Author: Jeni McGee

South Central Kansas Medical Center surgery department flooded

South Central Kansas Medical Center was forced to cancel procedures Jan. 13 as a result of a fire system sprinkler head that was triggered accidentally within one of the surgery department’s procedure rooms. An investigation is under way to determine what exactly caused the incident. “Around 5 (p.m. Jan. 12), the fire alarms went off throughout the entire building,” explained Mandy Maples, SCKMC’s human resources manager. “We were waiting to hear if it was a test, as the alarms were being tested earlier. We didn’t hear anything, so we shut all the doors and I got the radio.” Soon after the alarms sounded, it was discovered that the fire sprinkler located in Procedure Room 1 of the surgery department had been triggered. Thousands of gallons of water were released before the system could be reset. “Housekeeping was great. They went to get blankets and towels to put under the doors, to try to contain the water the best we could,” Maples said. “Once we got the water shut off, we got the equipment out, which was soaked. We don’t know the full extent of the damage yet.” Once the water had been shut off, the hospital’s maintenance team began squeegeeing up the extra water in an effort to contain the damage. A-1 Cleaning was called in and arrived within minutes after the incident to begin the restoration process. Medical...

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Steamy Joe to offer delivery service during limited hours starting Jan. 16

Steamy Joe will begin food and drink delivery service starting at 11 a.m. Jan. 16. The delivery option will be offered only during certain hours of the day and there must be a minimum order of $10. A delivery charge of $1.50 to $2.50 also will be applied. All delivery orders must be paid with credit or debit cards. Delivery hours will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. “Be the very first one to order after 10:30 a.m. Monday and get up to $20 of that single order for free,” the Steamy Joe Facebook page states. The number for call in orders is (620) 307-5799. Steamy Joe is located at 216 W. Central Ave. 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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Ark City chamber seeks exhibitors for home, garden show March 25-26

The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce will be host to a Home and Garden Show on March 25-26. The chamber currently is looking for exhibitors for the event. This will be the second such show to be held in Ark City. It will be at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. Chamber members have priority registration as exhibitors until Jan. 19. For more information or to register for the event, visit http://conta.cc/2ij2Fad. 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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Fire-EMS Department seeking firefighter-paramedics, recruiting at ACHS

The Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department currently is hiring firefighter-paramedics. Duties of this full-time position include protecting life and property by engaging directly in firefighting, emergency care, and fire prevention. ACFD staff also maintain fire-EMS equipment, apparatus and facilities. Candidates must possess a Kansas Certified Paramedic license and CPR certification at the time of employment. The full details for this position can be found at www.hrepartners.com/jobdetails.aspx?id=27987. Recruitment efforts for ACFD are likely to begin at Arkansas City High School in coming years, according to Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe. “It is a long-term goal,” he said in an interview Thursday/Jan. 12. In order to be hired by the department, candidates must meet certain educational requirements, including the EMT and Firefighter 1 classes. Because Cowley College recently added a fire science program, recruitment out of ACHS will be more feasible in the future because students can take some of their college classes while still attending the high school. Wolfe said it is hard to recruit against larger cites, but there is benefit in recruiting the youth of Ark City. For students who are interested in working in the public service industry, the department can show them what the job entails by demonstrating firsthand some of the duties carried out by the department. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share...

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Gilkey to speak at Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Unity on Jan. 15

The 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Unity will be Jan. 15. The annual event is set for 3 p.m. at the Cowley College’s Brown Center, located at 215 S. Second St. This year, Lynn Gilkey, the executive director of Rise Up For Youth, will be the keynote speaker. Gilkey’s work has focused on teenage girls and she also collaborates with the Wichita Public School District. Her life journey did not start with outreach, however. After years of substance abuse, Gilkey turned her life around, according to www.riseupforyouth.org. The catalyst for change in her life was when she began attending meetings for Dress for Success. Gilkey then received her certification in substance abuse counseling from Butler Community College. She and her husband, David, later founded Rise Up For Youth, Inc. The organization is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to inspire and motivate future generations to unlock their full potential through education, mentoring, and empowerment. Gilkey began CLASS in 2008 to mentor teen girls in Wichita-area high schools. Both programs seek to provide young people with the tools they need to cope with difficulties in life and to succeed in adulthood. Other highlights for the event will include: entertainment provided by Clayton Crawford; an address from Pastor Jack Dickson, of the Ark City Ministerial Alliance; special music provided by the Arkansas City Middle School choir; the National...

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