Day: November 8, 2017

Commission gives Good Neighbor Award to Chickadonz, gets clinic update

Walmart Manager Mark Chickadonz was awarded the Good Neighbor Award by the City Commission of Arkansas City on Nov. 7. “He’s done a lot of things in the community that have been above and beyond,” said Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. “He was extremely helpful here in the last couple of weeks with the train re-dedication ceremony.” Chickadonz agreed to donate a large portion of food for the event. “He brought it down personally to the church where they were preparing everything. He stayed and made sandwiches. He even stayed and handed out food,” Lawson said. “As mayor … thank you for your service,” Mayor Dan Jurkovich said to Chickadonz while handing him the award. “Mark, I’d like to thank you … for all of your donated time. We really appreciate it,” said Commissioner Charles Tweedy III. “It’s my pleasure,” Chickadonz said, adding that he was glad there are so many efforts with which to be involved in Arkansas City. “Thank you very much. I appreciate it,” he said of the award, which the Beautification and Tree Advisory Board voted unanimously last month to give to him. Direct Primary Care update During a hospital update, South Central Kansas Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Virgil Watson confirmed the forward momentum toward the creation of a new Direct Primary Care program. The Direct Primary Care clinic will...

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Public forum on Nov. 13 to discuss survey of Downtown Historic District

The City of Arkansas City will be host to a special informational forum Nov. 13 at the Arkansas City Senior Citizens Center to discuss an upcoming historical survey. This public meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. The senior center is located at 320 South A St. Business and property owners in the Downtown Historic District are encouraged to attend and learn more about the survey of the district, planned for the next six months. They will be able to ask questions. In attendance will be Brenda Spencer, with Spencer Preservation, which has been retained by the city to conduct the survey, as well as Principal Planner Josh White and the Historic Preservation Board. “This will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have about the survey project and for me to introduce myself, as you will undoubtedly see me on the street when I am out surveying your buildings,” Spencer said in an Oct. 27 letter to downtown property owners. Representatives of the Kansas State Historical Society also will attend and give a brief presentation about the benefits of the historic district designation, including the historic tax credits it makes available. This meeting, which is free and open to the public, will serve as the kickoff for the survey project. About the Downtown Historic District survey The City Commission of Arkansas City voted unanimously Oct....

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Southwestern College Choral Union rehearsals begin; concert is Dec. 3

WINFIELD — The Southwestern College Choral Union (SCCU) began rehearsals on Nov. 7. Rehearsals will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday at Darbeth Rehearsal Hall in Winfield. SCCU is a community and college ensemble that offers choral and vocal education, plus performance opportunities, to a broad range of ages (16 and older) and experience levels, according to Brandi Young, executive director for the Community Music School (CMS). SCCU will perform at the Winterfest Concert on Dec. 3. The project price for becoming a member of SCCU is $40 for adults, but it is free for Southwestern College students. The group still is accepting students. “SCCU is taking a new direction this year with being a project-based ensemble that will combine with the SC A Capella Choir for special projects and concerts,” said Brian Winnie, SCCU director. “Rehearsals nurture the growth of all individuals through one-on-one instruction within the group setting, student internship collaboration, emphasis on vocal technique and growth of musicianship skills. Performances maintain innovative programing, helping to stretch the choral art, community and members. SCCU believes in strengthening both Southwestern’s and Winfield’s commitment to the fine arts, and enhancing our historical choral legacy by bringing music back to the community.” CMS will be host to a winter recital on Dec. 13. A celebratory reception will follow the recital in the Darbeth lobby. “CMS recitals are an...

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Republican governor candidate Wink Hartman stops in at Cowley College

While touring community colleges in the state of Kansas, Wichita businessman Wink Hartman visited Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City as part of his campaign for the Republican nomination for Kansas governor. Hartman is the owner of oil industry businesses and Hartman Arena in Wichita. Hartman is a strong supporter of vocational-technical schools and community colleges. While at Cowley, Hartman mentioned the importance of Senate Bill 155, which was created to stimulate growth in career and technical education at both the secondary and post-secondary levels in Kansas. “This bill needs to be funded properly so we can send certified students into the workforce if we wish to grow jobs in Kansas and keep businesses in the communities,” Hartman said. Cowley College President Dennis Rittle discussed with Hartman the impact of community colleges across the region, including equipping the workforce, community enrichment, and empowering citizenship and civic involvement. “When I speak with governor candidates, like Mr. Hartman, who understand the importance of how community colleges serve as the most time-tested and reliable intervention to build communities, equip a workforce, advance economies, and promulgate those treasured local values for future generations, I am inspired,” Rittle said. Hartman was born and raised in Wichita, and graduated from Wichita State University. After becoming fed up with “business as usual in Topeka,” Hartman decided to enter into the 2018 GOP contest. “Strong leadership is...

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