Author: Jeni McGee

SCKMC Auxiliary holds annual volunteer celebration, awards luncheon

The annual SCKMC Auxiliary awards luncheon was held recently to recognize members who have shown an outstanding commitment to South Central Kansas Medical Center throughout the past year. With more than three dozen active members, the organization provided a substantial impact to the hospital in 2017. Carol Hearne, outgoing chair of the SCKMC Board of Trustees, began the event by addressing a room filled with the traditional pink smocks and red jackets. “On behalf of the board for South Central Kansas Medical Center, I would like to say thank you for all that you do,” Hearne said. “Walking into...

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Arkansas City model train show returns to spring schedule this weekend

The Arkansas City model train show is set to take place Saturday and Sunday. Admission for the event is $5 for adults and free for children 12 years old or younger. The train show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The event is sponsored by the Wichita Toy Train Club (WTTC) and the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau. This annual event has been in the fall for the past few years, but is returning to the spring because WTTC also has a show planned this fall in Wichita. Train show vendors Vendors that show their wares at the Ark City event also travel to other regional train shows. “We can attract people from as far away as Tulsa, Ponca City, eastern Kansas, western Kansas, Salina and Kansas City,” said Jerald Peterson, president of the club. The train show will be located across from Paris Park at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. “Our hope is to be in the entire building,” Peterson said. “Currently, we are in just one half of it.” More than 80 vendors will be in attendance. Many sizes and models of trains will be for sale, as well as railroad memorabilia and collectables. “The purpose of the train show is to educate individuals young and old about model trains,”...

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Angels in the Attic, those it serves benefit from free deer meat program

Angels in the Attic is well known for helping to feed those in need through its commodity programs and pantry. However, the nonprofit organization located at 109 S. Summit St. doesn’t do this on its own. With the help of local hunters, Feaster’s Deer Processing, First United Methodist Church in Winfield and the donations of Cowley County residents, fresh deer meat is available to supplement government food programs during the hunting season. Hunters are able to donate the meat each season at Feaster’s. The processing fees for the deer meat is paid for through donations. The program is called Families Eating Donated Deer (FEDD). Through Angels in the Attic, more than 120 households benefit from the program. “There are times that commodities don’t give foods that can create an entire meal,” said Ivy Beals, case worker at Angels in the Attic. “This month, they were given canned tuna (as a protein).” The commodity program is a bimonthly program in which more than 120 households receive food items. “There are another 50-plus households that are helped through the pantry,” Beals said. Angels in the Attic received 300 pounds of deer meat this year through the program. “The help is pretty significant,” she said. The meat is donated through FEDD at no cost to Angels in the Attic. “It isn’t just us that the meat goes to,” Beals added. Other nonprofits...

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Ark City native Ghram publishes first children’s book, to sign at Steamy Joe

Arkansas City native Rachel Ghram has published her first children’s book and is planning a book signing. The book is set to hit Steamy Joe on Monday. Ghram said she wants to start with an Ark City release first, then maybe move into a larger market. “I have a passion for children and have always loved to make up little stories to encourage or teach my children as they are growing up,” she said. “I always liked to write, but when I had children, it gave me a reason to.” Steamy Joe also will be the site of a...

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Cowley’s Outdoor Market is coming back to Wilson Park on April 28

Cowley’s Outdoor Market is coming back to Wilson Park on April 28. From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., vendors of all kinds will set up in the park to sell their wares. Admission to this event is free. It is hosted by 1025 The River, Land Rush Antique Mall, and the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Kelly Dillner and Suvanah Perdue, client promotion representatives at 1025 The River, serve as coordinators for the outdoor market. “This is a rain-or-shine event,” Dillner said. “We are adding a cornhole competition, as well. There will be three age categories — 9-12, 13-17, and...

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