Day: November 7, 2017

Six incumbents hold strong in elections Nov. 7, joining four newcomers

Incumbents carried the day in the Nov. 7 elections, earning re-election to all three local boards — City Commission, Cowley College Board of Trustees and USD 470 Board of Education. Among those re-elected were city commissioners Jay Warren (29 percent) and Karen Welch (23.9 percent); trustees Ned Graham (16.6 percent), Bob Juden (18.2 percent) and Brian Sanderholm (21.5 percent); and recently appointed school board member Lance Niles (20.2 percent). Joining Warren and Welch on the City Commission with a two-year term will be Kanyon Gingher, who collected 18.3 percent. Despite not being eligible to serve due to an impending move out of state, commission candidate Richard Humphrey received 7.95 percent of votes. The fourth college trustee representing Cowley County will be former county commissioner Gary Wilson, who had 13.9 percent of the total votes cast. Joining him as a newcomer will be Sumner County’s first-ever trustee, Glennis Zimmerman, who won with 1,556 votes over Kay Ryan, who had 796. The current trustees still will need to fill by appointment the seat Sid Regnier vacated in March, which has two years left in its term. The two new school board members will be Rhoda MacLaughlin-Ramirez, who led all candidates with 26.1 percent, and Lori Barnes, who came in third with 17.9 percent, replacing Daren Reese and Joe Woodard. The unofficial final vote totals for each race are listed below. About...

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Nine Lives improvisational comedy troupe to perform family show Nov. 10

WINFIELD — Southwestern College’s Nine Lives Laughatorium and Good Times Improvisational Comedy Troupe will perform a community show at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Messenger Recital Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center. The public is invited to attend and there is no admission charge. The theme for the show is “Beat the Clock” and it is intended for the entire family. Troupe director Allyson Moon said prizes and candy will be handed out throughout the event. “The troupe members will get a challenge from the audience regarding the number of games that the troupe can play in 60 minutes,” Moon said. “The troupe will then try to fully play each game while working to beat the clock. As always, there will be a great deal of audience interaction, prizes and candy. It is a totally fun hour of entertainment for the entire family.” Troupe members include Tanner Carlson, Tessa Castor, Melissa Connell, Allie Petrovich, Matthew Porter, Tanner Schartz and Jack Warring. About Southwestern College Southwestern College is a private liberal arts college, founded in 1885 by Methodists in south-central Kansas. Today, its Winfield campus is the residential hub that guides students to lives of meaning and service, with well-rounded academic and extra-curricular offerings attracting traditional-aged students from throughout the nation and world. Southwestern College Professional Studies provides options for online students in any location and has been named...

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Beauty and the Beast rescheduled for Nov. 10 at Agri-Business Building

The 2017 Fall Friday Family Movie Series will end at 6 p.m. Nov. 10 in Arkansas City with a Disney movie at the Agri-Business Building, 712 W. Washington Ave. The 2017 live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” cosponsored by the Optimists and Soroptimists of Arkansas City, is a new PG-rated adaptation of the classic fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love. It stars Dan Stevens and Emma Watson. The movie had to be rescheduled from Nov. 3 at Wilson Park due to cold, rainy conditions that day. It instead will be held in the north end of the Agri-Business Building so weather will not be a factor. “We are so appreciative of the generous sponsors who make these wonderful events possible,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. All told, a total of 16 sponsored movies were shown for free in 2017. “We would like to thank the local Optimist and Soroptimist clubs for stepping up to help us to round out this year’s slate of films,” said Public Information Officer Andrew Lawson. “The city also would like to express its appreciation to both Ark City Daily Bytes and Rogers Family Dentistry for agreeing to co-sponsor our ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ doubleheader on such short notice, even though there were very few opportunities to advertise their sponsorship beforehand.” This information was provided by...

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Fellow pastors, former students remember Fry for pastoring despite dying

Laughter and tears were equally present Nov. 4 during a celebration of the life of the late Pastor Mark Fry. The standing-room-only service was attended by more than 200 people. Fry died Oct. 20 after a long battle with esophageal cancer. Alan Brook, associate pastor for Calvary Chapel, was the first to speak at the service. “Our goal is to better round out your picture of Mark,” Brook said. “I liken people to puzzles. When you meet a person, you begin putting together a few pieces of their puzzle in your head. You begin to build a picture of who they are.” Unlike traditional puzzles, he said, there is no picture on a box to help to develop the end product. “Only God has the big picture of our life,” Brook said. “Mark believed that once you were saved, you were not just to sit. “If you believed that you were being called to ministry, then Mark would shepherd you. He would raise you up to do that work.” Called to be a shepherd Those who spoke at the service were just a few of those whom Fry shepherded through the years. Pastor Steve Bliss, who serves at Calvary Chapel in Elk Falls, was one of them. “I’d never heard someone teaching Scripture (before meeting Fry),” he said. Bliss joined Calvary Chapel after being invited to attend and was...

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