Day: December 20, 2017

Arkansas City’s VFW Post 1254 honors essayists, first responders

Members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1254 have had a very busy week. On Monday, three post members presented certificates of appreciation and cooperation to four local middle schoolers. The middle school students participated in a nationwide essay contest called the Patriot’s Pen. This essay competition is open to any child in the sixth through eighth grades. The contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay expressing their views based on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is America’s Gift to My Generation. Post Commander Charlie Cravens, Kansas VFW Commander Michael Holland and local post member Cliff Gottlob were on hand to present certificates to Shannon Angel, Macy Hodges, Joseph Thomson and Mackenzie Vickery. Each student turned in an essay that was entered into the national competition and each essay expressed different opinions concerning this year’s topic. “What makes the United States different from any other country is that it is up to the individual to make the correct choices to use those freedoms,” Vickery writes. “This is what America means to me, the freedom to choose. Throughout my life, I will have the opportunity to make many choices — for example, choose the career I want, how far to educate myself and where I want to live.” “I...

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SCKMC laboratory aide Nicky Terrill is December Lifesaver of the Month

Nicky Terrill, laboratory aide for South Central Kansas Medical Center, was named the Integrity Healthcare Professionals Lifesaver of the Month for December. Terrill was nominated for donating a kidney to her father, Mervin Bruce, who has polycystic kidney disease (PKD). PKD is a hereditary kidney disease that causes clusters of cysts to develop within the kidneys. In time, the cysts cause the kidneys to enlarge and lose function. Bruce’s kidney function had been declining and was approaching the need for dialysis. Since Terrill didn’t inherit the disease, she decided to see if she was a match to donate one of her kidneys. It was determined that she was a match, so Terrill began the process of testing to ensure that donating her kidney would be safe, both for her father and for herself. Once the testing was complete, the surgeries were scheduled at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. “The surgeries went well and her kidney started functioning for her dad right away,” said Lois Faber, Terrill’s supervisor at SCKMC. “He is doing great and one of the doctors said from looking at him now, he would never believe that he’d just had a kidney transplant.” Terrill now is on the road to recovery, back at work and growing stronger each day. “There was never a doubt in her mind that she would do this for her father,”...

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Big Brothers Big Sisters enjoys annual Christmas party for waiting kids

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Cowley County recently held its annual Christmas party for all matches and Littles on the waiting list. More than 50 people enjoyed bowling, pizza and a small treat bag. All of the kids were entered into a drawing for three bicycles that were given away, thanks to Jerry Osborn. “We were very fortunate to have Jonathan Leeper and American Family Insurance sponsor this year’s event,” said BBBS’ Debi Clark. The employees had discussed in their weekly meetings something different they could do for kids, she said. “This time of year, they try to do something special. Jonathan mentioned to them that when he went to Southwestern, they did a skating party for Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Clark said. “Jamie Harrod then contacted BBBS and we discussed the Christmas bowling party.” After they discussed the opportunity, they agreed it would be fun to be involved with this event, Clark said, and they enjoyed seeing the kids smiling and having a great time. There are 96 youths who would love to have either a Big Brother, Big Sister, Couple or family match. If you are at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED, you can share either 30 minutes a week or visit twice a month, for two hours each time, for a minimum of a year. For more...

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Wide range of Christmas church services offered this week in Ark City

There is a wide range of Christmas church services being offered this week in Arkansas City. From regular church services on Christmas Eve to candlelight vigils, there is something for everyone. Specifics for each church can be found by contacting the church of your choice.   Calvary Chapel, 1001 S. Third St. — (620) 442-8397 Worship at 10 a.m. Dec. 24; Candlelight service at 6 p.m.   First Assembly of God, 3125 N. Summit St. — (620) 442-8087 Service and candlelight communion at 10 a.m. Dec. 24.   First Baptist Church, 220 E. Central Ave. — (620) 442-3510 Morning service at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24; Candlelight service at 6 p.m.   First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. First St. — (620) 442-5700 Worship at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24; Candlelight service at 6 p.m.   First United Methodist Church, 2448 Edgemont Drive — (620) 442-4530 Worship at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24.   Grandview United Methodist Church, 9044 111th Road, Winfield — (620) 221-1157 Worship at 11 a.m. Dec. 24; Communion service at 6 p.m.   Mt. Hope United Methodist Church Worship at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24.   Northside Baptist Church, 500 N. Fifth St. — (620) 442-8100 Service at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24.   Shepherd’s Grace Church, 1125 S. Summit St. — (620) 393-0060 Service at 10:15 a.m. Dec. 24; Candlelight service at 11 p.m.   St. Paul United Methodist Church, 220 E. Washington Ave. — (620) 442-2110 Candlelight and communion at...

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