Day: October 6, 2017

Fall Cleanup Week is Oct. 9-13 in Ark City; volunteers needed Oct. 14

The City of Arkansas City will conduct its annual Fall Cleanup Week refuse collection event next week throughout the city, in conjunction with normal pickup. Fall Cleanup Week will culminate in a special Fall Cleanup Day event starting at 8 a.m. Oct. 14. This event will be a perfect opportunity for youth groups, civic clubs, churches, and other nonprofit organizations to lend a helping hand to their neighbors and friends who are in need of some assistance. Volunteers will be assigned to one of six cleanup zones to help to clean up the downtown and main corridors of Arkansas City prior to Arkalalah, as well as assist property owners who have requested it. The event begins with coffee and donuts at 8 a.m. under the Wilson Park rotunda. Volunteers then will be supplied with bags, equipment, waiver forms, and maps and routes for their assigned areas. To volunteer yourself or a group you are part of, call Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson at (620) 441-4415 or send him an email at alawson@arkansascityks.gov. Volunteer groups can work throughout the day on Oct. 14 if they want to do so. Cleanup also can be done on your own in assigned areas during the week leading up to Fall Cleanup Day or afterward. Electronic waste recycling also will be offered Oct. 14. There will be a drop-off location at the park. Fall...

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100-plus Cowley students take part in Health and Human Services Day

Students interested in pursuing a career in Allied Health, cosmetology, criminal justice, education, EMS or related fields attended Cowley College’s Health and Human Services Day on Oct. 4 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room. More than 100 students and around a dozen vendors attended at the event. This year, students already enrolled at Cowley were invited to join in the event and speak with the vendors. “The students really enjoyed the hands-on booths available and the various simulations,” said admissions representative Julianna Smarsh. “I thoroughly enjoyed the participation from the cosmetology students and their excitement to work with the attendees’ hair.” Local employers at the event were: Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department; Arkansas City Police Department; EagleMed; Graves Drug; Hillside Medical Clinic; Presbyterian Manor; Rogers Family Dentistry; South Central Kansas Medical Center; South Central Kansas SWAT; Walmart Optometry; William Newton Hospital; Winfield Fire-EMS Department; Winfield Police Department. 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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Boxing duo competes to reach U.S. Olympic Trials after long journey

Boxing is not a sport often associated with Cowley County, but for the past 10 years, there has been an entire gym full of boxers in Winfield. Two boxers who train at Team Punisher Boxing Gym are heading to the final qualifier for the United States Olympic Trials this month. Bryson Nuckles and Daniel Chase will fight in separate divisions, each vying for the No. 1 or No. 2 spot. If either is successful in placing first or second, he will head to Colorado for the Olympic Trials. Nuckles, a Winfield resident and former Arkansas City High School wrestler, is a three-time world champion and the son of Trace Nuckles, the owner of Team Punisher. Chase is an Oxford resident and a two-time world champion. Team Punisher Boxing Gym is located at 516 Main St. in Winfield. Qualifying matches Both young men have boxed for more than a decade and are making last minute preparations for the qualifiers. This set of matches will be held from October 15 to the 21, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The qualifying matches the boxers are heading to are the last set that determine who goes to the Olympic Trials. In all, there are eight sets of qualifying matches. The class that Nuckles and Chase box in is open to fighters between 18 and 40 years of age. “There’s not going to be one slouch...

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Cowley’s Emily Lundblom named Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar

Cowley College’s Emily Lundblom, of Mulvane, is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members named a 2017 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members to defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate’s degree programs. Scholars also are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in PTK programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 1,000 applications were received. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the U.S. military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides Leaders of Promise Global Scholarships, earmarked for international students. “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.” The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in PTK programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities. “Research shows that Phi...

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Ark City Daily Bytes, chamber candidates forum is Oct. 10 at senior center

Ark City Daily Bytes and the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host a forum for local political candidates Oct. 10 at the Arkansas City Senior Citizens Center. The forum will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The senior center is located at 320 South A St. The forum will begin with the candidates for the Cowley College Board of Trustees, each of whom will have three minutes to answer questions posed by audience members through the moderator. There are seven candidates for three positions. Those who will attend are Michael Bergagnini, Darrin Green, Jonathan Hansen and Gary Wilson, plus trustees Ned Graham, Bob Juden and Brian Sanderholm. From 7 to 8 p.m., City Commission candidates will answer questions. Those confirmed to attend are Commissioner Jay Warren, Vice Mayor Karen Welch, and challengers Kanyon Gingher and Milissa Robb. The forum will conclude with the USD 470 Board of Education. Six candidates are vying for three seats. Lori Barnes, Rhoda MacLaughlin-Ramirez, Damon Mendoza and Lance Niles are expected to participate. Responses will be timed by the chamber of commerce. Each set of candidates will have an hour to answer questions. Outside of their sessions, candidates are invited to meet with citizens one on one. Any unanswered questions from the audience will be sent to the candidates after the event and Ark...

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