The 2015 Kansas Wheat Harvest continues. With more, here’s Jordan Hildabrand…
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Raising money to support the American Cancer Society, Cowley College’s Relay For Life team recently raised $8,268.92 during an event held at the Agri-Business Building in Arkansas City. With figures still being tabulated, Cowley College is currently the top fundraising team at the event. All totaled, this year’s teams have raised $46,562.85 toward research for a cure for cancer. The event began with a cancer survivors lap, celebrating those who have survived cancer or are currently battling cancer. The Lady Tiger basketball team made a donation of $629.18 toward the college’s Relay for Life team, while members of the Tiger men’s basketball team also came out to walk in support of the event.
South Central Kansas Medical Center administrators have received word concerning the hospital’s application for Sole Community Hospital status, and the good news is that the application has been approved. The new status will become effective from the date of the approval letter, which was dated June 25th. The new status can potentially increase reimbursements by $400,000 per year for the hospital. Officials say with the designation, the hospital has taken a huge step forward toward the long term solvency of operations. The announcement comes just days after another announcement from Moody’s Investor Service, which last Wednesday said that the hospital’s bond rating was downgraded.
A group of Nigerian millers visited the Kansas wheat harvest last week. Marsha Boswell reports…
Arkansas City Police were called out to a disturbance in the 700 block of North Fourth Street just after 5:30 Friday afternoon. 24 year old Nathanial Thomas of Arkansas City, had allegedly pointed a shotgun at a 24-year-old Arkansas City woman. Thomas was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and criminal threat.
He was booked into the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. Thomas later posted bond and was released. NO additional information has yet been made available.
Water customers in Arkansas City can expect to begin receiving income surveys in the mai. Ark City residents are being asked to complete the one-page survey honestly and return it to the Utility Billing Office at City Hall by July 14.
Any information provided will be held in the strictest confidence, and names and addresses will not be connected with the surveys themselves. Their participation will help the city possibly receive grant funding that will allow for the construction of needed infrastructure improvements without the use of dollars from local property taxes or water fees. Surveys also will be distributed at Manna Ministries at First Baptist Church, and the Crops of Righteousness distribution event at Cowley College’s Brown Center.
Thunderstorms accompanied by high winds spawned tornadoes yesterday in the Midwest. National Weather Service Lead Forecaster Bob Oravec (OR’-uh-vec) says that that storm system is heading east today. As for which parts of the country are likeliest to be hit by the storms today….
The Kansas wheat harvest has begun. With more, here’s Marsha Boswell…
An Arkansas City man who was arrested June 14, after he allegedly drove away from a residence with a person hanging from the vehicle, who later fell off, was in court for the first time last week. 27 year old Coren Lane Rath made his first appearance via video link. Rath was arrested on suspicion of five counts of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated battery and one count of criminal damage to property. He’s in the Cowley County Jail in lieu of $61,000 bond.
An Arknasas City man facing burglary of a motor vehicle and six counts of theft made an appearance in court last week. 18 year old Jesse Bernhardt appeared with a request to lower his bond from the original $18,000. The judge agreed, saying taht although he may or may not be a thief, Bernhardt is not a danger to the community. His bond was lowered to $2,000, and he was given strict instructions to reside with his mother, and to avoid contact with Larry Milton, who is also facing charges of theft and burglary of a motor vehicle.
An Arkansas City man facing two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child also appeared in district court. 26 year old Joshua Caton was extradited from Georgia in order to face the charges in Cowley County court. The criminal complaint filed against him in 2013 states the incidents took place in May 2010, and involved a child who was 15 at the time. Caton was 21 at the time the alleged crime was committed.
Caton remained Thursday in the county jail.
An Arkansas City man facing a child abuse charge was also in court last week. Now, a preliminary hearin is set for July 6th for Christopher Cash, who was arrested by Ark City Police on suspicion of abuse of a child after Kansas Department for Children and Families workers reported a 3-year-old child who had sustained injuries. Cash disciplined the child with a belt, according to police. He is now facing one count of abuse of a child, and if found guilty, he could be sentenced to as much as 12 years in prison, a fine of up to $300,000 and a post-release supervision term of 24 months.
31 year old Champagne Hodges of Wichita, appeared in court last week. She remains in the custody of the Cowley County Jail in charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; driving with a canceled, suspended or revoked driver’s license; and interference with law enforcement. A fourth charge of no proof on insurance is expected to be dismissed.
Charges against a former Arkansas City resident have been dropped. 60 year old Cynthia Waugh was charged in February 2014 of illegally using a foster daughter’s financial card. Waugh, who now lives in Purcell, had been charged with one felony count of possession of a debit card belonging to another person, and one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a debit card. She was accused of using the card 15 times, racking up $1,588.50 in charges during the summer and fall of 2013 at two Oklahoma border casinos. Waugh was first arrested in October 2013 by the Arkansas City Police Department on suspicion of 21 counts of criminal use of a financial card and 24 counts of theft. But charges were not filed in Kansas before the Oklahoma prosecution began. Waugh was a member of the Ark City fire department since 1987, and had served as the city’s teen center director. She was placed on administrative leave after her arrest. She then retired in November, 2013.