Author: Jeni McGee

Catalpa Park spurs new policy’s creation

The removal of playground equipment from a local park last fall served as a catalyst for the City of Arkansas City to create a process by which the community could adopt a park and serve as its primary caretaker. The policy that was approved by the city’s Beautification and Tree Advisory Board was recently adopted by the City Commission in a unanimous vote on April 19. It clearly outlines the expectations of the city and the duties the individual or group adopting the park are expected to take care of without city help. The park that lost its equipment late last year was Catalpa Park, located near Radio Lane and 11th Street. Policy reviewed The commission approved the park adoption policy after it was recommended by the beautification board. The newly revamped board took several months to review and complete the policy before submitting it to the commission. During the April 19 meeting, Commissioner Chad Giles asked what would happen if a group that had adopted a park ceased to exist. City Manager Nick Hernandez said if that happened, the commission could vote to revoke an adoption, but adoptions also will be reviewed annually. In the time since the equipment was removed from the park, citizens in the area have been working on a plan to ensure they will be able to adopt the park. “We have been keeping...

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Series of swap meets planned

A series of swap meets set for this summer and fall will kick off May 14 at Orscheln Farm & Home. Items available will include livestock, poultry, pets, crafts, produce, tools, antiques, garden supplies, plants and much more. Those wishing to set up and sell at the swap meet can do so for a $5 fee. The meets will last from 7 to 11 a.m. Other dates for the swap meet include: May 14; June 11; July 9; Aug. 13; Sept. 10; Oct. 8. Orscheln is located at 2715 N. Summit St. in Arkansas City. For more information, call LeRoy Strange at 446-0229. 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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Abegg sentenced in daughter’s death

An Arkansas City woman was sentenced April 28 to 18 months of probation in connection with the death of 16-month-old Astra Abegg. The child’s mother, Lindsay Paige Abegg, 30, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last August. However, she entered into a plea agreement, pleading guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana. Abegg also entered a plea of no contest to the charge of aggravated endangerment of a child. The state has “agreed to not pursue an action to terminate or sever (Abegg’s) parental rights” to her other two children, according to the plea agreement. Attorneys and family members spent the majority of the two-hour hearing, during which she was sentenced, talking about Abegg’s character. Proceedings will be held in the future regarding who will maintain custody of Abegg’s two other children. Jacob Kyle Brickey, who was arrested with Abegg in August, entered a plea of guilty to voluntary manslaughter on March 10. He was sentenced to a total of 90 months in prison in connection with Astra’s death during an appearance April 25 in Cowley County District Court in Winfield. Brickey and Lindsay Abegg were in a relationship at the time of Astra’s death. Defense Abegg’s attorney, Rodney Iverson, spoke on her behalf for more than an hour during her appearance. At the time of the child’s death, Abegg worked at Walmart and was at...

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Bass resigns from Frances Willard

An Arkansas City woman arrested in connection with the largest methamphetamine lab bust in recent Arkansas City history has resigned from her job with the local school district. Nicole Bass, 38, was employed as an academic coach with USD 470 at Frances Willard Elementary School. However, after she was arrested in February, she was placed on paid suspension by the district. Her resignation was approved during the April 25 Board of Education meeting. Bass still is facing the case filed against her in February. The criminal complaint filed against her lists four charges, including two for alleged aggravated endangerment of a child. If found guilty of manufacture of methamphetamine, Bass could be sentenced from 138 to 204 months (or 11 1/2 to 17 years) in prison, a post-release supervision term of 36 months and a fine of up to $500,000. A charge of possession of precursor products with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance carries a possible sentence of 46 to 83 months in prison, a post-release supervision term of 36 months and a fine of up to $300,000. Bass faces five to 17 months in prison, a post-release supervision term of 12 months and a fine of up to $100,000 for each of the two child endangerment charges. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to...

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First glimpse of geekery: Batman the Animated Series

The first glimpse I remember having into geekery happened when I was very young, maybe 7 years old … when “Batman: The Animated Series” was broadcast. It was the way I pictured Batman … dark, but not uncaring. The animated series version of the Dark Knight was compassionate — not just for the people he was protecting in Gotham City, but for the criminals who were, for the most part, insane. He saved them just as often as he had then incarcerated. As a bonus, it was visually appealing, and not just for children. The animators at Warner Brothers straddled the line between animation and realistic motion well. The structures in the animation were all art deco, the vehicles all reminiscent of the 1930s and ’40s, but Batman’s technology was always incredibly futuristic for the time. In addition, the balance between dark and light seemed perfect. The creators did not shy away from shadows. In a generation when guns were allowed in cartoons, the violence still was realistic. Even Batman was not impervious to sickness or the violence that was shown. This version of Bruce Wayne was not a playboy, like he has been portrayed in recent films. He cared about people, had genuine friendships within Gotham and used his company for philanthropic efforts. Some of those efforts included giving jobs to reformed criminals. The cartoon set me up...

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