking partnerships.” In addition to offering an associate of applied science degree,...

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Lineup, schedule of events announced for 42nd annual Last Run Car Show

The countdown to the 42nd annual Last Run Car Show is nearing its end. The car show is put each year on by the Ark City Tumbleweeds car club. “Ark City Tumbleweeds membership is made up of individuals from many different walks of life with a common interest in cars and the enjoyment of related activities,” according to the club website. Since 1976, Arkansas City has marked the last full weekend in September with one of the largest — and last — car shows in Kansas. The event kicks off Sept. 22 and runs through Sept. 24. Some of the highlights of Last Run this year include: 6 p.m. Sept. 22 — kickoff party; 7 a.m. Sept. 23 — vendor booths open; 9 a.m. Sept. 23 — craft show doors open; 10 a.m. Sept. 23 — model car show; 12 a.m. Sept. 23 — car judging begins; 5 p.m. Sept. 23 — downtown cruise; 8 p.m. Sept. 23 — Joe Durt concert at the historic Burford Theatre; 12 p.m. Sept. 24 — awards and trophies announced. All of these events will be held at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave., unless otherwise indicated. More information can be found at 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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Schmidt Jewelers offers many affordable, customized class ring options

Class rings are a longstanding tradition for high school students. This tradition is thought to have begun in the 1800s at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Each year, high school students purchase their own ring, but many don’t realize these rings can be obtained from many different sources. In Arkansas City, it is possible to buy a class ring from local jewelry store Schmidt Jewelers. “We ordered (a) class ring from Schmidt Jewelers,” said Chanel Almond-Stroud. “They are amazing to work with.” Luke and Blanche Schmidt opened the doors of their jewelry store on Sept. 9, 1999. Schmidt offers a wide range of styles and details for class rings. Learn more at “There are a ton of options to choose from,” said Luke Schmidt. Whether a student is involved in music, sports or just wants to exhibit pride in his or her ancestry, custom engravings are available. Some of the more traditional styles start as low as $260. “Don’t be pressured to use Jostens just because the school gives you the brochure,” Almond-Stroud recommended. “We got it in three weeks, it was less expensive then Jostens, (and) it comes with a great warranty and from people we trust.” More details, such as metal and jewel options, can be seen at the jewelry store, located at 226 S. Summit St. “Shop local, support your community...

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