Day: December 7, 2017

U Paint It plans three final events this month before closing up shop

U Paint It, located at 220 S. Summit St., has several parties scheduled throughout December. “We’ve been hosting many social networking events over the last two years at our U Paint It studio,” said co-owner Marilyn Coury. “We have enjoyed meeting new people, having fun with old friends and painting with kiddos.” However, she and her co-owner are closing the studio in order to pursue different, independent ventures. “This will be our final holiday season and we hope you’ll have time to come paint at least one more time with us,” Coury said. The first event to take place will be a kids U Paint It class at 4 p.m. Dec. 9. It will feature a train painting. U Paint It is teaming up with GE’s Feed the Families for this event. Half of the $20 ticket price will be donated directly to efforts to feed local families. Seating is limited to 40 people. Children younger than 7 will need an adult chaperone. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The second event will take place Dec. 12 and feature a pet portrait tutorial. The tutorial, to be taught by Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce President Kammy Downs, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Attendees must RSVP for the portrait class by emailing Coury at The last class to be taught at U Paint It will be at 6:30...

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Thanks to Red Kettle, many giving opportunities abound in holiday season

Arkansas City residents have many options for charitable giving year-round. However, there are even more to choose from around Christmas time. One notable addition in December is the Salvation Army Red Kettle program. This year, bell ringers can be found in the usual places, such as Walmart and Dillons, as well as at Steamy Joe. The Red Kettle organizer this year is Mary Robinson. She can be contacted at (620) 441-8694. Family Life Services (FLS) recently took over the distribution of Salvation Army funds in Arkansas City. “The key is getting (the funds) to the people who need them,” said FLS Director Tim Durham. People who are seeking help from the Salvation Army may contact FLS at (620) 442-1688. FLS also accepts donations, both through monetary means and through the giving of items. Milk, Bread and Eggs Milk, Bread and Eggs is a local nonprofit started by Christopher and Mitchell Gingher. This ministry effort currently is in need of donations. It provides individuals with a voucher for 1 gallon of milk, a loaf of bread and one dozen eggs. These vouchers are distributed through local churches and other avenues. The vouchers then are taken to Country Mart to be redeemed for the milk, bread and eggs. This ministry is ongoing and can be donated to throughout the year. Funds may be donated to Milk, Bread and Eggs at First...

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Beef and vegetable soup joins chili as winter staple in our household

While growing up, there were a couple of meals that we only ate once winter finally came to Kansas. Chili was one of those dishes — because who wants chili when it’s hot outside? The other was my mother’s vegetable soup. Now, as an adult, I realize traditional vegetable soup contains more veggies than anything else. But in my childhood home, vegetable soup was more like beef and veggie soup. Since then, I’ve altered the recipe to be more traditional, but my mom’s soup still is a favorite in my home. Vegetable soup ingredients 4 pounds diced beef — almost any cut of steak will do 1 large diced yellow onion 1 gallon water 8 beef bouillon cubes 1/2 head green cabbage 1 pound sliced carrots 2 pounds diced potatoes 1 can diced, stewed tomatoes 1 can tomato sauce 1 can Mexican Style Lime & Cilantro RO*TEL 1 can white or yellow corn 1 can sweet peas 1 can green beans Cajun seasoning, to taste Instructions Start by dicing the beef into 1/4- to 1/2-inch cubes, then add them to a hot pan that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Add to onion to the beef and cook on medium heat until the beef re-absorbs the liquid that was cooked out of it. This process can take some time, so be patient — it will ensure that the end product is...

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Commission recognizes volunteers, witnesses promotions, receives award

The City Commission of Arkansas City recognized several people during its Dec. 5 commission meeting. The first was Robert Courtland, a Winfield resident who owns property in Arkansas City. He was given a Good Neighbor Recognition Award by the city. Courtland has been involved heavily in citizen cleanup efforts in the summer and fall around the city, including helping a Prayer in Action group from the Wichita diocese of the Catholic Church. “We wanted to recognize Robert for all his help with the community cleanup,” said Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. “(He) donated the use of his trailer, which was immensely helpful for the volunteers to take loads up to the dump. He also got out there and helped trim back trees … during (Fall) Cleanup Day (on Oct. 14).” Another Good Neighbor Award has been given to Marsha Hephner for her efforts picking up trash during Fall Cleanup Day. She was unable to attend the meeting Dec. 5. Both Courtland and Hephner were nominated for the awards by city staff. The Beautification and Tree Advisory Board voted unanimously in October to given them the awards. Police officer promotions In addition to acknowledging citizens for their volunteerism efforts, the commission also recognized two Arkansas City Police Department employees. Officers Chase Hobart and Ted Shinneman were acknowledged as ACPD’s newest master police officers. “Both officers have...

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Goossen to speak to W4K-CC about Kansas economy Dec. 9 in Winfield

WINFIELD — Women for Kansas-Cowley County (W4K-CC) will hold its December meetup from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Winfield High School cafeteria, located at 300 Viking Blvd. The event, which is co-sponsored by Save our Schools, is free and open to the public. Duane Goossen, senior fellow at the Kansas Center for Economic Growth (KCEG), will speak about the damage caused to the Kansas economy by years of diminished revenue after the 2012 tax cuts and the steps necessary to restore the state’s financial stability. “We are very excited to host Mr. Goossen at our December meeting,” said Pam Moreno, one of the co-leaders of W4K-CC. “The Kansas economy affects every one of us, and we are glad that he is able to make time to visit us in Cowley County and address this critical topic.” Before joining KCEG, Goossen was a seven-term member of the Kansas House of Representatives and a budget director for 12 years under three different governors. He graduated from Bethel College in North Newton and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Women for Kansas-Cowley County meets on the second Saturday of each month. All are welcome to attend. For more information about this event or W4K-CC, call Moreno at (620) 262-2326 or Tracy Muller at (620) 307-6290, or email This...

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