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Ark City Girl Fun Day promises fun, educational event April 8

The third annual Ark City Girl Fun Day is right around the corner. This event, sponsored by Soroptimists of Arkansas City and Power of the Purse, is put on for elementary school-aged girls. Some of the things to be emphasized during the event are activities in which the girls will learn good character and work ethic, healthy and fun relaxation techniques, and movement and team building. The girls also will have an opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, and enjoy treats, an inspirational craft pillow and a custom-made T-shirt. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon April 8 at the Arkansas City Recreation Center, located at 225 E. Fifth Ave. Sign-ups for adult participants can be submitted through Jill Hunter at Farm Bureau Financial Services, located at 526 N. Summit St. Call (620) 442-8255 with questions. Some of the adult participants at the event will include: Madison Bruce — Queen Alalah; Jane Epp — yoga and fitness; Winnette Fleanor — nutrition; Maria Hettenbach — AC Zumba; Kelsey Horinek — Arkansas City Police Department; Linda Moritz — skin care; Suvanah Perdue — 1025 The River; Brandy Rice — Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department. 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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South Central Kansas Medical Center celebrates Campbell, McCorgary

South Central Kansas Medical Center has celebrated two notable retirements within the past month. Phyllis McCorgary retired as the hospital’s medical staff coordinator on Feb. 24, and Jane Campbell retired as director of quality performance and risk management on March 17. The retirees were honored with receptions attended by staff and guests. McCorgary announced her retirement to the hospital’s Board of Trustees during its February meeting. “This has been very rewarding,” she said. “The hospital is very important to our community and to the people. I’m so very grateful for everyone for (serving on the board).” Campbell also announced her retirement to the board at the same meeting. “It’s been a real privilege to work for this hospital, and this board in particular. I think you are an outstanding board,” Campbell said. “I ask that you continue to support this hospital. It’s a gem. The facility is great, certainly, but the people who work here are amazing — not just in the care they provide, but in their humanity. The times they have gone over and above what they have been called to do as nurses, aides, billers or coders, they never failed to see our patients as human beings. That is something that is so important in health care. I know they appreciate your support. Thank you for the opportunity.” Board chair Carol Hearne addressed the retirees. “On...

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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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