Day: December 18, 2017

Hanson marks 25 years of making music with magical new Christmas CD

Hanson gets a bad rap. The family trio first appeared on the music scene in the ’90s — the decade of boy bands, Britney Spears and the pop music explosion. Then, in the summer of 1997, something unusual happened. Three home-schooled brothers from Tulsa, Oklahoma, released their debut album, “Middle of Nowhere” (1997), and hit it big. The album went quadruple platinum and the first single, “MMMBop,” held the Billboard No. 1 spot for three weeks. In November of that year, Hanson released their first Christmas album, which included a mix of holiday staples and new songs. It has become an enduring Christmas tradition for many fans. Now, 20 years after their initial success, Hanson is celebrating with a new Christmas album. Not gone at all While many think they disappeared into obscurity, Hanson actually have been steadily building a catalog of music that most musicians would envy. The band always has had a loyal fan base, which they keep by continually connecting with them via their membership site, Hanson now have eight albums, two demos, two live albums and a greatest-hits collection in their discography. Thirteen albums in 25 years is nothing to sneeze about for any band, much less one that went independent after their second album. Independent, you say? Decades before this move was considered viable, Hanson created their own production studio so the band’s...

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Sanitation on four-day schedule next two weeks for Christmas, New Year’s

The City of Arkansas City will shift to a four-day sanitation schedule the next two weeks due to the closure of all city offices each of the next two Mondays. City Hall will be closed Dec. 25 for Christmas Day and Jan. 1, 2018, for New Year’s Day. The Cowley County Landfill also will be closed Dec. 25 for Christmas Day and Jan. 1, 2018, for New Year’s. All of Monday’s route and part of Tuesday’s route will be collected Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, 2018. The part of Tuesday’s route to be collected those two days is from Madison Avenue south to the Mill Canal, and from Summit Street east to E Street and southeast through Sleeth Addition. (Please see accompanying map for full detail of holiday pickup areas.) The remainder of Tuesday’s route and Wednesday’s entire route will be collected Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 2018. Thursday’s and Friday’s entire routes will be unaffected by these holiday disruptions. All refuse should be placed at normal pickup locations by 6 a.m. on the scheduled day of pickup. There will be no return pickups. No recycling will be collected Dec. 23 or Dec. 30. The F Street Limb and Compost Site also will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2018. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson....

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SCKMC recognizes Judd-Jenkins for her support of health care in Kansas

A special event was held Dec. 14 at South Central Kansas Medical Center to thank Rep. Anita Judd-Jenkins, R-Arkansas City, formally for her unwavering support of health care issues during the 2017 Kansas legislative session. “We want Representative Judd-Jenkins to know how much we, as health care providers, appreciate her support,” said Virgil Watson, SCKMC’s chief executive officer. Judd-Jenkins voted in support of every high-priority health care issue addressed during the 2017 Kansas legislative session. Such legislative issues included KanCare reform and expansion, reversal of the 2016 Medicaid provider cuts, and the concealed carry exemption for public hospitals. “As leaders and partners in health care, we appreciate Representative Judd-Jenkins, and the support she has given to health care in Kansas and in our community,” proclaimed SCKMC Board of Trustees Chair Carol Hearne. Hearne presented Judd-Jenkins with a certificate of appreciation from the Kansas Hospital Association during the Board of Trustees’ meeting. After receiving of the award, Judd-Jenkins reinforced her support of rural health care. “Rural hospitals, to me, are one of the most important issues we have in the State of Kansas,” she said. “How we support them will determine how much employment we have within the counties that have the hospitals, as well as the property and sales taxes that we are able to garner from those who live within our communities, which are two of the three...

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