Author: Jeni McGee

More than 45 vendors expected April 14 at county health and safety fair

WINFIELD — The Cowley County Health and Safety Fair will be held this weekend at Winfield High School. The event will be from 9 a.m. to noon April 14 in the high school gymnasium, located at 300 Viking Blvd. It will culminate in the first-ever Healthy and Safety Fair Fun Run, sponsored by RISE Cowley. This new event will begin at noon. The annual health and safety fair has something for everyone. Nonprofits, government departments, and social clubs gather to share information about themselves and the services they provide. “The primary purpose of the health and safety fair is to first show everyone in Cowley County all the amenities that they may need when it comes to their health and safety,” said event organizer Charissa Wall, who also serves as one of RISE Cowley’s grant co-coordinators. “There will be a lot of resources for all age groups, with different health needs present, so that way there’s an opportunity to put a face with a name (or) company.” Companies that offer services such as insurance are likely to be present at the event, as well. “There’s so much to be offered in Cowley County and some people outsource their needs to Wichita, when they could receive their care at home,” Wall said. The one-day fair is free to those who wish to attend. Last year, between 600 and 800 individuals...

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School board purchases four new buses, two other vehicles April 9

The USD 470 Board of Education voted April 9 to purchase several vehicles during its regularly scheduled meeting. These vehicles will be used by the Arkansas City Public School District for the transportation of students. “As in the past, the business office elected to utilize the Kansas Bus Purchasing Program offered by KSDE (the Kansas State Department of Education),” states a report to the board. “This online program enables school districts to meet all competitive bidding requirements, and the bidding process is monitored and assisted by KSDE.” The first purchase was of four school buses. Specifications for the buses...

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Karick overcomes unexpected allergies, displays new play tendencies

One of the hardest things to do when you are fostering a dog is to realize that you missed something. With Karick, it has been the onset of his allergies. We knew he had allergy problems when he came to us, but we thought they were fully under control. So at about the 30-day mark, we ran out of the medication Karick had been taking and, in less than two days, his allergies flared up again. But this wasn’t a small flareup — the poor guy had a bright red tummy before we even realized he was itchy. The...

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Business owner Nick Colquhoun on the mend after on-the-job accident

Local business owner Nick Colquhoun is on the mend following an on-the-job accident in early March. “(It) feels so much better being at home,” he said. “I can’t put in words how much I appreciate everyone with calls, texts and showing up at hospital. I’m truly a lucky man to have this many friends.” Colquhoun broke both of his ankles March 9 while attempting to load a skid loader. “I just didn’t get my feet out of the way,” he said in an interview Thursday. “I was in a hurry.” Accident and treatment The accident itself took only a matter...

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Commission requests joint meeting as SCKMC bond rating drops again

Two South Central Kansas Medical Center officials reported to the City Commission of Arkansas City during a commission meeting Tuesday. The first such report since February came the same day that Moody’s Investors Service released an update on SCKMC’s construction bonds. “We have revised the (bond rating) outlook to negative from stable,” the release states. The Public Building Commission’s bond rating also was downgraded from B1 to B2. The commission issued the lease revenue bonds to build SCKMC, of which $21 million still remains to be repaid. “The negative outlook reflects the expectation the city’s narrow financial position will be pressured...

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