Day: October 18, 2017

Arkalalah events keep growing with addition of train dedication, free movie

Arkalalah officially begins Saturday, when the first clue for the medallion hunt will be released. An additional clue will be released each day until the medallion is found. Ark City Daily Bytes readers can find the clues on or our Facebook page. Individuals searching for the medallion must adhere to the rules outlined in the Arkalalah booklet. Train unveiled at kickoff party Tuesday night will bring a special Arkalalah kickoff party to be held at Wilson Park. Among the festivities planned is a dedication of the renovated train at 5:30 p.m. The train will be revealed next week after being covered since early this year. Following the dedication ceremony, there will be a video presentation and small reception at the rotunda. In honor of this year’s Arkalalah theme, the Executive Committee will sponsor the movie “The Great Outdoors.” The John Candy comedy classic will be shown for free under the rotunda starting at 7 p.m. Concessions and entertainment Downtown concession stands will open for business at 11 a.m. Wednesday. There are 25 concession stands this year, with three additional booths on West Fifth Avenue. The beer garden opens Wednesday, as well, and will operate from 12:30 p.m. to midnight each day. Wednesday also is “All You Can Ride Night” at the carnival. Starting at 8 p.m., there will be a fireworks show that can be viewed from downtown...

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Dining with Diabetes: Fall classes next two months to assist with food prep

When I was pregnant with my second child, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. My doctor referred me to a dietitian who helped me to understand the importance of diet and exercise. My family was supportive and I was able to manage my blood sugar levels. Education and support were keys to my success. Diabetes is one of the most costly health conditions in Kansas. More than 50 percent of spending on type 2 diabetes is for treating health problems that could have been prevented with better diabetes management. Research shows diabetes can be treated and managed by healthful eating, regular physical activity, and medications to lower blood glucose levels. To help with educating and managing this disease, K-State Research and Extension facilitates the four-session Dining with Diabetes course. This course provides education and training focused on behaviors shown to help people with diabetes to stay healthy. Originally developed by West Virginia University Extension, the program is offered across the nation. Participants learn what it means to eat well with diabetes, gain confidence in diabetes self-management and learn healthy cooking techniques. A spring session was held at South Central Kansas Medical Center and participants shared success stories that included losing weight, drinking more water and changing other behaviors that improved their health. The fall session of Dining with Diabetes will be offered at Winfield Public Library in partnership with...

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Arkansas City High School senior Katie DiVall named Miss Arkansas City

Arkansas City High School senior Katie DiVall was named Miss Arkansas City in September and will appear at this year’s Arkalalah Coronation. She is the daughter of Kenny and Melissa DiVall. Katie did not anticipate being named Miss Arkansas City. “It is my understanding that school staff nominated me for Miss Ark City … I am very humbled and appreciate the honor,” she said. Highly involved DiVall DiVall is involved in a myriad of activities at the high school, as well as her church. “I’ve been involved in band all four years of high school and this year, I got the honor to have the role as one of the drum majors, which has been a great experience,” she said. Drum majors are students chosen to act as conductors during marching band season. “I’ve also been in National Honor Society for three years, and this year I am serving as the vice president,” DiVall said. She also has participated in Student Council for two years and recently was chosen as the Soroptimist Girl for October. Mission trip and future plans In 2016, DiVall traveled to Kenya with Northside Baptist Church on a mission trip. “I was blessed to share this experience with my dad and several friends,” she said. “We were able to get to learn another culture and share our love of Christ with others. “My passion to...

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Burger Junkie celebrates new hours with Chamber of Commerce event

Burger Junkie celebrated its newly opened business Oct. 10 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, during which the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce presented owner Christopher Goodman with a certificate of best wishes and a chamber membership certificate. Several local member businesses attended the ribbon-cutting at the completely remodeled eatery, located at 611 W. Madison Ave., which opened June 12. Goodman, the sole owner-operator, is a U.S. military veteran who serves fresh, never-frozen beef burgers and hand-cut French fries daily. Burger Junkie does not have any freezers or microwaves and the onions are grilled on a cast-iron grill. The inside of Burger Junkie is a hip setting with a ’50s-style atmosphere, which includes a Wurlitzer jukebox. “Apparently, casino-goers are coming through Ark City on U.S. 166 to grab some fresh burgers and fries on their way to Native Lights and 7 Clans (casinos),” said Chamber President and CEO Kammy Downs. “However, Burger Junkie is providing a fresh food option for Ark City citizens, too.” Hours of operation are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, as well as from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Burger Junkie is closed Sundays and Mondays. This information was provided by Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Kammy Downs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to...

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