Author: Jeni McGee

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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Ark City District Court cases move forward

An Arkansas City man arrested April 26 for aggravated assault made his first appearance April 28 in Cowley County District Court in Arkansas City via remote video link. Jeffrey Gene Yatsko, 59, remains in custody following the arrest, which resulted in three probation violations. Judge Jim Pringle appointed attorney Rodney Iverson to Yatsko’s case and set his next appearance for May 9. The criminal complaint filed against Yatsko lists two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal trespass. If found guilty of aggravated assault, he could be sentenced from 11 to 34 months in prison, 12 months of post-release supervision and a fine of up to $100,000 for each count. If found guilty of criminal trespass, Yatsko could be sentenced to six months in the Cowley County Jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Progress in other cases includes: An Arkansas City man facing more than 40 sex-related charges, including several counts of rape, made an appearance in court with his attorney, Charles O’Hara. O’Hara told the court he needed additional time to gather all of the information from the investigation. Darren Lee Williams’ next appearance was set for June 6. An Arkansas City woman made her first appearance in court via remote video link for a parole violation. Lee Velasquez was appointed by the court to represent Shaquita Michelle Barnes. Her next appearance was set...

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Second annual Bobby Estus Memorial Bike Ride planned

The second annual Bobby Estus Memorial Bike Ride will be May 28. This year, the ride will begin at 9:30 a.m. in Paris Park and participants will ride or walk to Veterans Memorial Lake. Strollers and wagons are welcome, but organizers ask that no pets be in attendance. The Bobby Estus Memorial Bike Ride is a fundraiser that began last year, with the goal of providing bicycles to the children of the community who have no means by which to pay for a bike of their own. “I decided to do it last year. It was something I had wanted to do since he died,” said Bike Ride founder Jill Hunter. “(While) working at the Traveler, I got to know him on a more personal level. I was able to get in touch with his family and get permission to carry through with my goal.” While last years ride was successful, organizers are hoping to grow the ride in 2016. “Last year, we gave away 37 bikes to Angels in the Attic, Inc. for kids from Arkansas City for Christmas,” Hunter said. “This year, I am hoping to raise enough to buy 50, as it seems the need always increases.” There are four sponsorship levels for donations: $25 — playmate; $75 — sibling; $100 — parent; $200 — grandparent. Sponsors who donate more than $100 will be featured on...

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Brickey sentenced in Abegg death

An Arkansas City man was sentenced to a total of 90 months in prison in connection with the death of 16-month-old Astra Abegg during an appearance April 25 in Cowley County District Court in Winfield. Jacob Kyle Brickey, 27, cried throughout the proceedings — which included an address from the victim’s great-grandmother, Joy Fry. Brickey entered a guilty plea to the voluntary manslaughter of Abegg during an appearance March 10. The plea agreement included a plea of guilty to aggravated endangerment of a child. The date of Brickey’s initial arrest was Aug. 18, 2015 — the same day Abegg’s body was examined by paramedics on a medical call. The child’s mother, Lindsay Abegg, was arrested on that same date. Attorneys speak Brickey’s attorney, Nika Cummings, was given the opportunity to speak on his behalf before sentencing. All accounts from his family indicated he was a peaceful, nonviolent person, according to Cummings. “Jacob (Brickey) fell in love with Lindsay (Abegg),” his attorney said. Cummings said that with the loss of his job and his methamphetamine use, her client became a different person. “He is so extremely sorry. … Truly sorry for what happened to Astra (Abegg),” she said. Cowley County Attorney Chris Smith commented with few words. “The state is asking for the maximum sentence — it is in no way, shape or form adequate, but it is what the...

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Taylor Drug offers free vitamins for children

One local pharmacy is offering free vitamins to the youths of Arkansas City. Taylor Drug, located at 201 S. Summit St., is offering multivitamins to children aged 2 to 12 years old. “The parents have to come in and sign the child up,” said one staff member. The parents are given a punch card that is good for one year’s worth of free vitamins. Parents can sign up all of their children. The vitamins are provided through the “Good Neighbor Pharmacy, Healthy Kid Vitamin” program. Taylor Drug is open six days a week, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 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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