Day: September 21, 2017

SEEDS program announces final exhibit and performances Sept. 23

The SEEDS artist mentoring program has announced that its visual and music artists will give their final performances and art exhibits Sept. 23, and the public is invited. At 12 p.m., music mentor Tim Durham and his mentee, Cody Griesel, will give a one-hour community performance, entitled “Acoustics Unplugged,” under the Wilson Park rotunda during Cowley’s Outdoor Market. The mentor and mentee pair also will perform from 4 to 5 p.m. during the final SEEDS art exhibition later that day at Ark City Arts, located at 116 S. Summit St. At 3:30 p.m., the SEEDS visual artists will give a presentation of their community project, the Arkansas City Place mural, situated on the north end of the Burford building. Immediately following the presentation, the public is invited to Ark City Arts for the closing reception of the SEEDS visual arts exhibit from 4 to 6 p.m. The SEEDS artist mentoring program has been a collaborative effort of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and Ark City Arts, with funding by grants from local foundations the Robert Warrender Trust, Legacy Regional Community Foundation and the V.J. Wilkins Memorial Foundation. This year’s mentors and their mentees were: music — Durham and Griesel; theater — Nancy Orr and Carla Brake; visual arts — Mark Flickinger and Julie Sutton; visual arts — Maribel Ramirez and Rikki Johnson. Mentees were selected by the mentors through an...

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Mayor Jurkovich reflects on background, coaching, reasons for running

Mayor Dan Jurkovich might not be an Ark Citian by birth, but his dedication to his adopted town is evident from his time on the City Commission of Arkansas City. His business acumen has served him well while dealing with the tough financial issues that the city has experienced in recent years. “I decided to run when there was talk about building a new water plant,” Jurkovich said in an interview Wednesday. “I saw how the hospital had already become a problem because it was built bigger than needed. I did not want the water treatment plant to be unsustainable.” Jurkovich family background There is much more to Jurkovich than what most see. He grew up in a small town in northern Michigan that had a population of about 2,000 people. He and his wife, Susan, met while attending Central Michigan University. Both have bachelor’s degrees from that university. Susan has roots in Cowley County — her parents live in Winfield. “Her relatives started Albright’s in Winfield. Her grandmother, Enid Bishop, was Queen Alalah number 6,” said Dan Jurkovich. ‘Coach Mayor’ stays busy Dan Jurkovich is a husband and father of four. “We have four children — Joseph, 17, (a high school) senior; Elizabeth, 15, (a high school) sophomore; Sarah, 13, eighth grade; and Rachel, 10, a fifth-grader,” he said. “They all attend Ark City Christian Academy.” Jurkovich also coaches ACCA’s...

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ACPD warns local businesses about fraudulent checks

The Arkansas City Police Department has notified local businesses of a recent rash of fraudulent check writing. A man going by the name of Tim Hartzell has passed numerous fraudulent checks in the Oklahoma cities of Newkirk, Ponca City and Stillwater, as well as in Arkansas City, according to ACPD Detective Lt. Jim Holloway. There have been multiple types of checks issued. Some have been cashier’s checks from Fidelity Bank and others have been payroll checks. So far, the names on the checks all have been for “Casey Fink.” A fraudulent Oklahoma driver’s license has been presented along with the checks. Business owners and citizens are warned to not accept any checks with the name Casey Fink on them, Holloway said. 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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Community turns out to meet new Golden Tigers coordinator Somerville

Members of the community turned out for a meet-and-greet reception with Adriana Somerville, the newly hired alumni relations and Golden Tigers coordinator at Cowley College, on Sept. 19 in the college’s Earle N. Wright Community Room. Somerville will be responsible for connecting alumni to the college, while also planning outings, educational programs and workshops for the Golden Tigers program. She said she was happy to have an opportunity to meet several individuals in the Golden Tigers program during the come-and-go reception. “I really wanted to make sure the Golden Tiger folks know who I am,” Somerville said. “It is good for them to put a face with the name. I want them to know that if they have any questions or concerns … I am here for them.” Somerville is a graduate of Wichita State University, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in communication. She also attended Cowley College, where she studied secondary education. She said she enjoyed her time at Cowley as a student and is excited to be part of the Cowley community once again. “It has been fun planning new events for now and in the future with the Golden Tigers and alumni,” Somerville said. Cowley College’s Golden Tigers program, offered to community members who are at least 60 years old or fully retired, provides educational opportunities that promote social, spiritual, artistic and physical...

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Former Cowley criminal justice student Trobaugh receives police awards

WICHITA — Codie Trobaugh, a former Cowley College criminal justice student, recently was named the recipient of two awards from the Wichita Police Department. Trobaugh received the Officer of the Month award for the Patrol East Division of the Wichita Police Department in both June and July. He received the June award for his professional actions during the apprehension of two armed suspects following the robbery of a convenience store. The July award was given to Trobaugh due to actions he took during the pursuit of a kidnapping suspect. This incident resulted in the arrest of the suspect and safe return of the victim, as well as the seizure of multiple pounds of methamphetamine. “The criminal justice program would like to congratulate Mr. Trobaugh on the recognition and a job well done,” said criminal justice instructor Frank Owens. 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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