Author: Jeni McGee

Angels in the Attic receives $600 for gifts from ACMS, KAY, SADD

With help from the Arkansas City Lioness Club, Ark City Middle School’s KAY Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Student Council members presented a check for $600 to Angels in the Attic this week, to provide holiday gifts and meals to local children and their families. “We have had a lot of families request Christmas help after we had closed our sign up … The list is growing longer … but it is the kindness and generosity of our communities that makes this possible,” said a representative of Angels in the Attic. “They are some amazing young people,” a post on Angels in the Attic’s Facebook page states. “(It) warms the heart to know they are our future.” Angels in the Attic case manager Ivy Beals said earlier this month that the need she has seen this year has been different than in years past. This year, families have been seeking more help with food and utilities, she said. Angels in the Attic is located at 109 S. Summit St. Those in need of its services or who are interested in donating may call (620) 446-5272. 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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Spring Hill Golf Course to request $11,800 more from City Commission

Spring Hill Golf Course will appear Dec. 20 before the City Commission of Arkansas City to request funds once more. The Spring Hill Golf & Recreation Association is asking for a total of $11,805.72 to continue operating through the end of February 2017. Golf course administrators estimate that without any financial assistance, they will be more than $41,000 in debt by December 2017. The golf course, which is located at 3202 N. Summit St., is owned by the City of Arkansas City. However, the golf course operates as its own entity managed by the association, supposedly without financial help from the city. Spring Hill Golf Course is nearly 90 acres and has an appraised value of $254,310, according to the Cowley County Appraiser’s Office. Discussions about the financial standing of Spring Hill Golf Course first began after Aug. 9, when the association sent a letter to the commission. At that time, the golf course requested $12,855.42 for the remainder of 2016 and $34,277.67 for 2017. In a follow-up letter dated Dec. 8, Spring Hill indicated it would request money for “January 2017 probably thru April 2017.” It also states there will be new projections made available for the Dec. 20 City Commission meeting. “In some of our latest calculations, we may not be able to meet the course financial need for the month of December 2016 as several members...

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Cowley County Humane Society offers discounted adoptions until Dec. 24

The Cowley County Humane Society will be host to a “12 Days of Christmas Adopt-a-thon” until Christmas Eve. CCHS will offer discounted pet adoptions to anyone who donate paper towels, dish soap, used bedding or dog and cat treats. The adoption fee for dogs, after the donation, will be $20 and the price for cat adoptions is $10. Adoptable pets can be viewed at www.cowleycountyhumanesociety.org. The Cowley County Humane Society runs an open-admission animal shelter dedicated to providing compassionate care to all animals. Its mission is to “engage the hearts, hands, and minds of the community to help animals and provide resources for those who require support for the animals in their lives.” This adoption special is sponsored in part by the Petco Foundation. Save Save 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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Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus coming to Graves Drug this weekend

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will visit Graves Drug in Arkansas City this weekend. The Clauses will arrive at the drug store at 10 a.m. Dec. 17. There will be opportunities for parents to take photos of their children with Santa. Children also will receive a candy cane from St. Nick. The jolly couple is set to depart at 1 p.m. Graves Drug is located at 212 S. Summit St. Save 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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Iconic television dad Alan Thicke passes away at 69

One of my favorite television dads has died. Alan Thicke, known affectionately to many as Dr. Jason Seaver on “Growing Pains,” passed away sometime Dec. 13. But there was initial confusion regarding the reports of his death. As it turns out, he was the target of a celebrity death hoax. Reports from tabloids claimed falsely that Thicke had passed Dec. 12, so when he died Dec. 13, the initial reports were dismissed by fans. But then national news stations started confirming the actor’s death. Thicke was 69. He was born in 1947 in Ontario, Canada. His death was confirmed by his publicist to CBS News. CNN reported shortly afterward that a publicist for Thicke’s son, Robin Thicke, also had confirmed his death due to a heart attack. Alan Thicke starred in “Growing Pains” from 1985 until 1992. As a child of the 1980s, I can recall the sitcom being one of the few that were parent approved. The show tackled topics that pertained to teenagers and parents who are trying their best to make things work while working full time. Seaver was the dad everyone in my generation wanted — we tended to romanticize when we felt like we were being “parented” and treated unfairly. His career was not limited to “Growing Pains.” He began his on-screen work while still living in Canada. Thicke also was a musician whose...

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