Day: November 23, 2017

“The Librarians” brings adventure to TV for binge-watching pleasure

Sometimes a television series will begin and, despite my interest in it, it completely falls off my radar before I have the chance to watch it. “The Librarians” — a TNT series currently in its fourth season — is one such show. It seems like the announcement of the series was just yesterday. My interest in “The Librarians” began with the trio of movies that were released in the early 2000s, featuring Noah Wyle. This trio of movies — “Quest for the Spear,” “Return to King Solomon’s Mines” and “The Curse of the Judas Chalice” — were released in 2004, 2006 and 2008. Wyle, fresh off of his time on “ER,” portrays the clumsy somewhat goofy, perpetual college student Flynn Carsen. The three films chronicle his struggle to find the way as the lone Librarian, a guardian of a mystical Library housing magical artifacts. The TV show has brought a change in how the Librarian system works. There now are three Librarians — we’ll say in training — each possessing different qualities necessary to carry out the mission of the Library successfully, a mission that has the librarians saving the world from evil by using their intellect. Carsen occasionally drops in to assist them. Overall, the Librarian franchise can be a bit campy, but there’s something familiar about the dynamics of the show. At first, I had a hard...

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City Commission approves pair of change orders in short meeting

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted 3-0 to approve a $98,649.18 change order agreement with Walters-Morgan Construction for the new Water Treatment Facility that includes work to improve a sewer relay located at Fourth Street and Washington Avenue. The sanitary sewer located in that area originally was clay tile. Among other things, it serves the current water treatment plant. “When we exposed that sewer, it actually collapsed,” said Public Works Director Eric Broce. The replacement of the sewer lines includes approximately 350 feet of new pipe. “That involved a lot of negotiation,” he said. Broce estimated the age of the pipes that were replaced at 80 to 90 years old. The total value is more than $30,000, but it was negotiated down to around $18,000, he explained. This project still is being worked on and Washington Avenue remains closed at Fourth Street so the construction can proceed. “Fourth and Washington, you need to go check it out, because it is a big hole,” City Manager Nick Hernandez told the commissioners. “You can see all the lines … and you can see that little saddle for the 2-inch line. Why was that ever allowed to be done?” The tie-in will take place on Nov. 26, while Creekstone Farms Premium Beef is not in operation. Broce said that during excavation of the intersection, workers also found an underground Westar Energy...

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Free Affordable Care Act health information session planned Dec. 1

Cowley First, the Cowley County Economic Development Partnership, will be host to a free Affordable Care Act presentation from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Cowley College’s Wright Room, located at 215 S. Second St. in Arkansas City. The presentation is geared toward employers, business owners, human resources managers, CPAs and attorneys, but anyone can attend. Seating is limited and therefore pre-registration is required by calling Cowley First at (620) 442-3094 or (620) 221-9951, or emailing The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been in effect for more than seven years. Efforts to “repeal and replace” the law as a whole all have failed to this point. However, that does not mean the ACA is unchanged. Numerous provisions have been repealed or changed, and the Internal Revenue Service and other government agencies have filled in numerous gaps in the law. Attorney Steven P. Smith will bring attendees up to date on key provisions of the law as they affect employers, including provisions that have been changed, repealed or delayed, and also will review the changes that will be made if legislation pending in Congress is approved. Smith is a member of Hinkle Law Firm LLC in Wichita, where his practice is focused on employee benefits. He works regularly with employers of all sizes to help them to understand and comply with the Affordable Care Act and other laws that...

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