Changes are taking place at the Ark City Clinic, including a new administrator and urgent care services. Di Bonifield is the new administrator, following the retirement of Dr. Robert Yoachim, who was a physician in the clinic for 34 years. The clinic also has moved to electronic medical records. Earlier this month, an urgent care walk-in clinic was created, so folks could just walk in any time between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for urgent care needs, with minimal wait time, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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USD 465 will partner with the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) to host a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on June 3 in the high school cafeteria, 300 Viking Blvd. Those who attend are asked to go to Harbor door entrance A8 and A9. The luncheon is open to any community member interested in learning about the Kansas Leadership Center. Participants will consider leadership challenges in key areas of the community – business, government, elected, non-profit, faith and education – and ways to build up leadership within Winfield and other Cowley County communities. If you are interested in attending, RSVP by Tuesday by calling (620) 221-5100.
Chad Giles announced, via email to City Manager Nick Hernandez, that he was resigning from the city commission. Giles has been on the commission since 2011, and in a press release cited work and family as two of the primary reasons he was quitting the post. Giles also stated in the release, “I would be lying if I said the last year has not worn on me.” Mayor Duane Oestmann said applications for the vacancy will be accepted until noon June 3, when the four remaining commissioners will have a special meeting at City Hall to consider the applicants. The commissioners may choose to appoint someone that day, or decide to wait until their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 7.
Chad Giles has announced that he is resigning from the city commission. Giles, who has been on the commission since 2011, cited work and family as two of the primary reasons he was stepping down. In an emailed press release, Giles said the past year or so has worn on him. Applications for the vacancy will now be accepted until noon June 3, when the four remaining commissioners will have a special meeting at City Hall to consider the applicants. The commissioners may choose to appoint someone that day, or decide to wait until their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 7. The full letter of resignation, as written by Giles, can be found on our website under the local news heading.
“Please accept this as my formal resignation immediately from the Arkansas City Commission. I do not take this decision lightly as I truly love this town and am honored to have served on the Commission.
I truly believe that we have great individuals that form an even greater team that work for this city and the citizens. I am proud to have been part of the commission that hired our City Manager Nick Hernandez and am truly thankful for his commitment to this community. Arkansas City has always had somewhat of a chip on our shoulder when those from the outside come in to key positions like the City Manager. But for me Nick always felt like he belonged and was from here all along. Nick’s loyalty to this community has never been an issue with me and I always knew that what was best for the town as a whole was always his intention.
We have outstanding key personnel including Chief Ward, Chief Wolfe, Tony Tapia and Tamara Niles just to name a few that bring so much to the table and we are lucky to have them. We also have great front line staff that deal with all of our needs as citizens that we often forget. I simply cannot name them all. I am impressed and proud to be a small part of such a great community.
It has simply come to a time in my service to the public that I feel I need to step down and let someone else fill the position. I would be lying if I said this last year has not worn on me. I am grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of the Commission. I will now shift my focus completely to my family and my business which both have been somewhat neglected since joining the commission.
Continue to do your due diligence on issues and fight for what is the right decision. Always listen to opposing views and give them your attention and even though in the end you may never agree always remember we are in this together.
I wish you all the best and will still poke my head in from time to time. God bless you.
Chad D. Giles
The Cowley College men and women’s soccer teams will host the 2016 Cowley College Soccer Camp May31-June 3 at the Cowley Soccer Complex. The co-ed camp for those age 5-14 will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The cost to attend the camp is $40 and $20 for each additional child from the same family. For more information on the camp, you can go to cowleytigers dot com.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been appointed to a sixth consecutive one-year term on the Consumer Protection Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General. Schmidt, who has served in a national leadership role in consumer protection since his first year in office, was reappointed to the role by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, who is the incoming president of the organization. Schmidt is former chair of the consumer protection committee and hosted the national consumer protection conference in Wichita in October 2013.
Michelle Schiltz has announced that she plans to run for the Kansas House of Representative seat that is currently held by Kasha Kelley of Arkansas City. Schiltz is a Democrat, a small business owner, and a well-known community leader. She is currently the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce President, and she served a decade on Caldwell’s City Commission. Schlitz is also very active in the Caldwell Historical Society. She says that Kansas is faced with serious problems concerning our economic sustainability and the viability of our local hospitals, and she is running in an attempt to bring leadership and accountability back to Topeka. She is not a supporter of Governor Brownback’s policies.
The votes are now in, and we know this morning that the 1-percent sales tax increase that has been earmarked to help the financially ailing local hospital, has passed… by a wide margin too! The votes were 1,885 ‘yes’ and 467 ‘no’. Although about 100 provisional ballots still are not counted, they obviously are not going to be enough to turn around the final result. The vote won’t become official until the June 2 canvas, and the new tax will not go into effect until October. On top of that, the South Central Kansas Medical Center will have to wait until next year before it even gets any of the money. The increase will raise the sales tax in Arkansas City to 9.25 percent, and is designed to help SCKMC make its annual $1.9 million bond payment for construction to the city. The hospital has been struggling to get out of an ever deepening financial hole, and recently had to borrow money from the city just to make its bond payment.
The CEO of the Arkansas City Area Chamber of Commerce is calling it quits. Sydney
Bland, according to the Ark City Traveler, has accepted a job as executive director for the chamber in Glenpool, Oklahoma. Her last day at the Ark City chamber will be June 20. Bland said she would miss Arkansas City and she has made many good friends here, where she has been the CEO for approximately three years. Her departure comes as the chamber and Ark City Convention and Visitors Bureau have recently been discussing a potential restructuring, that if accomplished, would result in two separate entities instead of the more merged relationship that has existed for years.
An Arkansas City schools employee facing drug charges following her arrest in February, is now an ex-school employee. Nicole Lynn Bass has resigned, effective retroactively to April 25th. Bass was an academic coach at Frances Willard Elementary. She was suspended after she was arrested on Feb. 10th for her connection to a methamphetamine lab. Bass began work with the district in 2003. Following her arrest, Bass was released on a $110,000 bond. A hearing in her case is scheduled for Thursday at 10:30AM.