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SCKMC CEO Virgil Watson to visit Topeka to testify for KanCare expansion

South Central Kansas Medical Center has partnered with the Kansas Hospital Association, health care providers and hospitals from across the state to move forward with efforts to expand KanCare, the program through which the State of Kansas administers Medicaid. Legislation to expand KanCare, named “The Bridge to a Healthy Kansas,” has been introduced at the Statehouse level. Committee chairman Daniel Hawkins and other members of the Health and Human Services Committee on Feb. 8 will hear arguments and testimony on how expanding KanCare will benefit the state. SCKMC Chief Executive Officer Virgil Watson has been asked to participate by providing his own testimony to the committee, explaining how KanCare expansion could benefit the medical center. “Over 7,000 of our friends, neighbors, and co-workers currently qualify for KanCare or fall within the coverage gap,” Watson said. “Those caught within the gap earn too much to qualify for KanCare, but too little to be eligible to get financial help to buy private insurance. Without regular care, the uninsured often wait until their health concerns reach the point of needing emergency care, which comes at a higher cost to all of us.” Statewide, approximately 150,000 Kansans would become eligible for KanCare if the program was expanded, an idea which was supported strongly by a survey conducted last December. Of the 500 registered voters who were surveyed, 82 percent said they favor expansion....

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Ark City students invited to submit essays in Optimist scholarship contest

The Optimists of Arkansas City have announced a call for entries in the Optimist International Essay Contest. A local winner will receive a $500 scholarship. The Optimist International Essay Contest gives young people the opportunity to express their views on a central topic, develop writing skills and compete for multiple college scholarships. The essay contest is open to any Arkansas City student who is younger than 18 as of Oct. 1, 2016. The deadline for students to submit essays to the Optimists of Arkansas City will be 5 p.m. Feb. 27. The 2016-17 topic is “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges.” Each student must write an original 700- to 800-word analytical essay on the topic, with limited help from others. No poetry or works of fiction will be accepted. All established contest guidelines must be followed. Each student must complete an application form, which can be found at www.optimist.org/Forms/Essay_RULES_PAD-E_16-17.pdf, and submit proof of age by furnishing a copy of his or her birth certificate or passport. For more information about these requirements, contact Optimist Secretary Andrew Lawson at lawson.andrew.c@gmail.com or (620) 441-4415. The essays first will be judged at the club level by three qualified judges who are not acquainted with any of the students. Some of the judges may be Optimist Club members. Then each club’s winning essay is submitted to the district level, to be judged...

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Brownback to visit Arkansas City on Feb. 3 for press event, college tour

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will visit Cowley College for a press event and campus tour Feb. 3, showcasing Cowley College’s pathway to baccalaureate degree completion for less than $15,000, a response to his challenge for higher education institutions to develop options for more affordable degree attainment. The event with the governor will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the college’s Robert Brown Theatre, located at 201 S. Second St. “We appreciate the governor’s commitment to showcasing affordable options for students desiring advanced education opportunities,” said Dennis Rittle, president of Cowley College. “His $15,000 challenge has helped many Kansans realize a college degree may not be out of their reach.” Brownback called on college leaders in his State of the State address to find a way for students to obtain their undergraduate degree for $15,000. “My team heard the governor’s call and got to work determining how Cowley College could meet his objective for a quality, but reasonably priced degree,” Rittle said. “Because of our unique partnership with Fort Hays State University, we can enable students to earn their college degree for less than $15,000. In fact, there are two degree options for students at this affordable price, a degree in education and a degree in technology leadership.” An education degree enables graduates to enter the workforce as elementary or secondary education teachers. For those with a technology leadership degree, careers...

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Cowley County Humane Society plans three upcoming fundraiser events

This month marks the beginning of a busy fundraising season for Cowley County Humane Society (CCHS). Those looking for something to give their animal-loving sweetheart on Valentine’s Day need look no further than CCHS’ Valentail’s Cookies and Hearts package. For a $12 donation, volunteers will deliver a half-dozen cookies, a balloon and a thank-you note from a shelter animal on Feb. 14. There will be several cookie flavors from which to choose and the offer includes free delivery within 10 miles of the shelter, located at 7648 222nd Road. Those who want to deliver the packages themselves can arrange a pickup at the shelter. Orders must be placed by Feb. 10. There even is a dog package in case the valentine in question happens to have paws! Concert tickets For those who desire an additional gift to go with the Valentail’s package or just really enjoy country music, CCHS still has them covered. Tickets to the Wichita Wingnuts annual community benefit concert on April 22 are available for a $40 donation. This year’s concert will feature country music stars Billy Currington and Chris Janson at Lawrence Dumont Stadium. Local artists will include Adam Capps and two additional bands that will be announced at a later date. This concert is a unique family friendly experience that music fans won’t want to miss! Wine tasting, benefit auction April also is home...

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Soroptimists welcome new members, hear from Circles, honor area girls

The Soroptimists of Arkansas City met Jan. 25 in the President’s Dining Room at Cowley College and presented area women with various awards. New members Christine Tanner and Kim Bay were welcomed to Soroptimist International. They received new member packets, SI pins and a fresh-cut yellow rose. Doug Teubner and Bob McGregor, from Cowley County Circles in Winfield, were the guest speakers. They explained how they reach out to generational impoverished community members to work with them in breaking the circle of poverty within their families, so they can reach greater heights of success for themselves and their immediate family members. Circles matches members with allies and works with them during their 16-week course to relearn how to be positive, functional members of society in the workforce. The process, from beginning to end, takes approximately two years. Circles currently is looking for volunteers to start the program in Arkansas City. The Soroptimist ladies also collected items to donate to the blessing boxes project. Among the items were hygiene products, cereal bars, and macaroni and cheese. Caitlyn Eickleberry Caitlyn Eickleberry received the Alice Hunt/Soroptimist Scholarship Award. She was chosen as a recipient because of her volunteerism, achievements and involvement in many different types of activities. Eickleberry is on the Arkansas City High School principal’s honor roll, was a Kansas Honor Scholar, is a member of the National Honor Society and...

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