Author: Jeni McGee

Elite Training Center Academy teaches Brazilian jiu-jitsu at new location

Elite Training Center Academy recently relocated to a Summit Street storefront, after years of holding classes in the Elite Advertising basement. “We are now easy to find in the middle of our downtown area at 220 South Summit, and we hope to grow with our community,” said owner Steve Bruce. The move puts the academy in a much larger space. “We had outgrown that location in the lower level and I felt that we needed a bigger facility,” Bruce said. “I also felt that we needed to be in sight of the public so they can be aware of...

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SCKMC Board of Trustees approves strategic plan at continued meeting

The South Central Kansas Medical Center Board of Trustees met Tuesday morning to discuss a set of strategic plans for the next few years. The meeting was a continuation of the trustees’ regular meeting in January, which was never adjourned. This set of strategic plans was presented by an independent consultant working for the hospital, Carmine Di Palo. “We have spent the last two months analyzing the last 10 years of our performance to identify the issues, (and identify) the measures and corrective actions that can be and have been put into place,” said SCKMC Chief Executive Officer Virgil...

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Commission approves code changes for property owners, to building board

By a 3-2 vote, the City Commission of Arkansas City approved an ordinance Tuesday night that modifies existing Municipal Code concerning issues related to building codes and regulations. The ordinance also creates licensing requirements for backflow prevention and fire suppression installation contractors, clarifies property owners’ ability to perform work on their own properties without a license, and alters the composition of and appeals process for the Building Trades Advisory Board. “Commissioners, this is on the agenda for a first read, but in fact has been coming back to you repeatedly for quite a while now,” said City Attorney Tamara...

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Homemade Chipotle-style burrito bowls hit the spot

One of the things I miss the most about living in the “big city” is the availability of my favorite lunch spot. Chipotle was right around the corner from my old job. It was not uncommon to see a group of my coworkers at the small restaurant several times a week. I’ll admit it isn’t really authentic Hispanic food, but the fresh ingredients still were a welcome relief from the standard drive-through fare. My move to Arkansas City put a kibosh on my Chipotle “habit.” However, this recipe is a pretty good stand-in for the real thing. Start the...

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Blame it on Conoco: Delbert, Iva Lea Bryant celebrate 50 years of love

Iva Lea Bryant first came to Arkansas City as a college graduate 51 years ago. Her name was Schupp then, not Bryant, and she was employed by the public school district as a home economics teacher. “I came to Ark City, fresh out of college, with a new Conoco credit card,” Bryant said. So “I started buying gas at the Bryant Conoco Service on North Summit.” The gas station long since has become the home of a mechanic shop, but in the 1960s, it was a Conoco gas station owned by Delbert Bryant. “After a while, believing that I...

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