Day: December 8, 2017

Cowley College releases trustee applicant names

Cowley College has released the names and applications of two citizens who have indicated interest in filling a vacant trustee seat. Michael Bergagnini, of Parkerfield, and Nancy Burger, of Winfield, both have applied to be considered. Bergagnini was one of seven people who ran for the Cowley College Board of Trustees in last month’s election. He received 1,115 votes in the election, finishing fifth after former county commissioner Gary Wilson, who was elected to a seat. Burger was not a candidate in the election and does not cite any prior experience on boards in her application. The next Cowley College Board of Trustees meeting is at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 in the president’s dining room at the McAtee Dining Center. While the appointing of a new trustee to fill a vacancy is not listed on the agenda, the meeting will occur 19 days after official notice of the vacancy was published, so the trustees will have to option to appoint someone if they so choose. Kansas statute requires at least 15 days to pass between the official notification being published and the appointment of a new trustee. The board also will meet for its annual Christmas dinner at 5 p.m. This also is open to the public, but attendees will not be served food. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens...

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Celebrate hand-washing for the holidays on national awareness week

With the rush of the holidays, end-of-the-year excitement and turn in the weather, it’s easy to become run down and exhausted — perfect conditions for illness to take hold. When one’s system is compromised, it’s extra important to stay healthy by avoiding germs, and the best way to do that is by washing hands. Dec. 4-10 is National Hand-Washing Awareness Week. The goal of this week is to “decrease the spread of infectious diseases by empowering individuals to educate and help protect their communities,” according to the American Cleaning Institute. Washing hands is one of the most effective and simple ways to decrease one’s risk of flu, other viruses and the common cold. Most people are good about washing their hands when they use the restroom or are about to prepare food, but there are many other moments throughout the day when a good washing will go a long way. For example, when caring for someone who is sick, treating a wound, cleaning up after a child or changing a diaper, having contact with animals or their waste, or just taking out the trash, people absolutely should wash their hands. All of these everyday activities could spread germs and disease, so be sure to wash up! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outline the five steps to proper hand-washing. They are: Wet hands with clean, running water — warm...

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Applied Voice students take part in voice recital; Vespers set for Dec. 10

Cowley College students who enrolled in Applied Voice lessons finished off the semester by performing in a voice recital Dec. 7 at First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City. Half of the Applied Voice students were featured in a recital at Cowley College’s Student Showcase earlier in the week and the other half participated in the recital on Dec. 7. “It always amazes me to hear the growth of each student throughout the semester,” said Applied Voice instructor Lindsay Allen. “Their work this semester on their pieces really showed during the recital. David (Smith) and I are proud of everyone who performed.” Citizens may continue to celebrate the holiday season with music by attending the annual Christmas Vespers Concert on Dec. 10. The Cowley College Singers and Cowley College Concert Choir will perform traditional Christmas music, as will the Concert Band and Jazz Band. There is no cost to attend the event, which will be held at 2:30 p.m. in the Robert Brown Theatre, located at 215 S. Second St. Following Vespers, audience members can head to the college’s Earle N. Wright Community Room for a reception hosted by the Cowley College Foundation. This information was provided by Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo. 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...

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Ark City resident Ayala arrested Dec. 8 for aggravated assault with pistol

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man early Dec. 8 after he allegedly threatened a female with a handgun. Jose DeJesus Ayala, 37, was arrested on suspicion of felony aggravated assault, as well as disorderly conduct and violation of a protective order, both of which are misdemeanors. He was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $22,500 bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. Ayala remained in custody at the time of this release. Officers were dispatched around 3:16 a.m. Dec. 8 to 2002 North C St. for a report of a man pointing a gun at another person. He left the area prior to their arrival. The weapon was reported to be a pistol. The female victim said she met the suspect, identified as Ayala, at the front door of her residence. He produced the weapon, then said he wanted her and their son to return to his residence. She refused. He reportedly cycled the action and pointed the gun at her. Another person then called 911. Police located Ayala while he was driving and conducted a traffic stop in the 900 block of West Radio Lane. No firearm was recovered from the scene. He was arrested and taken into custody. A defendant’s guilt or innocence is to be determined by a court of law. This information was...

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Arkansas City driver cited for inattentive driving Dec. 6 after striking child

The Arkansas City Police Department cited an Arkansas City driver Dec. 6 after she struck a 4-year-old child with her vehicle, causing injury. Ginda Alexander, 28, was cited for inattentive driving. She was driving a black 2004 Ford SUV. The Arkansas City Fire-EMS and Police departments responded at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6 for a report of a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Third Street and Walnut Avenue. They found the 4-year-old had been struck by a vehicle southbound on Third Street. The child was walking home with a parent and entered the intersection, traveling east, at the time the accident occurred. The child sustained minor injuries to the right foot from the impact and a bloody lip from falling after the impact. No damage was reported to the vehicle involved. The victim was not transported by EMS, but was supposed to be taken by family for a medical exam. The accident occurred one block east of Frances Willard Elementary School, 201 N. Fourth St. This incident remains under investigation. 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 window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new...

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