Day: September 18, 2017

Porter arrested in connection with aggravated assaults with baseball bat

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man Sept. 12 after he allegedly attempted to hit two people with a baseball bat. Jason Don Porter, 47, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of felony aggravated assault. He was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. Porter remained in custody at the time of this release. Officers responded at 9:13 p.m. Sept. 12 to a disturbance in the 1600 block of North Sixth Street. During their investigation, the two victims — a 17-year-old female and a 20-year-old male — reported that Porter had tried to strike them with the bat. He was contacted and subsequently arrested. The female victim is related to Porter and the male victim is known to the suspect. No injuries occurred during this incident. 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 to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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City Commission discusses curbside recycling, four-day sanitation routes

The City Commission of Arkansas City met Sept. 15 to discuss an ongoing plan to introduce curbside recycling to residents. This plan has been in the works for several years and several key components of achieving the goal already are in place. One of the first objectives in the plan included the purchase of four new garbage trucks, a significant investment made over the course of the past two years. The Sept. 15 study session provided the commission with an update on what the next steps of the plan might entail, including four-day routes and new driver positions. Four-day trash schedule One of the components that has been in the plan since before the truck purchases would rearrange the weekly trash pickup schedule so that trash only is collected four out of five weekdays. Those days would be Monday through Thursday, with Fridays reserved for commercial sanitation, vehicle maintenance, recycling operations, special requests and other miscellaneous work. This will change some routes considerably, but will mean far fewer route changes on short weeks due to holiday closures. Since the trash schedule will be complete in four days regularly, the day of pickup only will shift backward when a holiday is on any weekday other than Friday. For example, if your trash ordinarily is collected on Mondays, it would be picked up on Tuesday on the week of Memorial Day...

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Soroptimists collect items for Mosaic, hear about organization’s ventures

Nancy Maier, Mosaic community relations officer, and Leslie Lackamp, Mosaic executive director, spoke with the Arkansas City Soroptimist Club recently about the services their organization provides to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Mosaic was founded 104 years ago to “provide a life of possibilities for people with intellectual disabilities.” The organization serves more than 3,700 people in 13 states and six of its agencies are in Kansas. Its office located in east Winfield oversees the care of 53 individuals in Cowley and Sumner counties. Mosaic provides residential services in settings including individual apartments, group homes and shared living settings, as well as employment opportunities. The most well-known employment opportunity for the individuals Mosaic serves is making and serving Jumpy Monkey coffee. However, Mosaic also makes homemade dog bones and recycled T-shirt beds to donate to the Cowley County Humane Society. Tori Virden, a published author to whom Mosaic proves services, closed the presentation by sharing her poems with the Soroptimists. The Soroptimist ladies have collected items for Mosaic, such as hygiene products, paper goods and cleaning supplies, which were presented to the organization at their Aug. 23 meeting. 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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Star Trek: Discovery a surprise? Only if I can hold out for another week…

I have been avoiding “Star Trek: Discovery” updates like the plague. Mind you, my avoidance is not because they are creating a new “Star Trek” or that the potential for official canon to be corrupted is multiplied when a “prequel” is introduced. It has more to do with the fact that I want to reserve judgment. It is easy to make snap judgments about a show that is connected to a zeitgeist such as “Star Trek.” So I have been avoiding Facebook posts and other nerd columns actively since the new show was announced. Watching Trek Since “Star Trek” hit the waves in the 1960s, it has had a huge fan following. The original Trek was groundbreaking, even though it only lasted three seasons, and it has spawned five spinoffs and 13 feature films (and counting). Regardless of which Trek is your favorite, there is a high likelihood you’ve seen at least one episode of the shows, which have run in syndication on and off for as long as they have existed. Much like “Star Wars,” there are two ways of watching “Star Trek” — chronologically by the year released or chronologically by “stardate.” Discovery will be at the second-earliest stardate, 10 full years prior to the original mission of Captain James T. Kirk and the Enterprise. Discovery cast I obviously lost my battle to avoid looking at anything Discovery-related, since I...

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Music Monday: New Magic a breath of fresh rhythm, blues air to my ears

Sometimes you stumble across an album that speaks to you without really understanding why. It could be the lyrics, the melody or the musician’s voice. I’m not really a Top 40 kind of person. What new music I do listen to normally consists of the latest releases from my husband’s favorite metal bands. Philadelphia-based rhythm and blues musician Son Little — known as Aaron Livingston in real life — released his sophomore album, New Magic, last week. I’ve never heard of Son Little, but I stumbled across some buzz about the album and decided to check it out on Spotify. New Magic was a breath of fresh air to my ears. While this is not your father’s rhythm and blues, Son Little has created a smooth listening experience that melodically resonates. The lyrics are somewhat hit and miss for me, but the melody is spot on throughout. At turns smooth, bubbly and jazzy, Son Little’s sound recalls those who came before while still being innovative and original. Those looking to open their ears to something new definitely should give New Magic a shot because the album delivers on that title. 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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