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Arkansas City man jailed with no bond after battering police officer July 31

The Arkansas City Police Department arrested an Arkansas City man July 31 after a disturbance involving a pellet gun in central Arkansas City. During the arrest, the suspect struck an ACPD officer in the face, causing a serious injury. Michael Kevin Shine, 32, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer, battery-domestic violence, criminal damage to property, and violation of a protective order. Shine was transported to and booked into the Cowley County Jail with no bond through Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City. He remained in custody at the time of this release. Officers were dispatched at 4:58 p.m. July 31 for a report of a physical disturbance in the 100 block of North Third Street. The suspect was reported in possession of a pellet gun that he was using to cause damage to objects and other people in the public right-of-way. Police arriving at the scene were confronted immediately by Shine, who continued acting aggressively and threw an object at an officer. He resisted arrest during the entire time he was being taken into custody. Shine allegedly began fighting physically with the arresting officer. During this altercation, he struck the officer in the face, causing injury. The officer was transported to the South Central Kansas Medical Center emergency room and treated for his injuries. Two other officers also were...

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East Madison Avenue bridge closed through Aug. 3 for tree removal

The East Madison Avenue bridge across the Walnut River will be closed through Aug. 3 for tree removal between the bridge and Crestwood Drive. The closure will occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The road will be reopened each night, then closed again the following morning. Access for local residents on this stretch of road will be maintained. The removal of trees along the north right-of-way of Madison is necessary so a new 12-inch water line can be installed in that area. It will serve as a future connection to a redundant line across the river. This open-cut line water line replacement project by Goddard-based Nowak Construction was approved July 25 by the City Commission of Arkansas City, for an amount not to exceed $124,278. East Madison will be closed completely on the west side at its intersection with the U.S. 77 bypass. The east closure will be at Crestwood Drive, although local traffic will be allowed through to access the residences west of Crestwood Drive. Non-local traffic will be detoured at Country Club Road. The Crestwood neighborhood will remain accessible from East Chestnut Avenue for the duration of the project. For questions, call the Public Works Department at (620) 441-4480 or (620) 441-4488. This information was provided by City of Arkansas City Public Information Officer and Special Projects Coordinator Andrew Lawson. Share this:Click to share...

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Lt. Cowley to appear during sesquicentennial event at Cowley County Fair

WINFIELD — Cowley County’s namesake, Lt. Matthew Cowley, will make a rare appearance at the 2017 Cowley County Fair. As part of Cowley County’s sesquicentennial this year, there will be a special celebration from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 4 on the Midway Stage at the Winfield Fairgrounds. The Cowley County Historical Society Museum presentation of “Voices from the Past” will include dynamic portrayals filled with historical facts and folklore. In addition to Lt. Cowley, who is being portrayed by Stephen Markley, Col. E.C. Manning (Clyde Vassey) and James Land (Dr. Chris Wilson) will re-enact the heated claim dispute of these influential men. Brad Beeson, of Miles Funeral Home, will portray one of the earliest professions during the settlement of Cowley County — funeral director, also known as an undertaker. And Prairie Ridge schoolteacher Miss Montra (Stephanie Angelmyer) will speak to the parents of her pupils as the new school year kicks off. A time capsule presentation will end the stage event. A limited number of Cowley County Community Guides and wooden nickels commemorating the county’s 150th birthday will be available to the public. There will be a display reflecting on the history of Cowley County under the grandstands throughout the entire fair. Further information on this and other sesquicentennial events are listed on the county website at www.cowleycounty.org. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click...

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Leadership Cowley County accepting applications for 2017 through July 28

Leadership Cowley County still is accepting applications for its 2017 class, which is filling up fast. Those who are interested in this leadership program, which promotes county awareness and addresses civic challenges, may apply online by July 28 on the LCC website at www.leadershipcowleycounty.org. The class not only is a call to action for those who already are aware of their leadership skills, but it also is a means for developing skills in those who are not sure of their leadership capabilities. It provides transformative skill sets needed to improve the capacity to interact productively with others. The Leadership Cowley County program is dedicated to training individuals from all backgrounds, education, and skill levels in the principles of both personal and civic leadership. Class members learn about and visit various locations in the county, and are introduced to and work with curriculum developed by the Kansas Leadership Center. The Kansas Leadership Center is a leadership development organization funded by a core operating grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. Upon successful completion of the program, class members will have: a thorough knowledge of their individual leadership skills; an enhanced awareness of community needs and assets; new relationships; new networking capabilities; a heightened sense of self reflection; the chance for personal transformation. Each leadership class is composed of two full-day or extended sessions and five afternoon sessions that take place on Tuesdays...

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National Heatstroke Prevention Day is July 31, will focus on child deaths

With temperatures set to reach the triple digits again this week, officials are warning against heat-related health emergencies. National Heatstroke Prevention Day is July 31. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is asking for help to raise awareness about the danger of heat to kids — in particular, children who are left in cars during days with high temperatures. As of July 10, there have been 19 heatstroke deaths just this year of children who have been left in cars. Starting at 6 a.m. July 31, NHTSA will use the hashtags #heatstrokekills and #checkforbaby on all of its social media every 30 minutes, including Facebook, Instagram and its Twitter page, @NHTSAgov. 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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