Day: November 6, 2017

Letter from McLeod: Secure Ark City’s future with a vote for Jay Warren

We all know that Jay Warren is a huge supporter of everything positive for Ark City. We see him at all the fundraisers — he’s the cook most of the time — and of course he supports Ark City organizations financially, as well. What we don’t always think about is the important job that he’s doing to secure our future. I’ve been back in town for a few years and had the great pleasure to work with Jay, particularly on the Etzanoa archaeological project. And I can tell you from my experience that Jay is one of those rare individuals who can understand and visualize the future, and then he has the guts to advocate for it in a very positive and a very effective way. Jay’s been an advocate for the new water plant because of the many jobs and revenue that it can bring to town. The hospital, as we all know, is struggling to make payments on the $20 million bond, but Jay has been supportive throughout because he understands that the hospital will eventually be worth many times $20 million to Ark City’s future. I first saw Jay’s enthusiasm when he was the prime mover to push the Etzanoa archaeological project forward. He understands the many economic benefits that Etzanoa will eventually bring to Ark City when thousands of tourists from all over the world...

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Letter: Kiwanis Club thanks Arklalalah-goers for support of Pancake Feed

For over 75 years now, the Arkansas City Kiwanis Club has been serving pancakes at Arkalalah. The event has become a tradition in the club. Generations of Kiwanis members have helped, served and enjoyed the fun of flipping Flapjacks for the people of Arkansas City. The event has become a tradition for Arkansas City families, as well. Every year, families gather early in the morning to enjoy Kiwanis pancakes and a time of conversation before they begin their busy Saturday at Arkalalah. In the 75 years of serving pancakes to Arkansas City, the Kiwanis Club has served well over 100,000 people more than 350,000 pancakes! Many of you remember standing in long lines outside the parking garage, waiting to taste those delicious flapjacks. What you may not know is that every ticket sold, every pancake eaten, every forkful tasted, every memory made, also has made a memory for the children of our community! All the proceeds from the ticket sales for the Kiwanis pancake feed stay right here in Arkansas City. Every dollar raised from every pancake you have eaten stays right here to help the children of our community. In the 75 years that Kiwanis has been serving pancakes to Arkansas City, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised for scholarships for our college students! Countless numbers of baseball and softball teams have been sponsored! Young men...

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Cowley County Emergency Communications to start accepting Text-to-911

Cowley County Emergency Communications, in conjunction with the Kansas 911 Coordinating Council, now offers a Text-to-911 service during emergencies. Text-to-911 service is available for anyone who cannot safely make a voice call to 911 in an emergency, according to a recent news release. This also is a valuable service to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. At this time, Text-to-911 is limited in the Cowley County area because cellular providers still are configuring local routing of text messages to the communications center in Winfield. If a text is sent to 911 in an area where that service is not available, a message will be sent back to the phone, instructing the customer to make a voice call. Some situations when Text-to-911 may be appropriate include: Deaf callers, hard-of-hearing callers or individuals with a speech disability; A caller who is unable to speak due to a medical or other condition; Emergency situations that would put the caller in danger if making a voice call; Extreme examples, including abduction, domestic violence or active shooter situations. When texting to 911, follow these guidelines: Provide your exact address or location. Explain the type of emergency or help that is being requested. Be prepared to answer any questions that the 911 dispatcher texts back. Use plain language — do not use abbreviations, symbols, emoticons or photos. Messages should be brief and concise. Texting 911 can...

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