Author: Jeni McGee

Police department receives participation award for 2016 National Night Out

The Arkansas City Police Department has received the 2016 National Award for Outstanding Participation in “America’s Night Out Against Crime” for its National Night Out events in October. “Without the active participation from the community, National Night Out would not be the success we have on an annual basis,” said ACPD Officer Chase Hobart. “I appreciate each donor who sees the importance of building stronger relationships between law enforcement and the community.” The award the department was presented with by the National Association of Town Watch placed ACPD at No. 28 nationally among cities of Ark City’s population size. “This is great news and I hope to build upon that and improve that for 2017,” Hobart said. Hobart was one of the event’s major organizers last year. “Really, all that means is I make a lot of phone calls and knock on doors of businesses, asking for their help in making (the) vision a success,” Hobart said. “I’ve already got several new ideas in mind for this year that I want to build upon, and make it even bigger and better than the past.” 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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Arkansas City Public Library to host movie day, game night this week

The Arkansas City Public Library has two events coming up this week. There will be a “No School Movie Day” Jan. 16. The movie will begin at 1 p.m. Attendees may bring their own drink with a lid. The title of the movie cannot be advertised, but those interested may call (620) 442-1280 to find out what movie will be playing. Children older than 6 may attend movie without an adult, but adult contact information must be given when dropping off children younger than 10. Children younger than 6 are welcome with an adult. Also, from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday/Jan. 20, there will be a family game night at the library. At that same time, there will be a nail art spa party at the library. The Arkansas City Public Library is located at 120 E. Fifth 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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Second annual Cowley County Bridal Expo will be Jan. 21 at Timber Creek

WINFIELD — The Barns at Timber Creek will be host to the second annual Cowley County Bridal Expo on Jan. 21. The event is free to the public and will feature local vendors, including photographers, caterers and many more. The doors will open at 9 a.m. and the event runs until 2 p.m. One lucky attendee will walk away with a wedding basket giveaway. One of the vendors to be featured at the expo is Colorful Events Bakery. The owner of Colorful Events, Brittany Carder, said she is looking forward to the event. This will be the first year that she will attend the expo. “I am planning on using some rental décor from Rusty Arrow on my table,” Carder said. “I plan on taking one or more of my big display dummy cakes, lots of cake samples with three different frostings, a few different fruit or cream fillings, and then I plan to take a large amount of six-pack tasting boxes for purchase, for brides to be able to take home and share and discuss with their partners.” She also plans on sharing some of her “blingy” cake design. Carder donated one of her tasting boxes to the gift basket that will be given away. “I am so happy that we are having our own bridal expo and people will realize that they can stay local with their...

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Mosaic to hold Discover the Possibilities event Jan. 17 at Graves Drug

Mosaic will hold a “Discover the Possibilities” event Jan. 17 at Graves Drug in Arkansas City. The event will begin at 9 a.m. and those who wish to attend are encouraged to bring friends. Representatives of Mosaic will share the organization’s mission, vision and passion. Mosaic is a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. The Graves soda fountain is home to the organization’s coffee shop during the week. “Mosaic has been working in the soda fountain since I went to a Discover the Possibilities tour at Mosaic five years ago,” said Graves owner Renee Price. “I learned that they had the Jumpy Monkey coffee franchise and were looking for a space to serve the coffee they grind,” she added. The individuals who work in the soda fountain are those for whom Mosaic works to provide services. “We love seeing the girls every morning — they have such a positive outlook,” Price said. “We have also gotten to have a book signing for Tori (Virden) with her new book of poetry.” Virden will share some of her poetry during the event. Since the event will take place in the soda fountain area, coffee and cinnamon rolls will be available. For more information about this Discover the Possibilities event, call (620) 705-5492. Graves is located at 212 S. Summit St. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click...

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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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