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With flu on the rise, SCKMC warns citizens how to take care of themselves

Several more cases of the flu were confirmed in Cowley County during last weekend. South Central Kansas Medical Center alone has confirmed 10 more cases since Friday. SCKMC recently released several tips to fight the flu this winter. “Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them,” the release states. People who are at high risk for flu complications should contact their doctor promptly if they start exhibiting flu-like symptoms. That is true even if they were vaccinated this flu season. “It is very important that antiviral drugs are used early to treat hospitalized patients, people with severe flu...

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Chaplin Nature Center host to bald eagle hike at 10 a.m. Jan. 27

The Arkansas City area has been home to bald eagles in years past — in particular, near the hike-bike trail and at Chaplin Nature Center. The nature center is host to several hikes each year that are dedicated to spotting the winged creatures. The first of these hikes in 2018 is set to take place Jan. 27. The hike will begin at 10 a.m. “The combination of freezing temperatures and lack of tree foliage makes winter one of the best times to view bald eagles,” said Chaplin Nature Center naturalist Shawn Silliman. “After a 15-minute indoor presentation, the group will...

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Wheat State Wine offering night of food, wine pairings Jan. 27; RSVP now

WINFIELD — Wheat State Wine Co. is offering a night of food and wine pairings. This event will be Jan. 27, with limited seating at the winery. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. “Join us for a food and wine pairing for an early Valentine’s dinner, or with a group of friends for a fun evening away,” states a post on the winery’s Facebook page. This event is by RSVP only. There will be a total of 30 tickets available. The winery may be contacted at (620) 229-9463 or online at www.wheatstatewineco.com. Tickets can be purchased online or...

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Car(e) Clinic automotive outreach effort returns Jan. 20 to Ark City

Car(e) Clinic will be back on Saturday. This free clinic is designed to help those who need assistance with basic car care, specifically oil changes. “We can’t do it without our community support,” said Bonnie Logan, one of the event’s organizers. All spaces filled are by appointment only and it is first come, first served. Spaces are limited, so those interested in participating should contact Logan for a guaranteed spot. Organizers ask that those who are able to take care of their own vehicles leave spots open for those who truly are in need of help. Appointments can be secured by calling Logan at (620) 719-6898 or messaging her on Facebook. “We also have a new (Facebook) page called Car Care Clinic,” she said. “Please feel free to like our page and check back often for future clinic dates.” This event is an outreach effort of Ark City First Assembly of God and various outside entities, including Tim’s Automotive, Skyline Homes, Rogers Family Dentistry, McDonald’s Sewing and Vacuum, McDonald’s Computer Service, Daniels Ready-Mix, Miles Funeral Home, and countless other anonymous donors, volunteers and scrap donors. Anyone interested in becoming an anonymous sponsor or who would like to know more about assisting with this outreach effort may call Daniel Yocum at (918) 606-1951. Scrap metal donations also are accepted, as they are used to generate money to help to cover...

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Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor opens annual Art Is Ageless competition

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor has opened its 2018 Art Is Ageless competition, which is open to anyone who is 65 years of age or older. The juried exhibit will be held March 24-30. Those entered will compete for an opportunity to be featured in the 2019 Art Is Ageless calendar. Local participating artists will be honored during a community reception at 2 p.m. March 30 at the manor. Winners will be announced at that time. Artists may choose to enter the exhibit only. For the competition, works must have been completed within the past five years. There are nine categories, as well as designations of amateur or professional. Works to be entered for judging must be at Presbyterian Manor by 5 p.m. March 16. The Art Is Ageless program encourages Presbyterian Manor residents and other area seniors to express their creativity through this annual competition. It also promotes art classes, musical and dramatic events, educational opportunities, and current events discussions throughout the year. Local competition winners will join winners from 16 other Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America communities to be judged at the system-wide level. Entry forms and information can be picked up at the manor, located at 1711 N. Fourth St. in Arkansas City, or by contacting Sean Page at (620) 442-8700 or spage@pmma.org. Or visit ArtIsAgeless.org to view rules, download an entry form and enter online. Share this:Click...

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