Month: October 2017

Kansas, Oklahoma high schoolers attend Senior Day at Cowley College

High school seniors from Kansas and Oklahoma took part in Cowley College’s Senior Day on Oct. 25 at the school’s main campus in Arkansas City. A total of 285 students and parents took part in the event. Students were given an opportunity to tour the campus, while information was available from different organizations, clubs and departments. A visitor survey was handed to each student to complete. Students were asked what was their favorite part of the event. “The student survey showed they loved the setup of Senior Day and the ability to visit with instructors in their programs of study,” said Kristi Shaw, executive director of enrollment management. Students also were treated to performances from the Cowley College cheerleaders and players in the upcoming theater department production of “Mary Poppins.” A food voucher was given to the Senior Day attendees to sample food from one of the Arkalalah food booths. There also was a student panel with prizes given away at the end of the event. Admissions representative Julianna Smarsh, who is in her first year at Cowley College, said she was impressed by the event. “I had a blast, and was fueled by the excitement from the students as they visited the booths and spoke to the various clubs,” Smarsh said. “It was a very informative experience not only for the attendees, but for me, as well.” To...

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Cowley College creative writers attend Nimrod Conference for Writers

TULSA — Several Cowley College writers recently attended the Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers, hosted by Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They also toured the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park and Museum before the conference began. Docent Dewayne Dickens led a tour of Reconciliation Park, which provides a message of hope while telling the history leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riots, as well as documenting those events, the stories and the survivors. Writers then attended the Friday Write Night, where they were able to visit with authors and hear them read their works. Primary authors this year were novelist Laura van den Berg and poet Jericho Brown. At the conference, Brown, van den Berg and several other authors hosted masters’ classes, so participants were able to choose from several different topics of interest to them. In discussing some of the information he’d learned, Creative Claws president John “J.C.” Pappan said he thought it was even better than last year’s conference because both the novelist and poet were interesting in their presentations, as well as detailed in their advice to writers. “The conference was thrilling,” said freshman Hannah Lyles. “I loved meeting the authors and hearing them read their writings.” Students attending the conference were Kelsey Boles, Isaac Cervantes, Grayson Gorday, Lyles, Aimee Morgan, Pappan and Bronte Young. Faculty members were Marlys...

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Thomas Nelson’s KJV Know the Word Study Bible Kindle Fire giveaway

I love study Bibles. A well-done study Bible can do much to enhance what time you have to study God’s Word. A while back, I reviewed the New King James Version (NKJV) Know the Word Study Bible. So, when the King James Version (KJV) became available, I was very excited. The KJV is my preferred translation, although I have branched out a little more in the past year. Much like the NKJV, this wonderful Bible offers many different options to deepen your study, including book-by-book notes. This is a nice study tool that highlights different themes and leads you through each book in the Bible. The verse-by-verse tool delves deeper into verses to bring out aspects that might be confusing, highlight important information that a layman studying the Bible might not know and giving you other verses that connect to the one you currently are reading. However, the topic-by-topic notes might be my favorite of the study materials included. Notes on many topics are spread throughout the Bible. These notes lead you to think more deeply about the topic being addressed, such as faith and words or love and purpose. This Bible also features eight color maps, a concordance, and introductions to each book for historical and study context. Anyone looking for a nice, informative KJV study Bible should check out the Know the Word Study Bible to find out if it will...

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Police begin ‘No Valuables November’ initiative to reduce car burglaries

The Arkansas City Police Department is planning an initiative for the month of November called “No Valuables November.” The program will focus on reducing motor vehicle burglaries and thefts by raising awareness in the community that thieves target vehicles based on a few factors. Those factors include: keys left in the ignition; vehicles left unlocked; windows left down; parking in poorly lit locations; and the main focus of the program — items of value left in plain sight, such as wallets, purses, phones, backpacks, laptops, money, etc. “The department is hopeful that through personal contact, media outreach and community cooperation, we can work toward fewer motor vehicle thefts and burglaries,” said Police Chief Dan Ward. Every year, officers respond to more than 100 incidents involving the theft of valuables from cars left unsecured and parked on city streets, in parking lots or even in driveways. In some cases, thieves might only intend to rob the contents of an unsecured car, but find keys to the vehicle … and away they go. Stolen vehicles pose a significant risk to the public and officers. Many times, a stolen vehicle is abandoned and recovered with little risk. However, should the thief be confronted by law enforcement, the odds indicate that a vehicle pursuit might be the result. Through the month of November, officers of the Arkansas City Police Department will conduct vehicle...

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Arkansas City Rec Center sponsoring 30-minute-a-day walking program

The Arkansas City Recreation Center (ACRC) currently is hosting “One Step at a Time,” a countywide walking program. This program was made possible through a grant received from Legacy Regional Community Foundation. Legacy offered the grant, in part, as an initiative to address children’s health disparities. Applicants submitted proposals to provide funding to plan and implement countywide programming that motivates children and families to become more physically active. ACRC’s program encompasses an easy 30 minutes a day, three to four times a week. A kickoff party Oct. 14 in the Paris Park Pool parking lot launched the program with information and prizes. “After that, they can walk anywhere they want,” said ACRC Programs Director A.J. Davidson. “We had mile signs made for the walking path that we would like them to all see for the first initial walk.” This program is open to people of all ages. Call (620) 441-4300 with any questions. Cowley County currently is ranked the 84th-healthiest county in Kansas. Additionally, access to exercise in Cowley County is rated at 50 percent, versus the state average of 76 percent. Legacy Foundation is committed to creating a stronger future for the area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to...

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