Month: November 2017

Citizens rally to raise funds for Eastmans after each had leg amputation

Bobbie and Anna Eastman are on the road to recovery following a devastating accident Nov. 5 in Centerton, Arkansas. The Arkansas City couple were on their way back from a weekend trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, when a truck struck the right side of their motorcycle. Both of them were flown to a nearby hospital, where their life-changing injuries were treated. They are both back in Kansas now. However, their recovery process is likely to be a long one. “It’s going to be a long process,” said Anna Eastman. “We both sustained a right-leg, above-knee amputation.” Eastmans unable to work Due to their injuries, the Eastmans are not entirely certain when they will be able to return to work. Bobbie Eastman works for Collision 2 Custom as a body repairman. “(We are) not sure if he will be able to return in that line of work again,” said Anna Eastman. She said they are looking at a minimum of three months of recovery before they can be fitted for prostheses. “I am an LPN for a local doctor in Ark City at a clinic, so it really depends on how quick I can heal,” said Anna Eastman. “(I) might be able to go back sooner, but (it’s) unpredictable right now and too soon to say.” Charity both ways Both of the Eastmans have been avid motorcycle riders, giving their...

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This holiday fudge recipe is a perfect addition to any gift-giving arsenal

One of my favorite holiday traditions is to make delicious Christmas treats. While these treats are not healthy, they are a fairly easy and inexpensive way to make gifts for those in your life. One of the fan-favorite treats that my family makes is our decadent holiday fudge. It is one of the simplest things we make, but easily one of the most complimented. There are only two required ingredients and it takes approximately 15 minutes to make. Holiday fudge ingredients 3 cups chocolate chips — any variety, e.g. milk, semi-sweet or dark 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk Instructions Combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a sauce pan. Melt over medium heat, stirring until smooth. Pour into an 8-inch square pan and spread until smooth. Refrigerate the fudge until it is hard, which takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. Optional add-ins You can add a cup of chopped nuts — my favorite add-in is pecans — or marshmallows during the process. If you decide to go the marshmallow route, you need to add 2 tablespoons of butter to the chocolate while it is melting before adding marshmallows. To make it easier to pull the fudge out of the pan, line it with wax paper before pouring in the hot fudge mix. This also makes cleaning the pan a snap. With the holidays right around the corner, you...

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Local fourth-grader Vogele reads essay, flips lights switch at Merry Monday

Fourth-grader Noah Vogele was given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity Nov. 20 to light the tree in downtown Arkansas City with Santa and Mrs. Claus. He participated in this year’s essay contest, a special opportunity given to one fourth-grader. Vogele’s winning essay won him a ride on a horsedrawn carriage to the Merry Monday festivities. He and the Clauses — portrayed John and Melanie Shelman — were dropped off in front of the tree, which was lit after Vogele read his essay to the crowd. Vogele: What Christmas means to me Christmas is Jesus’ birth. Christmas is where we celebrate with family and friends and presents, but most of all celebrating Jesus’ birth. It’s fine to love presents and have the best tree, but we need to remember the first Christmas. We need to celebrate c-e-l-e-b-r-a-t-e hohoho we are gonna celebrate and we will shout hip-hip hurray for Jesus’ birth. I love being with friends and family, but you’re never alone. I love Christmas because we get presents and you get to decorate a tree, but also celebrating the birth of Jesus. I love school at Christmas because it is out for two weeks. I love opening and giving presents. 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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College publishes notice of Regnier’s vacancy after secret discussion

The Cowley College Board of Trustees voted Nov. 20 to publish notice of the vacancy on the board caused by Sid Regnier’s March 13 resignation. The notice of the vacated seat was printed Nov. 22 in the Cowley CourierTraveler — 254 days after the vacancy originally occurred. The vote to publish the notice was conducted following a 15-minute executive session to “review Kansas law related to legal proceedings, pursuant to the exception for matters subject to the attorney-client privilege.” While the action that followed this executive session suggests the trustees spoke about the application of K.S.A. 71-201(15), the statute that governs filling a vacated seat on a community college board, there is no sure way to determine if that was the specific topic discussed during the closed session. “It’s hard to say what they discussed in executive session, but attorney-client privilege is protected,” said Cowley County Attorney Larry Schwartz. “It is conceivable they wanted to discuss with their attorney what the law is regarding the process of choosing (a) new board member and once they were guided by counsel, they felt they were able to move forward. This is actually what we want them to do. We want them to seek legal advice before moving forward.” City Attorney Tamara Niles, who taught a class to several trustees following their violation of the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) last year, says...

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Street closures Nov. 30 in Sleeth Addition

Due to construction of the waste line from the new Water Treatment Facility to the Wastewater Treatment Facility, G Street will be closed to through traffic Nov. 30 in Sleeth Addition, between Tyler and Polk avenues. In addition, Tyler Avenue will be closed to through traffic between G and H streets. Access will be maintained for local residents through the construction period. These temporary closures will allow the contractor to stage the new pipeline in the street while completing the directional drilling today along G Street. All streets should be reopened to normal traffic by 5 p.m. Nov. 30. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. 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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