William Newton to host golf tournament at country club to benefit CASA

William Newton Hospital in Winfield will be host to “Chip In for Children,” a golf tournament that will benefit CASA of Cowley County, on Aug. 12. The golf tournament will start at 10 a.m. at the Winfield Country Club. Teams should plan on checking in at 9 a.m. Team and […]

Methodology of SCKMC star ranking explained by CMS

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has given South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) a two-star rating (out of five) in its new rating scale. While the system has existed since 2015, it is not widely known how the ratings are calculated. The new scale was created with […]

Many well-known hospitals fail to score 5 stars in Medicare’s new ratings

The federal government released its first overall hospital quality rating on Aug. 3, slapping average or below average scores on many of the nation’s best-known hospitals while awarding top scores to dozens of unheralded ones. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rated 3,617 hospitals on a one- to five-star […]

City Commission to consider combining boards, SCKMC loan request

The City Commission of Arkansas City will consider a second reading of an ordinance that would combine the Board of Zoning Appeals with the Planning Commission. It will be the third time this item has come before the City Commission. The first time, the commissioners sent it back to the […]

SCK Clinic finally named Rural Health Clinic

After more than a year of trying to push its application through, South Central Kansas Clinic (SCKC) finally has been awarded federal Rural Health Clinic status. This was one of the many “to do” items outlined by South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) that ultimately should help to increase its […]

Variety of resources available to local students, families

Arkansas City students can receive an abundance of help from the community in preparation for the upcoming school year. Local resources are available for school supplies, shoes, socks and even health care. Backpacks Beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 13 at First Baptist Church, there will be a backpack blowout. Pre-kindergarten […]

Fire chief offers fire prevention tips for children

Teaching fire safety to children can save lives and it’s never too early to start teaching them the basics. “The biggest thing is, at night, keep your bedroom doors shut. Bedroom doors will keep the smoke and heat out quite a bit,” said Arkansas City Fire Chief Bobby Wolfe. “It […]

Ark City Clinic offers sports physicals for students

Arkansas City public school students who are interested in participating in fall sports must have an up-to-date sports physical on file with the school district. The Ark City Clinic offers discounted physicals to students for this purpose, according to Unified School District 470 employee Peggy Soule. At one point, the […]

Awareness of recreational water illnesses necessary in summer

This is the time of year when hot temperatures can lead to health issues in bodies of water at the same time that people most enjoy swimming, according to a news release from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. Knowing the basic facts about recreational water illnesses […]

Kelley, Judd-Jenkins answer tough questions at forum

Dozens of people attended a legislative forum, sponsored by the Arkansas City and Winfield area chambers of commerce, for the Republican candidates for the Kansas House District 80 seat. Incumbent Rep. Kasha Kelley, R-Arkansas City, and challenger Anita Judd-Jenkins answered several tough questions from the audience, ranging from gun control […]