Day: November 20, 2017

Hope for Today: The sports obsession cannot replace the love of Christ

The ancient people of Israel escaped their Egyptian slave masters for freedom. As they exited Egypt, Moses their leader, often spent time with God, seeking Him for guidance in governing the people. One time, he was alone with God for 40 days. As the time passed, the people began to doubt if Moses would return, so they looked to Aaron, Moses’ brother.  He became their new leader and they sought his help in finding a new god. He led them to craft what became a golden calf and the people said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” (Exodus 32:4) The people of Israel replaced the Lord God with a golden calf, because of their impatience. What they once looked to God for, they now sought through their own creation. The story illustrates the human condition. All of us are like Israel. We constantly are looking to replace God, without realizing it, by instinctively looking to other things to satisfy our needs. As an example, sometimes sports can become one of those replacements when they evolve from casual interest to obsession. Sports are a multi-billion-dollar worldwide industry that are a deep part of the fabric of our culture. However, they go too far when they consume the family checkbook and calendar, to the neglect of more important things. When sports...

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Ark City police to participate in Thanksgiving traffic enforcement effort

The Arkansas City Police Department will join many other police agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the Kansas Thanksgiving Traffic Enforcement Campaign, from today through Nov. 26. A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will underwrite overtime traffic enforcement that specifically targets impaired drivers and vehicle occupants who are improperly restrained or unrestrained entirely. The Thanksgiving holiday period, from Wednesday through Sunday, outranks all holidays other than New Year’s Day in the average number of crashes in which driver impairment is cited as a factor. Those driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs endanger not only themselves, but also others with whom they share the road, including passengers, other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. On average across Kansas, five people are killed or injured in alcohol- or drug-related crashes each day — and the crashes tend to be more severe. Vehicle occupants in alcohol- or other drug-related crashes are more than 2 1/2 times more likely to be injured or killed than those involved in crashes in which alcohol or other drugs were not a factor, according to KDOT, which tracks all crashes in the state. Each week across Kansas, more than 250 drivers are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, the suspension or revocation of a driver’s license, a fine of...

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Broccoli casserole nutritious, satisfying for broccoli lovers like me

I always was one of those weird kids who really loved broccoli. Truthfully, if I could have eaten broccoli at every meal, I would have. This recipe is one that was brought out only once a year when I was a kid, but it ranked among my favorites prepared by my grandmother. Broccoli casserole ingredients 20-ounce package frozen broccoli 1 can mushroom soup 2 eggs, beaten 1 cup Miracle Whip 1/2 teaspoon salt crumbled Ritz crackers Instructions Begin by cooking the frozen broccoli according to the directions on the bag. Drain and combine it with the rest of the ingredients, except the crackers. Stir them together until mixed, but do not over-stir because it can break apart the broccoli. Layer the broccoli mix and crackers in a buttered 8- by 8-inch baking dish. Cover and bake the casserole at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove the cover, sprinkle the top with more cracker crumbs and return it to the oven uncovered for an additional 15 minutes. 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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Ark City resident Canas arrested Nov. 19 on suspicion of marijuana sales

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man Nov. 19 in connection with a seizure of marijuana Nov. 17 at an apartment complex. Felix Canas, 28, was arrested on suspicion of no drug tax stamp and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors, as well as felony possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Canas was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $27,000 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. He remained in custody at the time of this release. Officers were dispatched around 3:22 p.m. Nov. 17 to GardenWalk Apartments, 619 W. Skyline Road, for a report of several suspicious individuals entering and exiting Apartment B2. Police contacted one of the individuals as he was leaving the apartment, later identified as Canas. While speaking with him, they detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the apartment. Police applied for and received a search warrant for the premises. Inside, they found 184 grams of marijuana, several other items thought to contain THC, and related drug-sale and drug-use paraphernalia. Canas was arrested Nov. 19 in connection with this drug seizure. A defendant’s guilt or innocence is to be determined by a court of law. 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...

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