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Monster Trucks featured May 26; four additional movies planned

The 2017 Outdoor Friday Family Movie Series will resume May 26 in Arkansas City with a family-friendly adventure film at the Wilson Park rotunda, 701 N. Summit St. Monster Trucks will kick off the Memorial Day weekend at 7 p.m. The PG-rated film is sponsored by The Stock Exchange Bank and concessions will be provided by Redeemer Lutheran Church. This action comedy features a young man working at a small-town junkyard who discovers and befriends a strange creature that feeds on the oil being sought by a fracking company. Four additional movies are planned every other Friday night through July 21, culminating in a sequel event to last year’s very popular showing of “Finding Nemo” and free admission at Paris Park Pool. All movie nights will begin promptly at 7 p.m. This year’s staggered “every other week” schedule will allow for movies to be postponed until the following Friday in case of inclement weather. And later this year, the movie series will hit the road for the first time with a special outreach event in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The date, time, location and title of the movie showing are yet to be determined. A minimum of four movies are planned for this fall, including one in conjunction with the National Night Out kickoff party for the second straight year, for a total of 16 movies to be shown for free...

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Ark City Daily Bytes receives Chamber of Commerce’s May STAR Award

The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce on May 18 presented the STAR Award for May to Ark City Daily Bytes. STAR stands for Small Trade Achievement Recognition and the award is given twice quarterly to one of more than 300 member businesses in the area. “The chamber executive board members overwhelmingly chose Ark City Daily Bytes as the May recipient for its ongoing delivery of Arkansas City news to the community, but also for its willingness to collaborate with the city’s businesses, civic groups and nonprofits, and be a positive voice in the Ark City community,” Chamber President and CEO Kammy Downs said in a news release. Ark City Daily Bytes, which recently moved to 824 W. Madison Ave. Suite 104, offers a daily email newsletter and up-to-date, free online news at, as well as a free print newspaper on Fridays. This paper is available at more than 60 locations in the Arkansas City area. “(Co-owners) Jeni McGee and Kayleigh Lawson are out in the community every day, and have a positive understanding of the workings of the Ark City area,” Downs said. “The Ark City chamber applauds their customer service attitude that makes them a positive, community-driven business!” This information was provided by Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Kammy Downs. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click...

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Judd-Jenkins rejoins Arkansas City Rotary Club after four-year absence

Anita Judd-Jenkins is the newest member of the Arkansas City Rotary Club, but this is not her first go-round with Rotary. Judd-Jenkins, who was inducted into the club April 24, actually served as president of the organization in 2006-07 while she worked in marketing for Home National Bank. She resigned from Rotary — and, in fact, all boards and clubs — after retiring from her bank job in 2013. “I was happy traveling with my family, working in my yard and finally cleaning the attic, basement, and closets I had neglected for years,” Judd-Jenkins said. But public service called again. She ran for and was elected last year to the Kansas House seat in District 80, which includes Arkansas City. “I quickly recognized that much of my knowledge of the community I serve came from my past associations through Rotary,” Judd-Jenkins said. Rejoining Rotary was a great way to learn from constituents in order to help to represent them in Topeka, she said. Rotary brings together local professionals to share knowledge and create ideas for improving the community, Judd-Jenkins added. “I have appreciated the fellowship and support of my Rotarian friends as we share our life’s visions, joys, and challenges while enjoying great programs,” she said. Judd-Jenkins moved to Ark City in 1976 with then-husband Kenneth Judd Jr. She was widowed in 1981 and married Ronnie Jenkins in 1990. Jenkins has...

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Christian pop band Stars Go Dim plays June 3 at Southwestern College

WINFIELD — Stars Go Dim, a Christian pop band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, will be featured at the Donna DeMint Memorial Cancer Benefit Concert on June 3. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Richardson Performing Arts Center in Southwestern College’s Christy Administration Building. Tickets are $15. This concert is part of the Winfield Relay for Life event, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. The band also will mentor youth who will attend Amp It Up! Worship Band Camp on June 1-5 at Southwestern College. High school students at the camp will perform with other Christian bands, artists, and high school and college worship leaders. Camp director Martin Rude said he is looking forward to having Stars Go Dim on campus. “We are so looking forward to the musical professionalism and the passionate message of the power of love that Chris and the band will bring to our Donna DeMint memorial fundraiser concert,” Rude said. “The whole band is also graciously spending the day mentoring youth at our Amp It Up! praise band camp.” For more information about the camp or the concert, call Brittany Donley, director of camps, conferences and events at Southwestern College, at (620) 229-6141 or visit About Stars Go Dim Since 2007, Stars Go Dim members have been determined to use their musical gifts for one purpose: letting people know about...

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Scholarship available for seniors who will study welding at Cowley College

Unclaimed scholarship money still is available in Cowley County. Conco Construction is sponsoring a scholarship for a high school senior residing or attending a high school in Cowley County. So far this year, no student has applied for the scholarship. Therefore, the deadline has been extended to May 31. The scholarship is for 2017 graduating seniors with a minimum 2.0 grade-point average who are pursuing an industry certificate or degree in a construction industry such as carpentry, welding, or the construction trades. Examples of these programs include trades programs at Wichita Area Technical College, Hutchinson Community College, North Central Kansas Technical College, Cowley College, etc., or construction management programs at Pittsburg State, Kansas State or Fort Hays State. Cowley College’s welding program does qualify for this scholarship opportunity. High school counselors and Bev Frank at Cowley College have the information to apply for this scholarship. Students who are interested in pursuing the scholarship also may call Cowley First at (620) 221-9951. 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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