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Pieper purchases Riverstone Family Dental from Snowden

Dr. Daniel Snowden’s dental practice has changed hands, according to an Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce press release. “Dr. Benjamin Pieper, along with his wife, Jamie, and their four children are thrilled to have made their way (back) to Kansas,” the release states. “It is our mission at Riverstone […]

Planning Commission votes to merge with Board of Zoning Appeals

The Arkansas City Planning Commission voted June 28 to approve the combination of the Planning Commission and the Board of Zoning Appeals. The only item on the agenda was met with some initial resistance from Charles Jennings, who is the only member of both boards. Jennings balked not at the […]

City officials urge fireworks safety by citizens

Fireworks are once again legal for sale and discharge within the city limits of Arkansas City. The sale and discharge of fireworks is permitted from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 27 through July 3, as well as from 10 a.m. to midnight July 4. City officials urge citizens again […]

Burford Theatre nearing completion, but still more to do

The Burford Theatre has been in flux for many years — the Arkansas City Area Arts Council has been remodeling it for nearly a decade. However, as Chief Restoration Officer Ellen Snell puts it, everything is coming together quite quickly. “It’s never going to be to an end, I suspect. […]

Keep PTSD veterans in mind this Independence Day

Many eagerly await Independence Day next week, but the holiday on which the U.S. celebrates its founding has a much different connotation for some. Combat veterans who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often struggle during holidays that involve fireworks displays. A veteran’s PTSD can be triggered by both big […]

Hospital board discusses physician recruitment

Physician recruitment continues to be a hot topic at South Central Kansas Medical Center. Staff has been courting two doctors for some time now, with no definite commitment from either. “They both like our community. They want to come here,” SKCMC Chief Executive Officer Virgil Watson said of the pair […]

Former Ark City country club marks centennial

The facility that now is Great Life Golf & Fitness — once known as the Arkansas City Country Club — is celebrating 100 years of existence. The golf course and clubhouse are located at 8731 East U.S. 166. Nonmembers can enjoy the course for the following prices: Nine-hole cart — […]

SCKMC speaks about health care consultant

The City Commission of Arkansas City voted last week to approve up to $175,000 for Quorum Health Resources, LLC to perform a financial and operations study for South Central Kansas Medical Center. The strategic, financial and operations evaluation is mandated through the construction bonds for the new hospital. “When the […]

ACPL partners with SCKMC dietary department

One of the most common beliefs about hospitals is that their food is bad. The nutritional services team at South Central Kansas Medical Center has been hard at work to prove that is not the case at the local hospital. For months, they have been trying new recipes and fine-tuning […]

SCKMC board discusses patient satisfaction, public relations

Members of the South Central Kansas Medical Center (SCKMC) Board of Trustees talked in-depth about patient satisfaction during their June 23 meeting. Jane Campbell, director of quality performance and risk management for SCKMC, updated the board on a downward trend in survey results in the first quarter of 2016. Hospital […]