Day: November 9, 2017

Closure to resume on 15th Street, begin Nov. 13 on Washington Avenue

North 15th Street will resume being closed to through traffic from Radio Lane and Skyline Road starting Nov. 13, according to Public Works Director Eric Broce. During this road closure, through traffic on 15th Street will be detoured east at both Radio Lane and Skyline Road. Access will be accommodated to local traffic only during the course of concrete paving. Andale tentatively plans to begin concrete paving in the North Third section Nov. 14 and that portion will be completely closed for at least three days after paving. Local access will be from the south. If the weather cooperates, city officials hope to complete the project in the next few weeks. The project has been broken into three main segments — north, middle and south — to allow local traffic access at all times, depending on which section of concrete paving is occurring at any given time. During concrete paving of the Middle Third section, Timberlane residents will have access from the south and residents living on Proffer Lane will have access from the north. When concrete paving begins on the South Third portion of the project, both Timberlane and Proffer Park residents will have access to their neighborhoods only from the north. Detours for local access will be very fluid during the next 30 days. The City of Arkansas City is maintaining a project page for 15th Street...

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Selfie with an Elfie social media contest offered for Christmas in the City

A Selfie with an Elfie scavenger hunt will be a part of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas in the City activities this year. Selfie with an Elfie is available to local customers for a chance to win $350 in Chamber Bucks. The contest starts Nov. 20. Each week from Nov. 20 through Dec. 15, five local businesses will be host to a life-sized “elf” at their location. Customers wishing to participate in the Selfie with an Elfie contest must take their photo with the elf and then post it to either Facebook or Instagram. They also must tag the chamber’s Facebook page, the business’ Facebook page and Christmas in the City at all 20 businesses to be eligible to win. The Selfie with an Elfie contest rules may be obtained at the Ark City chamber office, located at 106 S. Summit St., or at www.arkcitychamber.org or its Facebook page after Nov. 13. 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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Huff makes first court appearance; unlawful sexual relations case continued

Teacher Ethan Dane Huff made his first appearance in court Nov. 7 following an October arrest for an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. Huff appeared in the Arkansas City courtroom, presided over by Cowley County District Court Judge Christopher Smith. His attorney, who was retained from Wichita, also appeared. Richard Paugh requested that his client’s case be continued to Dec. 12. Huff has been free on bond since the day of his arrest. His bond conditions were continued to his next appearance. He also has been suspended indefinitely from his teaching position with the Arkansas City Public School District. The criminal complaint filed against Huff lists two counts of unlawful sexual relations with a person 16 years of age or older. Each of the counts comes with a potential penalty of 31 to 136 months in prison, a fine of up to $300,000 and a post-release supervision term of 24 months. Huff is to have no contact with the alleged victim of these crimes. His next appearance was set for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12. 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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Andreo named recipient of KCWE Leadership Inside the Field Award

Eddie Andreo, Cowley College’s associate vice president of distance learning and site management, recently was named the recipient of the 2017 Kansas Council for Workforce Education (KCWE) Leadership Inside the Field Award, in recognition of his work with Cowley faculty in securing Quality Matters certification for selected technical courses. The award is designed to recognize individuals who have developed model programs, provided leadership, conducted research or been involved in any other activity that advances the status and visibility of career and technical education, within Kansas or beyond. Andreo, who is a certified Quality Matters trainer and peer reviewer, was crucial in helping Cowley College to become the first community college to earn Quality Matters approval for a fully online associate of applied sciences program in milling science. He also obtained Quality Matters approval for online Non-Destructive Testing courses, mentors and supports all online Career and Technical Education instructors at Cowley College, and assumes a vital role in technology and career prep at Cowley College. Andreo was a deserving recipient for the Leadership Inside the Field Award, according to Lenora Cook, dean of health care, public safety and wellness at Johnson County Community College. “The Kansas Council of Workforce Education seeks out innovative individuals who have advanced the initiatives of workforce education,” Cook said. “In Mr. Andreo’s case, he was instrumental in establishing Cowley College as a leader in Quality...

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SCKMC updates commission on Senior Health census, new billing initiative

South Central Kansas Medical Center personnel provided a financial update during a City Commission of Arkansas City meeting Nov. 7. SCKMC Chief Financial Officer Holly Harper was on hand to provide a look at some of the September and October numbers. Harper said the average daily census dipped in September, due to a drop-off in the Senior Health Unit, but was back on track for October. “You can see the dip, our first actual dip for 2017,” Harper said. “I did want you to see that there was a dip, but we’re back up.” Commissioner Jay Warren asked what caused the dip in the Senior Health Unit census. “It’s just one of those things that snuck up on us,” said SCKMC Chief Executive Officer Virgil Watson. “We had some problems with our marketing. We kind of got out of focus of our main goal of staying above eight patients a day. It happens. This is the first real dip we’ve taken in our Senior Health Unit. But we’re back on focus and stabilized.” Watson alluded to a changeover in staff as another reason the dip in census happened. “Nursing is a problem for everybody. The pool is real small. It’s something that will always be a problem in this area,” he said. Boosting revenues Harper reiterated the hospital will see increased revenue through the 340B pharmacy program, which will...

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