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USD 470 falls victim to phishing scheme, exposing employees’ tax accounts

The Arkansas City Public School District and its employees were victims of a phishing scheme in which some school employees’ tax account information was compromised, according to an email from USD 470 Public Relations Director Alisha Call. USD 470 immediately reported the incident to the police, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. The district also has purchased complimentary advanced fraud monitoring and identity theft protection services for its employees, at no cost to them, to protect further against potential identity theft due to the breach. “The district takes the privacy and protection of its employees very seriously, and has taken all necessary steps to investigate and protect them from potential identity theft,” the email states. 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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Chamber announces details for Cowley Home and Outdoor Living Festival

The Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce and many area businesses are preparing for the upcoming Cowley Home and Outdoor Living Festival. It will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 26 in the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave. “This is sure to be a perfect event to get you ready for the outdoor living season,” said chamber director Kammy Downs. In 2015, the first year the festival took place, there were 400 people in attendance, according to Pam Crain, Ark City Convention and Visitors Bureau director. The event will be host to more than 30 local exhibitors, including Advanced Lawn and Landscape, of Ark City, and Gottlob Lawn and Landscaping, of Winfield. Corporate sponsors include PrairieLand Partners John Deere, of Winfield; Grouse Valley Equipment, of Dexter; and Price Brothers Equipment Co., of Wichita. The event will have children’s activities, a list of local talent entertainers and demonstrations from vendors on both days. It is free for the public to attend. Concessions will be provided by the Optimists of Arkansas City, who will serve their famous Arkalalah pork burgers, brisket and more. The event still has openings for local businesses to host a booth. Call the chamber for more information or to register at (620) 442-0230, or email Share this:Click to share on Twitter...

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April 22 event to donate proceeds to Danny Did Foundation for epilepsy

A fundraiser for the Danny Did Foundation will be held April 22 in Arkansas City. The fundraiser will be hosted by Miss National Elegant Teen Jodi Furrh. It will include a dance with live music, a silent auction and various gift drawings. Tickets are on sale for $10 and can be purchased by calling (620) 517-0948. Visitors of all ages are welcome. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Danny Did Foundation, which was founded by Mike and Mariann Stanton, of Chicago, after the death of their 4-year-old son, Danny. The Danny Did Foundation, according to its website, works toward its mission to prevent deaths caused by seizures with these main goals in mind: advancing public awareness of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP); enhancing the SUDEP communication model between medical professionals and families afflicted by seizures; the mainstreaming of seizure detection and prediction devices that might assist in preventing seizure-related deaths The Danny Did Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized in the state of Illinois and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. 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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Transformations offers wide range of styling services, warm beverages

There are many salons in Arkansas City and picking the right one can be a real challenge. With so many options out there, it can be hard to narrow down the selection. What if there was a salon that was not just a salon, but a coffee bar, as well? That is what Transformations has in store for anyone seeking a new look or change in style. Transformations is owned by Karen Beckelhimer and located at 207 S. Summit St. It opened its doors four years ago in April and has provided styling services ever since. Transformations is a quality salon that offers all kinds of service, including men’s and women’s cuts, styles, coloring, foil, waves, and all other things hair-related. The salon offers not just hair services, but also manicures and pedicures for that special day comes or just to be pampered. Transformations has affordable prices that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. With ladies cuts priced at $25, a guy’s cut at $18, color starting at $45 and pedicures for $30, there still will be money left for a night out on the town. When it comes to service, Transformations wants its guests to have the best experience possible. “We want everyone to feel at home … feel welcomed,” said Erica Hadorn, one of the consultants. With its friendly environment and welcoming atmosphere, expect to be...

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WB Meats offers wide variety of products, including ribeye, bacon burgers

WB Meats is a local family business, owned by Mike Webb and Kelly Borror, that is centered on strong values with a desire to bring old-fashioned meat to Arkansas City and the areas around it. Opening a business was something this duo wanted to do for a long time. That became a reality when they opened their doors in August 2008. It was not the first time they had worked together. “We worked together in grocery stores with meat,” Borror said. Their most popular product is ribeye — they sell a couple of hundred pounds a week. Although ribeye is its most popular product, WB Meats has many varieties of meats and products from which to choose from, including some no one else makes. “We do our brisket and pulled pork,” Webb said. There also is shoulder bacon with three different flavors — jalapeño, pepper and regular. For those that cannot eat bacon, there are other offerings at WB Meats, as well, such as 13 different kinds of summer sausage and brats that are made at WB Meats. Smoked baked beans are another popular idea product — they even won best in state, according to Borror. Not every customer wants to buy meat by the pound. Some just want a good burger to take home. WB Meats has them covered with a classic burger with a new twist. “We make a...

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