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340B pharmacy program to begin April 1 at South Central Kansas Clinic

A prescription discount program that could offer significant out-of-pocket savings to some patients has been approved for implementation at South Central Kansas Clinic. The federal program is called 340B and it has been in place since 2015 at South Central Kansas Medical Center. “Starting April 1, the discount program becomes available to everybody in the community that uses our downtown clinic,” said Holly Harper, SCKMC’s chief financial officer. “Prescriptions that the patient is prescribed by a provider at that clinic will be able to be filled at a participating pharmacy for lower costs then they currently get.” The discount will vary depending on the specific medication prescribed, and not all drugs qualify for the program. “In the 340B program, there are certain drugs they try to offer at a discount to patients,” Harper said. `“Some of the drugs are already at a discount, so you may only get a dollar or two off, but you still get the benefit from those savings. There are some diseases out there that have high-cost drugs and are included in that program.” Many of the drugs available through the discount program are used in the treatment of common conditions or diseases. “One of the drugs that I look at specifically, because it affects a lot of our population, is the diabetic drugs,” Harper said. “Not all of them, but some of them are...

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Falletti describes planned changes in sheriff’s office on March 13 to Rotary

Cowley County Sheriff Dave Falletti spoke to the Arkansas City Rotary Club on Monday/March 13. Falletti was elected last year and sworn in Jan. 9. The former Kansas Bureau of Investigation agent said he plans several changes at the Cowley County Sheriff’s Office, including new markings and internal lights on vehicles, and external, bullet-resistant vests for deputies that can be removed more easily. Falletti also said he plans to request a new position to oversee patrol units and he wants to start a chaplain program to help with death notifications. The sheriff’s annual budget is about $2.4 million, plus another $1.8 million for county jail operations, he said. 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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Etzanoa Night will feature premiere of Quivira: Conquistadors on the Plains

A premiere showing of the Archaeology Channel’s documentary on a large Quivira Indian community that settled more than 500 years ago along the banks of the Walnut River in Arkansas City will take place at the recently restored Burford Theatre in downtown Ark City next month. The film, entitled “Quivira: Conquistadors on the Plains,” will be shown on the theater’s big screen. It is part of a celebration that will include hors d’oeuvres, a wine tasting, a cash bar, dancing and live entertainment. The event starts at 6 p.m. March 24. Admission is $20. Guitar legend Clayton Crawford will perform a mix of blues, R&B, rock and jazz numbers. The “Etzanoa Night” event is named after a settlement of about 20,000 Quivira Indians who lived northwest of the confluence of the Walnut and Arkansas rivers, in what now is the eastern Ark City area. The Quivirans were ancestors of the Wichita tribe, archaeologists say. The event is sponsored by The Trust Company of Kansas, which has an office in Ark City, and by the Etzanoa Conservancy, a nonprofit group. The Archaeology Channel documentary was shot during two weeks of major archaeology studies conducted in during the summer of 2015 in central and southern Kansas, where there were several Quivira settlements. Study participants spent a week in McPherson and Lyon counties, and a second week in the Ark City area....

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Decker: Protests are fine, but destructive tactics always are evil

For much of human history, regardless of the chosen nation’s political ideology, the human voice never has been silenced. From Russia and China to the United States and around the world — voices have risen up no matter the cost. As a minister of the Gospel, I have read the history books where Christians rose up against the religious establishment centuries ago. They became known as Protestants because they protested a series of religious injustices, and many were martyred for their stance. In keeping with the human spirit to give voice to grievances, let those who oppose President Donald Trump’s election and policies have their say. At the same time, the means by which these voices protest — I stand against. The Bible says, “Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy” (Proverbs 12:20). The spirit and culture of the Trump protests resemble nothing of peace, but rather the marks of evil. The torching of cars, breaking of windows in local businesses and hurling of bricks — is evil. The intimidation of children, physical assaulting of women and spewing of vulgar-laced rants — is evil. Voices of opposition and criticism are not evil. They are helpful, providing needed checks and balances among those who hold positions of power. However, when the message of opposition is cloaked in immoral, wicked and...

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Outdoor Friday Movie Series resumes March 17 at Wilson Park

The 2017 Outdoor Friday Family Movie Series will kick off March 17 in Arkansas City with a Disney feature under the Wilson Park rotunda, 701 N. Summit St. At least nine movies are planned every other Friday night through June 23, including a special “Star Wars” doubleheader. Also, a sequel to last year’s super-popular showing of “Finding Nemo” at Paris Park Pool is planned for July 21. 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 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 in 2017. The full schedule of movies for this spring will be announced later. Promotional materials such as posters will be made available to media and sponsors at that time. “We are so appreciative of the generous sponsors who make these wonderful events possible,” said City Manager Nick Hernandez. “If you are interested in being a...

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