Day: September 20, 2017

Cowley sophomore Whitcomb named September Student of the Month

Cowley College sophomore Kelsie Whitcomb recently was named the September Student of the Month in recognition of her service as a leader on the Arkansas City campus. She is the daughter of Chris Whitcomb and Debbie Hamm. She has a sister, Elizabeth Jacobs, 25, and a brother, Jeremie Whitcomb, 17. Whitcomb graduated in 2016 from Campus High School in Haysville. At Campus, she was involved in band and choir, and was an AVID tutor. After looking at several colleges, she decided that going to a two-year school would be the best way to start her college career. “I had heard good things about Cowley and it was not too far from home,” Whitcomb said. “The faculty and staff are really helpful here.” At Cowley, she is president of the Math and Science Club; vice president of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the Game Club and the Art Club; and involved in the Media Club, while also serving as a Cowley Tutor. Along with her campus involvement, she has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average and is a member of the president’s honor roll. PTK co-sponsor Deborah Layton is one of many instructors who have enjoyed having a chance to work with the sophomore. “Kelsie has a positive attitude which allows her to get along with students and faculty alike,” Layton said. “She puts her talents to use by taking on numerous...

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Ministerial Alliance plans special prayer event Sept. 27 at Ben Givens Park

The Arkansas City Ministerial Alliance will be host to a special prayer event from noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Ben Givens Center City Park, located at Central Avenue and Summit Street. “In light of the recent hurricanes in Houston and Florida, the fires in the West, riots and unrest in our cities, and the political unrest, the Ministerial Alliance of Arkansas City is calling all believers in Christ to assemble together for one hour to pray and seek God’s face,” states a flyer for the event. The event is being held in conjunction with the “See You at the Pole” events that are held annually at schools around the world, including Arkansas City High School. At these events, student gather around the flagpoles at their schools to pray for their schools and the nation. 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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Jurkovich elected mayor, Welch vice mayor; Oestmann honored for service

The City Commission of Arkansas City did some restructuring during its Sept. 19 meeting as Commissioner Dan Jurkovich was voted in as the new mayor. Jurkovich had several members of his family, as well as players on the volleyball team he coaches, in attendance. “Thank you to my family and volleyball team,” he said. The team held up a sign stating “Go Coach Mayor.” The previous two mayors, Chad Giles and Commissioner Duane Oestmann, both served for more than one year as mayor. Jurkovich is set to be the mayor through the end of 2018. Oestmann, who stepped down as mayor Tuesday, served for 16 months. As his first act as mayor, Jurkovich recognized Oestmann for his extended service. “I’d like to recognize Mayor Oestmann. He didn’t mean to, but he ended up getting a 16-month term, thanks to the State of Kansas,” Jurkovich said. Also during the meeting, Commissioner Karen Welch was voted in unanimously as vice mayor. She also is a candidate in this year’s election. “So do we do musical chairs now?” asked City Manager Nick Hernandez. “Not tonight,” Welch joked. “I’d have to pack first.” In other business, the commission: heard Oestmann issue a proclamation of Oct. 2 as National Night Out in Arkansas City, received by Arkansas City Police Department Capt. Mark McCaslin. unanimously approved the consent agenda, consisting of the Sept. 5 minutes,...

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SCKMC scaling back lab outreach program with $1.1M revenue in 2017

In a Sept. 19 update to the City Commission of Arkansas City, South Central Kansas Medical Center officials reported the hospital would be scaling back its laboratory outreach program. “That’s probably not something we’re going to do going forward,” said SKCMC chief executive officer Virgil Watson. To date in 2017, this program has generated more than $1 million of revenue for the hospital. A contract was signed in January, but the program technically began in February. Million-dollar profit The revenue to date for the lab outreach program is in excess of $1.1 million. “If that’s a national program and you’re getting $1.1 million, and you’re (talking about) going statewide…” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “I’m really concerned because that is where your revenue is. That’s what’s keeping the hospital in the black — that one single line item.” While the hospital operation itself and South Central Kansas Clinic are losing money overall, that has been offset by profits from the recently added lab outreach program and Senior Health Unit. “We have other projects we’re working on,” Watson added. “We wanted to try it for six months … it’s just not been consistent for us.” “How can it not be successful with a $1.1 million dollar profit?” asked Commissioner Dan Jurkovich. Harper indicated there was some difficulty in receiving payment for the lab services. “We’re still working on that,” Watson...

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