Author: Jeni McGee

Docking presents check to Southwestern College president for lecture

Bill Docking, chairman of the Union State Bank Board of Directors, and Cory Helmer, Union State Bank market president for Winfield and Udall, recently presented a check to Southwestern College President Brad Andrews for the upcoming Docking Lecture Series at Southwestern College in Winfield. Best-selling author and Cable News Network (CNN) analyst Jeffrey Toobin will present the Docking Lecture Series at 11 a.m. March 2 at the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration Building on the campus of Southwestern College. The public is invited to attend the event and there will be no admission charge. 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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Building Trades Board discusses possible Class D tree trimming license

The Arkansas City Building Trades Advisory Board on Jan. 19 discussed possibly creating a new Class D license for local tree trimming contractors. This is the same class of license given to “handymen” and other types of contractors who do not engage in structural changes to buildings. Anyone applying for such a license has to pay a $150 fee. Permits would be required on individual jobs. If the proposal is approved, a tree trimmer would have to present proof of insurance in the amount of $300,000, but no specialized testing would be required. Neighborhood Services Superintendent Richard Brown said many people have requested the licensing to protect homeowners who otherwise might pull a permit themselves and take on the liability. Homeowners trimming trees in their own yards would not have to seek a license or a permit, he said, because their homeowners insurance would pay for any damages. It is only for commercial work. Based on board instructions, staff will present a formal licensing proposal at the March 16 meeting. Open meetings Thursday night’s meeting began with a presentation by City Attorney Tamara Niles on the Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) and Kansas Open Records Act, specifically tailored to the board’s needs. Unlike most other city advisory boards, the Building Trades Board occasionally exercises quasi-judicial functions, and Niles explained that KOMA doesn’t always apply in those situations. Still, just...

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Family Life Services offers more than just support for pregnant women

Family Life Services (FLS) is a multi-function resource center that often is associated with pregnancy. More than half of its clientele is female, but there are services available for men, as well. In addition to pregnancy tests, FLS offers help with attaining state insurance, a Healthy Beginnings program, parenting classes, family counseling, adoption services and court-ordered anger management counseling. “We often deal with individuals who have run out of options,” said FLS Director Tim Durham. FLS has been in Arkansas City since 1984 and Durham has been with the organization for almost its entire life. In addition to the FLS services he provides, he also does public speaking at Cowley College about ethics and at suicide prevention seminars. FLS is a faith-based nonprofit organization that is supported by churches and the community, as well as some state funding. It is located at 305 S. Summit St. and can be contacted at (620) 442-1688. Parenting classes Sandy Durham, who teaches parenting classes at FLS, offers the classes to anyone who is a guardian or child caregiver. Many of the people she helps have become caregivers quite unexpectedly. “Our heart is to help families,” she said. The classes FLS offers are structured to help people to learn how to be parents. “Parenting itself is a complex (matter),” said Tim Durham. There are many special circumstances that complicate parenting, such as mental...

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“Top Hat” to be shown for $5 at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at historic Burford Theatre

The V.J. Wilkins Family Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre will present the classic movie “Top Hat” on Jan. 21. There will be a cash bar provided by Bottle Service. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are on sale for $5 each. “Top Hat” originally was released in 1935. The movie stars Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The newly renovated historic theater is located at 118 S. Summit St. 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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Fundraiser for Lankton medical expenses to be Jan. 22 at Baden Square

Arkansas City Middle School teacher Rachel Lankton has returned home after receiving treatment for an unexpected illness. The eighth-grade science teacher is recovering from a surgery to remove a brain tumor last month. There will be a bingo fundraiser to assist with Lankton’s medical expenses Jan. 22 at Baden Square, located at 1401 E. Sixth Ave. in Winfield. The doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the event begins at 2 p.m. Admission to the event is $10 and there will be 10 rounds of bingo — three games per round. Lankton was diagnosed with the tumor after complaining about her ears being plugged and seeking medical care, according to a co-worker. The tumor was removed Dec. 14, 2016, at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. For those that would like to donate, but cannot attend the bingo event, the family has asked for funds to be sent to Rachel Lankton, c/o Teresa Russell, 5941 56th Drive, Udall, KS 67146. The family also has created a GoFundMe campaign to help with some of the unanticipated costs this situation has created. Donations to this fund will be used for medical and travel expenses. The GoFundMe page can be found at www.gofundme.com/rachellankton. The page shows a $20,000 goal, but in the first month, donations have totaled $4,950. Save Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on...

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