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Officials urge fireworks safety by citizens; sales, discharge begin June 27

Starting today, fireworks are legal for sale and discharge within the city limits of Arkansas City. The sale and discharge of fireworks are permitted from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today through July 3, as well as from 10 a.m. to midnight July 4. City officials urge citizens again at this time to enjoy their fireworks responsibly, observe local ordinances governing their use and be respectful of their neighbors as they celebrate this holiday. Fireworks stands that have permits issued by the City of Arkansas City are located in the parking lots of Twice the Ice, 1501 N. Summit St., and Westlake Ace Hardware, 2013 N. Summit St. There also is the Early Bird Lions Club stand, located in a warehouse building at 1216 W. Madison Ave. The Westlake stand’s tent was collapsed during a thunderstorm Monday night and it was not immediately clear when it might open, but organizers were working late through the night to load their wares onto a box truck provided by the city. It is anticipated that the stand will open later this week. City fireworks show The City of Arkansas City, Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce, and Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will present the annual Fourth of July fireworks display on July 4. The fireworks show will begin around dusk, or approximately 9:30 p.m. As in years past, the...

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Cowley College gains full access to Mulvane Center in deal with district

MULVANE — With intentions of transforming Cowley College’s Mulvane Center and Bloomenshine Building into a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) center, the college recently conducted successful negotiations with the Mulvane Public School District, permitting Cowley College full access to the facility. Cowley College has conducted classes in the upper level of the building since 2005. This agreement will allow the college to have two additional classrooms and office space in the basement of the facility. Also included is street front parking. To celebrate the successful negotiations, members of Cowley College’s Administrative Council assembled June 21 for their biweekly meeting at the Bloomenshine Building in Mulvane. Cowley College President Dennis Rittle and other Cowley administrators worked with the USD 263 Board of Education to gain its support. Brad Rahe, superintendent of Mulvane schools, was instrumental in helping Cowley to gain full access to the Bloomenshine facility. “I thank Dr. Rahe and the school board for granting us full access to the building, as well as the parking in front,” Rittle said. “I look forward to continuing to work with Dr. Rahe and the school board to bring this journey to the next chapter in our relationship, where we have a learning center that meets the needs of the students, workforce and community.” Rahe said the opportunity to grant the college full access to the Bloomenshine facility arose recently. “This...

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Annual hydrant flushing effort proceeds northward June 26 to Sections 4, 5

The City of Arkansas City is continuing its annual fire hydrant flushing program, with work proceeding all across central Arkansas City starting this week. The Environmental Services Division will begin flushing Sections 4 and 5 — which contain a total of 234 fire hydrants between Fifth and Kansas avenues, along and west of First Street or along and east of A Street — at 8 a.m. June 26. The only area to be excluded is Section 6, which encompasses the North Summit Street corridor from Jefferson to Kansas avenues, between A and First streets. Flushing will continue in Sections 4 and 5 for several days. All flushing will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays only. Water customers in this area might experience temporary discoloration or low water pressure during this fire hydrant flushing program. Most discoloration can be corrected by flushing a faucet for a few minutes, but if flushing does not correct the problem or if you continue to notice a pressure loss, call (620) 441-4480 or (620) 441-4492. The Public Works Department advises that you do not wash laundry if your water is discolored because that can stain the items. If laundry does become stained, please leave the items wet, call one of the numbers above and a detergent designed to remove the stains will be delivered to your address. “Thank you...

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KLINK construction project, road closures begin June 26 on South Summit

Lane and intersection closures will begin June 26 on South Summit Street as part of the ongoing KLINK resurfacing project, said Public Works Director Eric Broce. The contractor, Cornejo and Sons LLC, will commence construction work from the U.S. 77 bypass and West Tyler Avenue south to the Arkansas River bridge. During this period of construction, through traffic on Summit Street might at times be restricted to one lane. Several avenues intersecting with Summit will be closed and reconstructed with concrete. Access to local businesses will continue to be maintained throughout the construction period. The City of Arkansas City will post periodic traffic control and detour updates on its website, www.arkansascityks.gov, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/arkcity, as well as distribute them to local media outlets. Project history The City Commission of Arkansas City voted unanimously on April 4 to approve a contract agreement with Cornejo and Sons LLC, of Wichita, for construction of the 2017 South Summit Street KLINK resurfacing project, for an amount not to exceed $557,398.70. Some matching funds from the Kansas Department of Transportation, as part of its City Connecting Links (KLINK) program, will be used for this project, as well as funds from the city’s Street Improvement Fund, which was funded through a five-year, half-cent street sales tax from April 2009 through March 2014. During that same April 4 meeting, the commission approved a contract agreement...

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Outdoor Friday Movie Series begins home stretch June 23

The 2017 Outdoor Friday Family Movie Series will enter its home stretch June 23 in Arkansas City with an animated film at the Wilson Park rotunda, located at 701 N. Summit St. “The Lego Batman Movie,” which was just released in stores last week, will kick off the weekend at 7 p.m. This PG-rated film is sponsored by the Soroptimists of Arkansas City, who will provide concessions. The film features Bruce Wayne/Batman dealing with his “gallery of rogues” as they plan to rule Gotham City, while also discovering he accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick. The free movies series will continue at 7 p.m. July 7 at the rotunda with the holiday hit “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” sponsored by Mitch Reichle—Farm Bureau Financial Services. This summer’s movie slate will wrap up at nightfall on July 21, which will be a sequel event to last year’s popular showing of “Finding Nemo” at Paris Park Pool, with free admission offered once more. On June 15, the Outdoor Movie Series hit the road for the first time ever with a special showing on the Kay County Courthouse lawn in Newkirk, Oklahoma, but the film had to be cut short due to weather. This special outreach event, sponsored by Newkirk Main Street, will be rescheduled for a later date. The next two movie nights will...

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