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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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Editorial Opinion: Silencing voice of the people in the name of expansion?

The Cowley College Board of Trustees raised a lot of questions earlier this week when they appointed Nancy Burger, of Winfield, to fill Sid Regnier’s vacant seat in a unanimous vote on Dec. 11. While Burger has a background in K-12 education, which might qualify her for the position, the public couldn’t have known this because the Board came to its unanimous decision with no public discussion and without any public interviews of either Burger or the other applicant, Michael Bergagnini. This raises questions as to how this decision was made. The application submitted by Burger did not specify her background working in education, other than to mention briefly that she had a background in education. No details were given. She did mention in her application that she spoke to board chair Bob Juden about what the position entailed before submitting the application. Interviews of potential trustees do not fall under Kansas Open Meetings Act (KOMA) exceptions, meaning any interviews by a majority of the Board legally should have taken place in an open meeting. So how did the Board come to a unanimous decision without any public discussion or interviews, especially when the one trustee Burger said she spoke to didn’t attend the meeting due to illness? How did the Board decide she was the best candidate for the position when her application didn’t even detail her history...

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Burger appointed as new Cowley College trustee without discussion

The Cowley College Board of Trustees voted 5-0 on Dec. 11 to appoint Nancy Burger, of Winfield, to fill Sid Regnier’s vacant seat. This decision was made without any discussion of either applicant. The appointment of a new trustee was not listed on the agenda provided to media prior to the meeting. Chairman Bob Juden was absent from the meeting due to illness. Burger also was not in attendance. In other business, trustee JoLynn Foster was selected to replace Juden as board chair in 2018. Check back later for more coverage of this meeting. 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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Thanks to Red Kettle, many giving opportunities abound in holiday season

Arkansas City residents have many options for charitable giving year-round. However, there are even more to choose from around Christmas time. One notable addition in December is the Salvation Army Red Kettle program. This year, bell ringers can be found in the usual places, such as Walmart and Dillons, as well as at Steamy Joe. The Red Kettle organizer this year is Mary Robinson. She can be contacted at (620) 441-8694. Family Life Services (FLS) recently took over the distribution of Salvation Army funds in Arkansas City. “The key is getting (the funds) to the people who need them,” said FLS Director Tim Durham. People who are seeking help from the Salvation Army may contact FLS at (620) 442-1688. FLS also accepts donations, both through monetary means and through the giving of items. Milk, Bread and Eggs Milk, Bread and Eggs is a local nonprofit started by Christopher and Mitchell Gingher. This ministry effort currently is in need of donations. It provides individuals with a voucher for 1 gallon of milk, a loaf of bread and one dozen eggs. These vouchers are distributed through local churches and other avenues. The vouchers then are taken to Country Mart to be redeemed for the milk, bread and eggs. This ministry is ongoing and can be donated to throughout the year. Funds may be donated to Milk, Bread and Eggs at First...

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Bank open houses, party at farm highlight Christmas events next week

Two local bank open houses and another appearance by Santa Claus highlight a variety of Christmas-themed events next week. Many of these events were announced recently by various local businesses and nonprofit organizations. The week’s fun will kick off with two appearances from 1:30 to 3 p.m. by Santa at the City-Cowley County Health Department. He will be at the Arkansas City office, located at 115 E. Radio Lane, on Dec. 12 and at the Winfield office, located at 320 E. Ninth Ave. Suite B, on Dec. 14. Photos with Santa are free. For more information, call (620) 442-3260. For a list of some of Santa’s other planned local appearances this month, visit wp.me/p7A1jR-47y. Union State Bank open houses Union State Bank has announced its schedule of Christmas open house events: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 — 10111 E. 21st St. N. Suite 100 in Wichita; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 — 127 S. Summit St. in Arkansas City; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 15 — 2327 N. Ridge Road in Wichita; 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 — 119 W. First St. in Udall; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 — 1329 N. First St. in Arkansas City; 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 — 823 Main St. in Winfield (featuring the Viking Voices at 2 p.m.); 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15...

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