Author: Jeni McGee

Four Ark City Daily Bytes readers share real-life Valentine’s love stories

Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14 and love is in the air. In the spirit of the season, Ark City Daily Bytes asked readers to share their own real-life love stories. Whether it was friendship, football or school that brought them together, these couples’ tales are sure to delight. Matt and Lindsay (Ramirez) Allen On Feb. 5, 2012, the New England Patriots were beaten by the upstart New York Giants in an epic Super Bowl that many NFL fans will remember forever. Matt Allen will remember it as the day he and Lindsay Ramirez met for the first time. Drawn together by a fortuitous encounter on a Christian dating website, neither actually thought there would be a connection between them, yet each was optimistic about the possibility. Because they were separated by 50 miles, their first date almost never happened. Lindsay fired the first shot in a brief message: “I like what you wrote about yourself! God Bless!” Matt saw she lived too far away. As he composed a dismissive reply — thanking her, but looking for a closer relationship — something stopped him. Even then, he knew it was a nudge from God. So instead of finishing that reply, he gave her a phone call. “The connection was instantaneous!” said Matt Allen. “A week of phone calls gave way to that first date — lunch, bowling and the Super...

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Request for increased officer safety turns into dispatch funding discussion

The Cowley County consolidated 911 dispatch center came under scrutiny during a January meeting of the City Commission of Arkansas City. After the meeting, Ark City Daily Bytes requested and inspected numerous emails, spinning more than a year and a half, from local government officials in order to verify claims made that night. The findings of this investigation are shared in this and future stories. Citizens interested in speaking out on this issue are urged to contact their county commissioner. Contact information can be found at and a map of the commission districts is located at Protecting officer safety Peace officer safety is a topic that is prevalent nationwide, following a recent increase in ambush killings targeting law enforcement personnel. “Officers killed in the line of duty from gunfire have increased 71% from (2015),” Police Chief Dan Ward said in a Nov. 21, 2016, email to Carl Fortner, director of Cowley County Emergency Communications (CCEC). “These incidents are increasing at an alarming rate and we must take action to ensure our officers safety.” In an attempt to keep his officers safer, Ward sent the email to Fortner to address the importance of his department’s role in building awareness. “The amount and quality of information we receive from the dispatcher is more important than ever to ensure our officers safety. Ambush attacks on law enforcement officers are a...

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Knights of Columbus sausage supper Feb. 13, After Prom has brisket

The local Knights of Columbus will be host to its annual sausage dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13. The public is invited to attend the supper, at the Sacred Heart Recreation Center, located at 310 South B St. This year, instead of brisket, the Knights will offer ham in addition to their famous sausage. There also will be mashed potatoes and gravy, applesauce, coleslaw, bread, and dessert. Adult tickets are $10 and children 12 or younger can eat for $5. Diners are welcome to dine in or carry out. Brisket dinner Feb. 13 For those more interested in brisket than sausage or ham, Arkansas City High School After Prom will have its annual brisket dinner fundraiser Feb. 11. The event will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. There also will be dine-in and carryout options for this meal, which will be at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. Tickets are on sale now. They are $12 for adults and $6 for children younger than 12. Jay Warren will prepare Creekstone Farms premium brisket for the event. Sides of baked beans, cole slaw and bread also will be provided. The Arkansas City High School Jazz Band will perform at the event. All proceeds will benefit ACHS After Prom, which is sponsored by the senior class parents. Prom will be April 29 and After Prom...

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Elsie’s special cole slaw sure to rekindle summer memories at any time

Cole slaw was a summertime staple in my grandmother’s home. She inherited this recipe from her mother, Elsie Richey. We couldn’t go an entire week at my grandparents’ house without the smell of sweet pickled cabbage invading our noses. This recipe is not for creamy slaw, such as what you typically might find prepackaged in stores. It is a vinegar-based slaw that is more akin to three-bean salad. In honor of the warmer weather predicted for this weekend, I hope you enjoy Elsie’s recipe that will evoke fond memories of summer. Slaw ingredients 1 medium head of green cabbage 1 large red pepper 1 large green pepper 1 large white onion 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar 1/2 cup white vinegar 1 teaspoon celery seed Instructions Slice the cabbage, peppers and onion finely. Each slice should be so thin that it is nearly translucent. The finer the slice is, the better the flavors will marry. Toss the vegetables together and cover them with cold water. Sprinkle the salt into the mixture. Let this mixture stand for five minutes and then drain off the water. While waiting for the vegetables to finish soaking, boil the remaining ingredients together on the stove. Cool the liquid to room temperature and pour it over the vegetables. Refrigerate the slaw before eating — it tastes better if it stands overnight. It...

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Southwestern College to present scholarship audition day Feb. 11

WINFIELD — Incoming Southwestern College students for the fall 2017 semester are encouraged to participate in the scholarship audition day for performing arts, music and theater Feb. 11 in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. This event is for students in search of financial assistance for their talents and interests in the performing arts. “This is a chance for students interested in majoring in the many music or theater majors to audition for performing arts scholarships,” said Brian Winnie, director of choral activities and voice at Southwestern College. “Also, it’s a chance for students who wish to participate in an ensemble or theater as an activity to audition for activity scholarships.” Auditions for music majors and theater majors will begin at 1 p.m. Students will sign in and be assigned a time. Auditions for bachelor of fine arts (BFA) musical theater majors and non-music major participants will begin at 2:45 p.m., and students will sign in and be assigned an audition time. There also will be a dance audition for BFA majors. For more information, contact the performing arts division by calling (620) 229-6272 or emailing Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world....

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