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Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Unity planned for 3 p.m. Jan. 14

This year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Unity will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. The event will be held at the Robert Brown Theatre, located at 215 S. Second St. on Cowley College’s campus in Arkansas City. It will feature guest speaker Dan Givens, a retired Arkansas City Police Department police chief. Givens was named chief of police in 2002 after Oren Skiles retired as chief. However, Givens’ career with the department started in 1976. After a brief time away from the department, pursuing a railroad career, he returned to ACPD. Givens retired in 2006 after almost 29 years with the police department. In addition to his remarks, there will be a special jazz tribute to the legacy of King, presented by the Arkansas City High School Jazz Band. Reflections of area pastors will be shared and the Spirit of Progress Award will be presented. 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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Sutton plans Carole King tribute concert for Jan. 20 at Burford Theatre

The V.J. Wilkins Center for the Arts at the Burford Theatre will be host to a Carole King tribute concert this month. Starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 20, local artist and musician Julie Sutton will perform King’s music on stage. Sutton will perform music from King’s album, “Tapestry,” including “I Feel the Earth Move” and “It’s Too Late.” King wrote her first hit at the age of 17 and recorded from the 1960s to present day. “Tapestry” was released in 1971 and has sold more than 25 million copies. Tickets to the event currently are on sale at burfordtheatre.com. They are $12.50 in advance and $15 after Jan. 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Burford Theatre is located at 118 S. Summit St. in downtown Arkansas City. Sutton is a Winfield singer-songwriter whose music has won contests at Walnut Valley Festival and Ark City’s PrairieFest. It also was featured recently on AMC’s “Better Call Saul.” She has been a regular performer at Winfield’s Art in the Park, Sidewalk Music Crawl and College Hill Coffee, in addition to other venues, as a member of the Kansas Arts on Tour roster. Formerly a writer and editor for Hallmark Cards, Sutton makes her living as a visual artist and art instructor. 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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Pair of upcoming blood drives highlight Blood Donation Awareness Month

January has been designated Blood Donation Awareness Month because it is the month when blood donations are at their yearly lows. The blood shortages happen every year during cold and flu season. But donations remain vitally important for several reasons. “Those who are involved in motor vehicle crashes or have sickle cell disease, anemia, blood disorders, cancer, or newborn babies, and some surgery patients, are just a few that benefit from those that donate blood,” said Arkansas City Fire-EMS Department EMS Director Jeri Smith. “There are many more patients that benefit from donated blood. The ones I listed are just a few. That’s why it’s referred to as the ‘Gift of Life,’” she said. There are two more opportunities to give blood in Arkansas City this month. The first is from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at Central Christian Church, located at 206 W. Central Ave. The second will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 25 in the Wright Room at Cowley College’s Brown Center, located at 215 S. Second St. Reasons to give blood There are added medical benefits for those who give blood regularly. Donating blood can help to maintain a healthy heart and liver. It also stimulates blood cell production. Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S., according to the American Red Cross. The actual blood...

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Cowley County Sheriff David Falletti announces drive to benefit nonprofits

The Cowley County Sheriff’s Office will collect nonperishable items this winter, from Jan. 15 through Feb. 4. “I know that after the holidays, some food banks tend to have less to give out,” said Cowley County Sheriff David Falletti. Items that will be accepted include nonperishable food, household cleaners and toiletries, such as toothpaste, toilet paper and feminine products. “All donations will be collected and divided among the Winfield Food Pantry, Manna Ministries, and Joseph’s Storehouse,” a press release from Falletti states. “Help us make this a tradition.” So far, the only drop-off point secured is the sheriff’s office itself, located in the Cowley County Courthouse at 911 Fuller St. in Winfield. However, “we are sending out deputies to grocery stores to see about letting us put a box there,” Falletti said in an interview Wednesday. The sheriff’s office can be contacted at (620) 221-5554. 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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Wide range of Christmas church services offered this week in Ark City

There is a wide range of Christmas church services being offered this week in Arkansas City. From regular church services on Christmas Eve to candlelight vigils, there is something for everyone. Specifics for each church can be found by contacting the church of your choice.   Calvary Chapel, 1001 S. Third St. — (620) 442-8397 Worship at 10 a.m. Dec. 24; Candlelight service at 6 p.m.   First Assembly of God, 3125 N. Summit St. — (620) 442-8087 Service and candlelight communion at 10 a.m. Dec. 24.   First Baptist Church, 220 E. Central Ave. — (620) 442-3510 Morning service at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24; Candlelight service at 6 p.m.   First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. First St. — (620) 442-5700 Worship at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24; Candlelight service at 6 p.m.   First United Methodist Church, 2448 Edgemont Drive — (620) 442-4530 Worship at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24.   Grandview United Methodist Church, 9044 111th Road, Winfield — (620) 221-1157 Worship at 11 a.m. Dec. 24; Communion service at 6 p.m.   Mt. Hope United Methodist Church Worship at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 24.   Northside Baptist Church, 500 N. Fifth St. — (620) 442-8100 Service at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 24.   Shepherd’s Grace Church, 1125 S. Summit St. — (620) 393-0060 Service at 10:15 a.m. Dec. 24; Candlelight service at 11 p.m.   St. Paul United Methodist Church, 220 E. Washington Ave. — (620) 442-2110 Candlelight and communion at...

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