Day: October 12, 2017

Society for Creative Anachronism practices sparring, crafts in Wilson Park

Wilson Park was host to an unusual event this month when members of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) gathered for sparring practice. More than 50 people from Arkansas City, Emporia, Oxford and Wichita — as well as Norman, Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Tulsa in Oklahoma — converged on the rotunda for a day of medieval fun and games. Half a dozen or more participated in armored combat. The group even drew a crowd of local teens who watched the swordplay. “They were here earlier, left and came back,” said Tammy Miller, who served as a field marshal during the event, keeping everyone safe and within the boundaries of the “battlefield.” Society of Creative Anachronism SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Members of the society belong to the “Known World” — a conglomerate of 20 “kingdoms,” with more than 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. SCA members dress in clothing from the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods, attend events that feature tournaments, have royal courts, and participate in feasts, dancing, various classes and workshops, and much more. The culture of the society is so strong that some individuals use their SCA name in their everyday lives. For instance, a woman known only as Aaloch said her given name now exists only for the Internal Revenue Service...

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Winfield resident Calvin to sign copies of ‘The Bluebonnet Child’ at Graves

Winfield resident Meggie Lee Calvin will sign copies of her book, “The Bluebonnet Child,” at Graves Drug in downtown Arkansas City during Arkalalah. Calvin, who serves as director of children’s and family ministry at First United Methodist Church in Winfield, addresses the issue of children who don’t have a healthy parent to nourish them. “The bluebonnet flower grows in very poor soil,” states a release announcing the signing event and explaining the premise of the book. “One would never guess this truth, but the bright, proud bonnets tell no lies. Not even the unkempt soil can keep a bluebonnet from producing its lovely blossoms. “People can be similar to the bluebonnet flower. They are born into poor soil and have to live with the challenges presented to them. Kids from neglectful or abusive families are Bluebonnet Children. We are trained in children’s and family ministry that the parent is the primary faith nurturer.” Calvin will sign copies of her book from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at Graves Drug, located at 212 S. Summit St. The bluebonnet mission The book was written with a specific purpose in mind. “My goal was to write about a sensitive/potentially dark subject matter in an extremely approachable/light-filled way in order to encourage more people to make a difference,” Calvin said. She credits a “divine nudge” that led her to pen the...

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Cowley College dignitaries take part in Sumner groundbreaking ceremony

WELLINGTON — The dream is becoming a reality. Through hard work and vision from numerous individuals, the groundbreaking ceremony for Cowley College’s Sumner County campus took place Oct. 11 in Wellington. The location of the future campus is east of Walmart, along U.S. 160. Due to recent rain, the groundbreaking ceremony was held next door to the site in the Walmart parking lot. More than 270 people attended the event, which featured comments from: Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, the keynote speaker; Marjorie Short, owner of Short Land Company; Michael E. Zamrzla, deputy state director of U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran’s office; Debbie Luper, district director of U.S. Rep. Ron Estes’ office; State Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, R-Arkansas City; State Sen. Larry Alley, R-Winfield; State Rep. Ed Trimmer, D-Winfield; Blake Flanders, president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents; Ray Frederick, chair of the Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority; Clifford Bales, chair of the Sumner County Commission; Stacy Davis, executive director of Sumner County Economic Development; Bob Juden, chair of the Cowley College Board of Trustees; Cowley College President Dennis Rittle. Colyer said this was a historic day and something that Kansans are extremely proud of. “This is so life-changing for the future of our children,” he said. “Thank you to this community and the great leadership of Dr. Rittle. We are Cowley Proud because we are Sumner...

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Fifteen of 19 candidates in three local election races attend Oct. 10 forum

Candidates running in the three local elections this fall gathered Oct. 10 to participate in a public forum. This forum, held at the Arkansas City Senior Citizens Center, featured a question-and-answer session for each of the three groups of candidates. The first session was set aside for Cowley College Board of Trustees candidates, the second for City Commission of Arkansas City candidates and the last for USD 470 Board of Education candidates. Questions were submitted by the approximately 80 audience members who attended the forum. The forum was co-hosted by Ark City Daily Bytes and the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, and moderated by Jack Dickson, pastor of Shepherd’s Grace Church in Arkansas City. Cowley College trustee candidates Seven people are running for four open seats on this board, including three incumbents, and all seven attended the forum. Ned Graham, Bob Juden and Brian Sanderholm are current trustees attempting to secure another term on the board in the Nov. 7 election. The other four candidates are not currently trustees, but most have had experience on boards prior to running in this race. Michael Bergagnini has served as the mayor of Parkerfield since 2004, Darrin Green served on the Cowley County Mental Health Board and as a Cub Scouts leader, and Gary Wilson was a Cowley County commissioner for 12 years. Each candidate answered questions about the college’s master...

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Candidate Q&A: Karen Welch — City Commission of Arkansas City

Name: Karen Welch Position you are running for: City Commission Family members (e.g. spouse, children, grandchildren): Married to Gary Welch; one daughter, Brooke Istas; and one son, Patrick Baird. How long have you lived in Arkansas City? I am a lifelong resident of the Arkansas City/Cowley County area. Have you served on any boards previously? I have been involved with law enforcement and communications boards, the Traffic Safety Committee, and the Strother Field Commission. (Editor’s note: Welch has been a city commissioner for about 16 months and currently serves as vice mayor.) Why did you choose to run for this position? As a lifelong resident of the Arkansas City area, I choose to serve my community. South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) currently owes around $2 million to the City of Arkansas City in loan repayment, plus continued special assessment payments. SCKMC has promised to start repaying the city by the beginning of 2018. What steps, if any, do you think should be taken to address this issue? In general, what does the city need to do to ensure continued financial stability for SCKMC? Do you think significantly reorganizing and/or selling SCKMC should occur, and if so, why? The hospital continues to develop new revenue sources. The hospital is very important to Arkansas City and the surrounding communities. We all should work together to make sure we maintain the...

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