Day: January 8, 2018

Man taken into custody Jan. 5 after domestic incident leads to standoff

The Arkansas City Police Department took a 35-year-old Arkansas City man into custody Jan. 5 after a domestic incident led to an armed standoff. The man was not arrested, although possible charges of battery-domestic violence, criminal use of weapons, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine are being evaluated. Officers were dispatched about 3:13 a.m. Jan. 5 to a domestic disturbance at 915 South B St. The initial report indicated a female was barricaded in a bathroom at the residence and a male was threatening her with a gun. Police arrived at 3:15 p.m. and heard yelling from within the residence. They approached the home and saw a 35-year-old female in the front doorway. They were able to move her away from the residence and to safety. The male suspect was seen inside the open front door and officers instructed him to exit the home. The man responded with statements telling the officers to shoot him. However, positive communications were maintained with the man and he eventually came out to the front yard willingly. He was armed with knives and ammunition, which were taken from him. He was placed in handcuffs. The man appeared to be in mental crisis, so he was transported to South Central Kansas Medical Center for a mental health evaluation. He later was transferred to a secure mental health facility. A search of the...

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SCKMC radiology department has perfect KDHE inspection in 2017

The South Central Kansas Medical Center radiology department recently completed its 2017 inspection with zero deficiencies reported. The annual Kansas Department of Health and Environment inspection is a requirement through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s mandating certified inspectors to assess each medical facility’s compliance with federal standards. “The radiology department and specifically the mammography modality was gone over with a fine tooth comb, and we hit another home run with no deficiencies,” said Katrenia Beane, SCKMC’s lead radiology technologist. The inspection lasted an entire day, with approximately four hours spent in the mammography area. “It’s validation,” said Jennifer Richardson, the hospital’s lead mammography technologist. “I enjoy mammography, work hard and want to do the best for the patients.” The inspection included an in-depth review of the department’s policies and procedures, including quality control, staff credentialing and continuing education, and patient follow-up. “I have three check systems in place to make sure we are not letting anything slip through the cracks,” Richardson said. Richardson thinks the key to the department’s success has less to do with the paperwork required and more with actual patient interactions. “You have to be caring about your patients in (mammography),” Richardson said. “I enjoy all the ladies and all their little stories. I have a rapport with a lot of them. It is important that I make sure the women know what they are supposed...

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Hope for Today: My sustaining hope in the New Year after much loss

Two months ago, my family and I laid my father, Paul Decker, to rest after he unexpectedly died of advanced pancreatic cancer on Nov. 13, 2017 — three days after his diagnosis. The holidays were obviously different for our family, knowing Dad was gone. It is not only unique for us, but for thousands of others who lost a loved one in 2017. After we buried my father and traveled back home to Kansas from Ohio, death visited again. Within days, I found myself standing next to a friend in a hospital bed who had just lost her husband in a horrific vehicle accident, in which she also received multiple injuries. No one is immune. If you are in a situation like this, where can you find hope in this New Year? As you see others dancing the night away or having good times with family and friends, you might feel an emptiness because a spouse or parent is gone and not coming back. On that November Monday night, at 10 p.m., I received a call I never will forget. My mother, in shock and in the deepest of tears, told me Dad was gone. As I hit the floor in overwhelming despair, nearly 1,000 miles away, I soon was drawn to pick up my Bible. I flipped to 1 Corinthians 15:54-55 and read it for myself, and to...

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Sutton plans Carole King tribute concert for Jan. 20 at Burford Theatre

The V.J. Wilkins Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre will be host to a Carole King tribute concert this month. Starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 20, local artist and musician Julie Sutton will perform King’s music on stage. Sutton will perform music from King’s album, “Tapestry,” including “I Feel the Earth Move” and “It’s Too Late.” King wrote her first hit at the age of 17 and recorded from the 1960s to present day. “Tapestry” was released in 1971 and has sold more than 25 million copies. Tickets to the event currently are on sale at They are $12.50 in advance and $15 after Jan. 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Burford Theatre is located at 118 S. Summit St. in downtown Arkansas City. Sutton is a Winfield singer-songwriter whose music has won contests at Walnut Valley Festival and Ark City’s PrairieFest. It also was featured recently on AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” She has been a regular performer at Winfield’s Art in the Park, Sidewalk Music Crawl and College Hill Coffee, in addition to other venues, as a member of the Kansas Arts on Tour roster. Formerly a writer and editor for Hallmark Cards, Sutton makes her living as a visual artist and art instructor. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share...

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