Day: December 6, 2017

Arkansas City Rotary Club provides $3,000 grant to middle school library

The Arkansas City Rotary Club recently wrote a grant to purchase $3,000 in STEAM literature for the Arkansas City Middle School library. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Rotary President Dennis Rittle said the overall goal of the project is to advance career awareness in the STEAM fields while promoting student literacy and career development for the next generation of community and business leaders. Several Rotary members spent time Nov. 29 talking with a group of middle school students. They looked through some of the new books, talked about career opportunities and worked on projects with the middle school’s Makerspace supplies. “During and after this heartfelt morning with middle school students, I heard each Rotarian comment that this exchange did more for the Rotarian than what the Rotarian thought possible,” Rittle said. “We thank the them for their kind hospitality and look forward to future opportunities to interact with the students.” Georgia Sweetwood, ACMS library media specialist, expressed gratitude for the contribution, noting the library had a limited number of STEAM books amid a growing interest among students. “The Rotary has been so very generous,” Sweetwood said. “It was great for the students to have this interaction and to learn more about what their potential career options are. We’re grateful.” This information was provided by USD 470 Public Relations Director Alisha Call. Share this:Click to share on...

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Creekstone Farms Premium Beef receives STAR Award for November

The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce presented Creekstone Farms Premium Beef with the November STAR Award on Nov. 29. Creekstone was honored for its ongoing delivery of excellent products with an international presence, as well as its willingness to collaborate with the city’s businesses, civic groups, and nonprofits and be a positive partner in the Ark City community. The Small Trade Achievement Recognition Award is given monthly to one of more than 300 chamber member businesses in the area. It is awarded when a business owner or staff member has shown exemplary achievement in community involvement or other outstanding accomplishments. Creekstone Farms is known for its premium quality beef and pork products by providing carefully controlled high-quality feeding and state-of-the-art processing practices. Its system is unmatched in the beef industry. “The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce salutes Creekstone Farms Premium Beef for their outstanding contributions to our community and excellent meat products,” said Kammy Downs, chamber president and chief executive officer. In addition, Creekstone Farms contributes to the following Ark City businesses and civic groups, as well as many organizations in the surrounding communities of Cowley County: 4-H Shooting Sports; After Prom; Angels in the Attic; Ark City Christian Academy; Ark City Tumbleweeds; Arkalalah Festival; Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce; Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau; Arkansas City High School cheerleaders; Arkansas City Middle School; Arkansas...

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Becky Reid: Managing stress takes time, but reduces pressure and anxiety

’Tis the season to be jolly … but for some, it is a season of stress. Stress is the way your body responds to experiences and events, and it can be good or bad. Managing stress is important for your health and well-being. Stress can help you to rise to a challenge. It allows you to engage focus, strength, stamina and heightened alertness. The K-State Research and Extension fact sheet about stress management explains: “The human body responds to stressors by activating the nervous system and specific hormones. The hypothalamus signals the adrenal glands to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, and release them into the bloodstream. These hormones speed up heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and metabolism. Blood vessels open wider to let more blood flow to large muscle groups, putting muscles on alert. Pupils dilate to improve vision. The liver releases some of its stored glucose to increase the body’s energy. And sweat is produced to cool the body. All of these physical changes prepare a person to react quickly and effectively to handle the pressure of the moment.” Unfortunately, your body can over-respond or fail to reset itself. If your body is not able to resist and adapt to the stress, other problems can occur, including: anxiety or panic attacks; irritability and moodiness; allergic reactions; problems sleeping; sadness or depression; physical symptoms such...

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Student Showcase and reception held Dec. 5 at Cowley College

Cowley College’s Earle N. Wright Community Room was the place to be Dec. 5 as the room was filled with music, artwork, and writing portfolios as part of the Student Showcase and reception. The event began with a recital by Cowley College’s vocal students. Those in attendance then had a chance to peruse the work created by talented students in Cowley’s creative writing, poetry writing, screenwriting, mass communications, graphic design and art classes. Marlys Cervantes, Cowley College’s Humanities Department chair, said she was proud of the work done by the students. “It was nice to have the Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts departments come together for this event,” Cervantes said. “The different areas did a really nice job.” Vocal students taking part in the recital were Tristan Barragan, Ben Chinn, Ross Ferris, Stephan Harris, Melodie Hunt, Jon Lee, Alex Randall, Andrew Saysourivong and Unique Wilson. Sophomore graphic design students who had portfolios on display at the showcase were Gabbie Lemon, Tea Schmitt, Jorden Shelton, Andrea Snyder and Jayden Titus. Sophomore art majors who had their work on display were Chandra Alford, Len Allen, Emileigh Bond, Surina Cole, Cassidy Harrager, Cassidy Hutton, Breana Lafever, Anthony Moron, Madison Nihart, Riley Provo, Kenia Rucoba, Jesus Sotelo and Allie Willis. Creative writing, poetry writing, and screenwriting students who presented Dec. 5 were Connor Baxter, Kelsey Boles, Isaac Cervantes, Abbey Ferris, Grayson Gorday,...

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Bank open houses, party at farm highlight Christmas events next week

Two local bank open houses and another appearance by Santa Claus highlight a variety of Christmas-themed events next week. Many of these events were announced recently by various local businesses and nonprofit organizations. The week’s fun will kick off with two appearances from 1:30 to 3 p.m. by Santa at the City-Cowley County Health Department. He will be at the Arkansas City office, located at 115 E. Radio Lane, on Dec. 12 and at the Winfield office, located at 320 E. Ninth Ave. Suite B, on Dec. 14. Photos with Santa are free. For more information, call (620) 442-3260. For a list of some of Santa’s other planned local appearances this month, visit wp.me/p7A1jR-47y. Union State Bank open houses Union State Bank has announced its schedule of Christmas open house events: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 — 10111 E. 21st St. N. Suite 100 in Wichita; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 — 127 S. Summit St. in Arkansas City; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 — 2327 N. Ridge Road in Wichita; 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 — 119 W. First St. in Udall; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 — 1329 N. First St. in Arkansas City; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 — 823 Main St. in Winfield (featuring the Viking Voices at 2 p.m.); 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15...

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